A Journey to Improvement; Value from Central Support Using an Integrated Collaborative Environment
- Spencer John Roberts (BG Group plc) | Mark Setrem (BG Group plc) | Nicholas Pierpoint (BG Group plc) | Peter Forbes (IBM)
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- SPE Intelligent Energy Conference and Exhibition, 23-25 March, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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- 2010. Society of Petroleum Engineers
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In November 2007 BG Group implemented a Drilling Integrated Collaborative Environment (ICE) for the North Sea HPHT drilling schedule ((1) Setrem et al 2008, SPE 112121). The aim was to change the way the well engineering teams based onshore and offshore work together, enabling collective experience to be used for the benefit of the drilling programme. Following the success of this centre, BG Group has opened a global network of drilling, operations and production optimisation ICE.
The first section of this paper reports the benefits delivered and learning points realised following one full years' operation of the Drilling ICE using case studies to illustrate key points and findings including:
- Technology uptake and its relationship to people and process change
- The organisational model adopted on and offshore, behaviours observed and feedback from onshore and offshore team members.
- The range of benefits realised from the ICE facilities during operation of three wells, and how closely the benefits delivered corresponded to those planned.
The second section examines the global ICE network; the challenges of stepping up from asset based to global network functionality, the opportunities for delivering increased value from a global network and what the key enablers are for adding value.
This paper provides an update on BG Group's journey of changing the way it works.
In 2008 BG Group outlined its plans for intelligent energy and collaboration ((2) Edwards and Roberts 2008, SPE 112122) utilising Integrated Collaborative Environments (ICE). The BG Group ICE Programme has subsequently enjoyed considerable success culminating recently with the presentation of the 2009 BG CEO Innovation Award. The award was in the category of Enhanced Working Practices for the work performed by the UKU Drilling ICE in Aberdeen, and Reading ICE, located in BG Group's Reading headquarters.
UKU Drilling ICE Benefits and Learning Points
The UKU Drilling ICE has been in operation for over two years and has supported a number of high complexity HPHT (High Pressure High Temperature) wells across the North Sea. The facility has had great success leveraging scarce resources and reducing NPT (Non Productive Time).
The ICE environment consists of a permanent work area for up to seven staff with an adjoining dedicated meeting room. The population includes the Wells Team Leader, Drilling Superintendent, Senior Drilling Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Logistics Coordinator and a day shift Advanced Drilling Technician (ADT). The ADT was previously part of a two person 24/7 offshore support team, this support is now split between onshore and offshore (day and night shift respectively). This was a critical role managing the real-time data feeds. In all other respects the offshore team remains unchanged. Subsurface support is provided by the remote team located in BG Group's Reading headquarters.
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