As the oil and gas industry continues to grow and evolve, mobile data collection is helping companies achieve significant cost savings by reducing the amount of paper used during inspections.
Mobile devices are also proving to be a cost-effective alternative to handheld computers used in rugged environments. In addition to these benefits, the ability to share documents electronically has reduced the risk of sensitive information being lost or misplaced.
Here’s a deeper dive into how mobile apps improve inspections in this industry:
Using smartphones and tablets to conduct inspections, employees can quickly and easily upload data from the field to a central repository via the cloud.
The cloud, which is a network of servers that store data, enables mobile users to quickly and easily upload data from the field to a central repository. This can be done via the cloud’s real-time access capabilities, regardless of location.
In addition to real-time access and sharing capabilities, using smartphones and tablets for inspections can help companies improve their workflow processes by providing instant feedback through push notifications on a device screen or email alert.
It’s important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of these devices before embarking on a mobile inspection project.
The oil and gas industry is a fast-paced, mobile environment. Mobile devices have been proven to deliver significant benefits in providing real-time access to data and improving the efficiency of inspections. However, it’s important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of these devices before embarking on a mobile inspection project.
The days of paper-and-pencil work orders or briefcase-toting inspectors is long gone. Today, mobile devices are the preferred communication and data management method for oil and gas companies across the globe.
Many industries have embraced mobile apps because they provide a convenient means of managing information, transactions, and communications in real-time from anywhere at any time.
Mobile devices are no longer just used for phone calls or text messages; they can be used to access applications on the go without having to login via a desktop computer. This allows users to take their business with them wherever they go instead of having all their tools tied up in one location (e.g., a laptop).
Mobile devices can be used for inspection reporting and compliance tracking
Mobile devices can be used for inspection reporting and compliance tracking. The data on the mobile device can be sent to a server or database, where it is stored in a secure manner. This allows companies to track their inspection data and ensure they are meeting all of their required regulations.
The inspection report generated by an app could also be used as part of a system that generates safety reports directly from an inspection site itself. This would help with quick reporting after an accident or incident has occurred, which could reduce any damage that may occur due to negligence in reporting such events promptly
You may be wondering, “Why would I use a mobile app instead of my rugged handheld computer?” There are many reasons for this. One of the most important is cost-effectiveness. As you know, mobile devices are becoming more and more powerful and less expensive to maintain over time.
This means that they tend to be much more cost-effective than rugged handheld computers (RHCs), which can only get more expensive as time passes. In addition, many people in the oil and gas industry do not need all of the functionality RHCs provide—they just need something simple to efficiently and accurately complete their daily tasks.
Mobile data collection is a great way for oil and gas companies to improve their operational efficiency by providing employees with access to the internet wherever they may be. By using mobile apps, field workers can quickly and easily upload inspection data from the field via the cloud.
This provides an accurate snapshot of operational performance at any time, which allows managers to make important decisions based on real-time data instead of relying on estimates or guesswork.