Historically methods for capturing data from remote well sites are designed around older communication technologies (a.k.a. slow serial radio networks.) With the advent and advancement of Ethernet communications, the door has opened for the use of modern data storage, data transfer and data management technologies.
Back office operations now have a line of access to data, direct from the wellhead including:
- high resolution data capturing (trending and alarm historian)
- database level applications (truck ticketing)
- high end data analysis
These are just a few of the powerful tasks that can take place at the wellhead when a SQL database is available.
The Power of a SQL Database at the Wellhead is a whitepaper which discusses the benefits of using today’s advanced technology to improve well site automation, reduce operating costs, and better manage safety systems. A single board computer with Android™ technology and its SQL database, places a powerful capability at the wellhead. This protocol with large capacity for memory storage, robust processing power, and Wi-Fi capability will quickly become the standard for data analysis in the oil and gas industry, replacing custom SCADA programming.