Identifying oil and gas industry workflows in need of investment in mobile solutions boils down to a simple question: In which workflows does the ability to share and collect data from mobile workers in real time provide the opportunity to dramatically improve the efficiency and safety of operations?
This question can be decomposed further to identify some prospective workflows for mobile investment:
In today’s price environment, there can be no tolerance for assets that are costing the firm money but are down due to unscheduled repairs and maintenance. In order to minimize downtime, mobile workers must be able to respond to issues quickly, and preferably, take preventative actions to stop downtime before it occurs. Mobile tools can assist in core workflows, which maximize uptime:
Working away from the desk is a fact of life in the oil and gas industry. Even office personnel are often out for field visits, training, or other travel. Plus, when operations are 24/7, there is always the chance that the needed person will not be on shift when a decision needs to be made. Furthermore, when meetings rule the executive schedule, it can be difficult for senior personnel to fully keep up with operations in small schedule gaps. Mobile tools can help keep personnel connected and increase data visibility so that the decisions can be made to optimize operations:
Health, Safety, and Environment issues continue to be a major focus in the Oil and Gas industry. Automating HSE workflows using mobile applications can reduce tedious manual re-typing efforts, which take attention off of the true tasks at hand while improving visibility into compliance so that “normalization of deviance” can be caught before it leads to a preventable accident:
With the widespread retirement of experienced personnel in the oil and gas industry, operations are increasingly in the hands of junior staff. To make up for the experience gap, new employees need both human help and better access to reference materials so that mistakes do not negatively impact operations:
Where do you see oil and gas mobile apps impacting your workflows?
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