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Top 5 Drivers for Monitoring Oil & Gas Production Assets

Stimulated by oil prices and unconventional shale plays, current activity in the oil and gas industry is extremely high. Independent and multi-national producers alike are increasing their budgets for the remainder of 2014, including investing particularly in the automation of their oil and gas production assets.

 

What is the catalyst behind rising levels of investment in automation? As industry innovation continues to improve the efficiency of gathering data from complex multi-well facilities, the ability to remotely manage and optimize production has become crucial to success.

 

More than ever before, oil and gas producers are leveraging the value of automation, and the experiences of eLynx customers reflect the following key business drivers for automating production assets:

 

Alarming/Operating by Exception

Operating by exception and alarming on production facilities has always been critical. Increasing production levels of condensate and water makes complex alarming schemes paramount. These schemes are being used more and more to guarantee smooth operations: improving the scheduling of hauls and minimizing the chance of spills and environmental issues.

Example: SCADALynx Alarm Indication


Reporting

Reporting data up the food chain to the C-Suite in near real time versus daily or weekly totals is becoming the norm. Upper management wants to know oil/gas production every day and all day to make sure that goals are being met and that no surprises are lurking on the horizon.

Example: SCADALynx Report


Optimizing Remotely

Artificial lift in all basins is more prevalent than ever, demanding that the right data and resources be available to make the most of the technology. Our customer base is already using remote tuning and result-oriented surveillance, and this activity will increase dramatically in the coming years.

Example: Plunger Lift Run Statistics


Integrating with Back Office Systems

A large majority of field-captured data is getting delivered to back office systems for viewing and analysis. There is huge benefit to populate ERP, production accounting, GIS and all other systems for accuracy and further analysis.


Maximizing the Value of Mergers and Acquisitions

This activity is at a high level and will only continue. Buying a company that has automation and a full history of the production data in the SCADA system increases the ability for a better ROI and greatly reduces the resources needed for gathering data on the acquired assets. 

 

The industry is healthy, and aggressive players are reaping the rewards of investment in the right areas. Innovation is happening daily, and this industry continues to find ways to develop new resources towards energy independence. Remote monitoring and optimization plays a huge role in the effort. 


About the Author

John C. Powers

John C. Powers is a 25 year veteran in the oil and gas industry and the COO of eLynx Technologies. He oversees the strategic and operational management of web- based SCADA, production surveillance and field services to 400 oil and gas producers worldwide. eLynx has over 25,000 wells/facilities on the SCADALynx platform, gathering over 2 Billion data values per month.  John can be contacted at john@elynxtech.com or 918-496-8500. 

Free SCADALynx Webinars for the month of August

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Multiple 30-minute sessions are held every Wednesday and Thursday.  Just click on the link below to sign up.


Here are this Month's Sessions:

New User Orientation
This session is very basic and targets new users.  Users will learn how to login, reset their password, navigate the system, and how to set up their home page, default views, and favorite pages.

Every Wednesday


Mobile App
This session targets users who are currently using or interested in using the mobile app. Users will learn how to navigate the app, and how to use key features in the mobile application.

August 7, 2014


Gauge Sheets & Run Tickets
This session teaches users how to enter run tickets and track tank data from gauge sheets via your PC or mobile device.

August 14, 2014


Device & Quick Trending
This session targets users who are unfamiliar with trending. Users will learn how to perform basic trending functions. (plotting multiple data points on one axis, plotting daily data values, quick trending for multiple wells etc.)

August 21, 2014


Reporting
This session teaches users how to generate and customize detailed reports with the devices, data, and layout that fits their needs.

August 28, 2014

SCADALynx Android App Now Available for Download!

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App Features Include:
  • Access all of your Groups & Devices
  • View Group Totals & Averages
  • View Group, Device & Tag Trends
  • Perform Manual Entry Field Data Capture (including Offline Entry with automatic syncing)
  • Enter Tank Gauges, Run Tickets & Memos
  • View AlarmLynx and CompressorLynx devices
  • Quickly View All Active Alarms
  • Acknowledge & Disable Alarms
  • and much more...

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Free SCADALynx Webinars

Get more out of SCADALynx

Join us for Free Live Webinars
Multiple 30-minute sessions are held the first, second, and third Thursday of each month.  Just click on a session below to sign up.
 

Here are this Month's Sessions:

New User Orientation
This session is very basic and targets new users.  Users will learn how to login, reset their password, navigate the system, and how to set up their home page, default views, and favorite pages.

February 6, 2014

Mobile App Orientation
This session targets users who are currently using or interested in using the mobile app.  Users will learn how to navigate the app, and how to use key features in the mobile application.

February 13, 2014

Basic Trending
This session targets users who are unfamiliar with trending.  Users will learn how to perform basic trending functions. (plotting multiple data points on one axis, plotting daily data values, etc.)

February 20, 2014

New Update for SCADALynx Mobile Web App

The Mobile Web App that is accessed via your mobile browser has just been updated with the following features:

  • Ability to Reset Password via Forgot Password Button
  • Ability to Select Date for Manual Entry
  • Ability to Select Date for Memos
  • Ability to Select Auto-Text for Memos
  • Ability to Select Different Trend Configurations for Device & Group Trends*
  • Pinch Zooming on Trends*

*These features are not yet available in the iPhone and iPad apps, but will be soon.