Data in Data out

The sheer vol­ume of data, voice and video traf­fic sent and re­ceived by in­dus­tries in re­mote lo­ca­tions is in­creas­ing. Oil and gas in par­tic­u­lar can look for­ward to vast growth in band­width us­age lev­els. But, does all this com­mu­ni­ca­tion need to be hap­pen in

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Op­ti­mis­ing data trans­fer from re­mote lo­ca­tions Does vol­ume mean value?

In May 2014, at the Oil & Gas Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Brazil event, in­fra­struc­ture and lo­gis­ti­cal ser­vices spe­cial­ist Brastrad­ing pre­dicted that max­i­miz­ing the suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion of the oil and gas rigs of the fu­ture will de­pend on a band­width us­age level of 100 times that of to­day. Even now, as Martin Jar­rold, chief, in­ter­na­tional pro­gramme de­vel­op­ment of the Global VSAT Fo­rum ( GVF), said: “Many types of oil and gas in­stal­la­tions and ves­sels ~ fixed, re­mote, and mo­bile ~ are re­quir­ing ever- in­creas­ing amounts of satel­lite band­width to meet the in­dus­try’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions needs.” That goes for ex­plo­ration plat­forms and ships, drilling rigs, float­ing pro­duc­tion units, off­shore support and sup­ply ves­sels, tankers, pipe­lines and more. And, he con­tin­ued: “At the very core of in­creas­ing band­width de­mand is the ‘ here and now’ of the dig­i­tal oil­field.” This means cloud server ap­pli­ca­tions that are in­creas­ingly go­ing to en­able the trans­fer of oil and gas field IT in­fra­struc­ture, and IT per­son­nel ex­per­tise away from var­i­ous off­shore, or other re­mote lo­ca­tions, to cen­trally lo­cated ar­eas, in support of what Jar­rold calls, “fully in­te­grated op­er­a­tions which com­prise ‘ al­ways- on’, real- time, well- head and drilling mea­sure­ments and data net­work­ing or shar­ing; along with video- based equip­ment and in­stru­ment mon­i­tor­ing, video- based re­mote surveil­lance for safety and se­cu­rity, and video con­fer­enc­ing.”

There’s yet more data headed to­wards us

Much more data is be­com­ing avail­able. Roy Wood­head, value cre­ation man­ager, oil and gas in­dus­try at HP, said: “The data ex­plo­sion is com­ing from sen­sors telling us things we’ve never been able to mea­sure and know pre­vi­ously; the digi­ti­sa­tion of doc­u­ments such as well- logs, and new in­for­ma­tion caused by com­bin­ing older data such as link­ing var­i­ous logs to reser­voir mod­els to aug­ment our in­ter­pre­ta­tions and un­der­stand­ing.” All of which means more in­te­grated in­for­ma­tion, yield­ing bet­ter in­sights, and im­proved decision- mak­ing.

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