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Azar Oil Field Development

“Rhyton approach included continually providing us with an excellent solution which offers more customization, flexibility and ease of use than most off the shelf Software currently available in the marketplace.”

Asnaf, Chief Information Officer, SAED Co.

Project Size

  • US$ 1.6 Billion
  • 11 Sub-Contractors
  • 920 Engineers

 

Project Detail

SAED incorporated in 2012 for development of Azar Oil Field.

The giant Azar oil field is located in Anaran exploration block in Iran/Iraq border that based on comprehensive geological studies, contains 2.44 billion barrels of light oil in place.

First production from the field was achieved in March 2017 and early production of 30,000 Barrels of Oil Per Day (BOPD) was achieved in April, 2017.

The development plant involves drilling of 18 wells at the depth of 4.700 meters and the field expected to produce 65,000 barrels of oil per day upon achieving full production.

A 63 km-long, 6 in-diameter pipeline was built from the production facility to connect to the main oil transport pipeline.

A further 130 km-long, 16 in-diameter pipeline was constructed to transport sour gas to the production facility.

The project includes basic and detailed engineering, procurement of equipment and materials, and construction.

Over 10 construction and drilling sub-contractors were active in this project.

 

Challenges

The development of the Azar oil field introduces a complex set of IT and document management challenges that are critical to address for the successful management and operation of the field. These challenges arise from the unique and demanding environment of the oil field, characterized by its distinct geological formations and the harsh operational conditions.

  • Low Bandwidth and Unstable Internet Access: The location suffers from low bandwidth and unstable internet connections. This connectivity issue hampers the ability of project managers, engineers, and contractors to access, update, and share critical documents in real-time. The problem is exacerbated by the large size of construction plans and documents, which require significant bandwidth to upload and download. Additionally, inconsistent internet access leads to delays in project timelines, increased risk of errors due to outdated information, and challenges in real-time collaboration.
  • Data Complexity: The geological uniqueness of the Azar oil field results in vast amounts of diverse data that must be accurately captured, processed, and stored. The system must be capable of handling large volumes of data, ranging from seismic data to drilling reports, ensuring high data integrity and accessibility.
  • Operational Intricacies: Due to the operational complexities and the need for precise execution in such challenging conditions, the system must provide seamless integration and real-time data access to various stakeholders. This integration is crucial for coordination and decision-making across different operational phases, from exploration to production.

 

Solutions

To address these challenges, Rhyton developed a multi-pronged solution for their system that includes the following considerations:

  • Local Caching and Synchronization: Rhyton is enhanced with a feature that allows local caching of documents on users’ devices. This means that users can access and work on documents offline. The system synchronizes changes with the central server once a stable internet connection is available, ensuring all updates are captured and merged appropriately without data loss.
  • Document Compression and Optimization: The system incorporates advanced algorithms to compress documents and optimize them for low-bandwidth scenarios. This reduces the size of files being uploaded and downloaded, making the system more responsive and reducing the time required to access critical documents.
  • Incremental Sync: Instead of requiring a full file sync every time documents are updated; Rhyton employs incremental sync techniques. This method only syncs documents that have changed, minimizing data transfer and making efficient use of available bandwidth.
  • Quality of Service (QoS) Configuration: The EDMS includes settings for Quality of Service adjustments, allowing data transmission to be prioritized based on the network’s condition and the critical nature of the data. This ensures that essential documents are synced first during periods of limited connectivity.
  • Mobile Optimization: Recognizing the frequent use of mobile devices on construction sites, the system is optimized for mobile use, featuring a responsive design and mobile-friendly document management tools. This allows users to efficiently work from smartphones and tablets, even under suboptimal network conditions.
  • Midnight Backup: The system is configured to automatically initiate backups and synchronization of documents and data during the late-night hours, typically starting at midnight. This timing is chosen because it coincides with the lowest levels of network activity, thus maximizing available bandwidth and reducing the impact on daytime operational efficiency.
  • Training and Support: Rhyton provides comprehensive training for all users on how to effectively use the new system features, particularly focusing on offline capabilities and synchronization practices. Regular support and updates ensure that users are able to handle the technical aspects of document management under challenging conditions.

 

 

 

Sub-Systems

  • Engineering Document Management System
  • Construction Engineering Management
  • Material Resources Management