Translating Data Analytics Into Operational Instructions, An Innovative Smartphone App To Support Pipe Fit-Up Efficiency
Digital tools are everywhere in today’s worl d. The Oil & Gas sector is known to be slow to adapt, however has already been embracing the digital change since several years. A wide range of initiatives and solutions have been developed, from big data and related analytics to augmented reality and internet of things.
Digital tools aim to cover the whole value chain, from engineering stage to constr uction and then life of field. Among the objectives are material and operations traceability, production monitoring but first and foremost ensuring operational efficiency. All those leads to data focused solutions.
Use of data focused solutions implies to develop the right analytics to maximize the use of recorded information. It also requires developing the right translation of those analytics to actual operational instructions to yield its full benefits.
This paper introduces an example of defining operational instruc tions based on data analytics, dedicated to line pipe welding operations. Based on pipe end measurement data and their analysis, the developed smartphone app provides pipe alignment instructions to the welders so that optimum positioning is instantly reached. It contributes to securing the production flow, anticipating risks pr ior to start of production and reducing production time. Last, being a digital solution also enables usage of the app by existing staff and remote impl ementation, removing mobilization constraints of physical services.