SCADA systems have a long history of providing controls and alerts for many different types of industrial sites. These old mechanical systems worked well, but new, modern SCADA systems are replacing them. Now web-based SCADA software enables real-time production data to be used across the entire organization. This transformation has also fueled the demand for specific SCADA systems for oil and gas.
SCADA for Oil and Gas Predicted to Grow at 3%
A recent report by Research and Markets, “Global Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Market in the Oil and Gas Industry 2016-2020,” predicts that the global SCADA market for oil and gas will grow by just over 3% over the next four years. The study indicates that SCADA systems are growing due to the demand for real-time oil and gas production information. Modern SCADA solutions enable oil and gas companies to collect this data to monitor, manage, and analyze operations for improved performance and efficiency.
The report also indicates that market growth will be driven by increased energy use by India, China, the Middle East, and emerging economies. This demand will be met by alternative oil sources including shale gas produced in the United States. The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook forecasts that the U.S. will overtake Russia and Saudi Arabia as a net exporter of oil. This is quite the prediction in the first year that the 40-year ban of American oil exportation was lifted. U.S. oil production has grown rapidly in recent years. In 2015, the U.S. produced 88% more crude oil than it did in 2008.
SCADA Systems Made Specifically for Oil and Gas
As SCADA systems move toward more modern technology, the opportunity for selecting web-based SCADA software with functionality for the oil and gas industry has increased. These more cost-effective systems can be easily customized to provide the data collection and analysis required by oil and gas operators. What should be included in a SCADA system specific to the oil and gas industry?
- Real-time measurement: Flow meter data is needed in real time. With an oil and gas SCADA solution, production data from flow computers, tanks, artificial lift devices, and other equipment is collected, polled and reported regularly so that you have the information you need.
- Remote control: In order to create more efficient production, oil and gas SCADA systems need to remotely control automated well site devices and equipment and send alarms to the appropriate staff. It should report battery voltage levels, well-head pressures, plunger application status, and other well pad conditions and functions.
- Mobile access: Many oil and gas sites are remote. With mobile access, production information is available anytime, anywhere. With web-based SCADA software, data can be accessed such as scheduled maintenance, employee routes, plunger application status, and more.
- Business intelligence: Modern SCADA for oil and gas include built-in analysis and reporting specific to the industry. Everyone in the organization has the data they need to make better decisions.
SCADA System Security is Paramount
System security is one of the potential threats to SCADA system growth, according to the Research and Markets’ report. As modern SCADA solutions are built on open software architecture rather than the older mechanical model, they are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Systems security then becomes an important part of the selection and implementation of web-based SCADA software.
AccuTrac5, a Web-Based SCADA for Oil and Gas
AccuTrac Technologies is focused on the oil and gas industry. We know the importance of having the specific functionality required by SCADA for oil and gas. That’s why we developed our web-based SCADA software, AccuTrac5. This modern SCADA system will meet all of your needs at a price that makes sense for your business.
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