..this is the story of Austin, a lease operator in Permian, who saved drive time, increased well time and reduced down time by digitizing grease book, automating Daily Production Report (DPR) and prioritizing high volume assets with mobility and route optimization.
Austin is a Lease Operator with one of the largest oil and gas producers in Permian. He runs a fixed route in Texas, covering 18 stops every day. His day begins at 5 AM, and even though he is back from the field by 4 in the afternoon, he still needs to spend another hour or more on multiple applications.
Austin spends almost 1.5 to 2 hours every day, to enter data in three places: in grease book at every stop, into field data capturing application on his laptop, and finally at the end of the day, he creates a Daily Production Report (DPR) on excel sheet. On a given day he can hardly fix a couple of issues at well heads or batteries spending most of the time in gathering readings and making multiple entries for the same data.
Imagine recently his company adopted JOYN 2. Though hesitant at first to juggle one more technology tool, Austin agreed to try out JOYN 2. This was his first brush with true mobility, he was making his phone actually work for him and ease his day. He saved 1.5 hours on the very first day he traded his grease book for JOYN 2 on his iPhone. “It was very easy for me to start using JOYN without a lot of training. It will help me get multi-well batteries done faster because I can carry the phone with me,” he beamed excitedly at the end of the day.
He could capture and validate all data on the field, in one place, thus digitizing his grease book. He no more needed to create a DPR as production data was captured, calculated and reflected in his End of Route review on JOYN 2. The same report was available to foremen, supervisors and production accounting teams. And, this was just the beginning of his Pump by Exception journey. And, now came the next phase – route optimization.
Austin used to cover every stop every day. There was hardly any prioritization. The high volume wells and batteries were given the same preference as low volume ones. In fact of the 18 stops in his route, only 2 were high producing covering almost 90% of the route’s production volume. A lot of his time was spent driving around the field, a drain on fuel, time, ad of course, efficiency.
Imagine, how Austin’s day remarkably changed with route optimization on JOYN 2. His route was now optimized with assigned risk matrix based on production volume and location of stops. His area now expanded beyond his fixed route with 18 stops to cover 35 stops, with scheduled well visitation frequency. The high-volume wells and those on sensitive location or near highways, schools or other human establishments got prioritized over lower volume wells and batteries.
Of the 35 stops that marked his area, 4 were high producers that required daily visits, 11 with medium level priority with twice a week visits and the rest 20 were low priority ones that he could visit once a week. On a given day he would now visit about 12 stops, with more time in hand to fix issues. The daily production volume he covered also doubled. Equipped to Pump by Exception, he ensured the more critical assets are performing at peak.
Austin now addresses high value assets on priority. He is saving drive time, increasing well time and reducing downtime with the power of mobility and prioritization.
Austin is now eager to begin the next phase of Pump by Exception journey when everyone on his field goes route-less with intuitive mobility, automated task prioritization and seamless integration with SCADA and Enterprise Asset Management systems. Field workers can easily collaborate to execute preventive tasks. And, everyone gains 2.5 hours back, every day to execute more tasks, get upskilled to keep wells producing more.
Imagine. No more.