Making Local Data Globally Accessible Using Cloud Solutions

Intelligent Mud Solutions

About Intelligent Mud Solutions

Intelligent Mud Solutions AS of Norway (IMS) provides continuous real-time analysis of drilling fluids primarily for the oil and gas drilling industry. Their RheoSense© equipment is installed at-line to the main drilling fluid process to analyze the drilling fluid being pumped into and out of the well. The patented technology can convert pressure measurements to rheological data “on the fly” and produce timestamped data into an OPC UA server for their clients to access locally or remotely.

Making local data globally accessible

For IMS customers who do not have the capability to access the OPC UA server, we implemented a solution for publishing OPC UA values to Microsoft Azure and presenting the data visually using Power Bi. This has enabled IMS to offer a real-time visual presentation of the trended data that can be accessed by their customers via a web browser from anywhere in the world.

Cloud-based solutions made easy

To achieve these goals, we needed to set up a cloud-based solution in which variable values from the on-site OPC UA server are monitored and transferred to Azure. Using Azure cloud services such as IoT Hub and App Service along with Microsoft Power Bi for visualizations, we could transfer and display values from the OPC UA server with low costs and relative ease.

Connecting OPC UA to the Cloud

Using Microsoft’s OPC UA publisher module, OPC UA servers were connected to Azure with minimal configurations. Along with ease of setup, the publisher module allows manipulation of the data-point format and other configurations, such as publishing and heartbeat intervals.

All in all, Azure, along with OPC Publisher, allowed us to meet our customer’s demands quickly. The system implementation using Azure App Services offers flexibility on how measurement data can be consumed and not restricted to PowerBi, were it to be the case that more complex visualizations were necessary.

Working with Prosys OPC has been a rewarding and invaluable experience for our understanding of OPC databases, and we greatly value their flexibility and competence. With the support of Prosys OPC, IMS will further develop this solution to other platforms and offer a historical review of the data.

George Gibbs Smith
Technical Manager, IMS AS

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