04 Apr Generwell in the Cloud
Cloud computing is a maturing technology, but in the world of oil and gas scheduling, many Exploration and Production (E&P) companies have yet to fully embrace it. Once companies see how much the cloud can boost oil and gas asset management, E&P can really begin to soar.
Recently, The Economist published an article that looked at the relationship between large tech firms and the Oil and Gas Industry. The author discussed cloud computing and how companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Alphabet (Google) are trying to sell it to oil and gas. Cloud computing is not a new idea; Google Drive and Apple’s iCloud are two examples of Cloud Computing. They both house files on a server remote from the user, who gains access by logging-in. A user (or several users) can have access to files on multiple computers at once. Some programs, like Google docs or Google sheets, allow a team of users to share and edit a single document. Cloud computing can really boost productivity and integrated well delivery, especially in the domain of scheduling and planning.
In a world where files and projects are stored on individual computers, there are plenty of time-delays. Let’s say you have a drilling plan and a schedule needs to get built and sent to the field. Assume that the schedule is completed by hand, or has to be printed-out and delivered. Walking or driving out the schedule takes time, and during that time it can get lost, damaged or changed. Electronic versions are better, sure, but they create sharing problems too. An oil and gas scheduler would need to email it to the right people to distribute it. More delays, and more potential for issues.
If this schedule is on the cloud, then there’s no worry about getting it out on time. Instead of having to email or snail-mail documentation directly to the field, the scheduler simply uploads it to the cloud. Or, even better, they could fill out the documentation on a cloud-enabled tool. The field teams and senior management could each access the schedule, assuming they have the correct permissions. This ensures that plans can be executed much faster and more accurately. The cloud enables E&P companies to be much more productive, accurate and efficient.
Our product Generwell has these capabilities and more. With automated workflows, cloud-based data sharing, and job scheduling tools, Generwell makes the most from cloud technology for the oil field. Our mobile App makes sure that these cloud features are available on the go. These cloud-enabled modules allow for the back-office and the field to be in sync, while still being secure. Cloud computing presents terrific changes to E&P, and Generwell is here to help!