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Digital Oilfield applied to the Gas Industry: what's the current state of things?


Do you have any experience of an industry-tested integrated simulation framework where it would be possible to jointly simulate what in the last decade has been called "The Digital Oilfield"?
For example, the framework should let the modeler work on just the configuration of the following assets:

  • Reservoirs
  • Gas treatment plants
  • Gas compression plants
  • Gas wells
  • Plant flowlines
  • Valves
  • Pipelines
  • LNG plants

I have the feeling a general platform is missing; it is possible to find suitable products on the market covering just a bit of the entire spectrum, but not an integrated system or an open framework.
Being it a gigantic effort to setup such a system, my impression is that it could only be the output of a consortium of many different energy operators, sharing the common goal of reaching operational efficiency while at the same time reduce their costs and environmental footprint; what do you think about it? Do you know of any current effort toward this objective?

Optimization Algorithms
Simulation Software
Integrated simulation
Roberto Calandrini
8 months ago

2 answers


Roberto, I would expect that simulation software such as ASPEN would cover most of the simulation that you are looking for, if you are looking for physical modeling to find the expected process of the system. This is often used for chemical plants and can definitely help with energy consumption, ect to get environmental footprints.
Maybe you are looking for something a little different though? I'd be interested to know what you had in mind!

Katie Switzer
7 months ago
Hi Katie, thanks for your feedback. Yes, you are right, ASPEN suite covers a bit of the entire spectrum; we have used it years ago to model our gas treatment and gas compression plants, for example. Today our optimization system uses outputs of different simulation systems (one for each type of assets approximately) to calculate the response of the system as a whole (forward modeling). - Roberto 7 months ago

Roberto! From my experience situation is rather different, available at least 4-5 platform , some of them open, some of them from service providers, some from automation vendors. majority of them are highly customizable with sufficient level of integration, as with other platform, or standalone applications. Let me know, if you need an deep insight. I had done 3 DOF, geographical area process information system on base of platform, design of open platform architecture, etc.

Andrey Zolotavin
1 month ago
Andrey! Great to hear that, although, re-reading my post, I have probably given the impression I was referring to just integrated physical simulation [e.g. CFD simulators working on a multi-asset scenario]. Part of the question targeted this type of system, which I have found on the market [e.g. ASPENtech, Schlumberger IAM to name a few]. - Roberto 21 days ago
The other part of the question targeted multi-asset scenario economical simulation, constrained by different decision strategies; I was thinking about Importance Sampling or various Monte-Carlo simulation variants over a multi-dimensional strategy space, in order to obtain the a-posteriori distribution, in term of ROI and Energy Efficiency, of different Energy Policies affecting multiple regulated - Roberto 21 days ago
businesses at the same time. For example, a similar tool could be used by an Energy Authority to quantitatively determine on which Energy Policy would be relevant to invest money, taking into account in the final objective function the operative, logistical, economical and political constraints of all the parties involved, citizens included. - Roberto 21 days ago
Till now I saw some effort in this direction from the EU Energy Commission, strictly related to the physical simulation of a very specific case: Power2Gas. - Roberto 21 days ago

Have some input?