The ultimate, perfected vision of intelligent operations is a closed loop with the reservoir simulation as the broad base of the system, ongoing operating parameters all captured in real time and fed into the simulation, and the continuously updated simulation becoming the driver for optimization decisions. Those closest to the task of bringing a closed-loop system into existence view the needed reservoir-level technology as attainable and not far off. While that technology is essential, however, they see the biggest challenges as the adaptation of people and the development of work...

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