SitePro was designed from its inception as an internet-based solution that incorporates the basic tenets of Industry 4.0 principles into its very foundation. SitePro has a groundbreaking and re-imagined way of building data acquisition and supervisory control into a modern, incredibly fast, and publicly secure platform.
The company’s architecture is designed to handle complex site-based hierarchies from the device layer all the way to the cloud in a truly seamless fashion. Their Edge computing components enable the power of advanced logic and contextual computing closest to the action, they are much more than glorified local storage and hubs. They leverage state-of-the-art technologies like Redis, for their inherent efficiency, scalability, and security.
Every piece of SitePro is specifically designed for Industry 4.0 where intelligence can be applied at the source, device data is easily transformed into useful information and instantly available on any platform, and the barriers between Operational Technology (OT) and Informational Technology (IT) are broken. “We set out to create software and solutions that let you manage your business…better,” states the company’s website.
SitePro was hatched on the rugged South Plains in West Texas in early 2012, by founders David Bateman and Aaron Philips. They honed in on the underserved Salt Water Disposal market as a process-intensive business with limited viable software options outside of expensive traditional SCADA systems.
At a time when speed to market was absolutely critical to the SWD industry, there was a compelling need for a fresh take on control systems.
The company’s humble origins as a software company started in the proverbial garage in the hub city of Lubbock Texas. To the outsider, this start may seem to be at odds with what is regarded as a normal software and technology company in the US today. But, SitePro is anything but a normal story. Capitalizing on an abundant source of talented software and hardware engineers (thanks to David and Aaron’s alma mater – Texas Tech), SitePro assembled a small but brilliant team to set about reimagining industrial control systems.
SitePro delivers multi-commodity domain expertise in a platform designed to provide powerful control while minimizing your Lease Operating Expense (LOE). Teams can maintain sophisticated process trains without the use of consultants or programming. SitePro’s Command Center gives operators the ability to remotely control well sites and equipment, monitor tank levels, and site conditions all from a computer or mobile device. Their flexible device-agnostic platform provides the control and reporting you need to exceed your company’s targets and goals.
Energy midstream operators have the critical task of safely moving, storing, and transforming the nation’s energy supply. This monumental responsibility requires a control solution that is reliable, secure, and adaptable to the many different process controls required by operators.
SitePro’s patented ability to control and grow your midstream processes across your entire interconnected universe save time and money while providing a potent mix of power, sophistication, and simplicity.
Improving Efficiency in the Oil and Gas Industry
Accurate, real-time data is key to succeeding in the oil and gas industry. Engineers need operational data from the field to calibrate equipment, schedule maintenance activities and coordinate with third-party logistics to keep the flow of product moving.
Management, meanwhile, uses information analyzed by SCADA systems to calculate production values, generate trends for decision-making, and project company profits. On top of that, HSE and regulatory compliance personnel are constantly on the lookout for potential environmental issues and pipeline integrity.
SCADA systems are powerful enough to handle the complex processes required to operate in the new oilfield. These control systems provide a stable and cost-effective solution to the needs of the oil and gas sector.
SCADA Systems in the Upstream Sector: The principal role of a SCADA system in the upstream sector is remote data transmission. It gathers crucial information from oil wells and sends them to headquarters, where the organization can analyze it.
The information that a SCADA system transmits includes insight into the conditions of products and equipment during operations. For instance, the system notifies operators when the oilfield is first breached and monitors the crude oil as it comes out of the ground at pressures of more than 23,000 PSI.
The SCADA system helps prevent blow-outs, verifies the safety of pumping and watches out for the integrity of the well-bore. The system also aids reservoir engineers in determining quantities of oil and gas, especially during the first few minutes of production.
SCADA Systems in the Midstream Sector: Midstream Oil and GasIn the midstream industry, oil pipelines span thousands of miles, traversing harsh terrain and even underwater conditions. Organizations use SCADA systems to monitor the status of the oil flow throughout its journey from the wellsite to downstream plants. It does so by managing the field instruments. With thousands of miles of pipelines, there are numerous pumping, compression, block valve and delivery stations, each equipped with devices such as flow, pressure and temperature gauges and transmitters. These keep the pressure of the pipeline constant, whatever the weather condition or terrain and keep the extracted products in optimum condition.
SCADA Systems in the Downstream Sector: The downstream oil and gas industry is responsible for receiving and refining crude oil at processing plants, turning them to various products, such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), gasoline and diesel oil, among others.
Refineries often involve 24/7 operations, and organizations need a software system that manages and monitors the plant’s performance and output. SCADA systems prepare downstream processes for the inflow of the product. Industry publication Control Engineering explains that operators use SCADA systems to supervise PLCs and IPCs, which are the focal point for a plant’s inputs and outputs. They also use it to control sensors, actuators and other devices.