Canary Labs has been working within the drilling and fracking industry for several years and offers a number of unique solutions for various major companies that are serving in this industry segment. Game changing opportunities in the industry have been created due to the development of Canary Labs’ existing software and the added advancements of new products. We have received positive feedback from our customers and they are pleased with how quickly and easily our products can retrieve and display data that is crucial to their operations.
Canary Labs has found that the drilling and fracking industries face some data collection and presentation challenges that are almost exclusive to the industry. Off-shore oil platforms can also use similar solutions. Some examples of challenges that have been solved are the following.
Drilling and fracking operations generally happen at multiple sites and new sites are constantly being forged. Some customers would like their operators to be able to view the data during the fracking process, while others just want to forward the data to a centralized location where it can later be accessed. Since data is being collected from multiple locations, having the right configuration to be able to centralize and/or view localized data can be a challenge. Canary Labs offers two solutions for data centralization. The first method uses a technology we call the “Historian Mirror”. The Historian Mirror will log the data to a local historian and push the data to a centralized location. This solution allows operators at the local site to view the data while it is being collected. The second solution is called the “Store and Forward”. The Store and Forward solution does not give local access to the data, but does not require a historian at each site. This solution will buffer the data to local files, then transfer the data to the centralized location.
Sites where drilling and fracking occur are usually located in remote places. Most data vans use a satellite link to transfer data, but the band-width of these links is often limited. Metrics other than historical data are often sent through the satellite link which can further reduce the band-width available for transferring historical data. Because of the reduced band-width size, it can be difficult to keep up with real-time updates. Even with the limited band-width size provided through satellite links, Canary Labs has been able to send real-time data to a centralized historian with a data latency of only 15 seconds. If necessary, throttling can be configured in our solutions when existing tasks require part of the band-width.
In the fracking industry, data vans are used to collect data from various units that are used during the fracking process. Some of the units used in a frac are Pumping Units, Chemical Units, Hydration Units and Blender Units. We will be referring to a “Fleet” as a data van and the units that are attached to that data van during fracking operations. Each unit has an assigned unit number and these units move between different fracking sites. The movement of the units between sites makes it difficult to track and determine which units were operating at a site during a specified time when viewing data. At the corporate site, Canary Labs creates custom “Views” which allow users to more easily find and interpret the data that has been logged. Two default views that Canary Labs creates are the units view and the fleets view. The units view allows a user to look at the data for a particular unit even though that unit may have been moving between different fleets during fracking operations. The view figures out the data that is associated with that unit and presents it to the user. The fleets view organizes that data into a fleet structure that shows data associated with a specified fleet; data from a data van and all associated units that were used during fracking operations. These views make it much easier to find and interpret data that has been logged during the fracking process while the units are being moved between sites. Additional views can also be created if the customer would like to be able to browse and view data in other structure formats.
When building reports that will be used for analysis, it is often difficult and time-consuming to gather the desired data from each unit or fleet. Determining which units or fleets are active can also present a problem. Reports may need to be generated monthly or weekly and the data may need to be entered into the report manually. Manually inputting data into a report not only takes longer, but it introduces the probability of errors. Canary Labs has the ability to create custom reports that can be programmatically run. This can make reporting much faster and more accurate than manual data entry. These reports can be generated very quickly, allowing the customer to spend more time actually analyzing the data. One way that the reports are being used is for maintenance planning and scheduling, but there are many other reporting applications that could be beneficial to a drilling and fracking operation.
The drilling and fracking industry offers a variety of challenges when collecting and logging historical data. We have been able to help our customers solve problems they were facing and have been able to add additional value into our products. Drilling and fracking operations often require a solution, not just an off-the-shelf product. Canary Labs has experience in this industry and can offer invaluable input when developing a solution to meet your needs.
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