Oil and gas scheduling software that optimizes all of your operations
From initial concept to drilling, completion and tie-in, every step in the well delivery process presents unique challenges. To meet today’s demand for increased efficiency, you need to find new ways to minimize cycle times and and ensure that capital is deployed effectively. In this demanding environment, getting equipment to the right place at the right time, with the right people, across a number of pads spread over multiple geographic areas is more critical than ever. Actenum is the solution.
We bring it all together
Actenum’s AI-powered rig scheduling software optimizes the entire well drilling process by bringing together permitting, construction, facilities, drilling, completion, and field operation activities in a single solution to improve well delivery efficiency and optimize resource use.
Ensure that you meet your cost and production goals. Create and evaluate multiple scenarios, based on criteria such as lowest cost or best equipment/people utilization. Build rig schedules for specific contingencies, such as inclement weather. And when you encounter a disruption, such as equipment failure, respond quickly by re-optimizing your rig schedule to stay on track to your goals.
All scheduled activities are linked to Key Performance Indicator metrics, so that you instantly see the financial and scheduling impacts as updates are made. Actenum helps you to make important decisions faster, more accurately, and more reliably.
All information in one place.
Available to everyone.
Actenum DSO/Upstream software enables everyone in your organization to benefit from a complete, single source view of your drilling program schedule. It transforms laborious manual scheduling into a strategic advantage, by automatically aligning complex well delivery operations with your business goals. And, our Actenum DSO/CX software enables all operations team members to share, view, and report on consistent, up-to-date schedule information. Together, these products enable you to rapidly and efficiently meet production targets, align spend with budgets, and accurately forecast material requirements.
Get up and running faster
Implementing Actenum rig scheduling software is fast, so you benefit from greater efficiencies right away.
See the bigger picture
When moving equipment, removing rigs, adding crews, and making other resource decisions, Actenum allows you to immediately see the impact on goals such as costs and production.
Quickly respond to changes
When operational disruptions occur, such as weather or equipment failure, Actenum’s rescheduling capabilities get you quickly back on track.
A major operator needed a better way of creating and evaluating “What if?” scenarios, using monthly production forecasts to maximize effective use of the drilling budget.
The work of evaluating multiple production forecast scenarios was reduced from 5 engineers over 2 weeks to 2 engineers in 1 day.
Got questions? We’ve got Answers.
Q1: What is Actenum DSO/Upstream?
Actenum DSO/Upstream is a configurable, interactive software application for scheduling and optimizing oil and gas exploration and production activities. It incorporates a drag-and-drop Gantt chart user interface, together with sophisticated data management capabilities, and makes it easy for you to develop and manage complex integrated operations schedules that are aligned with your business objectives.
You can use Actenum DSO/Upstream to schedule onshore or offshore upstream operations, where resources—such as rigs, cranes, barges, trucks, and crews—must be assigned to activities—including construction, drilling, frac/completions, workovers, logging, and maintenance—according to various constraints.
Actenum DSO/Upstream incorporates a comprehensive model of your upstream operations environment, and together with the fastest optimization engine in the industry, this enables you to:
- Automatically assign rigs, other equipment, and crews to drilling program activities in an optimal sequence, rapidly and reliably
- Interactively adjust your schedule to reflect changes and disruptions, using the drag-and-drop Gantt chart interface
- Automatically optimize your schedule to align with important objectives, such as cost, production output, and equipment utilization
- Effectively collaborate with your colleagues, using a consolidated operations model focused on business objectives
- Rapidly create and evaluate scenarios, to identify an optimal alternative schedule for use in any situation
Q2: Who uses Actenum DSO/Upstream?
Actenum DSO/Upstream users range from the largest oil & gas companies in the world to smaller independent operators.
Some use Actemum DSO/Upstream for scheduling drilling operations only, while many use it to manage all aspects of the well delivery process: leases, pre- and post-spud milestones, pad and facility construction, spud/drill sequences, fracturing/completions, tie-ins, and field maintenance.
Q3: What are the benefits of using Actenum DSO/Upstream?
Actenum DSO/Upstream eliminates the need for error-prone manual data entry and un-auditable collections of spreadsheets and project files. Instead, your equipment and well activity schedule information is centralized in Actenum DSO/Upstream’s database, which handles all upstream activities, and which makes information available to all team members through Actenum’s companion web-based application, Actenum DSO/CX.
By coupling Actenum’s advanced optimization software to Actenum DSO/Upstream’s internal operations model and sophisticated GUI, scheduling is rapid and automatic (for example, to assign appropriate resources to specific activities while satisfying all operational and technical constraints), while errors and inconsistencies are eliminated. This provides:
- Easier management of operations complexity (hundreds or thousands of wells, number of rigs growing or diminishing, multiple types of activities to schedule)
- Increased confidence in your ability to achieve business objectives, such as production output and cost targets
- Improved ability to rapidly respond to budget constraints, equipment breakdowns, or crew availability limitations
- Reduction in risk of non-compliance with lease obligations
- Increased drilling performance and efficiency through insight into critical milestone dates
- Reduction in costs associated with rig movement or idle time
- Immediate clarity on the impact and risks resulting from schedule changes
- Improved team alignment and collaboration around the well delivery process
Q4: How is Actenum DSO/Upstream deployed?
Actenum DSO/Upstream is usually deployed as a standalone application on a workstation. It may also be deployed as a cloud-based application.
The Actenum DSO/Upstream database may be installed locally or on a remote server, using Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle.
You may also deploy Actenum DSO/Upstream using Citrix.
Q5: What data is needed to use Actenum DSO/Upstream?
Actenum DSO/Upstream incorporates an operations model that accommodates a wide range of data about your upstream operations, and it uses this data in the scheduling process. The minimum information needed to use Actenum DSO/Upstream effectively is:
- Approximate durations of activities
- Information about equipment or crew resources, such as working calendars, environmental restrictions, and dependencies
- A way to determine what resources are compatible with an activity (for example, what type of rig may be used on a particular well, or in a specific area)
- A way to approximate the travel time between activities (only if this is of interest)
- A way to measure the quality or value of the resulting schedule; this might include measures of cost, resource use, production targets, priorities, deadline violations, and so on
Q6: How do I get started with Actenum DSO/Upstream?
Prior to deployment, Actenum conducts a Configuration/Integration workshop with you to determine specific configuration and customization requirements. We also explore integration with external applications for data import and export purposes.
Following the workshop, Actenum configures Actenum DSO/Upstream for initial use and deploys the software to users. During the initial use period, Actenum works with you to ensure that your data is imported successfully and to conduct user and administrator training.
Q7: How do I load data into Actenum DSO/Upstream?
You may load data into Actenum DSO/Upstream manually, or automatically. Most electronic forms of data are loaded automatically: Actenum DSO/Upstream can load MS-Excel and MS-Project files directly, for example.
For data stored in relational databases, Actenum provides a connection mechanism for import/export.
Q8: Will Actenum DSO/Upstream fit into our workflow and business process?
Your workflow, business process, and the way that schedules are set up and managed are all very specific to your organization and your operations. So, we have designed Actenum DSO/Upstream as a flexible application with an open architecture for ease of adaptation and integration. It may be used as a stand-alone application for schedule management (replacing other tools such as MS-Excel or MS-Project), or it may be integrated into an existing business process through the available data interchange facilities. You can rapidly and effectively configure the software to meet your operational needs, and take advantage of available data.
Q9: Can I share Actenum DSO/Upstream schedules with other team members?
A companion application, Actenum DSO/CX (Collaboration eXchange), provides all team members with web-based access to schedules and related information, via a workstation, tablet, or smartphone. Actenum DSO/CX enables users to view schedule Gantt charts, track activities on a map, create reports, and focus on the schedule aspects in which they are most interested.
For each schedule, Actenum DSO/Upstream will also generate a Gantt chart representation as a customizable PDF file. You can email this, or publish it on a corporate intranet.
You can also export Actenum DSO/Upstream data to MS-Excel, and integrate it with external databases, using a connector provided by Actenum.
Q10: Can Actenum DSO/Upstream make use of production information?
Actenum DSO/Upstream is able to link a production profile to a well, pad, lease, DSU, business unit of some sort, or a geographic area. The production profile may be represented in multiple ways:
- As a single value with a decline percentage: for example, 300 bbl/day, with a decline of 3% per quarter for the first 2 years, and 5% for each year after that
- As a time series of values, which may be obtained from another application such as ARIES, Mosaic, or Peep
- Using Arps equation decline curve parameters
Q11: What reporting capabilities does Actenum DSO/Upstream provide?
Actenum DSO/Upstream enables you to build custom reports for specific requirements, and also provides an OData feed to commonly-used reporting tools, such as Spotfire, PowerBI, MS-Excel, and Tableau.
You can also export data to other applications, such as MS-Excel, for reporting purposes.
Q12: What training is needed to use Actenum DSO/Upstream?
Getting started with Actenum DSO/Upstream is intuitive for most users who are familiar with other scheduling applications. Actenum provides an initial 2-day user training program at the time of initial software deployment. At the same time, a short training class for application administrators is usually scheduled.
Q13: How often are updates to Actenum DSO/Upstream released?
Usually there is one major Actenum DSO/Upstream release each year, providing new features and support for new operating systems and database platforms. Interim releases or patches address other issues as they arise.
Q14: What hardware and software will run Actenum DSO/Upstream?
When I first came to the company, everyone was busy putting out fires—like scrambling for permitting for a well that the rig was on its way to—and now with Actenum DSO/Upstream, we are scheduling 6 months in advance with tremendous visibility into all activities of all teams, from drilling and completions, to facilities. We’re hitting our production and budget goals like never before.
We’ve integrated every activity across multiple teams into our master schedule; even third-party activities are included because they constrain us and impact our overall success. When you have the visibility Actenum DSO/Upstream gives you into every aspect of your operation, you can truly be strategic.