The Dirty Secret Behind Efficiency

The Dirty Secret Behind Efficiency

That’s apple pie. This labels a word or expression that everyone will erroneously accept as common and at the very core of our professional existence. Everyone will agree that efficiency is good. Who won’t accept a slice of apple pie? Efficiency is overused,...
The Internet of Things is a Long Way Off

The Internet of Things is a Long Way Off

We’re a long way away from achieving the goals, dreams and fantasies of the Internet of Things in the production oil patch. It’s not because of the lack of imagination or technology. The sensors and their collection/aggregation systems are not capable of providing the...
Wow, It Comes In Colors?

Wow, It Comes In Colors?

Too many buyers either don’t know, or ignore, the dynamic phases of project development. They think it happens during the development of a product specification. The users, engineers and insider experts get together and create a detailed description of what they want....
Rig Count Is No Bellwether

Rig Count Is No Bellwether

Rig count is no longer the bellwether predictor it used to be. Seems these days the quick one-line assessment of anything complicated has infected analysis of the oil and gas industry. That comes to us in the form of the weekly rig count. One and two rig differences...
Cyber and Safety as Culture

Cyber and Safety as Culture

Cyber security in the Oil and Gas industry has to look a lot like safety. O&G companies have a much better grip on safety than on Cyber. That’s because most companies don’t treat Cyber like they do safety. Cyber has to be addressed top down and bottom both. The...