October 21, 2019

Workflow automation of oil and gas enterprise

As socially responsible corporation, KPO works towards generating maximum social and economic benefits from the Karachaganak field and so utilizes high-tech software to solve its production tasks

Discovered in 1979, the Karachaganak field is one of the world’s largest gas and condensate fields located in north-west Kazakhstan near Aksay city. Its area of over 280 square kilometers carries 9 billion barrels of condensate and 48 trillion cubic feet of gas as estimated initial reserve of hydrocarbons.

In 2018, Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V. (hereinafter KPO) managed to reach its record production level of 148 million barrels of oil equivalent of stabilized and unstabilized liquid hydrocarbons, raw and fuel gas. At that, 8.6 billion cubic meters of gas which is approximately 45.4 per cent of the total gas produced, were re-injected to maintain reservoir pressure.

Being a socially responsible corporation, KPO works towards generating maximum social and economic benefits from the Karachaganak field and so utilizes high-tech software to solve its production tasks.

Effective monitoring and maintenance of such a huge territory are not possible without automation of field works and comprehensive approach to their management.

Development of subsystem for automation of creation of offline maps used on mobile devices 

At Esri-CIS Conference 2017 in Moscow, KPO specialists got interested in the exhibited Data East’s software products and soon became corporate users of CarryMap Builder extension as part of the project called ‘Development of subsystem for automatization of creation of offline maps for mobile devices’.

The purpose of this subsystem is check for availability of changes in digital cartographic data of administrator comparing with data shown on the last map created with CarryMap Builder, and automatic start of generation of new map in CMF2 format in case of detection of such changes.

These mobile maps are then used by KPO employees on iOSAndroid and Windows devices via GIS KPO, a custom-made mobile app developed by Data East for Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V., and via free CarryMap app. That is, with CarryMap Builder, KPO can not only create actual offline maps of Karachaganak field, but also promptly provide its field staff with these maps. Besides, during conversion of ArcGIS map to mobile map, the customized native legend and all attributes are preserved, which means that symbology accepted at KPO can be used to add new objects when working with mobile map.

Benefits of using CarryMap Builder 

CarryMap Builder features allow not only creating individual mobile maps with settings customized by user, but also providing specialists of large corporations with various up-to-date industry-specific maps in automatic mode.

For example, with CarryMap Builder KPO solves various tasks related with field landscaping and planting, wellbores monitoring and maintenance, repair, construction and planned works in the field, etc. Besides, mobile offline maps created with CarryMap Builder allow finding your bearings on site, estimate spatial location of objects, perform measurements, define borders of project works, update cartographic data in the field, provided that all these tasks can be solved without internet availability.

Control of quarantine weeds dispersal on field territory 

To maintain unhampered access to wellbores, the timely mowing of quarantine weeds should be done, which is a series of measures directed to prevent occurrence and dispersal of hazardous plants on the territory of Karachaganak field.

Before start of field works, the territory is inspected and analyzed, the areas of quarantine weeds growing are defined. Collected data are submitted to geoinformation system of administrator via mobile app CarryMap. After that the area of plants mowing is calculated and based on this calculation the appropriate order for contracting organization is created. Along with this order, contracting organization is provided with mobile map in CMF2 format showing areas of hazardous plants where mowing needs to be done.

As a rule, such mobile map includes road network, infrastructure objects and industrial facilities of the field. With the mobile app on the device, the ordering party can get geographical bearings on site and monitor scope of performed works. Thus, to control works performance, the KPO’s inspector with mobile app GIS KPO goes to the site. In the offline mode inspector registers all details of made works on the map of the mowing site. Upon return to the office, all data collected by inspector are synchronized with data stored in the geoinformation system of administrator. Based on detected changes the updated map showing areas where mowing works have been completed, is automatically created. The new map is forwarded to contractor and the process is repeated until full completion of mowing works.

Maintenance of forest protective belt on field territory 

For maintaining of forest protective belts of Karachaganak field KPO hires contracting organizations that use CarryMap app as information guide and as tool to find geographical bearings on site.

All data about location of forest protective belts and scope of their maintenance works are stored in the geoinformation system of administrator. Based on this data the mobile maps in CMF2 format are created using CarryMap Builder extension. These mobile maps show names and calculated areas of forest protective belts and protective structures, if any. Contractor’s field crew is provided with maintenance order containing scope of works regarding forest belts and mobile map of the appropriate area.

Being active users of Data East’s software, specialists from KPO take part in testing of CarryMap Builder and CarryMap updates, study at Data East’s training center and share their ideas to enhance functionality of Data East’s products.

Selection of CarryMap Builder by KPO was not accidental, as this extension enables automating field works and promptly getting up-to-date information about status of recently performed works without attendance on site in person. CarryMap technology allows integrating collected field data to corporate geoinformation system GIS KPO. Application of CarryMap technology for maintenance of the world’s largest Karachaganak gas and condensate field, led to increase of raw products extraction and to decrease of emergency situations during field works.

Such workflow automation and integration of digital cartographic data with mobile solutions provided for analysis and inspection of field works, allow quickly and efficiently making decisions in the course of maintenance of Karachaganak field. 

CarryMap team together with Eugene Kotelnikov (KPO B.V.)