Oil and Gas Software Implementation: Guidelines for Success

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Oil and gas software implementation has key dependencies that directly affect the cost (time, effort and resource) required to move from one system to another. The following guidelines identify these key dependencies, and have a greater focus on production system data availability for your operations.

The Condition and Accessibility of Existing Data

The old principal holds true: good data in, good data out.

  1. Good asset data (well header and facility header information with ties to accounting).
  2. Good production measurement data (tanks, meters, LACT meters, etc.).
  3. Good delivery system relationships between facilities and wells (and zones if required).
  4. Good route and pumper definitions for each asset.
  5. Historical data, both monthly and daily values.

Identify Key People for Client Side and Vendor Side Projects

  1. Project Manager – To keep all informed and on track (vendor side).
  2. Database Skills – To build queries and extracts to get data imported (vendor and client side).
  3. Production Analyst – Key people necessary that will run the system. To be involved in reviewing information from early on to completion of the transition. This is critical. They must be able to grasp the system, and help navigate final settings to their desired goal.
  4. Internal Project Sponsors – The one to whom the project manager (from the vendor) reports on at least a bi-weekly basis, and works with vendor to identify and eliminate internal bottlenecks to keep the project moving toward.

Training Prior to Strategy, Planning, and Oil and Gas Software Implementation

A complete training of the client production analyst, internal database people, and anyone else in the company who will be directly involved in production or have access to the new system. This will create a full understanding of the upcoming transitions, and will eliminate bottlenecks created by lack of understanding of the product.

Review of The Data Sources

This is important for identifying gaps in information that will be needed in the data transition, and suggesting specific data cleanup efforts. It will identify how to best extract data from the sources and migrate it to the new database.

Strategize Implementation After Vendor Reviews the Data Sources

This will allow development of the project milestones, and will uncover the majority of concerns the client has or will face in the transition process. The Vendor Project Manager, Client Project Sponsor, and other key Individuals should agree on milestones and dependencies prior to commencing the project.

We have found that when these practices are put in place prior to a project, costs go down dramatically and the success of the efforts increases substantially. Sustainability of the ensuing processes also improves by utilizing this approach. For more in-depth details on oil and gas software implementation processes, please read our 7 Keys to a Successful Production System Implementation.