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Oil and Gas Data

Wednesday, 01 Aug 2012

Published in The Roughneck (“Association’s Corner”)
August 2012

Across western Canada, it’s not just rigs and crewsthat move regularly. Field data – information captured during operations – is always on the move as well.

This data is a high demand commodity. Rig crews record it, but all manner of oil and gas entities want it: to analyze, archive or cross-reference. Regulators and client companies increasingly expect more options to access and process this information.

The CAODC Drilling Tour Sheet - the record of rig activity over a shift - has provided an industry standard for drilling datasince the 1940’s. Because the paper format was the long-used industry standard, the process to introduce an electronic format (in 1994) was relatively straight forward.

But on service rigs, tour data has not had a comparable standard format. For the most part, service rig companies across industry capture the same data with their in-house tour reports, but there’s no guarantee that these pieces are consistent in the way it is assured on the drilling side.

It’s more important than ever that industry prepares to capture data in a consistent format. New plays and improvements in field practices often come as a result of reviewing available data. The rig – being at the frontlines of industry as it is – has a critical role to play in ensuring good data is forwarded for this anylsis.

CAODC Service Rig Electronic Tour Standard (SR ETS) will better position service rig contractors to meet evolving information demands from clients and regulators. Right now, the draft CAODC specification is being field tested by three tour sheet vendors. The Service Rig Executive Committee hopes that the new software will be available to all contractors by the end of the year.

Says Nancy Malone, Vice-President, Operations, CAODC, “Test products are going to a small group of rigs, and we want the guys to push the software to its maxmimum. We fully expect they’ll find a way to ‘break’ it. ”

Malone is familiar with this process: the CAODC Electronic Tour Standard for drilling rigs was overhauled four years ago. The drillers, rig managers and wellsite supervisors in the test group needed only a short period of time with the new program to find ways in which the new specification didn’t function in the waythey needed it to.

That’s exactly what we’re after with the service rig testing. We’ve consulted extensively with our service rig members, but the best way to find out where the spec is ‘off’ is to let the field have a run at it. ”

The Tour Sheet has a broad reach. Capturing rig data with a consistent reporting mechanism is a win for contractors and for their clients. But above all else, it’s a contractor’s tool: the content must serve the needs of service rig contractors and their employees first. Service rig contractors are encouraged to speak to vendors about options for systems that meet the new standard.