Fibre Optic Network Infrastructure

INDUSTRIES
  • Oil Sands & Heavy Oil
SERVICES
  • Wireless
  • Systems / Network Consulting
  • RTU
  • Project Management
  • Networks & Connectivity
  • MAC
  • Infrastructure
  • Field Networks/Process ControlNetworks
  • FEED
  • Electrical Design
  • Drafting
  • Document Management
  • Detailed Engineering
  • DCS
  • Construction Package Development
  • Communications/Telecommunications Design
  • Alarm Management
TECHNOLOGIES
  • Wireless
  • Systems / Network Consulting
  • RTU
  • Project Management
  • Networks & Connectivity
  • MAC
  • Infrastructure
  • Field Networks/Process ControlNetworks
  • FEED
  • Electrical Design
  • Drafting
  • Document Management
  • Detailed Engineering
  • DCS
  • Construction Package Development
  • Communications/Telecommunications Design
  • Alarm Management

The Challenge

The client, an Alberta based energy company, was constructing a new steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) facility which included nine well pads, each with approximately six well pairs.  These were connected to a central processing facility main control plant (MCP) via pipelines.

Fibre optic network infrastructure was required to enable communications between the well pads and the MCP.

The primary project objectives included:

  • Selecting cost effective network infrastructure that ensured future expansion ability.
  • Accommodating the variance in technologies encountered due to schedule limitations placed on the ability to standardize.
  • Utilizing the latest proven technologies and industry standard practices.
  • Meeting schedule by reducing risks and proactively managing the risk factors.

Autopro’s Role

Autopro was initially providing support to the project via insourced resources, however as a result of the quality of work that was being delivered, our scope was significantly expanded to include:

Fibre Optic Network Design - developed specifications for the complete fibre back-bone, completed hardware selection and developed the construction work package. Infrastructure design included virtualization, server clusters, firewalls, backup, and recovery to connect with the business LAN. Network design also included coordination and integration of the DCS / SIS network architecture, making provisions for future phases.

Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) Tie-in - Established wireless communications between RTUs at four source wells and the MCP.

Third Party PLC Integration - Interfaced with multiple third party vendors to integrate disparate PLCs into the overall control system.

Autopro was also able to identify areas where highly complex, integrated systems typically fail, and assumed ownership of these systems to ensure that all potential issues were proactively resolved to ensure project success.

Success Criteria

All success criteria were met.

  • Maintain safe work practices throughout the project.
  • Zero LTI, Safety by design following industry standards.
  • Maintain the budget while achieving schedule.
  • Fully operational integrated control system by agreed upon date.
  • Active quality control and assurance to minimize rework at site.

Project Metrics

Project Completion Date