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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 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 schedules for specific contingencies, such as inclement weather. And when you encounter a disruption, such as equipment failure, respond quickly by re-optimizing your schedule to stay on track to your goals.

All scheduled activities are linked to KPIs, so you can instantly see the financial and scheduling impacts as updates are made. Actenum helps you to make important decisions faster, more accurately, and more reliably.

Benefits

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Actenum DSO/Upstream software enables everyone in your organization to benefit from a complete, single source view of well delivery operations. It transforms laborious manual work 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 schedules created using Actenum DSO/Upstream. Together, they enable you to efficiently meet production targets, rapidly align spend with budgets, and accurately forecast materials, in less time and with improved accuracy.

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Get up and running faster

Implementing Actenum scheduling software is fast, so you benefit from greater efficiencies right away.

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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.

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Quickly respond to changes

If any disruptions occur such as weather or equipment failure, Actenum’s rescheduling capabilities get you quickly back on track.

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Case Study

Fundamentally changing the way a major E&P company worked

As a result of implementing Actenum, the company benefited from having drilling, completions, facility, and pipeline scheduling that was more accurate and took fewer people to manage. The Actenum solution allowed everyone in the organization to access a complete, single-source view of operations, which easily integrated into the company’s existing upstream applications.

Case Study

Adding $510,000 to operator’s earnings

The financial benefit results from automatic optimization and scenario evaluation capabilities. Actenum software rapidly optimizes the entire drilling project activity sequence, according to objectives and constraints that the project team derives. Each separate optimization run is saved as a scenario and compared to other scenarios, enabling the team to select the best one at any point.

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Challenge 1

Fortune 500 operator needed to optimize rig scheduling to minimize unnecessary rig travel.

Results

Within 3 months, the client saved $5M on rig moves, while reducing time to first oil.

Challenge 2

The Company was experiencing multiple delays because of separate schedules.

Results

Schedule conflicts were reduced to 1 per year, with an estimated savings of $1.4 million.

Challenge 3

A global operator wanted to improve overall performance prior to starting a 160 well project.

Results

Eliminated activity gaps, resulting in an average 2-day reduction in the time from spud to first oil.

Challenge 4

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.

Results

The work of evaluating multiple production forecast scenarios was reduced from 5 engineers over 2 weeks to 2 engineers in 1 day.

FAQs

Got questions? We’ve got Answers.

Q1: What is Actenum DSO for 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 exploration and production activities in an optimal sequence, rapidly and reliably
  • Interactively adjust your schedules to reflect changes and disruptions, using the drag-and-drop Gantt-based interface
  • Optimize your results to align with important objectives, such as cost, production output, and equipment utilization
  • Collaborate effectively with your colleagues, using a consolidated operations model focused on business objectives
  • Create and evaluate scenarios rapidly to identify an optimal alternative

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, 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 information is centralized in Actenum DSO/Upstream’s database, which is designed to handle all upstream activities, and which makes information available to your other 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.

  • 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. This is why 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 the management of schedules (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 reporting dashboards, and focus on the aspects of a schedule 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 associate a production profile with a well, pad, lease, DSU, business unit of some sort, of a geographic area. It will also accept production information 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 or Peep
  • Using 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 supports common reporting tools, such as Spotfire and Business Objects.

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?

Client Workstations

  • 2.5 GHz Pentium CPU
  • Minimum 8 GB RAM, 40+ GB hard drive
  • 100 Mb network connection to server
  • MS-Windows 7 and up
Database Server

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2012
  • Oracle 10G or higher

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