Monthly Archives: October 2012

Oil Pumper App: What happens if an Oil Pumper misplaces his iPad?

Find my GreaseBook

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If you or one of your Oil Pumpers lose an iPad, help is only a tap away.
Having the GreaseBook oiflield app means your Pumpers can take their iPad anywhere. Which means they might leave it anywhere. Whether it’s out in the field or under the seat of their truck, chances are it won’t be lost for long.

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Locate your iPad on a map.

People misplace things all the time. Fortunately, if one of your Pumpers loses their iPad, Find My iPhone can help. Go to settings, tap iCloud, and enable Find My iPhone. Then if you or one of your Pumpers misplace their iPad, you can sign in to from any computer web browser or use the Find my iPhone app on another iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to display its approximate location on a map. It’s easy to activate this feature on your iPad. All it takes is a few easy steps.

Display a message or play a sound to help you find it.
Say you’ve just used Find My iPhone, and it turns out you left your iPhone at the local diner. You can write a message and display it on your screen. Something like, “Oops, left my iPad behind. Please call XYZ Operating Inc. at 405-555-0198.” Your message appears, even if the screen is locked. And if the map shows that your iPad is nearby — perhaps in your office under a pile of papers — yet you still can’t find it, you can tell Find My iPhone to play a sound that overrides the volume or silent setting.

Set a passcode lock remotely.

If you realize that you left your iPad in a public place, you may want to protect its contents until it’s safely back in your hands. Remotely set a four-digit passcode lock to prevent people from using your iPad, accessing your personal information, or tampering with your settings.

Protect your privacy with Remote Wipe.
Addresses, phone numbers, email, photos, and GreaseBook data. Your iPad contains important company information — information you probably don’t want in the hands of a stranger. So if you lose your iPad and displaying a message on it hasn’t resulted in its safe return, you can initiate a remote wipe to restore it to its factory settings. When you eventually find your iPhone, you can restore the data using your most recent backup from iCloud or iTunes.

Find My iPhone app.
Because the unexpected happens in the most unexpected places, the Find My iPhone app can help you locate your missing iPad even when you don’t have access to a computer. It’s free on the App Store and available to anyone. So if you or a Pumper misplaces the device, download the Find My iPhone app on another iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and sign in to find your iPad.

Oil Production Software: How Oil Production Software Eliminates Human Error

Chalk it up to an apathetic pumper, overworked administration or lousy oil production software — when wells don’t produce at their full potential, you lose.

What could we know about your business? More than you might think…

According to the Oklahoma Marginal Well Commission, the average well produces 2.3 barrels of oil per day. Now, for sake of simplicity, let’s say that each well your company operates is a “marginally producing well”.

Marginal Well Pump Jack

Let’s also say that on average, every one of your pumpers manages about 10 wells.

Stay with us…

10 wells, each producing an average 2.3 bbls a day, equals 690 barrels per month.

A pumper in charge of 10 wells, on average, oversees 690 barrels of oil per month.

At $90 oil, that’s $62,100 of revenue.

At $60, that’s still $41,400. One pumper is responsible for $41,400 of revenue per month (even more if your wells’ production rates are higher than that of a marginally producing well).

That’s a lot of money.

Now, the majority of pumpers we’ve encountered are hard-working and do a damn good job. Hats off to all pumpers wherever they may be!

And, pumpers (like the rest of us) aren’t perfect. These guys have a tough job – a lot of them must visit dozens of leases a day. And just like the rest of us, they make mistakes…

Unfortunately, mistakes cost your company money.

So what can we do? How can we prevent the pumper from making silly oversights with company oil?

There is one solution we’ve found that’s works amazingly well. And the best part? The solution can be billed out over the JIB…

Ladies and gentlemen, the solution to reducing pumper oversights in the field is the GreaseBook oil and gas production software app for operators and their pumpers.

“But our guys won’t use computers in the field! They don’t want to change!” 

Well, if you tell them it’ll reduce their work load, all you’ll do is conjure up a little skepticism. However, tell’em they get a free iPad out of the deal, and we guarantee you’ll peak their interest…

Oil Production Software, as an iPad app!

You see, GreaseBook is offering a way to not only help you better manage your pumpers, but also allow your pumpers to better manage themselves.

It’s been said that any pumper worth his salt:

“shouldn’t need a lot of supervision… a good pumper should already know how to maximize a well’s production while minimizing the costs of production.”

While that may be true, the GreaseBook oil and gas production reporting software can get your guys even more organized, giving them the exact information they need to produce as much oil & gas from your fields as humanly possible.

Think of the GreaseBook oil and gas operator software as an insurance policy against:

Under production of your wells: GreaseBook gets these guys organized, and transforms pumping from an art into a science. (In fact, each pumper has his own heads up display of each well’s production decline curve on his iPad on-site, in the field.) In other words, GreaseBook will enable your guys to shift away from “putting out fires”, focusing instead on preventative maintenance.

Delayed reaction times: GreaseBook alerts your pumper and informs your office of new issues in the field, which allows your employees to prioritize their time and tend to what needs to be addressed (while ignoring the rest). Read: there’s a lot of information coming in from the oil field… you’ll only be notified of the important stuff.

Human error: GreaseBook oilfield software provides your pumpers and your office with organized and prioritized production information from which to take actionable steps to resolve any issues that may otherwise go unnoticed (or forgotten!).

Disparity in “pumping experience” among your pumpers will be a thing of the past. With GreaseBook, every last one of your pumpers (even those “green” pumpers with barely 1 or 2 years field experience), will be capable of making production decisions like a 20-year veteran of the oil field.

We know what you’re thinking….

“I’m busy… how long is this gonna take to unpack and install?” All GreaseBook iPads come preloaded, and all software updates download over the cellular network automatically.

“How long is it going take my guys in the field and my girls in the office to learn to run this thing?” 4 minutes.

“Are we gonna need any other products or services to make this work?” No. Just turn it on and get to work.

“What if one of our iPads breaks?” Every GreaseBook iPad is enveloped in tough as nails, coffee-spill-resistant case. However, if you manage to lose or break a device, we’ll overnight another anywhere Fed-Ex delivers.

“What happens if after a month of trying it, we don’t like it, and want to go back to our pen and paper gauge reports?” Just return the pads and drop the idea altogether.

No money to lose. No contract to break. Just say, “I quit” and walk away. (However, you’re gonna like it so much you’ll be begging us for more…) GreaseBook takes all the risk off of the operator and puts it square on our shoulders.

How can we do that? Our solution is just that good.

We’ll help you increase production and reduce operating expenses to the point where every barrel of crude and every cubic foot of natural gas is extracted at the lowest possible cost. When GreaseBook rides at your side, your pumpers, your employees, and you win. Call us: 1-855-PUMP-OIL. You could be up and running on our oil production software by the end of the week…



Wellhead Pumper: How to set up iMessage for your Wellhead Pumpers

iMessage lets your new iPad send and receive SMS-like text messages, and MMS-style multimedia messages just like a phone. Instead of a phone number, however, it uses your wellhead pumper’s email address, and it only works with other Apple devices, like other iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, and the recently released Messages for Mac beta.

(Also, see our post: Oilfield Apps: GreaseBook, and other complementary oilfield apps for the (smart) independent operator)

Before you can start using messages, and sending texts, photos, videos, voice memos, locations, and contact cards, you need to set it up.

How to check and see if iMessage is already set up
If you set up your new iPad using iCloud, there’s a chance iMessage will have automatically been turned on and configured for you using your iCloud email address.

Launch the Messages app 

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If it works, and you see the screen below, pick a Contact to message and you’re good to go.
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How to set up iMessage

If iMessage isn’t set up already, or if you want to use a different Apple ID (for example, if you use a different Apple ID for home or work, or for family and personal, or for iPhone and iPad), you’ll need to set it up Air Blower.

Note: You’ll need an Apple ID to use iMessage. This can be your iCloud ID or your iTunes ID if you have them. If you don’t have an Apple ID yet, you’ll need to create one first.

If you want all your devices to get the same iMessages at the same time — i.e. if you want your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and or Mac to all show you iMessages from the same account, make sure you login with the same Apple ID on all your devices. If you want to keep each device separate, so friends can choose to iMessage you on your iPhone or iPad, make sure you create and login with different Apple IDs on your different devices.

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Tap Messages in the sidebar on the left
  3. Toggle iMessage to On (if it isn’t already)

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  1. Toggle Send Read Receipts to On (if you want people to be notified when you’ve actually seen, not just received their messages)
  2. Tap Receive AT if you want to change the email address associated with your iMessageaccount, or add additional email address to your iMessage account (for example, work and home).

  1. You’ll need to Login to the new address, if it’s an existing Apple ID. If not, Apple will ask you to register it with them as an Apple ID.

  1. Toggle Show Subject Field to On if you want to add an email-style subject line to your iMessages.

How to activate iMessage
iMessage is a service run on Apple’s servers, and the first time it connects it needs to activate and register the Apple ID you’re using with the device you’re using. The way it does that is by having you login with your Apple ID. If the connection is ever lost for some reason, it may ask you to do it again.

If for some reason it looks like iMessage is stuck on the Activation screen, wait for a few minutes, then try the following, in the following order:

  1. Turn iMessage off and then on again, wait a few minutes
  2. Turn Airplane mode on and then off again, turn iMessage off and then on again, wait a few minutes
  3. Make sure your iPad is on Wi-Fi, reboot your iPad, turn iMessage off and then on again, wait a few minutes
  4. Wait and try again later — Apple’s servers can get overwhelmed or experience outages just like anyone else’s

If none of that works, jump into the iPad help forum, or call us at 1-855-PUMP-OIL and we’ll troubleshoot with you. That’s it. Once iMessage activates you can send and receive texts and multimedia messages with your pumpers just like SMS and MMS.

How to set-up iPad Reminders for Pumpers

(1) On the left side of the Calendar page, you will see a Reminders section. You can add a new Reminders category by clicking on “Edit” located next to the Calendars title and then clicking on the “+” icon next the Reminders title

(2) Give your new Reminders list category a fitting title

(3) Once you have named your new list category, you will see the sharing icon next to the name. Clicking on the icon will bring up a dialog asking you who you would like to share the new category with. Enter the e-mail address of the individuals you would like to share with. Keep in mind, you can only share a list with other iCloud users (don’t worry… once we get your Pumpers set-up, they’ll all be iCloud users)

(4) After you have sent the invitation, you can opt to restrict users access to the list to only viewing capabilities, or leave it at the default of both view and edit.

(5) If you would like to receive e-mail alerts when someone adds a new item to the list, you can open up the share settings for the category again, and check the box located at the bottom of the dialog.

Should you ever wish to stop sharing the category, simply revisit the settings dialog and click on the “Stop Sharing” button.

Here are some examples of Reminders we’ve seen to help keep Pumpers on track:

Weekly Reminders:

  • Walk completely around the pumping unit and observe it in operation.
  • Stop at good observation points to watch assembled parts for one complete revolution, looking for unusual motion and vibration and listening for noises.
  • Check to see that the white line on the pitman arm safety pins is properly aligned.

Monthly Reminders:

  • Check the fluid level in the gearbox if there is evidence of a leak
  • Lubricate worn saddle, tail, and pitman arm bearings
  • Circulate tank bottoms
  • Chemical Treating
  • Well Testing

Still others (we’ve seen a lot…):

  • Inspect tank battery/storage tanks and production equipment (gaskets, hatches, welds, piping, valves, gauges, and safety devices) for leaks, corrosion, and paint condition.
  • Inspect the berm for presence of contaminated/stained soil, excessive vegetation, proper equipment, and signs.
  • Inspect truck loading area (lines/drip pans, valves, and berm) clean master to ensure valves are secure and in good condition. Check for bull plug oil spills and standing water & oil in drip pans.
  • Inspect leasehold areas between wells and tank battery for corrosion, leaks, pitting, flaking, damage, and proper support.
  • Inspect roads and field ditches for evidence of puddles of crude oil or produced water.
  • Check for any leaks on chemical, helicopter game sale fuel, and lubrication containers and make sure they are stored properly.