FIELD DATA CAPTURE (FDC) is the gathering and analysis of manually entered or electronically uploaded data from field equipment. Oil and gas facilities have hundreds of metering points. The data from these metering points is required by multiple departments within an organization. Some of the field data is necessary to meet government reporting requirements. Data must be collected on time and accurately in order to reassure the recipients of that data of its validity.
Data being captured includes but is not limited to:
THE FDC SYSTEM
An FDC system can range from:
- Hand written log books
- Excel spreadsheets
- FDC software
Regardless of the system being used to capture the data there are a few fundamental requirements:
- Data must be accurate
- Data changes must be auditable
- Data must be available to multiple groups and departments within a company, and to external partner companies
- Data must be available to different departments with different urgency
- Operational issues must be identified and resolved daily, whereas production accounting groups need data on a monthly basis.
- The system must be flexible and expandable when new employees or equipment is deployed to the field
- The system might be required to share data with other applications
Based on the fundamental requirements, the options for capturing data can be further analysed:
- Hand written log books would be difficult to share with multiple groups and the data may not be available in order to resolve operational issues depending on the amount of data being captured.
- Excel spreadsheets would be easily shared between groups but, as with hand written log books, the data may not be available in order to resolve operational issues depending on the amount of data being captured.
- FDC software could be easily shared between groups, and if most of the data is downloaded electronically then the data would be available in order to resolve operational issues
Current methods of capturing data include:
- Manual entry: written on paper, typed into software
- Electronic capture: downloaded from the field in various formats with one of many interface options
- To be printed for filing
- To be uploaded into FDC software for analysis and verification
iSolutions’ RECOMMENDED DATA FLOW
Problems faced by oil and gas companies with regard to electronic collection of data include but are not limited to:
- Fragile handheld devices that are cost prohibitive for company wide use
- Software maintenance of systems that must communicate
- Feasible plans to allow for data capture during system downtime or offline
- Company IT bandwidth limitations
BENEFITS OF FDC
The benefits of excel or FDC software is that the application can perform some of the analytics and calculations necessary for the operator or engineer which gives the user more time in the day to determine solutions for increasing profitability rather than spending that time performing the calculations. Also there is a reduction in duplication of work and effort when all the data and calculation results are available from a single source.
The benefits of moving towards cloud based data availability is that it eliminates the oil and gas company from requiring the IT infrastructure and in-house staff which also increases profitability.
The bottom line is that oil and gas companies need to reduce costs and increase profitability. Time is money and the more time that staff are required to expend on the collection of the data, the less time they have to devote to the analysis of the data and the implementation of cost cutting and profit enhancing measures. In the current economy production deferment tools are vital and allow the operator to link production outages to specific maintenance events, resulting in a more clear analysis of production issues. In addition, depending on the region that the company is operating, there could be legislative requirements that need to be enforced and field data that needs to be relayed to government bodies for approval.
The future of FDC is a move towards cloud based data availability and internet access for software applications on many different devices and away from paper based collection. Important issues to take into account are:
- Field environment and its effect on handheld or mobile devices
- The device itself and the user (battery life, weight of device, ease of use)
- Connection speeds with wireless service
- Offline options for users who will be out of range
- Security of information when using wireless services
- Hardware performance and capability of handheld and mobile devices
- Operating system updates of handheld and mobile devices as they may impact FDC applications
- Security of the data when it’s being housed by a 3rd party data center
iSolutions consultants have extensive expertise with the implementation and support of the following Field Data Capture software
A highly configurable field data capture, production reporting & volume accounting software solution, learn more about iSolERA.
Among the leading production management systems on the market today, PVR offers companies an efficient means of collecting, compiling and reporting field data.
ProdView is an interactive, visual production management system that captures the physical flow of all fluids (such as oil, condensate, gas, water, sand) through a gathering system.
Tietonator Energy Components
Tietonator Energy Components is a field data capture system used in both the conventional and heavy oil spaces. Let iSolutions assist your organization with your EC project.