The Challenges of Applying Digital Oilfield to Artificial Lift – A Field Perspective

Recorded On: 04/13/2016

Digital oilfield often concentrates on the software and organisational aspects of this approach, while the power of these systems will also depend on the quality of data and level of control implemented at the field sites. This presentation will take you through some of the history of artificial lift monitoring, both down hole and on surface, so you have a background in what is out there today, and also highlights what can be done today and what is possible, and will attempt to high light the challenges of implementing digital oilfield projects from a field equipment suppliers perspective. This session should give you a high level overview of the issues, practical limitations, and challenges at the well site and down hole to get the source data and controls for your project where you want them.

This presentation/training session will cover:
• Some basic outline of what is important to monitor around artificial lifted wells
• A brief history of what the oil field has done over the last 100 years in terms of monitoring and control of pumps, with some examples.
• An outline of what a typical ESP well has today in terms of remotely accessible measurement and control, with field examples, of good and bad cases.
• An outline of digital oil field development around artificial lift, where it has got to and some idea of where it will get to in the next few years, with field examples.
• A summary of the challenges around artificial lifted wells in terms of integration into an operators intelligent digital oilfield system from an equipment suppliers perspective, touching on validation of data, comparison of logged vs continuous data, and building systems that cope with intermittent data, as well as the need to co-operative working between operator and supplier.

This webinar is categorized under the Production and Operations discipline.

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Dave Shanks

Expert Presenter

Dave Shanks has 27 years of permanent down-hole gauge design and installation, having initially worked in research and hard disk drive design, and then 5 years in the UK North sea oil field sector on platform and subsea, permanent monitoring and logging tools. He started his own business in 1994 mostly developing and manufacturing monitoring systems for PCPs and ESPs and installing a world record 137 sensors in one well in a subsea fluid level monitoring project.

In his 27 years in the oil business Dave worked in various regions around the world on monitoring rod pumps, PCPs and ESP as well as reservoir monitoring and later fluid monitoring, with projects in Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, China, Indonesia, USA, Canada, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Congo, Sudan and UK.

Mr. Shanks has designs and patents on flow and fluid measurement, wireless gauge systems, downhole related telemetry and a patent for the first hard drive for the MAC. Recently, for new ESP sensor, cable based fluid sensors, and extreme high temperature sensors and systems. Dave also direct experience of subsea controls, subsea sensors and systems, oil field pump control and monitoring.

Specialties: innovative product design, analogue, digital and processor based systems, mixed mechanical and electronic systems. He has extensive knowledge of oil field, completions, artificial lift, and reservoir monitoring. The last 9 years he has been working on novel distributed and point oil field multiphase flow and fluid level measurement.

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04/13/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 04/13/2016
04/13/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 04/13/2016 Scheduled for 90 minutes.
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