Oil and gas companies realize the possibilities of using wearable devices in day-to-day operations to improve the safety and efficiency of field operations.
FREMONT, CA: Wearable technology is still in its infancy in the industrial space. However, the oil and gas industry has started realizing the possibilities of deploying wearable technology in its daily operations. Listed below are the key applications of wearable technology in the oil and gas industry.
Monitoring and Inspection
A major aspect of wearables is to maintain equipment and inspect of failure to minimize downtime. Equipment failures may cost millions to firms when production downtime and replacement expenses are considered. Wearable devices like smart glasses or smart helmet can be used for reducing the time and cost of equipment inspection and maintenance. The schematics, maps, charts, and other related information that these devices provide will help the field engineers to perform maintenance efficiently.
Enhancing workplace safety is one of the significant aspects of the oil and gas industry, and wearable devices can come to help. In oil fields, workers can be exposed to extreme temperatures, hazardous gases, or harmful chemicals. Working around heavy machinery can also make field technicians vulnerable to injuries. In this challenging work conditions, wearable devices can be deployed to assess the health of employees, and support and assistance can be provided whenever required. Wearable devices can monitor workers’ health vitals and even detect the presence of harmful gases in the surroundings and alert employees.
Wearable devices, coupled with immersive technologies, can facilitate training programs for newly hired workers and on newly installed equipment in oil and gas firms. Using smart glass or smart helmet, the workers can receive on-job training from remotely located experts. This can reduce the cost of organizing training programs and can help workers learn during the job while eliminating the need to travel to the training centers.
Wearable devices with location-based technology could help locate resources during an emergency evacuation. Wearables could identify the exact location of the workers and facilitate quick rescue during emergency situations. When combined with motion sensors, these devices can monitor the physical movement and posture of field technicians, which is particularly useful in case of gas leakage for detecting if the technician is responsive.