12 Jun Automation for Scheduling and Asset Management
When most people think about Automation, they immediately visualize the robot arms in a car
manufacturing plant, where bolts are turned and logos stamped by long-armed machine with no people
in sight. This is one version of Automation, to be sure, and a potentially valuable one for upstream Oil
and Gas. However, automation is more than just physical robots. For example, did you know that your
phone has automation in it already? Autocorrect and Google search autocomplete are technically
“automation”. They are programs which complete repetitive tasks for you. In these cases, using a
dictionary to check your spelling and manually fixing typos, or having to type out a search query you’ve
made multiple times before. They are not complex, difficult tasks which require brain power and
creativity to solve. Repetitive work, from driving to filling in reports, can be automated in the same
The more complicated the task, the harder it is to automate. Documentation in the back office is one
such example: McKinsey estimates that 30% of tasks in any given office can be automated, even in the
realm of scheduling.
Filling in oil and gas well delivery reports is not a terribly difficult task. All an oil and gas engineer needs
are the relevant information from the well, the appropriate format for the report, and the right software
to write it. That said, the work itself is considerably repetitive. The data from the field necessary to fill
out a well report is often in an Excel document. The right information will need to be copied and pasted
into a report-template document, over and over again, in order to make sure that the schedule has been
completed correctly. These documents are ripe for automation: wouldn’t it be great for your team if you
could have them complete reports in much less time? Engineers, who have much more important work
they could be doing, would be able to spend more time working on the well delivery itself, rather than
budgeting time for the report.
Generwell offers automatic report generation, a feature for any good oil and gas scheduling software.
When generating a report, you’d normally have to copy and paste the relevant info into the relevant
fields. However, Generwell allows engineers to fill in fields in our user interface, and with the press of a
button, a complete report can be generated as per your company’s standards! Saving your team time
and your company money, Generwell’s features allow you to expedite report generation, in addition to
other great oil and gas scheduling features.