A simplified grease book for field data gathering to reduce human error

reduce human error

Let’s begin with the example of a mud logger in the oil & natural gas industry who captures the cutting of a rock at the rig site.  This is a field operation that needs a human touch-manually taking an image on a device, also perhaps making a log book on the development and collecting data that pushes the work further. All this information needs to be sent to the company office or the onsite office nearby for further instructions. A smartphone can take images of rock formation and another pattern after cutting. Connected to another crucial petro-app it proves the required information for engineers or even geoscientists on the rig to study and make decisions in real-time.

If only companies use mobility as a field data gathering solution, the chances of better solutions are possible- on cloud or onsite. Moreover, it reduces human error to a large extent for onshore ops in the energy sector.

Importance of full stack solution with analytics and mobility solutions

There are several apps being used in the oil & gas industry companies based in the USA. Most apps are designed and tested for usage by engineers in the oil fields. They can be used to well management, monitor drilling, and EH &S. A few years ago, only data capture was possible. But today, there are full stack solutions which offer analytics along with the mobile solutions. As the upstream sector requires project management, calibration for field data gathering solution to work and asset protection-only a full stack strategy will succeed.  This is useful to the field technicians, managers, and CXOs. 

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Interpreting vital data with upstream oil management

Data is coming thick and fast and it is essential to interpret it as quickly and make decisions based on the outcome. There was a survey conducted by the Oil & Natural Gas journal and PennWell Petroleum database was studied to understand the upstream oil management ops and construing the information. The companies already using technology and apps had a competitive edge. They are able to get a field data capture solution quicker than the ones who have yet to migrate and adopt technology initiatives. With an enabled IT platform, different data can be processed through departments. In the case of upstream oilfield services, this exercise, and subsequent modernization benefits are:

  • Inspections
  • Monitoring of rig conditions across seasons
  • Assessment of services related to onshore activities
  • Handling delivery
  • Installation activities
  • Enhance flexibility
  • Protect data

While the benefits are well documented providing access to the data for the right team of engineers, scientists, and IT teams should not be a virtual challenge. If there are delays, the field characteristics alter, oil deposition decisions become wrong, the good placement and reservoir management is at stake. Both exploration and production should offer the data for better exploitation. Ignoring the pumper’s role can be fatal as errors of advanced software can derail performances. Trackers work in silos to manage e-logbooks for entries related to voyages, daily vessel status, calibrating data via emails and apps.

Reduce Pumper oversight and human error with the right software 

Pumpers have a hard time on the field and are after all humans, prone to making mistakes. With GPS and GIS, they can be alerted for anomalies. The energy sector is using these technologies and mobile solutions. It adds to the asset utility by the pumpers. Real-time monitoring can be reported to the back office. With unstructured data appearing, all cannot be used by single apps. Different tools need to be utilized- for instance, the maintenance logs are updated with a niche app. Using mobile apps can be used for validation, assigning tasks without any compromise to the security or safety. Government regulations can be met automatically.

One size does not fit all-niche apps work with cloud-based solutions 

As one understands the need for mobile apps, and different sizes-cloud-based solutions are gaining traction. They are good for shared tasks that involve partners and different departments. Performance analysis is time-consuming and needs accuracy. Why not hop onto the mobile value chain and modernize the field ops? With all things in place what could go wrong?  

No more passing the buck to the lease operator!