An article highlighting the potential for digital devices to revolutionise the operation of oil and gas systems has recently been published in Subsea UK magazine. The article reports on NEL’s on-going involvement in this field and its current and planned research on ‘digital oilfield’ issues.
“This magazine gets to a wide range of people in the oil and gas industry, so we are delighted to be able to get our message out through its pages,” says the article’s author, Control Systems and Software Developer, Gordon Lindsay. “We used the piece to show how active we are in this area of research, to announce a key project and to show how our work will help end users.”
Gordon’s article notes how digital devices used in the oil and gas industry are capable of outputting vast quantities of data over fieldbus networks. It highlights the increasing demand from end users for ways to interpret this ‘big data’ in a cost-effective way in order to get valuable information on the performance of their systems – the key function of what is broadly referred to as the ‘digital oilfield’.
“We are undertaking a 3-year research project to help end users interpret their digital data sets and most importantly understand the factors that can affect the reliability of this data,” Gordon explains. “We have hired new staff to build our skill set in this area and are hoping to provide a new digital service in 2020.”
As highlighted in Subsea UK, the aim of NEL’s current research is to develop definitive correlations between the digital diagnostic data output from modern flow meters and their physical environment. To ensure that the research is representative of industry conditions, the lab has partnered with a leading manufacturer who has committed to providing unrestricted access to proprietary information relating to meter design and operation.
According to Gordon, initial research has already been undertaken for the project and test protocols have been developed. Experimental research will take place over Summer 2019, when the output data of a range of standard meters will be logged and this data interpreted. One aim of the research is to develop a toolkit that will allow end users to understand and address any metering problems they face in the field.
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