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February 18, 2015
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OspreyData and Hortonworks: Performance Optimization for Upstream Oil & Gas

OspreyData is a Hortonworks® technology partner whose solution is certified both for Hortonworks Data Platform and YARN. The company delivers agile big data analytics solutions for the oil and gas industry. In this blog, Al Brown, CTO at OspreyData, shares his thoughts on how the industry is addressing a big problem: unplanned interruptions to production.

A Mandate for Operational Efficiency and Margin Growth

The oil and gas industry is constantly challenged with a mandate to operate more efficiently—both in the oilfield and within the data center. The directive to increase overall margins and generate cash flow impacts all segments of the industry, and any downward swings in commodity prices increase the urgency. Now that oil prices are near historic lows, unplanned production interruptions cannot be allowed to erode margins further.

Oil and gas companies are adopting big data technologies, such as the combined Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP)™ and OspreyData solution, to reduce the risk of unplanned interruptions. Our solution captures data from oilfield sensors in near real time and makes that information available for both real-time decisions and historical, long-term analysis.

Unplanned Interruptions: a $100 Billion Dollar Per Year Problem

OspreyData estimates that unplanned interruptions are a problem costing $100 billion dollar per year. This estimate only addresses the loss of revenue from the interruption to production, and says nothing of the cost to replace damaged equipment. For example, replacing a burned motor in an onshore average-sized ESP can cost $25,000 to $200,000 with an additional $20,000 to $35,000 in associated rig and service charges. An operator with 1000 wells using ESPs would face an investment of nearly $100 million in new down-hole and surface equipment. Large rod pump systems can exceed $300,000 in cost per unit and will number in the thousands in the areas where they are used.

Offshore, the problem is much worse. A failed ESP can cause millions of dollars in costs and create additional health, safety and environmental (HSE) risks.

Current Data Storage Technologies Do Not Address the Problem

Much of the oilfield equipment systems today are equipped with high-resolution embedded sensors. These sensors provide a wide range of information regarding the state of the equipment. But the PLC and SCADA systems generally used in the industry can only analyze a small slice of the data generated by the sensors: often only examining the latest values from each sensor with no attention paid to trends, interactions, the history or the character of the well.

If any prognostic analysis exists, it’s performed by manual operator oversight. Operators can be in charge of hundreds of wells, often in remote locations, and that workload greatly limits their ability to intervene proactively. As a result, an analysis report can take months to create and it may contain just a fraction of the collected data. This method provides few (if any) mechanisms for just-in-time notification and what does exist is often delivered too late to detect issues prior to the need for costly equipment repairs or replacement.

However, buried within the discarded sensor data is information that can be used for powerful predictive analytics to identify impending failures and then determine optimal servicing routines and settings. This helps protect people and the environment.

OspreyData – A Packaged Hadoop-based Oil and Gas Application for Production

Optimization and Preventative Maintenance

As all industries adopt Hadoop and realize its business value, innovative enterprise software companies are building vertical solutions that can be leveraged by multiple companies within an industry.

OspreyData is doing this for the oil and gas industry. Together with Hortonworks, OspreyData provides upstream companies the ability to harness the massive stream of sensor data generated by their surface and downhole equipment, providing visibility into operations and points of failure that affect their assets. This improves productivity and lowers maintenance costs significantly.

The OspreyData system embeds “best in class” field practices to predict and proactively prevent failures, reduce downtime and enhance efficiency across your enterprise—all built natively on Hadoop and the Hortonworks Data Platform. This enables a modern data architecture with enterprise services for security, operations, and governance.

OspreyData based on Apache Hadoop and Hortonworks Data Platform is the ideal solution for listening to sensor signals from assets and analyzing assets in real-time. OspreyData is making it easy for oil and gas business units to consume HDP by providing a packaged, vertical solution that addresses the $100 billion dollars lost each year due to operational inefficiency.

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