Oil and gas operators in shale production face many challenges in developing well pad facilities. The rapid development and deployment of assets, accelerated production decline, and an evolving regulatory environment leave little margin for error and require effectively leveraging technology to achieve economically viable production and yield.

This paper examines best practices for implementing an automation strategy for well pad facilities in order to access insight into key variables that impact the health of the reservoir and optimize the custody transfer of oil and gas off the well pad. Field-proven solutions will be examined on how to fully utilize available measurement and control technologies to get beyond a " it works and is good enough" approach to effectively manage facilities. By utilizing innovative technology in a more systematic and cost-effective approach, operators can improve oil and gas process unit operations and reliability.

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