Blurring the Boundaries: Bridging the Symmetry Process Software Platform’s Field and Pipe Workspaces with Network Designer 


To improve the efficiency of the workflow when creating large gathering system models from shapefiles, the Network Designer has been developed. This tool is found in the upcoming 2020 release of the Symmetry process software platform’s Pipe workspace and incorporates the powerful GIS features from the Field workspace. The advantage is the user no longer must launch the stand-alone Field workspace to build a network from a shapefile, export the finished network to a file, then import it to the Pipe workspace. That work can now be done within the Symmetry platform.

Notable New Features

The most notable new feature is a choice of worldwide base maps is now available in the GIS tab. The user has access to Satellite Imagery, a USA topographic map, and a world culture map. These provide very useful location, cross-referencing, and validation capabilities when drawing, importing, or editing a network.


Another notable feature is the Digital Elevation Model (DEM) data doesn’t have to be supplied by the user. The Network Designer can reach out to an ESRI database and retrieve the elevations thus saving the user from having to source this information themselves.  


Entering Network Designer

From the Pipe workspace, simply click on the Network Designer Mode icon to enter the environment. 


The bar at the bottom of the screen will change to green from blue with a message indicating that the Network Designer is active, and the Pipe tab will change to Network.  The rest of the interface (ribbon, panels, etc.) will change to allow access to the features and functions within.



A workflow similar to the Field workspace is used to create the network without having to leave the Symmetry GUI. The ribbon has been configured to group similar functions within the workflow making it easy to work through the steps required to create a network for the Pipe workspace.  

A generic step summary is as follows:


1. Import the shapefile in Network Designer 




2. Add wells/sources, at least one delivery point/sink and other necessary network data.



3. Use Network Connection Tool to connect wells and unconnected pipe segments or manually connect them.



4. Access and assign elevation data (provided the shapefile didn’t include this info) either through Import DEM info or the ESRI database.




5. Convert the Network to a Pipe flowsheet.




Returning to the Pipe Workspace

Once a network has been converted, it will be placed in the Pipe worksheet chosen by the user, as shown in the workflow above. However, the user may return to the Pipe workspace at any time simply by selecting the Exit Network Designer button in the ribbon. The Network tab will change back to Pipe and the user may continue in the Pipe workspace.  All work in the Network Designer will be preserved.



Schlumberger is continually striving to improve the ease of performing evaluations across the Symmetry process software platform. The Network Designer is another initiative to assist the user in creating usable, complex network simulations and accomplishing value-adding evaluations quickly.

Please contact your local office for more information.

Gordon Slemko, P.Eng.

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