Mobile technologies create safer oilfields

Oilfields are dangerous places if workers don't have the right tools. Equipment such as gas masks and gloves are standard and offer the wearer physical protection.

Mobile devices utilized on oilfields supply employees with important details, warnings and communication tools. Many firms introduce new tools to provide workers with information to protect from potential safety risks.

Visibility
Big data devices give users visibility. An oilfield worker utilizing a mobile device has the same amount of company oversight as an employee in the head office. Mobile users can complete service jobs that require unique guidelines or instructions while referencing updated field tickets.

The head office also has access to information provided by field workers. If employees report project updates straight from the heart of operations, managers get real-time insight into oilfield performance. The Oil & Gas Financial Journal said big data solutions provide decision-makers with the materials they need to reduce accidents.

OGFJ reported most firms lose about 20 productive days to onsite incidents each year. If employees use mobile devices when an accident or problem occurs, the details surrounding each incident are visible in the system. Big data software tools allow managers to spot trends in a centralized data source. Employees can mark weather conditions, crew numbers or other factors that contributed to past accidents in the system. Mangers should design future projects with information from past incidents displayed on the same software.

Alerts
Firms want to avoid accidents to protect from financial loss and to safeguard their employees. If big data tools do assist in the creation of new safety standards, workers with mobile devices can receive alerts every time safety conditions fall below reasonable guidelines. 

A company should utilize monitors and other site tools to read pressure, heat or other concerns. Managers can implement software on mobile devices with safety concerns in mind. Anytime an employee or computer detects a possible issue, it becomes available in the centralized source and all users receive updates. Should an incident occur that requires immediate attention, mobile devices facilitate simple communication between managers and oilfield workers.

Communication
Total, an international energy company, stated supervisors must analyze all changes in operations before approving them to prevent unnecessary risks. Mobile tools allow employees to send service change requests accompanied by the needed data for consideration. Supervisors can weigh all of the information in the system to create the safest option for accommodation.

This back and forth communication between the field and the office ensures proper daily procedures. If there is a change to a work order, employees can adjust activities instantly before wasting any time or resources. If an issue causes service to stop, workers can gain quick permission from managers for new solutions. Finance and other departments are aware of changes when using the system so they can alter work orders or projections.

Mobile technologies receive upgrades to provide better visibility between different areas of business. The Houston Chronicle's Fuel Fix suggested future oilfield headgear will give managers images straight from the site worker's point of view. Tiny cameras implemented into goggles and glasses may allow head offices to watch activities and provide even better visibility of safety concerns.

Oilfield firms that want to learn more about mobile software for health and safety should book a demo.

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