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AAPG GEO 2010 Middle East
Geoscience Conference & Exhibition
Innovative Geoscience Solutions – Meeting Hydrocarbon Demand in Changing Times
March 7-10, 2010 – Manama, Bahrain

Real-Time Data Management Standards Working as a Foundation for Improved Decisions and Work Processes

Nicholas Gibson1; David Swissa2

(1) Kongsberg Intellifield, Aberdeen, United Kingdom.

(2) Kongsberg Intellifield, Muscat, Oman.

This paper will present the case that real-time enabled data management, data mining and petrotechnical work processes act as a solid foundation for 21st Century oil and gas exploration and production work processes and can help oil and service companies make better quality decisions in shorter time periods.

Studies by industry bodies along with cost benefit measurements have demonstrated that implementation of real-time data management processes within integrated operations facilities can provide hydrocarbon extraction and service companies with significant savings (e.g. CERA, 2003).

The implementation of real-time data feeds into integrated operations facilities to support and manage offshore and remote operations have helped address several key strategic industry issues including:

- High costs for drilling operations - including measurement and understanding of non-productive time (NPT) and invisible lost time

- Quality drilling data management practices from well spud to completion

- Reduction in the experience level of offshore crews

- Scarcity of experienced personnel across the oil industry

- The demographic profile for oilfield personnel, with a large scale “shift change” projected within 10 years

The implementation of information technologies and real-time work processes that are focused upon inter discipline communication and common understanding of drilling and geotechnical issues have provided demonstrable and measurable business value.

The implementation and use of the WITSML and PRODML data standards from Energistics, when combined with quality data management methods and standards enables both hydrocarbon extraction companies and service companies to improve their business work processes, shorten the duration of their investment decisions and reduce their operational and ongoing costs.

These real-time data management standard facilitates several new data management, drilling and geotechnical work processes, which will be reviewed and discussed within the paper.