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Gas Pipeline Improves Station

Efficiency and Drives Revenue


with DataRPM
CASE STUDY

Challenge
INDUSTRY In the capital-intensive oil and gas industry, businesses rely heavily on expensive
Oil & Gas
assets that are deployed in harsh environmental conditions. From a drilling point
in the sea to an intermediate station in the desert, the dynamic environmental
PRODUCTS
Progress DataRPM conditions at each point along the long line affect the performance of the assets
Cognitive Anomaly Detection deployed along the line. The systems that are used to support these mission-
and Prediction
critical assets must also be highly reliable, responsive and secure.
SUMMARY
After spending millions of dollars One company that operated a long-distance gas pipeline encountered numerous
annually on pipeline maintenance,
this industrial oil company used challenges with the overall efficiency of its pipeline, ranging from sub-optimal
DataRPM Cognitive Detection and usage to wastage of natural resources. Even with the optimal equipment and
Prediction to identify anomalies
before they struck. setup, the wide array of variables in operating conditions combined with the
sheer distance covered by the pipeline made running the business difficult.
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In this case, there were 22 injection stations along the length of the pipeline,
operating under very disparate conditions with different efficiencies. This
made it difficult to identify the interdependent effectiveness of these injection
stations, despite having a large data set on various parameters at each injection
substation. Even a single instance of failure could cost the company hundreds
of thousands of dollars in lost revenue as well as any additional costs for repairs
that had to be made.

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The company was spending $5 million per mile of For the analysis, a set of more than 15 features
pipeline annually in corrective maintenance. Along (variables) was used. Data for these features was
with this, the loss of revenue due to the undelivered collected for every hour of every day across a full
material was estimated at $250 million. With energy year for each station and fed into the CADP solution.
prices dropping, the loss in revenue directly reduced The model was run to identify the correlation of each
the bottom line of the company. With the clock of the variables individually, in tandem and in various
ticking and revenue dipping, building a perfect sub-groups, with the outcome variable, i.e. the
efficiency improvement model became a top priority. efficiency of the end-to-end pipeline. Furthermore,
the performance of each station was also correlated
with the performance of other variables to identify
Results which stations’ performances were key to predicting
the pipeline efficiency. The model was used to
Given the raw volume of data that was being predict which stations performed the same as the
generated by the company’s operations, the pipeline and which stations performed the opposite
enterprise needed a system that was capable to the pipeline. In some cases, the model predicted
of crunching this data in real time. This includes the performance of the stations was inversely related
adapting to the evolving nature of this data, to the efficiency of the pipeline.
eliminating white noise, creating actionable insights
to improve the asset efficiency, reducing risk,
enabling innovation and keeping the material flowing Results
through the pipeline.
The CADP solution created actionable insights
After exploring a variety of options, the company and prediction models using decision trees that
turned to the Progress® DataRPM® Cognitive created rules for achieving over 95% efficiency at
Anomaly Detection and Prediction (CADP) solution each station. All this was achieved in less than four
to create a more accurate model that ensured working days with negligible human intervention and
maximum pipeline efficiency. over 97% accuracy.

The DataRPM CADP solution analyses a large With a more accurate model that was less reliant on
number of variables using multiple data science human intervention, the company was able to:
recipes simultaneously to create a model that forms
a highly accurate depiction of how the variables Save Millions by Reducing Unplanned
interact with each other. The proprietary self- Downtime: DataRPM CADP identified and built
learning algorithms analyze metadata and run many the model that reflected the true performance
machine learning experiments in parallel to create of the pipeline based on the factors such as
the model. Everything learned from the results of case pressure, suction pressure and station
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the previous run is then applied on future runs to efficiency. This enabled the company’s
further refine the model. The algorithms and models engineers to monitor the health of the pipeline
are optimized to understand what works best on in real time and get alerts when any factor
the given set of data. Otherwise, this process could moved outside the specified range.
take days or longer if done manually considering
there could be multiple points of failures at various
transmission stages along the line.

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Gain Unparalleled Visibility Into Pipeline Performance: Along with
building a catalog of factors that affect performance across the length of the
pipeline, the company can ensure that the equipment, laid across thousands
of miles, operates at the optimum performance to extract the maximum
value from its investment.

Perform a Six-Month Job in Four Days: Getting these results could take
months with some solutions, but with DataRPM CADP, the company was
able to do it in just four days. By cutting down the data analysis and model
generation time drastically, the company was able to save precious man
hours and got a much higher level of accuracy than what humans may
achieve with manual analysis and model building.

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