In the competitive oil and gas market, streamlined refinement processes, market and product line diversity, leading-edge technology, and effective marketing are the keys to success. Y&L brings over a decade of experience in the oil and gas field from a technology-enablement perspective.
Through the years, we have gained an understanding of refinement criticalities, refinery network infrastructure, procurement, production, transportation, sales, and marketing (i.e. store locations). In addition to providing talented, technical resources to companies within the Oil and Gas field, our expertise in SAP also has its benefits to this market. One key challenge in this industry is consistent acquisitions which typically results in multiple general ledger solutions.
Companies need solutions for consolidating data from disparate sources and automating manual financial processes. Our experience in the SAP Business Objects Planning and Consolidation application has helped companies in this industry unify and streamline planning, consolidation, and financial management and reporting while, at the same time, reducing IT costs.
A few of our local San Antonio oil and gas clients include Valero, Tesoro, Axeon, and NuStar Energy. Some of our global Oil & Gas clients include Delek US, Sipchem (Saudi Arabia), Samref (Saudi Arabia), ONGC (India).
Market Specific Solutions
Following are some of the significant SAP and Help Desk activities we have performed for our O&G clients.
24x7x365 IT Help Desk Support for Remote Oil Rig/Pipeline locations (4 digit dialing via VPN Gateways)
SAP FSCM, HCM and PP Module Integration
SAP IS Oil & Gas Application Management
Terminal Management Workbench (TMW) and Quantity Ware (Liquid Inventory and Volume – Temperature Adjustments)
Master Data Management
SharePoint Implementations and Upgrades
SAP HR and ESS Module Implementation
SAP EH&S Occupational Health Component Integration
SAP Module Employee Training
Help Desk Tier 1 and 2 Phone and Desktop Support
Server System Monitoring and Operating System Upgrades
Real-time inputs from well to tune drilling parameters
Cause for decline in production
Daily Drilling Reports
Daily Production Reports
Why did it happen?
Cause for Non-productive time
Cause for decline in production
Can I optimize/predict event?
Drill-pipe sticking prediction
Production pattern prediction
Optimal Spares management strategy
O&G Analytics Expertise
Drilling is one of the most critical, dangerous, complex and costly operations in the oil and gas industry. Data
from the actual drilling operation (rotation speed, torque, hook load, vibration, temperature, etc.) to depth tracking
sensor data to gas monitor data to pit monitor sensor data and more contribute to determining the success or
failure of a drilling attempt. In fact, 58% of time is wasted on drilling problems, rig movement, defects and simply
just waiting around. And, drilling costs represent nearly half of well expenditures. Predictive analytics play an
even more critical role when tackling more sophisticated wellbore geometries, ultra-deep-water wells, high
temperature, high pressure, and complex well geometries.
Point-by-point permeability values are needed over the reservoir interval at the
wellbores for developing completion strategies and computing dynamic-flow
calculations. Permeability is the most important rock parameter affecting fluids
flow in the reservoir. Y&L has experience in component analysis and support
vector machines to predict reservoir properties using well log data.
Chemicals are injected into the ground to increase flow. The amount of chemical
treatment is tied to the oil and gas production rates. Determining the correct dosing
rates and chemical shelf life is a critical success factor. Y&L analysts can provide
reporting on production rates, product shelf life and injection rates.
Tank Farm Analytics
Dedicated storage tanks are assigned to each finished O&G product. Knowing space availability in tank farms is very
important for product storage. Some of the challenges include shut-downs due to unavailability of storage space, hydrocarbon
leaks and spills and secondary overfill. Y&L can employ advanced ML techniques to model behavior of storage tanks using
historical data and predict potential losses.
Pipeline Tracking and Monitoring
Oil pipelines transport petroleum products from refineries and crude oil from import terminals as well as domestic sources to
the inland refineries. Sensor data and dashboard analytics can help to identify pipe leakage, pipe location, pilferage and
hot-tapping, varying flow meters, gas chromatographs and SCADA systems used in different networks/locations.
Smart Pressure Monitoring
Pressure fluctuations occur due to standard working conditions like power plants drawing fuel or chemical plants
ramping up production or due to anomalous conditions, such as ruptures or leaks. The changes are measured by
automated SCADA systems that can both accurately detect and respond to anomalies, but they are not capable of
interpreting these occurrences and categorizing them as either standard or anomalous fluctuations. Real-time
streaming analytics of SCADA data integrated with real-time alerts based on rule-based algorithms can enable
Gasoline blending is a refinery operation that blends different component streams into various grades of
gasoline. Many of the properties of blend components are non-linear, such as octane number, so estimating
final blend properties from the components can be quite complex. And, regardless of how efficient the
upstream process units may be, this can be invalid if poorly optimized blending produces a substandard fuel.
Y&L’s online blending analyzer utilizes advanced ML techniques and optimization algorithms instead of
traditional linear programming methods to improve blending accuracy based on historical data.
Machine Failure Prediction
Assets utilized in the O&G industry are capital intensive. Unplanned downtime of these critical assets can negatively
impact financial performance, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. Y&L’s approach is to take a
multi-dimensional analytical approach by combining financial data, performance logs, sensor data, environmental data
and maintenance data and put it through a real-time analytics engine to predict machine failures, performance
optimization opportunities and recommendations for sensor retrofitting.
Helpdesk & IT Infrastructure Support
Providing help desk support to employees as well as IT infrastructure support can be a challenging task for a large organization with onsite, offsite and offshore locations. One of the largest independent liquids terminal and pipeline operators in the nation, was faced with such a challenge.
Y&L’s solution was to combine the right people, processes and metrics custom fit to the client’s needs. The customized 24x7x365 onsite and offsite helpdesk solution included phone, email and live chat support for close to 2,000 end users and 1,850 work stations globally. In addition, Y&L’s team provided Tier 1& 2 in-person workstation and multifunction printer support for more than 600 users and 500 workstations at the client’s headquarters.
Further, Y& L provided 24x7 server monitoring, patching, after hours and weekend phone support, which dramatically improved access and availability for the organization.
Within the first three months of working with the client, Y& L was able to resolve almost three times the number of incidents reported by the organization’s previous helpdesk provider. Response times also dramatically decreased. In fact, prior to Y&L’s involvement it took 147 hours on average to resolve a Level 2 incident and within a year Y&L’s team reduced that response time to 38 hours.
OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) standard requires companies to perform MOC's (Management of Change) when changes are made that could affect how safely a process runs. Unless the equipment or chemical is being replaced by the same equipment or chemical, an MOC must be performed.
Y&L worked with one of the largest independent liquids terminal and pipeline operators in the nation to automate their MOC processes. Their MOC processes are used to track all “not in-kind” changes that occur, this includes changes to physical assets, policies, procedures, etc. The new MOC application enabled a single, standardized platform by which all changes are captured and documented across the organization. Y&L developed a web application that was used across the client’s organization including international locations.
Benefits to the client included; standardizing their change process across the entire organization, ensured compliance to established procedures and increased visibility across the organization.
Can you Dig It?
When a pipeline inspection results in anomalies there is a need to perform a dig (Pipeline In-Line Inspection – ILI) along with a visual inspection which may result in further testing or repair.
Working with our client, a leading pipeline storage, and distribution company for crude oil, refined products and specialty liquids, Y&L assisted in creating a Mobile Dig application to be used by the client’s field construction managers to retrieve, document, and submit findings from dig assignments scheduled by the corporate office.
Each time a dig is conducted a number of forms are required to be filled out. The new application allowed those forms to be available electronically. The solution created is a Windows 10 application which was deployed to Windows tablets assigned to field construction managers.
The new online application provided full visibility into the progress of digs in “almost” real time. It also enabled efficient collection and submission of complex forms digitally and allowed for the efficient management of dig packages for field construction managers.
A premier refining, marketing and logistics, company in the western United States with approximately $37 billion in annual revenues was looking to further automate their finance and accounting systems.
To help our client improve cash flow, increase efficiencies of accounts receivable and accounts payable, Y&L implemented the SAP FSCM module. During this process we migrated data from existing systems to SAP, set up workflows, and implemented custom functionality. Post implementation, Y&L fixed defects, code changes, tested new functionality and optimized performance for all components.