What It Is
Most producers today have a number of data silos. Each silo may be collecting different data based on lift type, like ESP versus Rod Pump, or device type, like oil tank versus test separator or flow meter. The dots between the data are never connected. This leaves operators and engineers searching and hoping they figure it out issues quickly.
Legacy tools limit this to brute force approaches, requiring extraordinary operator expertise. Integration between these systems is very difficult, if not impossible. Many of these systems are inefficient at publishing data for analytics or complex event processing.
A starting point for Unified Monitoring is to create a single substrate or backbone of operational data, in one place where the data gets connected. The system does the heavy lifting; organizes the data and presents it in a single consistent view.
This doesn’t assume that there is a single way to look at data that might be implied by a single pane of glass, but that rather allows for layering of different views or panes on this backbone, maybe by role or purpose. The key to Unified Monitoring is that it is a single data source.
When Osprey started working on a Unified Monitoring solution there were a set of key objectives that we thought the solution needed, but we narrowed it down to three here:
- A single source of operational data for wells, regardless of the equipment supplier or lift type.
- This store of operational data provides the core data backbone for the production operations teams. All telemetry and well details can be stored and found here. Enabling centralized well surveillance is a critical step where we see operators going forward.
- Scalable, with all wells, all locations, all types, all time.
- At Osprey, we think it is important to provide this as frictionless as possible. Ideally with limited or preferably zero internal impacts or administration.
- Collaborative, available across multiple teams and roles.
- Much of the data is temporal or time based, which requires specific support and functionality for storage, processing and analytics. We find that enabling cross-team communication for operators requires a different tool set for tools based on the time series and complex event data required to drive production operations.
Unified Monitoring is truly designed to bridge the gap between implementation challenges and achieving full results, and accelerating the transfer of knowledge and shortening the learning curve between teams. For more information on Unified Monitoring, we highly recommend that you request our webcast on the topic. In the Webcast Replay, entitled, “Unified Monitoring is Mission Critical to Running a Digital Oilfield,” Jon Snyder and CTO Ron Frohock highlight how Unified Monitoring helps production teams reduce time to resolution for operational issues. They illustrate how the solution helps you leverage your SCADA and well data and transition to using advanced analytics with a centralized data backbone.