Networks Enabling Oil and Gas Automation

To capitalize on the promise of automation, oil and gas operations need a specially designed and deployed connectivity solution with the range and capacity to support the future of the industry.

Facing high regulatory requirements, fluctuating oil prices, and growing operating costs, energy companies are turning to oil and gas automation to find efficiencies, reduce production costs, and improve margins.

Oil and gas automation involves a growing number of IoT processes, digital technologies, and next generation analytics like ubiquitous sensors and machine learning. For instance, automated drilling rigs requiring zero workers on the floor could eliminate dangerous tasks like scaffolding work or pipe handling and assembly; automated heavy trucks can mean around-the-clock hauling in the oil sands; automated cameras and drones could perform surveillance and inspection at remote sites. In addition, automating services and office tasks in the areas of production operations, process control, supply chain, and so on. Everything from throughput rate to drilling time, maintenance to logistics can be transformed by introducing oil and gas automation through digital transformation.

Oil and gas automation can be advantageous in several different ways. Firstly, it can improve equipment efficiency. Automating processes streamlines production, cutting waste, increasing sustainability, and maximizing output. Secondly, it also creates greater individual efficiency. By taking more repetitive tasks like operation monitoring, financial management, and preventative maintenance out of the hands of professionals so they can focus on more complex problem solving like negotiation and conflict management. Implementing autonomous systems can also boost a workforce’s ability to solve those complex problems by providing data based around strategic initiatives that aid in tactical decisions. Thirdly, oil and gas automation can improve internal coordination and inter-organization collaboration. Because remote areas are more connected, automated systems can distribute information across regions and assets more effectively. For example, upstream producers using automated monitoring systems can communicate those measurements in real time to upstream, midstream and downstream partners in a more integrated way, creating greater synergy through a more connected operation. Fourth, increasing the accuracy and predictability of processes can improve safety by reducing errors, not to mention eliminating some of the human-driven tasks most likely to cause jobsite injury. Finally, all these efficiency and safety improvements mean reduced cost. Operations become more scalable and timely, meaning better return on investment.

Implementing this kind of technology will progress business models and processes in unseen ways. For the oil and gas field, automation has the chance to fundamentally change the industry, upending current market trends across different parts of the sector. Accordingly, the market shares of some oil and gas organizations are already at risk from other companies that have already begun adapting to integral new automated operational technology.

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The Challenge

Oil and gas automation has the ability to lift performance across the entire industry value chain but a truly optimized system requires players in the oil and gas industry to capitalize on the potential of connectivity. Autonomous drilling, inspecting, and maintenance on drilling operations and production sites requires remote management and heavy data sharing. Making the most of oil and gas automation depends on the computing capacity to obtain more information from more sensors, processing rapidly. This kind of data transfer is a high bandwidth job where bottlenecks and reliability issues are unacceptable.

Needing to enhance connectivity among teams, sites, and assets in the office and the field, as well as deploy new high performance real-time drilling and production applications is a tall order. Energy leaders need a communication solution that could reliably transport a number of different applications across hundreds of miles, without fail, and one which would require minimal IT training and support.

Without the right connectivity oil and gas automation is not an option, as the benefits of automation vary significantly depending on the underlying network support. One of the greatest challenges oil and gas companies face is establishing communications in the most remote areas of the world, as reliable communication infrastructure is not readily available and building one can be complicated. On the other hand, a smart infrastructure upgrade can dramatically transform a worksite’s data management abilities, enabling game-changing integrated automated solutions.

The Redline Solution:

Redline provides the most powerful, rugged and reliable wireless networks using leading-edge technology helping to deliver the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) to organizations building private wide area networks for the oil and gas sector.

Redline can create an environment where the office and the field are one. Where any office application is available in the field, and connectivity includes personnel and vehicles, as well as all of your fixed assets. Redline solutions offer great range and enable extensive geographic coverage that MESH or Wi-Fi hot spots could never cover. The resulting operational efficiency can revolutionize your worksite through oil and gas automation. Redline’s staff have the training and certification required to perform oilfield and offshore services, (ISN, DISA, and PICS) to guarantee functionality and stability in your network deployment.

Redline’s purpose-built ruggedized communications equipment that is safe to deploy and operate in hazardous locations, coupled with detailed operational knowledge and a means to demonstrate innovation and capabilities, is a key competitive advantage to assist oil and gas companies globally in transforming their infrastructure and business processes. In addition, Redline’s upcoming support for CAT-M (Category M1) and NBIoT (Narrowband IoT) will enable co-existence of M2M/IoT applications with complementary broadband services within the same spectrum. This enables increased productivity with the ability to lower operational costs, and availability of critical information can be realized from your network.

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Oil and gas operations that lean heavily on autonomous systems require thousands of inputs and outputs, a complex setup that depends on highly resilient connectivity.