Why Oil & Gas Companies Are Still Making IT Investments: Field Data Collection Software

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Substantial IT investments, such as field data collection software, continue to be made by oil & gas companies despite market challenges. 

Digital Oilfields USA and the Oil and Gas Monitor have published stats that show IT investments are still trending up among oil & gas companies. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Oil & gas companies will spend up to $50 billion on IT investments in 2015
  • 80 percent of those companies are planning to “re-engineer processes and systems to optimize logistics, hedge risk and efficiently and safely deliver crude, LNG, and refined products by the end of 2017”
  • At least 80 percent of industries involved in oil, metal, and mineral extraction are considering adopting mobile technology by 2025
  • Industry experts estimate that oil & gas companies will spend $8 billion on mobile apps alone by the end of the year

 Energy companies are investing heavily in mobile apps for two reasons:

  1. Make better use of field data. Many oil & gas companies are still using manual processes to collect field data. Research shows that relying on paper-based workflows to collect field data prevents companies from turning that data into actionable insights, which in turn leads to lost opportunities and wasted resources.
  2. Juggle site compliance and improve productivity. Oil & gas companies are facing an increasing number of environmental, health and safety (EHS) compliance regulations, but need to balance meeting those requirements with production quotas.

Benefits of Field Data Collection Software

With mobile IT investments in field data collection software, field data can be sent back to the office in real time, saving employees time they would otherwise have spent in transit. Submitted field data can also be automatically connected to the recipient’s back office system, eliminating duplicate data entry tasks.

Managers can immediately access the data needed to quickly address productivity or compliance gaps, and Analytics tools allow them to easily identify deeper trends and long-term patterns.

Halliburton, Tanknology, and a major American utility company are examples of energy companies that have successfully deployed field data collection software.

  • Tanknology’s mobile IT investment increased its field productivity by over 300 percent.
  • Halliburton estimates that by taking a first step in digitizing its oilfield, operators’ were able to achieve 95 percent uptime during the first month of production.
  • One major American utility company's mobile solution ensures the company avoids significant health and safety risks while reducing costs.

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