It has been suggested that asset digitization could cut operational costs by 10-15% and potentially boost production by 5% or more.
Asset digitization can address operators’ need to deal with aging assets and declining production, water production issues, containment of operational costs, reduce manpower requirements on dangerous sites and remote areas, and counter the lack of experienced personnel. The overriding benefit of these intelligent technologies is that, they can enable the operator to identify risky operating conditions, identify changes in equipment performance, share specific information to subject matter experts and appropriate parties, and remotely monitor assets in real-time to determine maintenance requirements. At the organizational level, an intelligent digitized field can help maximize production system throughput, recover from and reduce unplanned events, and remove personnel from hazardous operations.
Cameron has built an entire performance optimization solution around condition based surveillance and active response mechanisms called Digital Wellsite™. We have alert capability through wireless transmitters and communication with flow computers. Automation capability such as the Safety Shutdown Valve (SSV) control system also exists within the Digital Wellsite offering to control critical equipment should an event occur. Cameron goes a step further to provide predictive analytics such as our proprietary choke erosion monitoring software. The Digital Wellsite solution is comprised of:
- Integrated sensor systems that monitor wellhead pressure, temperature, and flow inputs
- Proprietary software for choke erosion monitoring
- Flow computers and flow meters
- Wireless transmitters
- Data analysis and reporting software
- SCADA host software
Cameron is taking a dual approach to sensors, providing sensors to monitor both greenfields and brownfields. Condition surveillance based on real-time data is an integral part of the operational support Cameron provides with our products and systems. These systems monitor and apprise the operator of critical equipment status – critical valves, actuators, and chokes have the ability to communicate equipment health through condition-based surveillance. The operator can uncover unexpected issues in time to most efficiently rectify the problem. Use of condition-based surveillance can improve maintenance agility and responsiveness, increase operational availability, reduce life cycle total ownership costs, and minimize HSE risks.
We employ stringent design criteria. For example, thorough testing of 20 parameters for the five critical integrated sensor package that we recommend for greenfields assets includes repeatability, reliability, durability, mechanical and electrical complexity, and the ability to be maintained in the field. For greenfields, Cameron offers a sensor package that includes:
- Sensor 1: Annulus pressure (VR plug)
- Sensor 2: Production Pressure
- Sensor 3: Gate valve displacement
- Sensor 4: Gate valve force
- Sensor 5: gate valve hydraulic actuator pressure
The cost of maintaining a brownfield can be lowered by increasing operational efficiency through digitization of the field. Cameron can leverage its expertise to provide a custom solution specific to each unique brownfield. Our standard sensors can be retrofitted to equipment in service to optimize your field.
Communication of Alerts
Cameron offers a comprehensive line of transmitters for wirelessly monitoring various conditions, including liquid level, pressure, flow, temperature, and triggering alarm. Our wireless transmitters are self-contained and battery-powered, eliminating the need for external power.
Additionally, these devices are intrinsically safe for use in Class 1, Division 1 locations, while providing seamless integration with our devices and sensors. The new transmitter product series features a local ICD display, which enables configuring the device on site without cables; allowing instant readings without connecting to a PC.
By measuring equipment performance and then comparing to baseline data, it is possible to identify undesirable trends and inefficiencies. Cameron’s Scanner® 3100 flow computer has the ability to shut down operations should an event occur. In addition, Cameron’s SSV control system delivers reliable safety and protection for wells and flowlines.
Scanner series flow computers create and store data that supports the needs of various business segments within an organization. A SCADA host software facilitates this process by copying data from the field to the office and providing the tools to validate and apply the data. The SCADA host software is designed specifically for managing the real-time and historical data required in the oil and gas industry.
Cameron’s automation solution integrates automation products from multiple manufacturers to help companies maintain their legacy investments without compromising compliance with accounting and measurement standards. Solutions include automated data collection, validation, editing, real-time analysis, reporting exports, and record management.
Predictive analytics goes beyond simply collecting data to a capability that offers the next level of intelligence, delivering information that can turn uncertainty into opportunity. Operators who are able to act on real-time insight possess a significant advantage.
As the number of wells increases, the amount of real-time data streaming from wells and production equipment is becoming overwhelming. It has become increasingly harder to derive full value solely from the incoming data. Predictive analytics allows you to anticipate failures,
plan and schedule maintenance in advance, eliminate emergencies and even catastrophes, plus optimize your assets. Applying analytic capabilities to critical production assets means you can reduce NPT and increase profits. Timely decisions can be made from incoming data when augmented with Cameron’s experience/expertise and digital prediction capability.