It’s raining, it’s pouring…

July 19th, 2018

Last week Alliance exhibited at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary, Alberta, the heart of Canada’s oil and gas industry.

Our crew shared an outdoor booth with several partners, all of whom were showcasing wireless solutions for the oil and gas industry.

An outdoor booth was the place to be on Tuesday when it was gorgeous and sunny. Not so on Wednesday when it poured rain and the temperature plummeted to only 13 degrees Celsius! Apparently our booth was on a down slope so the water pooled in the booth. We did have a tent covering the booth so people were able to take refuge during the worst of the rain.

We did have great reception from show visitors who were excited to learn that there are alternative connectivity options for remote rigs and operations – other than satellite that is.

Wireless broadband networks provide a scalable and reliable next-generation communications platform to securely support multiple applications on one low-cost physical infrastructure. A single network can simultaneously support a range of oil and gas exploration and production applications such as:

SCADA -production and injection well monitoring, measurement, logging and control; source and disposal water well monitoring; emergency equipment shutdown and recovery

Real-time video feeds and surveillance – increase situational awareness; enhance security by monitoring wellheads and other key facilities

Safety and security systems – improve worker safety; enhance facility security with control access

Drilling rig communications and diagnostics – monitor drill bit depth and tilt, mud weight, temperatures and pressures; remotely run diagnostics and analyze results

Asset tracking -track and update the location of assets in the field to improve operations and to enhance safety and security

Field workforce connectivity – keep work crews in the field connected with access to SCADA data, instant messaging and email at remote sites even if they lack cell service

Voice – use IP phones for mobile worker voice communications even in remote areas with no cellular coverage