As technology becomes more ingrained in the daily flow of managing the work on-site in a gas field or on an oil rig, rugged hardware designed to withstand extreme environments is becoming especially necessary. “The requirements are evolving into the need for actually seeing an image of the well and the surrounding environment, visualization of charts of a well’s temperature, pressure and the ability to sort by such sensor information,” says one technology expert. As such, new devices can tolerate high temperatures, oil, dust, vibrations, and drops of up to six feet.
“An increasing number of business apps are available to be used out in remote oil and gas fields, including software that collects and manages operations data, evaluates pipeline fractures and fatigue, calculates and forecasts production levels, or simply schedules jobs and dispatches field crews,” Jeanine Sterling, a principal analyst at Frost & Sullivan, told Tech Page One. “Now all of those work processes can be handled in real time on-site, instead of having to wait for the worker to make his or her way back to an office-based computer.”