Oil and Gas and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Oil and Gas and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Field Operations and SCADA - Operate more wells with less complication by using a cloud-based solution for SCADA

The Internet of Things (IoT) in the oil & gas industry is the network of physical objects connected to the Internet. Wearable devices, vehicles, equipment, buildings, and just about any other thing can be embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity. The ability to transfer data without requiring human interaction enables previously unprecedented amounts of data to be collected and exchanged with other devices, or through a central platform. Increasingly, forward-thinking oil & gas organizations are focusing their IoT initiatives less on underlying sensors, devices, and “smart" things and more on developing bold approaches for managing data, leveraging “brownfield" IoT infrastructure, and developing new business models.

Sensor-based tank monitoring

Sensors provide data for cloud-based digital dashboards to monitor real-time equipment performance and inventory levels in the oil & gas industry In the oil & gas industry, sensors that monitor inventory levels of onshore oil tanks automatically dispatch trucks when the tanks need to be emptied. Sensors also monitor the performance of above-ground pumps to alert maintenance teams of potential and actual issues, and provide employees with early warning signs of possible safety issues to help prevent injuries and fatalities. Real-time oil tank sensor notifications enable continuous pumping while optimizing inventory transportation and minimizing downtime costs. Cloud-based digital dashboard visualizations convey information in an insightful manner that drives improved decision-making.

HS&E

Health, Safety and Environmental Compliance can cost companies a vast amount of money if improperly managed – not counting the enormous human price of serious breaches of health and safety. Oil and gas is frequently referred to as the most dangerous industry in which to work, and the remote nature of so many sites only exacerbates the risk to life, and the cost of safeguarding employees and assets. One major benefit of the IIoT is that predictive maintenance functions can completely negate costly, high-risk inspection journeys – and help plan the safest and most timely points during the year that travel should be attempted. With hundreds of incidents around extraction sites every year, minimizing the human element as much as possible protects workers, those responsible for them, and the company coffers.

Transportation

Transportation is another key area for IIoT improvements, as tracking the progress and location of vehicles can not only help with predictive analytics such as departures and fuel consumption, but can also help combat fuel adulteration and theft – as it becomes impossible for products to go off-grid. Real-time updates supported by multiple connections such as GPS and mobile, can also minimize downtime during failures and ensure maintenance and repair occurs as soon as possible.

Acoustic operations monitoring

Sensors continuously measure oil composition and flow rates to reduce expensive equipment use. Inexpensive IoT acoustic sensors in the oil field continuously analyze oil composition (oil, water, gas, etc.) within pipelines, while laboratory tests from simulated field conditions and selected sensors exhibiting optimal oil flow performance enhance the readings. In addition, statistical models estimate the composition and flow rates to continuously improve planning for subsequent operations and reduce expensive equipment use.

Seismic exploration sensors

Seismic sensors aid oil exploration. Individual IoT sensors connected by fiber optic cables aid oil exploration by mapping subsurface drilling sites to determine new drilling locations and optimize output of operational sites. An Internet-connected seismic sensor network collects data (over a million readings per site) and transfers it to servers to provide an image of the subsurface site. Comparative data analysis is conducted to select the best drilling site. The sensor-based system improves the new and existing drilling rig productivity and reduces the time required for site-selection data analysis.

IoT refreshes pipeline asset management

A midstream company was struggling with asset management lifecycle challenges as its aging infrastructure created competing investment priorities. They wanted to refocus their program on leveraging data to improve information management, predictive asset management, asset risk management, and asset management planning. Discover how we refreshed multiple dimensions of the program using the Internet of Things (IoT) and data-driven approaches.

Field Operations and SCADA

Operate more wells with less complication by using a cloud-based solution for SCADA, field data capture, production reporting, and allocations. Combine real-time production data with field data capture to understand what’s happening and why. With two-way communications to the operator in the field and read/write ability with SCADA devices, IPXCOM lets you see, report on, and manage all of your data in one place. Automation using IIot and proper SCADA can deliver the following benefits:

  • Rely on real-time production monitoring
  • Real-time and automated polling
  • Out-of-the-box support for most devices
  • Change device configuration anytime, anywhere
  • Stay informed with advanced trending and analytics
  • Tank level monitoring with run ticket integrations
  • Automated report scheduling
  • Mobile website for streamlined data viewing
  • Understand field status
  • Set alarm tolerances and limits
  • Configure alerting queues and escalation groups
  • 24/7 alarm notifications
  • Optimize performance with artificial lift control
  • Plunger lift optimization
  • Dynacard widgets and trends
  • Gas lift trending and analytics

SCADA

Access critical data anytime, anywhere, with IPX cloud based production monitoring and automation.

Field Data Capture

IPX easy to use mobile app that streamlines data entry by combining SCADA information with barcoding and manual Data entry methods.

Measurement

IPX reduces data-management complexity with all in-one measurement that collects & scrubs data to produce quality output &interface to field data.

Production Allocations

IPX empowers your operations and accounting with data you can trust using proven allocation engine and drag- -and -drop tools.

Outsourcing

IPX can provide experienced IT/Earth Scientists who can assist companies with field automation and upgrades, new office locations and introduce significant cost savings.

Product on Demand

IPX can provide new upgrades, with new online applications, deliver oil & gas analytics, & business automation over mobile, web, and desktop.

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