Emerson's IoT system enhances shale oil production, monitoring

By Luke Geiver | April 16, 2019

A new technology offering created by Emerson could use data and IoT to optimize production in existing unconventional wells and also help with new well designs. Brian Blakey, director of business development for Emerson’s E&P Software segment, recently outlined the company’s cloud-based system they call the Paradigm K.

The software is a native-to-the-cloud system that is reliable and secure across all platforms. Using a unique algorithm and data set created by surface and subsurface data, the K can help with optimizing current production over the life of a well and help engineers design production and flowback schedules for new wells.

With the K, “any oilfield instrument can now be enhanced with subsurface information to enrich the measurements they provide,” Blakey said, “extending their application across all physical domains including facilities, wells, fractures, reservoirs,” all of which can be tied to historical, real-time or forecasted data.

The system models the oilfield as one large system and doesn’t separate surface equipment and variables from downhole pressures or permiability factors. Because it is connected to the cloud, it can run simulations in minutes rather than hours or days. The system can also connect to exsiting sensors and incoroporate stored data or live-data streams to create simulations or produce production optimization plans for things like gas injection on a producing well.

The major purpose of the system is to run in the backround and montior operations, looking for unique events that need to be dealt with, Blakey said.

“Rapid changes in unconventional wells can be monitored and optimized,” he said. “We can assure maximum production performance off of only one month’s worth of production data.”

To learn more about the system and how it impacts equipment operations, allocation and fiscal metering, Emerson has put out a webinar.