Managing Gas Well Operations        Jack L. Shaffer, Jr      Manager, Network Services
Columbia Natural Resources is theexploration and production unit of theColumbia Energy Group and is one of thelargest prod...
Columbia Energy Group, headquartered in Herndon, VA,is one of the nation’s leading energy companies, withassets of more th...
1999OperatingArea
Business Operations• Wells  – Landowners  – Leases  – Royalties• Revenues  – Measure Production  – Calculate Sales
Business Operations• Well Care – Well Tender• Information Flow – Well Tender   • Operations Book   • Well Operations Form ...
Business Objectives• Lower operations cost• Elimination of duplicative work  & reduce paperwork• Capture information more ...
Why Mobile Computing?• Single entry of information• Entry of information at the  source• CNR Embraces technology• Allows t...
Re-engineering the process• Well Tending Before          • Well Tending After  – Well tender writes gauge     – Well tende...
Information Technology Objectives• Durability• Flexibility• Standard/Non-proprietary architecture   – Not an esoteric comp...
Technology Architecture• Client/Server  –   Unix  –   Oracle  –   Powerbuiler & Visual Basic  –   Win 95/98/NT  –   Inpris...
Development Staff• Small• Very Talented• Excellent knowledge base  – Visual Basic  – Networking
Why Intermec / Norand Mobile Systems?• Excellent hardware  – Rugged  – Good support  – Established• Open systems  –   TCP/...
Why Intermec / Norand Mobile Systems?• Development staff  – Technically sound  – Intimate with the product  – “Kick-Start”...
Selected Products• Hardware  –   Pen*Key 6360  –   85mb Sandisk storage cards  –   6300 vehicle docks  –   6300 multi-dock...
Selected Products• Development tools  – 6360    • Visual Basic 4.0 (16bit)    • Access 2.0  – Back Office    • Microsoft B...
CNR Network Architecture
CNR Network Architecture
CNR Network Architecture
Future Plans• Capture additional paper  information  – Timesheets  – Mileage Reports• Implement suggestions• Integrated Ma...
Lessons Learned• Know your objectives!• Project team must include  EVERY affected department• Limit your scope  – Focus  –...
Lessons Learned• Hands On / Personal training a  must  – Resistance to change  – Fear of computers• Information overload• ...
Lessons Learned• Continued support is vital  – Phone / Help desk  – On site• Communication is very  important• Don’t forge...
Questions?
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Managing Gas Well Operations with hand held computing

  1. 1. Managing Gas Well Operations Jack L. Shaffer, Jr Manager, Network Services
  2. 2. Columbia Natural Resources is theexploration and production unit of theColumbia Energy Group and is one of thelargest producers of natural gas and oil in theAppalachian Basin. Headquartered inCharleston, W.Va., CNR has holdings thatinclude 801 billion cubic feet equivalent ofreserves, 7,225 production wells and more than4,500 miles of natural gas gathering pipelines.
  3. 3. Columbia Energy Group, headquartered in Herndon, VA,is one of the nation’s leading energy companies, withassets of more than $6 billion. Its operating companies areengaged in all phases of the natural gas business plusmarketing, energy management services, propane sales,and electric power generation, sales and trading. Columbiacompanies, directly or indirectly, serve 7 million naturalgas customers -- 12 percent of the nations total -- in 15states and the District of Columbia.
  4. 4. 1999OperatingArea
  5. 5. Business Operations• Wells – Landowners – Leases – Royalties• Revenues – Measure Production – Calculate Sales
  6. 6. Business Operations• Well Care – Well Tender• Information Flow – Well Tender • Operations Book • Well Operations Form – Supply Management
  7. 7. Business Objectives• Lower operations cost• Elimination of duplicative work & reduce paperwork• Capture information more quickly and accurately• Simplify the process
  8. 8. Why Mobile Computing?• Single entry of information• Entry of information at the source• CNR Embraces technology• Allows the “opening” of information
  9. 9. Re-engineering the process• Well Tending Before • Well Tending After – Well tender writes gauge – Well tender keys the information in book. gauge information into a – Well tender copies hand held computer. information from book to – Information is validated form. by the hand held – Supply management computer. keypunches the gauge – Gauge information is information into our automatically loaded into produced gas system. the produced gas system. Verifies information.
  10. 10. Information Technology Objectives• Durability• Flexibility• Standard/Non-proprietary architecture – Not an esoteric component – Must be maintainable with existing knowledge base• No or Minimal increase in staffing
  11. 11. Technology Architecture• Client/Server – Unix – Oracle – Powerbuiler & Visual Basic – Win 95/98/NT – Inprise Entera Middleware• Network – Ethernet LAN – Frame Relay WAN
  12. 12. Development Staff• Small• Very Talented• Excellent knowledge base – Visual Basic – Networking
  13. 13. Why Intermec / Norand Mobile Systems?• Excellent hardware – Rugged – Good support – Established• Open systems – TCP/IP – Windows – 6920 communications – Xcellenet
  14. 14. Why Intermec / Norand Mobile Systems?• Development staff – Technically sound – Intimate with the product – “Kick-Start” the project
  15. 15. Selected Products• Hardware – Pen*Key 6360 – 85mb Sandisk storage cards – 6300 vehicle docks – 6300 multi-docks – Trimble GPS• Software – Windows 3.1 – Nor*Ware 6920 Communications Server – Xcellenet RemoteWare Server
  16. 16. Selected Products• Development tools – 6360 • Visual Basic 4.0 (16bit) • Access 2.0 – Back Office • Microsoft Backoffice – NT – Internet Information Server (FTP Server) • Unix scripts • Cobol • Oracle RDBMS
  17. 17. CNR Network Architecture
  18. 18. CNR Network Architecture
  19. 19. CNR Network Architecture
  20. 20. Future Plans• Capture additional paper information – Timesheets – Mileage Reports• Implement suggestions• Integrated Mapping• Expand GPS utilization
  21. 21. Lessons Learned• Know your objectives!• Project team must include EVERY affected department• Limit your scope – Focus – Don’t try to do everything• Expect the best
  22. 22. Lessons Learned• Hands On / Personal training a must – Resistance to change – Fear of computers• Information overload• Logistics are key – Physical location – Coordination between players
  23. 23. Lessons Learned• Continued support is vital – Phone / Help desk – On site• Communication is very important• Don’t forget backoffice operations!
  24. 24. Questions?

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