Petroleum Technology Workbench

Using the agile approach to design and build a new custom production surveillance and corrective action workflow application for a mature gas lifted field

Petroleum Technology Workbench or PTW replaced a patchwork of systems and spreadsheets to create a single, unified repository, analytics engine and dashboard to manage and optimise production.

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Number of client and scrum member locations involved in the PTW project, during the lockdown

Problem: Old, disconnected production systems keeping engineers in reactive mode

As with many oil and gas operators, production systems have evolved over time, with new systems bolted to old – the result of which was a challenging environment to work in (especially for new joiners).

In order to build a picture of the operation, engineers had to switch between multiple systems which wasted time – and caused delays between an event and the action taken by engineers. Anomalies had been missed, which at best caused daily production losses, at worst had longer term consequences.

Solution: Field-wide, custom-built dashboard and analytics tool, delivered in record time

Off the shelf solutions rarely apply to complex oil and gas systems, but custom development need neither be slow nor more expensive. At Eigen we employ our own agile methodology, beginning with design thinking workshops to engage users, and work collaboratively with the client to deliver expected business outcomes. The client brought along its own user-experience specialists so we were quickly able to mock up wireframes of the tool and get rapid user feedback and iterate both back and front-end quickly.

Over fifteen sprints (~7 months) we were able to build a system that replaced the legacy applications the client was previously using.

Impact: Harnessing the benefits of the agile methodology

The client has shifted to more proactive management of the field, able to intervene earlier based on quality, robust data, generated at the click of a button.

It has dramatically reduced the risk of over-reliance on ageing systems that were pushed well beyond their intended scope and capabilities, with a cloud-based application to provide secure access and future proofing.

The experience has been shared with other assets in the client’s portfolio – and because of the investment in a unified user interface, new engineers joining the team can quickly get up to speed and add value.

Finally, learning from the experience, the client now expects all its oil and gas systems projects to follow the agile method, engage users early and continually, employ user-experience specialists for rapid prototyping and work cross-functionally in scrum teams to deliver faster.

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