Transforming Production Engineering

Sep 10, 2020 11:08:42 AM / by ALP Team

The oilfield has a fabulous opportunity ahead, a truly digital environment for production engineers - but what does that entail?

The recent pandemic has proven to us that digital connectivity keeps our lives and businesses functioning. At the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, one of our clients told us:

“since we’ve been working at home, ALP’s Pump Checker is our only IT system that is working…it’s great that we can still see our wells”

How well prepared are we to truly use technology to improve efficiency in our daily activities using technology?

In his recent article featured by EnergyNow Media, Geoffrey Cann talked about the difference between purchasing digital tools and truly embracing digitalization within the oilfield industry. When looking to take that leap to become a digitally-based organization, many companies consider themselves “digitalized” if they implement a new ‘tool’ to automate some of their processes.

What ALP Learned About Digital—Even Before the Pandemic

Digitalization has been growing, expanding into many industries. Millennials use digital tools as comfortably as older generations used a calculator or a corded phone. The oilfield has been late to the party, many companies believe taking the approach that a few programs used to speed up traditional processes makes them “digital.” But this isn’t BEING digital. There are concrete parts to a digital solution and understanding them will help you and your organization take that leap.

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The Digital Trinity

Transforming Production Engineering -DataData. The “lifeblood of digital;” it is the collection and integration of information from multiple sources and systems — operating data and production data. Data is what we are attempting to process with digitalization.


Transforming Production Engineering -AnalyticsAnalytics. To increase productivity and optimize what your company produces, you must analyze the data (see above). Due to the overwhelming amount of data, we need machines to perform the calculations.


Transforming Production Engineering -ConnectivityConnectivity. The network used to allow devices (and the humans which use them) to connect to each other to communicate, share information, and take action. Without action, nothing changes.


The Framework of Being Digital

Transforming Production Engineering -CoreCore.The purpose behind being digital is the ability to process the vast (and increasing) amounts of data. Using machines to process the data and connecting humans to utilize it to make decisions faster and more accurately is the heart of being digital.


Transforming Production Engineering -FoundationFoundation. The location in which data is stored, the platform (including its ease of use) is the foundation. A good digital foundation is designed to handle innovations as they continue to appear.


Transforming Production Engineering -CapabilitiesCapabilities. At the heart of being digital is your company’s plan for implementation and growth. It is important to have a vision, educate and prepare your team, and create a roadmap for digitalization. Finally, raise your data intelligence. Understanding and utilizing data are some of the biggest gains in digitalization, and your team can to be ready for the onslaught.


How You Can ENABLE Being Digital

Whether you work in a major oil company with unlimited resources or for a small company where every barrel of oil counts, you probably don’t have the correct tools to integrate your data, analyze well performance automatically and optimize your production. As part of being digital, production engineers need the tools to help them focus on where they can add value (hint – not administrivia) and deliver value for their company. ALP's PumpChecker® software was developed to address this need by providing a platform to deliver analytics and make better decisions.

Transforming Production Engineering -Enable Being Digital

A Digital Blood Infusion

When you are ready to take the leap to BE digital, change is required and can be uncomfortable, at least initially. But, by diving right in and utilizing the technology available to your team, significant gains are possible. Utilize your younger employees for enabling the change (they have enthusiasm for modern technology), but consult your industry veterans for their input on know-how and best practices.

The benefits to your efficiency, your production, and your image in today’s automated, conservation-minded world, will all get a big boost when your company truly embrace and BECOME digital.

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Tags: digital oilfield, data driven decisions, fewer failures

ALP Team

Written by ALP Team

Artificial Lift Performance (ALP) has been helping companies solve oil production and artificial lift problems since 2004. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, ALP is a consulting and software company that exists to maximize your production, optimize wells and artificial lift equipment. ALP's Pump Checker® software is a powerful analytics tool that helps you understand your data and make effective decisions to manage your artificial lift. Through our staff training, we also help ensure that you have a well-trained staff who make the best possible contribution to your business.