Automated Systems Can Save Operators Fracking Inefficiencies

Service providers Halliburton and Weatherford and data analytics company LYTT shared their automated technologies created to ensure efficiency in hydraulic fracturing operations.

Weatherford combines single-cable simplicity and proven multi-sensor reliability with data quality and active reservoir insight, from single production zones fields to distributed sensing arrays in deepwater basins. (Source: Weatherford)

Automation has played a role in hydraulic fracturing operations for years but now more than ever is becoming essential in helping operators perform efficiently.

While digitalization practices were well-established before the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and lockdown requirements have given it a newfound importance. Since pandemic restrictions have begun to ease, most operators have continued to implement more automation systems due to the rising levels of efficiency they observed.

Hesitation around automating hydraulic frac operations stems from the misconception that automated operations equate to the operator relinquishing 100% of the control required to function. While automated services handle a lot of the execution without the help of humans, the human operators still make the decisions behind every action.

To showcase some of their digitalization and automation technologies, service provider companies Halliburton, Weatherford and LYTT shared the technologies and services they are implementing to assist operators with hydraulic fracturing automation and outlined the attributes that set them apart from competitors.

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Madison Ratcliff

Madison Ratcliff is an associate editor for Hart Energy's editorial team.