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How to digitally transform to autonomous oil and gas production

Posted by Amy Thibault on Nov 6, 2019 6:15:00 AM

Oil and gas producers have been realizing the benefits of technology with SCADA, IIoT and sensors in the field for a long time now, and while these pieces have certainly been worth their weight in black gold to the bottom line (and safety) there is a new evolution coming soon to the oil field near you.

The goal line for oil and gas producers around the world is to take the digital transformation journey to ultimately gain all the many benefits of an autonomous oil and gas operation.

But should you take that journey?

This is not a journey for everyone. There is much to consider before you decide.

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Pioneered oil and gas production cloud SCADA

Posted by Amy Thibault on Oct 30, 2019 11:55:00 AM

Back in Davy Crockett pioneer days, in order to simply wash your hands you had to haul your own water with a bucket. From the well or the stream. In the rain or snow while fighting off wild bears, boars and other frightening critters.

Today when we need to rinse some peanut butter off our fingers, we don’t pause to think about Davy Crockett, do we? We take that water flow for granted—that it’s ‘always on.’

In the pioneer days of oil and gas production data—many are alive today that remember that challenging time, about 10 years ago—when we wanted data we had to take our ‘bucket’—a note pad or even a laptop—to the ‘stream’ of data, which was the well site. A lot farther than the water well was for Davy. We risked our lives, and burned through time and money just getting to that well of data.

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Be the Captain of your boat

Posted by Amy Thibault on Sep 26, 2019 4:14:35 PM

Do you remember that old joke "Pete and Repeat went on a boat ride. Pete fell off, so who was left?" The answer was of course is "Repeat" and therefore the kid telling the joke would once again repeat the first line, and on and on... I'm often haunted by that horrible joke almost as if the joke is truly on me when I tackle mind-numbing tasks like laundry; wash, dry, fold, put away and then do it again, and again, and again...

I think about Pete and Repeat on that boat. I can't help but wonder where was the Captain of that boat? Why didn't the Captain step in and direct them both to hunker down, and grab a hold to stop falling off?

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What is Zedi Automation as a Service? [Infographic]

Posted by Amy Thibault on Mar 26, 2019 8:27:00 PM

Zedi Automation as a Service (ZAaaS) is designed to make it easier for you to explore the automation options for your needs, and then get up and running fast and accurately with our best practice pieces ready to install in weeks - not months.

Automation for oil and gas production that best support increases in production levels is usually very complex and time consuming for producers to put all the pieces together on their own without getting caught up in the agonizing details it takes to get it up and operating correctly to ultimately provide you and your team with the best decision making data you can get.

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Fishing to optimize production

Posted by Amy Thibault on Jan 15, 2019 12:55:00 PM

I’ve been an obsessed angler for years. I don’t need a special reason or day to go fishing either – I go any chance I get. Sunny 108-degree Texas days, Christmas day, or drizzly cool days, it isn’t about the day, temperature, or location – it’s simply about the experience.

There is something about the peacefulness of being on the lake, or a river that captures my senses, and instantly relaxes me, while at the same time ignites my creative side with a new sense unlimited possibilities. But it isn’t the excitement of actually catching a fish at all (since it’s not my favorite meal) – but it’s the experience that captivates my mind, warms my soul, and energizes my spirit.

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Increase rod pump oil well production

Posted by Amy Thibault on Dec 12, 2018 7:04:00 AM

The basic formula for increasing rod-pump oil well production is pretty clear to me: the more the pump runs, the more oil it pumps. The real issue is how to reduce downtime, so that it runs more, and pumps more.

What wasn't clear to me is why on earth about 100,000 pumpjacks in the US alone are not monitored—other than by someone driving all the way out to the well site every couple of days. With that method, a pump may have been down, or even worse leaking for a day or so before it’s noticed by anyone. That’s several hours of production time that can never be recovered.

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Finding the combinations you need to increase production

Posted by Amy Thibault on Aug 27, 2018 2:50:00 PM

One of my favorite combinations was always my Grandmothers fresh, warm, homemade donuts with a thin, bit of crispiness on the edges, combined with a warm mug of cocoa. I remember sitting next to her wood stove in the morning with my teeth chattering trying to warm up from another cold, snowy Vermont night. When she handed me my breakfast, it completely changed everything.

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True cost of in-house SCADA

Posted by Amy Thibault on Aug 7, 2018 11:06:00 AM

You’ve been really busy lately; planning to design install and manage your own SCADA system.You've done all your homework, researched, endlessly read on the how to’s, precautions and potential disasters to avoid. You’re ready to invest your hard-earned money, and commit even more of your precious time into the next steps.

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Autonomous description for clarity [Infographic]

Posted by Amy Thibault on Jul 13, 2018 12:16:14 PM

Everywhere you read now you see Autonomous references; self driving cars, driver-assist, automatic braking, parallel parking, and more. Autonomous is now mainstream, and the terms people use to discuss it can quickly become unclear.

What some people call ‘Autonomy’ others label ‘Automation’—and vice versa. Even at Zedi we occasionally hear the words interchanged, creating confusion for customers, and our own team. To communicate with clarity (one of our Zedi Values) – we’ve defined our terms. [Infographic]

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The top 3 production tools

Posted by Amy Thibault on Jun 12, 2018 11:44:47 AM

If you like to grow plants, you know that there are three main things they require for growth: water, sunshine and good soil. If you supply all these, your plants will grow healthy and strong, putting out new leaves and colorful blossoms in their season.

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