Schlumberger Releases Production Operations Software Platform

Author: Spencer Ogden
Date posted03/Nov/2011
Author: Spencer Ogden

Schlumberger today announced the release of the Avocet* 2012 production operations software platform. The Avocet platform has been engineered to combine a complete and up-to-date picture of operations with engineering analysis capabilities to pinpoint the reasons for production shortfalls, enabling producing assets to hit production targets consistently.

“Today, production engineers manage seven times more wells than they did in the mid-1990s,” said Meyer Bengio, vice president, petroleum engineering, Schlumberger Information Solutions. “The large number of wells combined with the significant increase in real-time data generated from permanent sensors has created a situation in which engineers only have time to react to well problems, rather than preventing them. With Avocet, engineers can be proactive with all of their wells and act with confidence to close the gap between actual and potential production.”

Avocet 2012 is a single, integrated platform that combines well operations and production data management systems—from capturing and validating field data, to production and equipment surveillance, and tracking of specialized oilfield operations. The Avocet platform supports production computations, visualization of production networks, and reporting of current and historical information. Additional capabilities include component allocations, determination of artificial lift efficiency, AFE and workover performance tracking, and a tracking system to avoid costly well integrity problems and record well completion operations to meet regulatory requirements.

Operators and engineers can assign classifications to better understand the reasons for production shortfalls. Avocet 2012 connects directly to petroleum engineering software simulations like PIPESIM* production analysis models and analytical applications such as OFM* well and reservoir analysis to provide insight into the root causes of shortfalls. For example, flow assurance problems are easily identified using model-based surveillance in a streamlined workflow. By uniting data with models in a single environment, problems can be identified more quickly, downtime can be minimized and production optimized.

“Every asset is unique and presents a multitude of potential problems from the reservoir to the point of sale. Avocet is engineered to encompass the entire production system in all types of operations--offshore, onshore, conventional and unconventional, making it a software platform ideally suited for addressing the requirements of integrated operations,” said Bengio.

Built on a modern Microsoft® foundation, the Avocet platform is open and extensible. Tailored calculations can be quickly added to meet unique requirements. New equipment and associated data types can be added as operations change through time. The Avocet platform integrates with complementary tools to build and automate workflows and to provide advanced analyses. This powerful extensibility supports the implementation of digital oilfields projects.