As companies continue to invest in new technologies that can help their LDAR (leak detection and repair) processes, the domain of mobile app’s is an important consideration. The development of this technology has already reached such a stage where oil and gas companies across the country are beginning to seriously consider these apps for everyday use. For environmental managers, bringing mobile apps into their emission-reduction efforts is a smart move.
Similar to new software solutions, mobile apps can offer efficiencies and simplify once monotonous tasks, among other advantages discussed below.
Simplifying the Documentation Process
As is often the case with technology, mobile apps serve to help streamline the entire LDAR process, reducing redundant documentation, unnecessary delays, and improving the efficiency of these programs. For instance, field crews can use a mobile app to input various readings directly onto a central database. This removes the need for paper documents, and with all this information consolidated in one location, the risk of losing data becomes nigh impossible.
Modern applications can be programmed with their own assessment forms for each facility, with field personnel inputting various unique details based on environment and location. This information can be immediately compared with previous data points specific for that job site. Having this kind of a tool on hand instantly converts what would otherwise be a hassle (reporting and documenting all of this on paper) into an almost effortless process.
Overall, mobile apps allow documentation to be more straightforward, more efficient and more centralized while remaining just as secure.
Repair and Maintenance
Field crews can use this software to not only input data, but directly upload emission photos and videos from the site. Using OGI (optical gas imaging) cameras alongside these apps, staff can upload videos directly to the main database, allowing management to clearly see a situation for themselves, as well as dispatch repair personnel much more quickly.
Mobile apps can simplify the verification process of repair personnel working on location. Employees assigned to a task can report the status of any repairs they are working on, documenting their progress in real-time for managers to see. The bottom line being, efficiency and communication are seriously improved which decreases the time it takes to effectively repair and maintain the facility, and in the end it saves not only time, but money.
Mobile Apps in Conjunction With Dedicated Software
This technology, in addition to making the day to day tasks of your employees much more efficient, will also simplify the role of the analysts who are responsible for interpreting the data gathered. These mobile apps can be directly synced with more powerful software suites specifically dedicated to oil and gas companies. It’s this hand-in-glove combination that truly promises to change how companies use technology to report, evaluate, and control fugitive emissions in the future.
As businesses continue to innovate, sooner or later mobile apps will undoubtedly become an undeniable resource and tool.