SCADA refers to a highly configurable set of industrial software applications that can manage almost any form of the manufacturing process. SCADA is commonly helpful in the following sectors of the oil and gas industry, including upstream, midstream, and downstream. 

In the upstream, the role of SCADA systems is often stereotyped as they primarily support the long-distance transmission of data. There are several reasons to believe this is about to change. One of the reasons is the wide and diverse use of his SCADA in other industrial sectors. Additionally, owners and operators are realizing how IT-based automation can productively solve the unique challenges of the upstream oil and gas sector.

SCADA systems can easily collect data at remote oil and gas industrial sites. This ability of SCADA reduces the need of:

  • Staff visits
  • Leading to route
  • Dispatch optimization

However, the profile of SCADA is changing in the oil and gas industry. Already seen in other process industries today, SCADA is a platform technology used to control and monitor many different types of industrial processes. It is also streamlining complex operational coordination between multiple business partners. 

The Continuing Role of SCADA

We can clearly observe the advances in the scale and scope of SCADA implementations in upstream environments in the oil and gas industry. These SCADA instances are not only exposed to industrial processes but also intersect with business operations. SCADA is thus not only a medium for process control but also supports a key role in operational coordination. SCADA system serves as the source of the data collection. 

According to experts, the investment environment of the oil and gas industry has been challenging over the past two years. Hence, the focus on automation and integration remains the same. The pause in rapid expansion allowed engineers to plan. Productivity gained from automation will significantly impact the bottom line in a low-cost market.

Automation services companies and small suppliers have confirmed that SCADA will be their powerful platform for streamlined operations at various points in the oil and gas supply chain. Better coordination and control of complex site operations can mean lower oil or gas production costs. 

SCADA technology has constantly been evolving for about 30 years. During this period, the SCADA concept has grown from a box application for engineers tinkering with PCs to a distributed industrial control paradigm used in conjunction with the following:

  • Programmable logic controllers (PLCs)
  • Devices
  • Device drivers

Careful innovation

New automation techniques can significantly improve upstream productivity, but the industry is conservative in its implementation. It only favors what it sees as proven production methods and techniques.

Oil and gas supply chain and production companies need to improve productivity through integrated operations. New projects and rigorous control over daily functions may be critical factors in the future. Developing the infrastructure required for a sector or region will be streamlined and less tailor-made. Consolidation and scale achieved by technology take precedence as profitability declines across all market sectors. 

SCADA impacts when, where, how, and who gets work done. If your workforce is already a high-value specialist, a SCADA system can be part of a reorganization designed to make your workforce more productive.  

Onshore and offshore SCADA services provider: 

SCADA systems have become the standard for industrial operations around the world. However, the complex integrations and exponential growth of data often make it difficult to access SCADA intelligence where and when one needs it.

Prismecs SCADA services help E&P onshore, and offshore teams consolidate legacy assets, enable remote monitoring, and leverage data to better control well and drilling sites.

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