Microsoft Global Energy Forum 2012, Houston

Petrotrek/SharePoint for Pemex. PetrisWinds for Baker Hughes. Iconics deployed by YPF Bolivianos. Hitatchi rolls-out Microsoft Dynamics at T.D.Williams. Chevron looks into Covisint security solution.

Antonio Narváez described a major drive to improve production on Pemex’ Chicontepec asset. Key to understanding and monitoring the 660 wells slotted for 2012 are The Information Store’s Petrotrek software and Microsoft’s SharePoint. Narváez also announced that Pemex will be seeking partners from the international oil and gas business to help ‘maximize production.’ In Q4 2012, interested parties will be invited to view data on the spot or via a hosted ‘virtual data room’ (1401).

Sophy Liu observed that Baker Hughes’ product line-based corporate structure meant that much potentially useful information used to be tucked away in silos. This was fixed with the WellData Discovery, built on the PetrisWindsEnterprise (PWE) platform. Petris offers text and geospatial search across all of BHI’s data sources. The new system exposed some data quality ‘challenges’ which were fixed with an enterprise well master database with global unique well identifiers standardizing header entry and feeding common well attributes to other systems. BHI uses a scorecard to keep the system aligned with users’ expectations. Recently, Petris has migrated its GUI from Java Server Pages to a Microsoft Silverlight-based GUI.

Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) CEO Luis Alberto Sanchez outlined an ambitious nationwide measurement and control system for Bolivia’s hydrocarbon production. YPFB was looking for an HMI provider with oil and gas experience that could assure scalability, connectivity with third party SCADA systems and OPC support. Iconics’ Genesis32 was selected particularly for its 64 bit support and interfacing capability with Emerson DeltaV, Honeywell Experion, Invensys Wonderware and GE Intellution. YPFB has been using the production reporting system for two years now. Communications have proved critical, the internet satellite sometimes fails and loses data. The system has now been upgraded to the TIA 942 telecommunication standard for data centers and the ISO 10012 measurement management standard. The Iconics Hyper Historian provides disaster recovery with a ‘store and forward’ paradigm. A SharePoint site, embedding Iconics’ PortalWorx, is used to publish information for local government access. The system now ‘monitors and controls 80% of Bolivia’s hydrocarbon chain.’

Pipeline equipment and service provider T.D. Williamson with help from Hitachi Consulting has been delving a bit deeper into the Microsoft stack, rolling out Microsoft customer relationship management (CRM) and the Dynamics AX ERP system. TDW’s ERP scope spans process standardization and software automation from order to cash, ‘ERP touches virtually every aspect of our business.’ TDW investigated ERP systems by Infor, SAP and Oracle before settling on Microsoft Dynamics. A green field manufacturing center in India provided a global ERP template that was rolled out across TDW’s other centers. Hitatchi’s FSA fleet management tool also ran.

A joint Chevron/Covisint presentation covered an ‘emerging business case’ for a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model of connectivity and security. The presentation echoes previous Covisint work with Shell (Oil ITJ June 2011). Chevron plans to provide access to their internal resources for select customers, partners and joint ventures via the Microsoft ADFS federation gateway and the Microsoft card management solution (1405). More from the GEF in next month’s issue and from Microsoft.

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