Local software company aims to digitize oil field

Oklahoma City-based Greasebook has created an app by the same name that is designed to help small to mid-size oil and natural gas companies digitize many of the processes the industry has used for decades, allowing the companies to work faster, safer and more efficiently.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: August 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm •  Published: August 15, 2013
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Rachelle Hugo no longer spends much of her day sifting through paper slips and retyping data about dozens of oil and natural gas wells throughout the state.

The production clerk at Oklahoma City-based GLB Exploration Inc. now has more time to focus on her other duties, including alerting engineers to potential problems with oil field equipment and providing more information to other investors who own a stake in the company's wells.

GLB has outfitted most if its pumpers with iPads and Greasebook software that lets them digitize many of the operations that have been conducted for decades by hand and mail.

“We used to get sheets of paper from each pumper for each well,” Hugo said. “I'd have to go into our system and type in the information. Now our pumpers enter their daily reads into their iPads, and the information shows up on my iPad.”

From there, Hugo can download the data into the company's existing accounting software for rapid update. The iPad software also provides charts and maps detailing daily production levels that were not available to GLB previously.

“Previously, we would get a monthly gauge sheet from the pumpers,” GLB Operations Manager Bill Smith said. “If I needed to know how a well was doing on a more timely basis, I would have to call the pumper to ask several questions and write down notes. Now I can get on my iPad and instantly see how well all of our wells are doing.”

GLB has moved 108 of its 120 wells to Greasebook with plans to soon add more, Hugo said.

Greasebook is a product of Oklahoma City-based Greasebook LLC, led by software developer Greg Archibald.

Archibald's goal is to make modern oil field technology accessible to the small and mid-size oil and natural gas companies.

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by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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