Oil and gas sampling can quickly become a burdensome task for small operators. The lack of resources and budget often leads to inefficiencies in the field and the risk of errors when validating samples. This can easily lead to contract disputes and accounting issues.
Comparatively, most midstream operators, as well as many larger producers, have enterprise-level back-office measurement software systems that include volume recalculation, volume editing, and analysis handling. These systems are often tightly integrated with their field software tools to create a smooth handoff from the field to the back office.
The field tools will typically include provisions for scheduling and managing the collection of product samples and the validation of analysis data received from third-party labs or portable chromatography.
But, what about the small midstream company that is using contract measurement services or the producer that does not operate any of their own metering equipment? Their involvement with measurement may be limited to collecting crude or gas samples for submission to a third-party lab. Then, the results are reported to accounting, leaseholders, and/or regulatory agencies.
In this case, small operators do not need a complex — and expensive — enterprise-level back-office measurement system. It’s not economically feasible. Yet, these operators may still be faced with a large number of wells that have varying sample schedules (e.g. monthly, quarterly, and annually). How do you find the balance of performing necessary sampling on a set schedule, while also not over-extending resources? You need a right-size tool that supports efficiency in field operations.
Increase Your Scheduling Capabilities for Oil & Gas Sampling
Economically, it doesn’t make sense for small operators to perform oil and gas sampling more than the contract requires (or that the BLM Onshore Orders require if you are producing on Federal or Indian lands). Due to manpower constraints, operators may want to spread out their sampling so that not all samples are due in the same month.
However, this can easily become very complex trying to manage the schedules of when to send field technicians out to the field to perform sampling. Outlook calendars and Excel spreadsheets could quickly become a large mess.
A tool such as the Muddy Boots all-in-one field measurement platform solves this challenge by leveling up your scheduling capabilities. You’ll have power scheduling tools, like the larger operators, but it’s easier to use and a fraction of the cost. Using the Muddy Boots tool, small operators have the capabilities to:
- Manage sampling and witnessing schedules across all your assets.
- Coordinate schedules with each service provider.
- Provide each service provider with login access to see their schedule.
- Reduce windshield time through schedule optimization.
- Save time for your office by keeping all sampling records centralized in one place.
However, knowing when and where to collect samples is just half the battle. Muddy Boots also supports ensuring the samples were processed by the lab and that the lab reported valid results.
Increase Accuracy of Oil and Gas Sampling Results
After samples are collected from the well sites, the sample cylinders need to get to the lab for processing, then the lab needs to return the results. Once the results are back, they need to be validated to ensure there was not a data entry mistake, a bad sample, or something unusual going on at the well site.
However, small operators often lack the resources to validate samples, especially when they come from multiple service providers. Entering every sampling into spreadsheets is cumbersome and error-prone. Using Muddy Boots, operators can reduce man-hours, increase the accuracy of sampling results, and help avoid costly errors when reporting volumes.
Utilizing our tool, the data from the lab files can be automatically imported into Muddy Boots, where samples are validated against historical data and contractual limits (or BLM requirements). Time-consuming manual processes that are often subject to error can be replaced by automated processes that provide operators with needed oversight. Muddy Boots can then export samples that pass validation to your SCADA or accounting system.
Instead of manually reviewing every lab sample, operators can manage by exception to address errors or other discrepancies. Then, thanks to the previous coordination with service providers, operators can quickly communicate with the service provider that performed the sampling to inquire about what could have caused a discrepancy.
Instead of chasing down service providers and waiting on follow-up, operators can create corrective actions automatically in the platform and monitor follow-up work to ensure that what needs to be done gets done.
How Muddy Boots Increases Efficiency in Scheduling & Validation
It’s time for the small operators to increase their capabilities for oil and gas sampling. You don’t need to over-spend on enterprise-level software that is designed for larger companies. You just need the appropriate tool to get the job done in an efficient manner. Here’s what you need:
- A flexible scheduling system that allows for the scheduling of each well.
- Clarity of what should be tested today, this week, or at a future time.
- Alerts for what is overdue to coordinate schedules with service providers.
- Verification that data was received from every sample that was collected.
- Lab results imported into a system to validate results.
- Reporting of sample results.
- Tracking for missed or overdue samples.
You need Muddy Boots. The platform helps operators achieve accurate and repeatable sampling in the field, while also streamlining the use of software to schedule sampling and perform critical analysis.
Our tools provide a system to capture “what was done.” Plus, our tools can be utilized in the palm of your hand. Techs can perform tasks on their phone with limited or no mobile capabilities and supervisors can review what needs to be done directly from a smartphone.
We are bringing efficiency to field operations. Let’s discuss a better way to support sample/analysis by utilizing one software platform to schedule, track, and validate data. Reach out to us today to schedule your educational demo of Muddy Boots.