OVS Group http://ovsgroup.com Integration & Automated Workflows Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:09:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 OVS Group Promotes Sebastiano Barbarino to Executive VP http://ovsgroup.com/ovs-group-promotes-sebastiano-barbarino-to-executive-vp/ http://ovsgroup.com/ovs-group-promotes-sebastiano-barbarino-to-executive-vp/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:09:42 +0000 http://ovsgroup.com/?p=5999 OVS Group today announced the promotion of Sebastiano Barbarino to Executive Vice President.  Sebastiano has served OVS Group since 2007, most recently as the company’s Chief Technology Officer.  “Sebastiano has been at the forefront of the digital energy movement and is recognized in the industry as a true leader in technical workflow automation and production optimization,” commented Jose Alvarez, OVS Group’s CEO. Alvarez also stated that Sebastiano will continue in his role as CTO to advise and monitor the company’s technology strategy and direction as he expands his duties as the Executive Vice President.

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Hiring: Software Developer http://ovsgroup.com/hiring-software-developer/ http://ovsgroup.com/hiring-software-developer/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:19:54 +0000 http://ovsgroup.com/?p=5988 OVS Group is now hiring for a .NET developer responsible for developing the One Virtual Source platform. Email your resume to hr@ovsgroup.com for an opportunity to work with our esteemed expert team.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Taking business requirements and implementing a solution in a timely manner.
  • Investigating, fixing and troubleshooting bugs.
  • Identifying areas for improvement and new ways to grow the platform.
  • Re-factoring existing code and working on a new development.

Skills & Requirements

  • 4 to 6 years of experience in software development.
  • Ability to design, specify, write and deliver maintainable software that works.
  • Solid grasp of software engineering principles, testing, code analysis, and design patterns.
  • Proficiency using .NET.
  • Experience with multi-tier, data driven applications including multi-platform, SQL, XML, and serialization.
  • Familiarity with source control and change tracking.
  • Experience working in a process-driven environment (agile, waterfall, etc.) with other developers.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Multi-language familiarity (C#, VB.NET).
  • Experience with multi-platform targeted code.
  • Experience architecting multi-platform solutions.
  • Experience with integrating new and legacy code and backward compatibility issues.
  • SDLC experience with maintaining multiple active product versions is a plus.
  • Experience with code reviews (on both sides of the review process).
  • Experience in Oil & Gas Industry specifically in Exploration & Production domain.


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OVS Group to Attend SPE ATCE 2014 http://ovsgroup.com/ovs-group-to-attend-spe-atce-2014/ http://ovsgroup.com/ovs-group-to-attend-spe-atce-2014/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:42:31 +0000 http://ovsgroup.com/?p=5969 Visit us at the SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition October 27-29 in Amsterdam. We will be showcasing a new booth design and highlighting our technological innovations. For demonstration information at our booth #2046, email info@ovsgroup.com.

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Minimizing Deferred Production http://ovsgroup.com/minimizing-deferred-production/ http://ovsgroup.com/minimizing-deferred-production/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:57:43 +0000 http://ovsgroup.com/?p=5954 Deferred production is a common E&P problem that is often considered a normal cost of doing business.  Although this may be true when manual work processes are used, it can now be addressed with One Virtual Source solutions that deliver operational excellence, the continuous monitoring and adjustment of the producing system for optimal performance and safety.

One Virtual Source provides for the early detection of events through SCADA (when available), surveillance, complex alarm management, and model-based automation.  The benefits of early detection and prompt decisions within production can be considerable.  More than 10% of production is commonly deferred in mature fields for one reason or another.

It seems obvious that the earlier an event can be identified and its causes addressed the less damage the event will create.  For production, prompt corrective action limits production interruptions while predictive analytics identify possible failures and provide timely warnings.

Traditional problem detection in oil and gas depends on the ad hoc identification of events followed by a period of analysis leading to a decision. This is followed by performing some form of corrective action.  Although this tried and true approach eventually solves the problem, the built-in delays associated with this methodology allow problem severity to build during the delays and often results in considerable unplanned downtime.  Small unresolved issues may also have an unexpected cumulative effect on performance.


Figure 1: Traditional versus Automated Event Detection


Figure 1 shows the deferred production that results when traditional problem resolution is used rather than early detection techniques. There is also a direct connection between reduced deferred production and increased revenue.

The longer a problem exists without corrective action, the more severe it becomes and the greater the impact it has on performance. Conversely, the quicker an issues is resolved, the better the results. By applying the proven principles of early root cause analysis and real-time decision support in One Virtual Source, performance can be substantially improved.

Operations-CenterFigure 2: Impact of Early Detection on Logistics and Supply Chain


Early Problem Resolution Drives Better Results

Perhaps the most frequently encountered example of early detection is in the medical field.  If doctors can detect a condition or disease in its early stages, multiple treatment options are often available.  If caught early, the impact those options have on the condition being treated can be much more powerful and effective, even curative.

The primary objective of early fault detection within oil and gas production is to detect and properly interpret indications of trouble at an early stage and to improve productivity, uptime, reliability, integrity, safety and margins.  Accuracy of information is essential to building user confidence and providing actionable, easy-to-understand information.  Data such as rates, fluid composition, vibration, pressure, temperature or electrical parameters provide information about current process conditions and the state of a system.

Early detection is critical in avoiding downtime and reducing costs. For example, it enables operators to schedule maintenance in advance minimizing downtime and optimizing the use of special equipment or labor. Surveillance systems proactively monitor the production system to predict and reduce potential outages, as well as monitor the stability and reliability of individual components such as hardware, data quality, and measurement devices.

Comprehensive real-time evaluations of system performance are also possible using operational models and indicators to identify when production problems occur or when trends indicate a production issue is likely to impact mission-critical operations.  Access to diagnostic information significantly reduces resolution time and improves the operational reliability and performance of the system

Information presented at numerous oil and gas workshops where E&P maintenance costs have been discussed show that reactive maintenance is 5 to 6 times more expensive than proactive.  Isolated differences for specific equipment can be as high as 30 times. These issues are not all due to equipment failures. Pump manufacturers and users both know that out-of-spec operating conditions rather than natural wear and tear are often the root cause of equipment failure. The process industry is no exception, and according to insiders that is in fact the case more than 60% of the time.


 Figure 3: Downtime Production Losses in a Representative Mature Field


One Virtual Source solutions integrate and deliver all the information and analysis needed to manage your assets.  Its workflows promptly identify opportunities, intuitively present relevant information, automate routine tasks, and increase users’ confidence so that they are able to make the right decision in a timely manner. The earlier this process occurs, the more benefits can be delivered.



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Securing an Absolute Advantage http://ovsgroup.com/securing-an-absolute-advantage/ http://ovsgroup.com/securing-an-absolute-advantage/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:01:52 +0000 http://ovsgroup.com/?p=5924 In macroeconomics, either/or choices are often represented by the classic example of guns or butter; a simplified decision matrix to balance the costs and benefits of two very different options.  This environment is represented by the diagram below with analysis and well count as the choices.


Points A, B and C represent valid choices along the Production Possibility Frontier (PPF or transformation) curve that could be made.  Point X represents a grossly inefficient use of existing resources, and point Y is a model that cannot be attained given the resources available.

E&P companies make these kinds of choices with their resources every day.  Historically, oil and gas staff constantly traded off between engineering analysis and operational oversight of a large number of wells.  Each company struck their own balance somewhere on the PPF curve.   Green fields tend toward point “A” while mature assets operate closer to point “C”.  However, several factors are now changing the relationships that were used in the past to make E&P resource allocation decisions.

First, the sheer number of wells being drilled and produced is rising dramatically due in large part to the unconventional plays now being developed.  Along with more wells comes supply chain growth and information overload.  Of the two choices, well count is “forcing”, meaning that staff must devote some of their time to watching wells (reporting, regulatory, etc.).  Therefore, companies with unconventional assets are forced to allocate their personnel closer to point “C” than to point “A”.  Second, increasing well and field complexity means oil and gas staff should be spending more time to model, understand and optimize these complicated assets but lack the time to do so.  Third, headcounts are not growing at the same rate as well counts.  Assuming no oil company will be inclined to forego new production, this means producers must sacrifice either analysis time or be forced to hire many more staff.

But there is another solution.  Sometimes a company can produce more than their peers, even though they both appear to have the same amount of resources.  One example of this situation is the introduction of new technology.  Such a technological advantage enables the deploying company to outperform its competition.  This situation is called an Absolute Advantage in macroeconomics.

The One Virtual Source framework delivers an Absolute Advantage to its customers by shifting the PPF curve for oil and gas production up and to the right as shown in the diagram below.


The introduction and widespread use of integrated data and automated workflows has thus expanded the choices that a producer can make as they allocate their scarce resources.  Now point “Y” is within the capabilities of the resources already in place (headcount).  Furthermore, point “Y” supports high well counts and a substantial increase in engineering analysis over the initial conditions (point “C”).

With One Virtual Source, producers can reallocate their resources to take advantage of today’s enhanced production environment in accordance with their strategies.  This may take the form of sustaining higher well counts, increasing production, lowering lease operating costs, optimizing operations or accomplishing other corporate objectives.

Handle more wells without expanding staff, apply more engineering and science to optimize results, automate routine tasks, and outperform your peers with One Virtual Source.


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Escape from Spreadsheet Captivity http://ovsgroup.com/escape-from-spreadsheet-captivity/ http://ovsgroup.com/escape-from-spreadsheet-captivity/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:25:15 +0000 http://ovsgroup.com/?p=5910

You know exactly where you want to go. You can see your goal. You have the tools you need to get there. But you keep getting tangled up in spreadsheet chaos.

Spreadsheets are attractive and seductive. They fill in the gaps in your work processes. They are flexible and inexpensive. Spreadsheets work well for small and informal applications where the formulas can easily be checked, interest is in seeing immediate changes in the data, and where the user wants to see all the data and calculations.

Spreadsheets — How you got caught

  • Solution configured to precisely match user design
    • Adequate for simple monitoring and reporting
    • Handles nearly any scenario on a “one off” basis
    • Users comfortable with using spreadsheets to “fill in white spaces”
    • Very flexible, under user control
    • No IT involvement or oversight
  • Very low licensing cost
  • Minimal Training

There are downsides. Long term spreadsheet dependency can have a negative effect on efficiency and organizational capabilities adding unnecessary operational risk. Spreadsheet models are not well-suited to represent complex dynamics. They are difficult to explain to others, prone to errors, and perpetuate manual work processes. Spreadsheets are flexible but high risk, time consuming and wasteful of resources.

Spreadsheet Weaknesses

sometimes spreadsheets can make you feel trapped

  • Scalability
    • Scaling to enterprise level data volume is not possible
    • Spreadsheets fail when the model or database must be significantly enlarged and shared.
  • Individual users are solely responsible for content and upgrades
    • Spreadsheets become unsupportable as personnel move on
  • Going beyond a spreadsheet’s intended design capabilities is inefficient
    • Difficulty maintaining spreadsheet processes accurately over time
  • Easily corruptible
    • Spreadsheets are easy to change and hard to manage
    • Data and formulas aren’t always consistently updated
    • Multiple errors creep in over time invalidating spreadsheet results
    • Errors are often cumulative
  • Hard to trace issues or audit processes
    • Difficult to prevent and detect the reporting of inaccurate or incomplete information
  • Security is easily breached

Habit may be the most compelling reason that users continue to use spreadsheets for complex processes. For simple problems, spreadsheets were the answer, but with higher well counts, complex operations and more data to manage, new technology is necessary. You need immediate access to relevant data and actionable information. Replacing an existing tool or process with one that delivers superior performance and greater capabilities is an easy decision.

One Virtual Source provides state-of-the-art analytic data and process automation.

Free your work with One Virtual Source

The One Virtual Source software framework accesses your data with live connections to provide an integrated view without replication or migration. There is no need to constantly enter and move data through spreadsheets. One Virtual Source connects to any data required from a comprehensive list of data sources including all of your relational databases, real-time historians, and unstructured data, such as spreadsheets, without changing the underlying structure or displacing existing systems. Once connected, the data is available to you through visualization and is delivered to automated workflows that match your organization’s processes. Individuals are freed from the expensive and chaotic task of managing workflows manually.

One Virtual Source automates the time-consuming and confusing process of navigating through a tangle of spreadsheets, applications and data sources. Our Surveillance by Exception module delivers the information and analysis you need to solve today’s challenges without having to sift through masses of irrelevant clutter.

By decreasing data management requirements and automating workflows, you eliminate errors, reduce risk, and make standardized business and operational intelligence readily available to any who need it.  Valuable engineering and operational resources are freed to concentrate on high value tasks, such as optimizing performance.

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Summer Intern Program http://ovsgroup.com/summer-intern-program-2/ http://ovsgroup.com/summer-intern-program-2/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 15:23:48 +0000 http://ovsgroup.com/?p=5903 OVS Group welcomed Muhammad Khan, Daniel Beach, and Sean Andalcio to the team on Monday, May 19th as our newest summer interns. This is the second consecutive year for the Summer Intern Program here at OVS Group, and we are pleased to have these bright individuals on board with us.

Muhammad Khan attends the University of Texas at Austin as he pursues a graduate degree in Petroleum Engineering with a focus in production, drilling and completions. Muhammad is a member of the SPE and stays up-to-date on current research. He enjoys photography, cricket, and table tennis. Muhammad appreciates the combination of software and petroleum engineering experience he is obtaining here at OVS Group.

Daniel Beach graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Geology. He will be attending Montana Tech in the fall for a Masters in Petroleum Engineering. With his geology background and future petroleum engineering studies, Daniel wants to be a Reservoir Engineer. Daniel is involved with Sparrow International Family Ministries and has been to Colombia with this organization. His primary interests are outdoor sports, camping, and fishing.

Sean Andalcio attends Case Western Reserve University majoring in International Studies with a pending minor in business and/or Chinese. Sean is involved in several organizations at the university including a modern urban dance crew, Model UN, and University Program Board events. His primary interests are restaurant hopping, comedy shows, movies, travel, and dance. Sean wants to obtain his A+ certificate for a possible career in Information Technology.


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OVS Group Sponsors Seal Legacy Foundation http://ovsgroup.com/ovs-group-sponsors-seal-legacy-foundation/ http://ovsgroup.com/ovs-group-sponsors-seal-legacy-foundation/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 14:47:00 +0000 http://ovsgroup.com/?p=5896 OVS Group is proud to sponsor and attend the 3rd Annual SEAL Legacy Golf Classic. Jose Alvarez states, “It is our pleasure to give back to the Navy Seals who have given their lives to this country. We are looking forward to this event and more opportunities to support the organization in years to come.” All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the SEAL Legacy Foundation which supports the United States Navy SEAL community. The Golf Classic will be held at the Golf Club of Houston May 18th-19th. Visit the Seal Legacy Foundation site for registration details and sponsorship opportunities.


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New Engineering Map Module http://ovsgroup.com/new-engineering-map-module/ http://ovsgroup.com/new-engineering-map-module/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:43:35 +0000 http://ovsgroup.com/?p=5887 The Map Module is a new core feature of the OVS framework. The customizable engineering map helps users correlate and calibrate spatial data. Models such as Inverse Distance, Kriging, and Triangulation allow reservoir and production professionals to analyze and capture fine scale details of the field. Grid, contour, and bubble maps within the module enable efficient correlation and analysis. The OVS Map Module captures heterogeneity, integrates complex attributes, and is capable of importing Faults and Grids from external applications.


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New Model Builder Workflow http://ovsgroup.com/model-builder-workflow/ http://ovsgroup.com/model-builder-workflow/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:52:59 +0000 http://ovsgroup.com/?p=5801 In production data analysis, a well model approach helps production and reservoir engineers efficiently predict pipeline hydraulics and temperature with accuracy. Engineers can perform sensitivity analysis for well optimization and plan work-overs with knowledge of how changes in well parameters can affect future well performance.

One Virtual Source recognizes that well model building can be a quite cumbersome process as it involves various data such as Fluid Properties, Well Deviation Survey, Downhole Equipments, Reservoir Properties, Well tests, and Artificial Lift. This data is available in different databases, data structures, and forms and is measured at different frequencies. It is important to update the well model with sporadic and real-time data to help engineers use the model for well performance analysis and predictions. Manually building the well model is a time consuming and costly effort when you have more than hundreds or thousands of wells.

The One Virtual Source Model Builder Workflow automatically connects to all of your databases and builds the well model in a fraction of a second saving time for the engineer. Engineers can now use their valuable time in analyzing well data instead of collecting and validating the data. Our OVS workflow engine is fully adaptable to all external applications recognized in the industry for modeling and is compatible with all of your storage databases.  The user friendly visualization of the OVS Model Builder Workflow helps engineers to see the right information at the right time. Our workflow makes proactive and informed decisions to improve your well and field performance.

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