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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