Over the last 15 years, the adoption of digital oilfields has gained impetus due to advancements in technologies for sensing, automation, connectivity and data analytics, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
Digital oilfield is a concept that combines business process management with digital technologies to automate workflows for maximising productivity, reducing costs, and minimise the overall risks associated with oil and gas operations. It is designed to transform the upstream sector by converging operational technology with information technology to enable the creation of a “digital twin” that replicates the performance of an oilfield on a computer.
The company’s latest thematic report: “Digital Oilfield” discusses how the global oil and gas industry is gearing up to adopt digital oilfields to improve competitiveness and sustainability.
GlobalData’s thematic research, which examines the contribution of oil and gas companies, and technology and automation providers in enabling the development of digital oilfield technologies, identifies multinational oil and gas companies, such as BP, Shell, Chevron and Equinor, as the leaders in the digital oilfield space. The research also identifies oilfield service providers, such as Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes and Weatherford among the leading players in this space.
Ravindra Puranik, Oil & Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “A comprehensive implementation of digital oilfield can assist oil and gas companies in increasing operational efficiency, and facilitates production optimisation, collaboration, data integration, decision support, and workflow automation.”
Nevertheless, lack of well-defined processes and workflows, and the shortage of digital-ready workforce are hindering the adoption of digitalisation in the oil and gas industry.
Puranik concludes: “Dependence on legacy systems and remotely scattered oil and gas fields are further complicating data-capture from all producing assets. As a result, a full-fledged enterprise-wide deployment of digital oilfield is still a long way from realisation. Nevertheless, even with the current scale of deployment, oil and gas companies have managed to achieve productivity gains through improved reservoir understanding, remote monitoring of operations and with logistics and supply chain optimisation.”