Digital Twins Optimising Oil Fields.

By Ben Watts

Mon, 19 Nov 2018

Performance in the oil and gas industry can be enhanced by managing a smart ecosystem which allows technology to flourish. A smart ecosystem provides similar benefits to that in smart homes which enable remote management and digital communication between all appliances, devices, and systems within a household. A smart ecosystem continually learns from all communication, devices, and human expertise. This will allow companies to produce more cost-efficient operations while developing management in oil fields.

This generation is creating a drive for technological innovation, and the growing dependence on being connected means there is vast potential for digital twins in many aspects of oil field operations. The development of unconventional drilling, for example, has generated a substantial increase in the number of facilities, wells, systems, and rotating equipment, which drives the need for real-time monitoring and the adjustment of operating conditions.

Digital twins allow new ideas and processes to be virtually tried out in order to make smarter decisions before applying them in the oil field. The main aim of these smarter decisions should be to protect the health and safety of workers and the community. There are various ways which digital twins are currently being implemented in the oil field.

The production tech digital twin:

This monitors equipment conditions using sensor technologies and provides insight into operations which can save time for field workers. It’s now remotely accessible for field workers to receive alerts in order to schedule and begin addressing irregular conditions at an earlier stage.

Smart leak detection sensors:

Detection sensors aim to monitor analytics or any circumstances which may provide the potential for leak situations occurring. This relieves field workers having to visit every location to identify and prevent these leaks. Safety alerts for personnel will also improve in potentially hazardous situations.

Smart rig technology:

This enables locations to capture real-time data during drilling operations, resulting in improved analytics, productiveness, decision making, and performance.

Voice-recognition device technology:

Voice recognition devices focus on improving the safety and maintenance of operations.  Field personnel can remotely access online equipment manuals, providing simulations of repair, and communication with remote subject experts.

For digital twin schemes to be successful its essential a suitable communications infrastructure is put into place. Effective communication methods are essential in prioritising the value of digital. This can prove problematic however for the oil and gas industry as many oil fields are typically in remote locations with very little access to networking. To successfully implement digital twins the oil and gas industry must ensure they have an approach which allows for optimum time efficiency and knowledge to improve results.  

 

 

 

 

 


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Ben Watts

Ben_19watts@hotmail.co.uk

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