Houston-based Moblize has created a decision-making platform which speeds up the work of drilling engineers
Despite millions of dollars spent on software tools and applications during well planning and construction by E&P companies, the time between data acquisition and decisions is at a record high. Users are frustrated by how many application touchpoints exist in these workflows, stymieing access to answers and insights.
This causes significant productivity losses. A recent study by CIO Perspectives shows that only 50% of knowledge workers find information from corporate sources to be in a usable format. As the volume of available data expands, this problem is only likely to worsen, while engineers struggle even harder to make sense of it.
Houston-based Moblize is tackling the issue head-on. The company, which is part-funded by Chevron’s Technology Ventures unit, has taken a holistic approach and has begun with big-picture problems.
During typical well planning and construction phases, it can take engineers weeks to find the desired answers. For example, during the planning phase, key points such as determining a good rate of penetration (ROP) for surface holes in the area, the likely time required to case the well, how long a trip to the desired depth will take, and the estimation of any non-productive time (NPT) are all time-intensive tasks. Determining the ROP across different zones and which bottom hole assembly (BHA) motor would minimise the number of runs are also time-intensive tasks.
To do this, engineering teams must visit many data lakes of disparate applications, ensure that their data can be trusted and then prepare it in a format which offers answers and insights. After the well has been drilled, wider analytics can then offer information on time and cost, average spud times and even more granular insight. Yet all these devour time (in weeks), money and use a multitude of applications.
Moblize’s cloud-based ProACT platform aims to reduce the entire data-to-decision process during the planning and construction phases, by offering a single source of reliable information in a simple and easy-to-access format. ProACT aggregates real-time machine sensor data directly from field devices, unstructured data from emails, instant messengers and historical data from third-party vendor office hubs. The data are then available to access via computer, tablet or smartphone from any location.
The platform consists of three primary processing components. First is a data quality layer, where machine data are aggregated, prepared to be trustworthy – it screens data quality issues which could result in the wrong rig states for well operations – before being assembled and vetted by petroleum engineers, as well as more than 700 data quality rules.
Second is a workflow-based analytics layer. Here, data are prepared as information by machine learning and advanced statistical models. This ensures that the information is directly relevant and useful to business decisions, does not require modification and helps engineers exploit it to answer questions such as those above.
Finally a visualisation layer enables a highly intuitive publishing and delivery mechanism, allowing the results to be made available anytime and anywhere.
ProACT enables engineers to compare historical and active wells on the fly, screening a multitude of factors. For example, ProACT can automatically stitch historical wells (called preparation) nearby to identify optimum ROP and how active well ROP performs against it.
With all engineers working from the same data sources, ProACT serves as a single point of information for decision-making with timely, up-to-date, precise and accurate information to support major judgments and decision-making. The interface also has built-in self-learning tools which ensure higher user engagement from day one.
This all-in-one platform provides the ability to find and analyse relevant information, drive actions and decisions and boost performance. Having been field-proven on more than 7,500 unconventional wells in the US, “It’s the engineer’s new best friend,” comments Moblize CEO Amit Mehta.
Contact: Amit Mehta, CEO Tel: (+1) 713 900 4639 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.moblize.com