BP onshore fields ‘hyper-connected’

Karl Cisk unpacks BP’s ‘Field of the Future’ acronym collection at SPE Gulf Coast section meet.

BP’s Field of the Future (FoF) guru Karl Cisk, speaking an SPE Gulf Coast Section meeting this month, described how BP’s has been piloting ‘smart’ automated SCADA systems across its onshore US production. BP’s goal is to create automation standards for control systems, communications and operator interfaces leveraging Foundation Fieldbus.


BP’s Integrated Subsurface Information Systems (ISIS) project targets real time production surveillance, sending alerts from wells to operators, creating a proactive reservoir management culture. Data is displayed in graph/plot form for immediate comprehension and action.


Data to Desktop (D2D), the counterpart of ISIS for facilities, subsea and pipelines provides operators with dashboards, monitoring of plant performance and automation of repetitive tasks. ISIS/D2D is built on web-based applications, extensively configured using BP’s own business logic and processes. One problem that BP has encountered with real time is assuming the full lifecycle cost of high end components like smart devices.

The ACE age

RT data can only be exploited if operations adapt to RT decision making. Enter BP’s Advanced Collaborative Environments (ACE), an active BP program with 10-15 installations in place or planned. Cisk described the ACE as the FoF’s ‘engine room.’ IT now underpins BP’s business and the ACE is helping BP become a ‘hyper-connected, highly visual collaborative company’.

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