Automate the Test-Report Process... and Further Tighten the Measurement Belt
The January 2016 Statement of the Month
) discussed how fully integrated hydrocarbon measurement processes can reduce costs while improving overall measurement accuracy and accountability. This month we’ll briefly focus on the benefits of automating the test-report process as a key component of integrated measurement. Among the most useful features of automated test reporting are:
- Electronic test-report generation and auto-import of results into the measurement system;
- Auto-identification of potential measurement errors;
- Automated testing and sample scheduling;
- Field calculations for volume, plate size, and hydrocarbon dew-point;
- Access to all measurement reports and statements through a common interface and database;
- Customized technician productivity and accountability reports; and
- The ability to interface with most meter types, including Orifice, Turbine, Displacement/Rotary, Ultrasonic, V-Cone, and Coriolis.
Managing test report information "manually" is inefficient, time consuming, error-prone, and akin to 20th century manual payroll processing. While most of us recognize the overall business benefits of automation in areas such as payroll, similar advances in hydrocarbon measurement are just gaining traction. But the good news is that those benefits are available today, as a service or internal software-based solution, and can have a tremendous impact on the bottom-line costs for natural gas measurement. Empirically, the efficiencies associated with simply automating the meter inspection and calibration report process have reduced management and the labor associated with field services by over 25%.
Highly integrated measurement processes (click here to view a typical depiction
) are demonstrating significant technical advances that further the value proposition of the digital oilfield. Accordingly, a discovery assessment by an experienced and highly reputable measurement services company could be useful in determining more effective ways of doing business as well as lowering costs.
"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement,
achievement, and success have no meaning."
~ Benjamin Franklin, American Statesman, Scientist, Philosopher, Writer, Printer, & Inventor