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'The Bill of Rights' meets Oil Production Software…

What does the Bill of Rights have to do with Oil Production Software?

The Bill of Rights was written to protect people from a strong central government by specifically listing the rights of citizens.

When building a company around the GreaseBook app, we saw a lot of things we didn’t like about how other software companies treated their clients in the oil & gas community.

Minimum term commitments, excessive training, overcomplicated software, and experience with a crappy (even non existant?) help desk were all fresh in our minds…

Much like our forefathers, we wanted to guarantee certain basic rights and liberties we feel are important to independent oil & gas operator.

So, we came up with a ‘Bill of Rights’ of our own!

Not only are our clients happy to sign this document, we’re also proud to run our business this way.

Check it out below — we’ve posted it for all the world to see…

Bill of Rights

The following limitations serve to protect the natural rights of liberty and property of GreaseBook’s clients. The Articles guarantee a number of professional freedoms and prevent misconstruction and abuse of GreaseBook’s powers, while our Amendments establish some rights to ensure GreaseBook remains an ongoing entity and continues to serve the oil & gas community.

oil production software

 

Article 1: No operator shall be required to sign a minimum term commitment.

This amendment addresses your right to terminate your GreaseBook service at anytime, for any reason. Simply say “I quit”, square-up any outstanding debts, and walk away. (We couldn’t think of a more solid risk-reversal policy – if you can, let us know).

 

Article 2: Excessive training shall not be required, and no operator shall incur a training fee.

We felt from the get-go that if our software required training, we would have considered it failed software. Our product is intuitive. You’ll pick it up in seconds or minutes… not hours, days or weeks. We don’t sell you training because you don’t need it.

 

Article 3: No client shall incur fees for help desk calls.

At each of our client’s offices, we like to appoint one of your employees as in-house, resident expert. (We like to call them our GreaseBook “Bookies”). Your “Bookie” will serve as a liaison between GreaseBook and your company. Don’t worry: we give our Bookies lots of love (read: gifts)… they come to rather like their new title in their company.

Why don’t pumpers call GreaseBook direct? Because after about 2 weeks, your Bookie will have seen it all… there won’t be a need to call the helpline. We’ve found that most pumpers have the same questions, and by contacting your company’s Bookie–and having your Bookie contact us–your company automatically has an in-house resource from which the other pumpers with the SAME question can now call upon. This ultimately gives you faster response times, and allows GreaseBook to keep your (and your investors’) costs as low as possible!

So, what to do if a question pops up? Have your Bookie call 1-855-PUMP-OIL. Our help desk is free. We wanna help.

Your Bookie’s Name: __________________________________________

Your Bookie’s Phone: __________________________________________

Article 4: No client shall ever be compelled to seek a 3rd party product or service, but shall enjoy the right to a comprehensive stand-alone solution.

What does this mean? With the exception of Microsoft Excel, you will be free from the maintenance or set-up of any peripheral product or service. Do what you do best (pump oil), and let us take care of the “other stuff”. No management of mobile service plans. No set-up or maintenance of your back-end servers. No consultants. No IT. Just Just turn the iPad on, and go to work.

Article 5: No client shall be burdened by the task of installation of software updates.

All GreaseBook updates are delivered wirelessly, and load automatically. No CDs. No reminders. No hassles. No bull-ogna.

 

Article 6: The right of the client to keep and bear production data, shall not be infringed.

Your data deserves to be safe, secure, and accessible to you. You are the owner of your data — not GreaseBook. Your data is available for export any time you want it.

 

Article 7: Every client shall enjoy the right to full consideration of his/her input of how to increase the utility of the product.

Cool matters and usability rules the day. The good news is that GreaseBook isn’t just cool. It’s a flexible, multifunction tool that is changing the way we work.

We don’t think the iPad is an innovation in and of itself… we see it more as a catalyst for innovation. How can your company get the most from GreaseBook? We encourage (actually, we expect) our clients to tell us what features they would like to see in the product. As long as an operator’s idea increases the utility of the app for the majority of our clients, it’s not uncommon for an operator to see his suggestions & ideas come to life within a matter of weeks. (Yeah, we’re that fast).

Two heads are better than one. Five hundred heads are better than two. Your company stands to gain a lot in the form of shared ideas from other operators. The more operators that are involved in the development and use of GreaseBook, the more your company stands to gain in the form of great software.

So, help us help you: once you come to know us, and love us (… which you will), we hope you’ll allow us to come directly to you to ask for references of other owner/operators who may also enjoy GreaseBook. And, just so you know, we’ll never come to a client to ask for a reference unless they are 100% satisfied with the product.

Wellhead pumper salary: A comparison of Pumper salaries among different oil producing regions…

GreaseBook now has dozens of independent operators and hundreds of pumpers using its app spread out over nine oil and gas producing States…

That being said, it’s not uncommon for service companies or independent operators to call and ask if we know any (good) pumpers looking for work. And, many times we can help out with these sorts of requests…

Anyways, we stumbled across what we think is a pretty cool set of data outlined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics regarding wellhead pumpers the nation over…

We get pretty excited about this stuff, so we thought we’d share it with you!

The first photo outlines the concentration of Pumpers in the lower 48:wellhead pumper salary

Next, we have the same map, only a little more granular. We think it’s cool to see how this coincides with specific oil plays…

How much do pumpers make?

how much do gaugers make?

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment(1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 3,780 0.35 3.42 $23.31 $48,490
Oklahoma 1,130 0.73 7.20 $21.30 $44,300
Pennsylvania 930 0.17 1.65 $20.35 $42,330
New Mexico 930 1.18 11.71 $23.77 $49,440
West Virginia 880 1.24 12.28 $19.06 $39,650

 

Side note: Now, lot’s of folks ask us what’s the appropriate amount to pay a pumper. This varies from State to State, as many pumpers are paid per well in Texas (as opposed to per lease due to well spacing laws in States like Oklahoma). Also, contract pumpers are generally responsible for their own tools, truck, insurance, etc…

While we think the numbers posted below are well below what we’ve seen (it’s not uncommon for a good contract gauger to make 6 figures…), it’s still interesting to check out how much salaries vary by locale…

wellhead gauger salary

 

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment(1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.69 $68,000
Farmington, NM 220 4.32 42.77 $28.17 $58,590
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 90 0.10 1.01 $25.32 $52,660
Greeley, CO 160 1.84 18.20 $25.26 $52,550
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 300 0.23 2.32 $25.11 $52,230
Odessa, TX (8) (8) (8) $24.64 $51,250
Victoria, TX (8) (8) (8) $24.20 $50,340
Wichita, KS (8) (8) (8) $24.18 $50,290
Midland, TX 250 3.05 30.15 $24.16 $50,240
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,020 0.37 3.68 $23.88 $49,680

 

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment(1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 670 5.20 51.44 $22.25 $46,270
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 650 2.51 24.87 $23.76 $49,420
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 520 3.68 36.40 $18.83 $39,160
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 420 1.10 10.83 $19.33 $40,200
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 280 2.40 23.78 $23.96 $49,850

 

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment(1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 230 5.75 56.87 $24.43 $50,810
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 200 5.68 56.18 $23.60 $49,080
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 670 5.20 51.44 $22.25 $46,270
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 260 5.10 50.46 $24.18 $50,300
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 230 4.70 46.50 $19.46 $40,480

We take our oilfield app building very seriously — in fact, nothing excites us more than a lease operator telling us how much time the GreaseBook app saves him (even better, how many new wells or relief pumpers he’s been able to take on with the new time he’s found… cha-ching!)

Anyways, we work with operators and their pumpers every day, so think the above data is pretty interesting — we hope you found it as informative as we did…

Happy Pumping,

~GreaseBook

Oilfield app for lightning strikes — don't get caught dead without it…

One of the best parts about hawking an oilfield app is that we get to talk to people from all over: Texas, Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico. . .

And, every so often, one of our users sends us a really cool oilfield app they’ve found to be especially helpful — David Umphres (a rock star lease operator from Giddings, TX) who pumps for companies like Trivsita Ops (Houston, TX), Cirrus Production (Enid, OK), D.O.G. Operating (Port Aransas, TX) is just such a user…

Now, weather reports are nice for anyone working in the field (pumpers, roustabouts, or any one working on a rig…)

However, it’s something all together different when you’re climbing up on those oil tanks when there’s lightning close by…

Lightning strikes 1000bbl storage tank…

Now, we’d heard of the Weatherbug app, but we had no idea it displayed lightning strike reports in real-time.

Check out the screenshot that David sent in from his app while in the field…

Our friend David is running his GreaseBook on an iPad, but the Weatherbug app is available for Android and Windows Phone platforms, too.

A BIG “thank you” to David for tipping us off to a great oilfield app!

And remember, when there’s lightning — stay off those tanks…

Here’s to safe operating,

~ GreaseBook

Got any great oilfield apps of your own? Be sure to post them in the comments below!

GreaseBook rockin' out at Tulsa Oilfield Expo

GreaseBook’s corporate outpost is in Oklahoma City — that being said, we’ll jump at any opportunity to pay a visit to our neighbors in Tulsa…

This week, we attended the Tulsa Oilfield Expo. It’s put on by Texas Classic Productions out of Longview, TX (we don’t hold it against ’em! ;-P)

Here’s a shot of the GreaseBook booth…

oilfield operator

The folks at Texas Classic Production put on several shows: Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Houston, South Texas (San Antonio), and a Ark-LA-TX show in Shreveport, LA…

If you haven’t had a chance to attend one of their shows — do it!

The exposure to some of the new tech and ideas in oil & gas is great, and there’s still no replacement for shaking hands and meeting people face-to-face…

Thanks for a great show Tulsa!!