Oilfield Inspection App Launches As Auditor General Reviews Oil And Gas Pipelines In Alberta

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The oil and gas industry has undergone setbacks recently as a major pipeline spill in central Alberta, and similar incidents in years gone by, have prompted Alberta’s auditor general to conduct a full-scale review of oil and natural gas pipelines throughout the province. The review coincides with the launch of a new oilfield inspection app which could transform the way inspections are carried out in the oilfield.

The Alberta Pipeline Review

The standard methods for conducting oilfield inspections right now are inefficient, outmoded and may be partially responsible for some of the spills that have taken place in the past few years.

Over several years, incidents related to oil and gas leaks have been on the rise. An example of this can be found in Plains Midstream Canada, which has had three major pipeline leakages throughout Alberta in the past three years. These leaks have cost the company millions of dollars, done environmental damage, incurred government scrutiny and ultimately damaged the company’s name and the reputation of the oil and gas industry as a whole. As a response to these incidents, the provincial government is conducting an Alberta pipeline review to ensure that existing regulations are enforced, inspections are carried out properly and new regulations are implemented wherever they’re needed.

Reviews such as the one currently being conducted by Alberta’s auditor general are certainly necessary to hold oil and gas pipeline inspections accountable to higher standard of safety throughout the province, but when it comes to regulating how oilfield inspections are carried out larger changes may be necessary. The standard methods for conducting oilfield inspections right now are inefficient, outmoded and may be partially responsible for some of the spills that have taken place in the past few years.

Right now, inspection agents are required to compile hard data in the field, taking pictures and writing notes, which are then compiled to spreadsheets and moved to a complicated file system. This data is often difficult for administrators to access or use, and using this system data can be lost, or simply remain off the radar until it is too late. For years this was the only way of doing things, but with the launch of the Oilfield Inspection App things may be changing.

Developed by a team with plenty of experience in the oil and gas industry, the Oilfield Inspection App is a new way of compiling, storing, accessing and distributing oilfield inspection data. Using the app on an intrinsically safe iPhone or iPad, an inspection agent is able to upload images, notes and audios about new issues from anywhere in the field to a central admin system which organizes the data and keeps it readily accessible. This means of working with data is more efficient, promotes secure data and ensures critical data is always on hand and never gets lost.

The current standard for handling inspection data is not simply dated, it has become unreliable and symptoms of this are beginning to manifest all over Canada. The oilfield inspection app is an all-in-one tool that could be part of the solution when it comes to improving the overall standard for how oilfield inspections are carried out in this province, and the rest of the country.

The technology is currently being distributed primarily by its makers, but the opportunity exists for oilfield inspection and safety companies to distribute and resell the app to provide more value to their clients. At the end of the day, the oilfield inspection app reseller program is one more way this mobile application could have an industry-wide impact going forward.

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