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  • Smart upstream collaboration centers: Design, technology support and lessons learned


    Adel A. Al-Qahtani, Martin F. Hogg, Kenneth K. lau and Naser A. Al-Naser

    Application and adoption of collaboration centers in the upstream industry has increased significantly over the past decade. Saudi Aramco has established a number of collaboration centers that capitalize on large-scale, multi-disciplinary and value-added technical and business collaborations. These centers cover areas of exploration, geosteering, real-time drilling, field development, production and intelligent field management. Tangible economic and technical benefits encompass improved recovery, improved technical workflows, technology innovation, enhanced staff skill set development, and significant reduction of critical field development study cycle times. This case study outlines Saudi Aramco’s experience from five years of utilizing multidisciplinary collaboration workrooms, as well as a “checklist” methodology for collaboration center design, layout, support and maintenance, incorporating continuous technology advancement and multidisciplinary complexity.

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