Remote Information Access... it's not just for M2M communications
In today’s digital oilfield, M2M (machine-to-machine) communications collect the vast majority of data that is integral to maintaining safe, efficient, and reliable operations. Whether wired or wireless, across public or private networks, M2M encompasses applications as diverse as industrial automation, telemetry, and SCADA. Modern M2M easily links multiple networks, often effectively bridging them for even more comprehensive data collection and exchange.
As covered in several earlier Statements of the Month, including Leverage the Internet for Integrated Measurement
and Components of an Integrated Measurement Process
, broadly available and highly affordable communications are a fundamental element of well-integrated hydrocarbon measurement processes. Going beyond relatively simple data collection and exchange, such communications can offer much more in terms of timely access to the information necessary for superior and fully accountable measurement. Integrated measurement provides the ability to have all data managed, archived, and accessible through a single source.
For example, information from raw measurement data to final edited gas volume statements, system balances, field test reports, laboratory results, and measurement reports, can all easily be made available to authorized employees and entitled third-parties through a secure Internet-based hosting portal. A properly designed underlying data warehouse provides scalability, flexibility for new and modified data marts, complete archival storage, and redundancy for business continuity and disaster recovery purposes. These key components of integrated measurement can be seamlessly combined to ensure timely and accurate information dissemination and sharing.
If your measurement processes, whether through internal resources or service providers, are not functionally integrated, an objective assessment should be made to determine if hard-dollar and soft-dollar benefits are being left on the table. Technology for technology-sake is not wise, but when a Return on Investment (ROI) can be clearly established, the value proposition often becomes self-evident.
"You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data."
~ Daniel Keys Moran, American computer programmer and science fiction writer