Improved tools facilitate centralized operations centers

New web-based tools allow centralized operations centers to monitor and control remote activity, and these centers also provide sites for collaborative efforts for planning and data analysis. Inteq's Houston center monitors real-time data from numerous Gulf of Mexico wells to ensure reliable performance of tools and to optimize well placement (Fig. 1). Photo courtesy of Baker Hughes Inteq.Click here to enlarge imageFor example, the oil-service company Baker Hughes Inteq established regional centers in Stavanger and Houston (Fig. 1) for its BEACON (Baker Expert Advisory Center and Operations Network) service to analyze live data streams from multiple remote drilling projects off Norway an...

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