Here at the 50th annual Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, Emerson chief technology officer Peter Zornio joined a technical session on Digitalization in offshore and onshore oil & gas production.
Peter talked about how traditional control room has greatly expanded geographically using Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies and more secure communications.
IIoT is comprised of sensors, experts and recommendations/actions to improve operational performance.
Peter shared an analogy of driving to a destination. Before the digital revolution, you hopped in the car and headed the way you thought would be best. Now with real-time GPS mapping and routing, you are given guidance on the best way, how to avoid issues like traffic jams and an estimate of when you’ll arrive.
In the oil and gas industry, similarly to sensors to identify more conditions, analytics software to help make sense of trends and the development of abnormal situation, and experts located anywhere to be able to offer recommendations of actions to optimize or head off impending problems.
Peter described Connected Services as services where suppliers not only provide the technologies, but also the expertise to make the recommendations for improvements. He cited opportunities in areas including safety, reliability, and energy efficiency.
Security is a huge deal when connected services ship data over long distances. Peter shared some architectures from on-premise only to a separate communications system from the control system with a data diode passing the data out only with no communications allowed to come in.
He shared some case studies including a North Slope of Alaska oil producer using connected services to monitor the ongoing performance of control valves. Running for a couple of years now, they have not experienced any valve failures.
Another example Peter cited was a Texas refiner who monitored steam traps with acoustic sensors. They contracted Emerson to supply the wireless acoustic sensors and perform the connected services to monitor looking for leaks that cause energy inefficiencies. Traditional rounds we performed on an infrequent basis to spot problems wasting quite a bit of energy in the times between inspections.
Learn more about a range of solutions for oil & gas producers in the Oil & Gas section on Emerson.com and stop by a see some of the technologies and speak with the experts in the OTC exhibit area in the Emerson booth #2261.