Bringing a well through construction, from design to completion and production, is a huge undertaking. The number of details that must come together are simply overwhelming, and solid collaboration is key to make it all fit. But what if you could reduce, or even eliminate, the most common obstacles in this process.
In this article, we will look at what goes into well completion, some common pain-points and how collaborative software can improve both CAPEX and OPEX.
What is well completion
An oil well is a complex system, which require many moving pieces to align to reach completion. Taking a well design from the drawing board to construction and production, requires the input and attention from a large amount of people. Every aspect of the design must be considered, practically.
The technology, materials, local considerations of sourcing components, logistics of people and equipment, installation processes and not least approval at every step, all play their important role of bringing a project to reality. It requires careful collaboration.
Procedures and approaches to each problem may be standardised and well defined, but when considering the complexity of such an industrial undertaking, the importance of collaboration is obvious. But how can you efficiently make a large group of people, often spread across the world, always be on the same page in an efficient manner?
Project management software is nothing new, but SCRUM and AGILE has their limitations when implemented through an all-round solution.
Let’s review some common pain-points in the development process:
Large number of revisions to documents and spreadsheets.
Manual data collection and entry
Procedures for approvals or rejection.
Long chains of emails sharing updates.
Requesting progress reports.
Submitting progress reports.
Meetings establishing guidelines.
Periodic consolidation of everything.
Constantly keeping track of it all.
This might sound familiar, and those who are know that this is a cycle repeated multiple times. There is no doubt that a solution to this would have a huge positive effect.
A complex problem often has a complex solution
The traditional approach of execution has been developed over a long time, and there’s no doubt it works. However, that it works, does not mean it is optimal, and anyone familiar with the amount of energy and time wasted on little things, know how it adds up in. For small teams of 1-3 people, this approach might be sufficient. However, much is lost when scaled up to dozens of people working together, across time zones, cultures, and specialisation. In an industry that are becoming increasingly competitive and efficiency-oriented one must be willing to adapt, embracing new solutions. A new digital tool can be daunting, but the benefits are undeniable.
Gathering everything in one place is only part of the job. Making sure that every actor has the right access and are confident that what they look at is correct, approved, and current is one of the biggest challenges and the key to a successful execution.
A collaborative software solution must be built on the foundation of a responsive and intuitive user interface, with all uncertainty is eliminated. Functionality that allows the users to:
Centralising data collection.
Develop their piece of the puzzle independently.
backwards compatibility with older systems
Be confident that your work is not accidentally interfered with.
Integration with customer or third-party APIs.
Any conflict is timely detected.
Much lower chance of decisions based on outdated data.
A solid collaborative software platform greatly reduces the need for double-checking revision version, combing through emails to make sure everyone was included in the last version.
The major industry actors have spent large resources and time standardising procedures and approach to different aspects of well construction and completions. This ensures that every solution is on a solid foundation before the practical details and nuances are defined. Consolidated as libraries, they are always available to the user, covering every industry standard.
There are ways of improving the collaboration process and its efficiency by guaranteeing that everyone is always on the same page, using collaborative software. Some may find the transition difficult, but quality software remains accessible to even those most engrained in the traditional way of doing things. It cuts down on routine tasks that belong to a different era and makes well completions as interconnected as the rest of the 21st century.