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Real-Time Data Acquisition & Analysis for Enhanced Production

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Headshot of Dr. Rajan ChokshiDr. Rajan Chokshi of University of Houston


In a lower-for-longer environment, demand for higher efficiencies with reduced staff levels has accelerated moves towards real-time monitoring and related production optimization technologies that fall under the umbrella of digital oilfield. While dynamic production management is a must in frontier areas like subsea, HP/HT and unconventional fields, significant benefits can be realized for conventional and mature fields. As our data sensing and acquisition capabilities continue to expand, a related challenge is managing the data streams and converting them into actionable information. Dashboard-tools have been successfully used in operations to simplify data interpretation; however, there is a need for analysis tools that help enhance production by reducing downtime, improving workflows and identifying hidden inefficiencies. These tools need to incorporate intuitive visualization and right-time analysis capabilities. This presentation covers several field-cases on real-time data acquisition and the approaches used to convert data into information. One key takeaway is that although real-time technologies have matured, much more needs to be done to develop and utilize real-time analysis tools. While expectations for marginal fiscal gains are prudent, intangibles such as reduced downtime, improved workflow and improved QHSE are the biggest prizes.


Dr. Rajan Chokshi works as an artificial lift and production ‘Optimizer’ for Accutant Solutions – a consulting and training company in Houston.

With 34+ years of experience in NOC, research-consortium, software, O&G service and consulting companies, he has worked globally in the areas of multi-phase flow, artificial lift, production optimization, and real-time production monitoring. He has co-authored over fifteen SPE papers, two patents, and has delivered several SPE webinars. Besides conducting professional workshops globally, he has taught at Texas Tech, Missouri S&T, U of Southern California and continues to teach at the U of Houston.

Twice selected as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (’15-’16 and ’18-’19), he has co-chaired SPE artificial lift workshop, and an SPE forum on production issues in unconventional. He serves on the SPE award committee and production and facilities advisory committee. Dr. Chokshi holds a Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering from the Gujarat University and IIT-Kanpur, India; and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, USA.





February 15
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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