E&P companies are increasingly instrumenting its fields and introducing new technologies with the objective to proactively monitor and surveillance of its wells, reservoir, and facilities for better operations and management. This brings in wide variety of technologies from multiple vendors in providing smart sensors, downhole equipment, instruments, and solutions along with existing legacy systems to support the digital journey. These technology implementations enable improvement in specific areas of the operations. However, in order to continuously build the digital infrastructure and realize its full potential, it requires seamless integration of real time data, technologies, workflows and business process.
There is no single vendor integrated solution that covers the entire spectrum of the digital oil field environment. In this scenario, in general the operating companies have the key role to orchestrate these technology components to achieve the integration and seamless workflows. This paper discusses the business need of an Integrated Digital Oil Field Foundation (IDOFF) Framework (based on industry standards and protocols shall form the core foundation that integrates next generation products, technologies of the multi-vendor digital environment enabling smart workflows including in-house solutions.
The IDOFF shall comprise of data standards, business process, data model and architecture, business logic, workflow automation, analytics environment. In IDOFF, the multi-vendor technologies are integrated seamlessly without additional effort in moving data between workflows and applications to achieve higher level of collaboration. The authors discuss the importance of operators to play a key role in orchestrating and building the digital oil field framework that supports multi-vendor environment to enable integrated solutions.