The Implementation of a Drilling-and-Completions Advanced Collaborative Environment--Taking Advantage of Change
- Steven J. Sawaryn (BP Exploration) | Stephen Goodwin (BP Exploration) | Andrew Deady (BP Exploration) | Colin Critchley (BP Exploration) | Bruce Swanson (BP Exploration)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Economics & Management
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- April 2011
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- 2011. Society of Petroleum Engineers
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Advanced collaborative environments (ACEs) were planned as an integral part of the operator's new Aberdeen office. The move in early 2008 coincided with a major business reorganization that prompted a critical reassessment of their scope and functionality. The selected approach is well suited to operations in a mature area. During the pilot project, three ACE implementation types were tested. One of these provided dedicated data feeds and visualization tools within the normal work area, operating only during normal working hours. The other two were (1) an asset-based, on-site, round-the-clock type and (2) an outsourced model, each representing a business-model extreme. The selected configuration was closest to the first of these models, with careful provision for future growth.
The results of the pilot studies supported the business case but suggested that the realization of many of the benefits would hinge on attitudes, behaviors, and working practices. It was concluded that steady growth, based on demand and keeping pace with the changing habits, would give the best return. Detailed plans were created for each of the people, process, technology, environment, and organization components of the operator's ACE model. The new building design and layout has greatly enhanced the overall working environment. Other activities included the upgrading of fiber links, the introduction of an operability laboratory to test the compatibility of data feeds and systems, extensive human-factor studies, contract reassessment, and the introduction of a dedicated ACE support team. By June 2008, seven rigs were being supported simultaneously, including monitoring the progress of a wired-pipe trial in Trinidad. All this has been achieved during a period of outstanding drilling-and-completions (D&Cs) performance. This measured approach has delivered results, helping to win hearts and minds while avoiding overstretching resources. The paper includes details of the pilot project, implementation, and the progress and challenges to date.
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