With the help of a great document we stumbled across online (see Lease Operator Jobs Done Right), we were able to come up with a few not-so-obvious reasons why it makes sense to be doing your production reports on your smartphone or tablet…

1. Keep good records. Write your gauges in a book — not on slips of paper. Maintain a safe place for run tickets (they’re hard to replace when they blow out of your truck!)

GreaseBook not only builds your production reports for you, it also submits your load tickets… simply snap a photo of your ticket, and GreaseBook will automatically attach the image to the proper tank and lease. At the end of your reporting period, simply select your 1 day, 8 day, or 30 day report, and your numbers and ticket images are dropped and emailed wherever they need to go — pretty slick…
Lease Operator
2. Whether or not its required by your reports, record tubing and casing pressures each day on those flowing wells.
With GreaseBook, you can record all sorts of measurements and pressures… separator, heater, flow line, tubing, casing… you can even attach photos to any comments you make — you’ll be rockin’ that well, and your foremen will respect you (maybe he’ll even kick you that new lease they got comin’ online?)
3. Keep your production foreman informed of what’s going on, but don’t bother him to death.
In addition to calculating your strappings and total production, GreaseBook also “auto-checks” your work (literally, the app keeps you from putting in bad measurements…)That means that the information you send your operator will be right every time, and production clerks will fall at your feet! ;-P
4. Want your pay check on-time? Turn in your reports on time.
Sending a GreaseBook production report takes about 4 seconds… even the busiest pumper has 4 seconds!
5. Do not bid for more wells than you can properly service. Eighteen is enough for a new pumper, and thirty-six for an experienced one. More can be seen after properly if they have been drilled on close spacing in the same lease.
With the time you’ll free up from not having to do paperwork, hopefully you’ll make time to pick up a few more wells. Also, if you joint pump some of your leases with other pumpers, your GreaseBook will automatically sync with theirs… it’s like sharing a virtual gauge book (which means you never have to hand off gauge books, or compile your data…)
6. Remember that not only the operator but also you yourself are legally responsible for ecological abuse.
We weren’t aware of this?! Keep a sharp eye out, folks!
Pump more oil. Waste less time. Make more money. ~ GreaseBook
Hey Lease Operators!
What if we told you landing new wells as an oilfield pumper was a snap?
What if you could pick and choose your wells at will, letting go of wells that were off the beaten path in favor of those that were closer to home?
Well, as of now, it’s not a dream anymore.
Introducing the GreaseBook ‘Pumper Mesh’ – a directory for gaugers, pumpers, lease operators, well tenders and the like – designed to introduce YOU to companies operating in the counties in which you pump.
Hang your shingle out. Get introduced to Oil and Gas Operating Companies. Get your shot at more oil field lease operator jobs. All through the Pumper Directory. All at no charge to you.
Why do this for the pumpers?
It’s just our way of saying “thanks” for being out on the front line of oil & gas.
To check out the ‘Pumper Mesh’ click here.

Finding info online about lease operators and the job of operating an oil & gas lease is tough. But, every once in awhile, we stumble across something we think is particularly informative… And, the folks at barnettshale.us have written just such a piece.

We work with lease operators every day trying to build a better app, but even we were able to garner a few gems from this article. While GreaseBook is in no way affiliated with barnettshale.us, it’s obvious they know their stuff (they’ve got lots of good stuff posted on their site, be sure to check’em out!)

Also, while the benefits of having an app automatically put together your production reports and submit your load tickets are obvious, there are a few not-so-obvious reasons on why it makes sense to be doing your production reports on your smartphone or tablet… curious in knowing more? Check this article out: How a Good Mobile App Makes For A Great Lease Operator.

Without further adieu, here’s some advice for any new pumper… enjoy!

Advice to a New Lease Operators on the Job

  • Habit is the key to mastery of the trade of pumping oil and gas wells. Develop the habit of doing things right; if you do something wrong, do not repeat your mistake.
  • Make your rounds as closely as possible to the same time each day; this simplifies record keeping and allows your employer to make certain assumptions as to the well being of his leases. One should break routine only when a recurring engine, compressor, or control valve problem fails of diagnosis – visitation at a different time of day may provide insight.
  • Keep good records. Write your gauges in a book – not on slips of paper.
  • Maintain a safe place for run tickets; they are hard to replace when they blow out of your truck.
  • Turn in your weekly or monthly reports on time if you expect your paycheck on time.
  • Gauge daily – even though every well on a lease is hitting the same as the day before, a flow line leak or dump valve failure could cost you your job.
  • Be on the alert for leaks of every sort and report them immediately.
  • Never smoke on the tanks; even a water tank may give off enough gas to put you in orbit.
  • Do not be embarrassed to ask a more experienced pumper for help; most are proud of their knowledge and willing to share it.
  • Do not carry a supply store in the back of your truck; leave the supplies for each lease on each lease.
  • When you pack a stuffing box, replace all the packing, not just the top rubber. Replace the follower and brass ring if necessary, and examine the part of the polish rod liner that is only exposed when the packing is pulled.
  • Clean up around the wellhead after a stuffing box leak. Bioremediate if necessary.
  • Stay on good terms with the surface owner if possible; this applies even if you are the surface owner.
  • Record tubing and casing pressures each day on flowing wells whether or not required by your reports.
  • Keep a sealed jar for the deposit of run tickets at each battery.
  • Work adjustable chokes daily to address plugging by paraffin, sand, or ice. Pull and inspect positive choke inserts if there is a marked change in flow pressures.
  • Never apply open flame to any vessel or valve; obtain a piece of metal flex hose that will mate with the exhaust pipe of your truck and apply this heat to the frozen part.
  • Never turn on a flashlight over a thief hatch.
  • Keep your production foreman informed of what is going on, but do not wart him to death.
  • Do not wear loose clothing; shirts should be tucked in and sleeves buttoned. Long hair should be tied in a ponytail and secured in your cap or under your collar. o Do not wash a running engine with gasoline or drip.
  • Grease units at least monthly. Some operators may require weekly greasing, but this is generally a good way to destroy the seals. Check the gearbox oil weekly.
  • If you do not understand a given set of instructions, ask the foreman to explain them to you. He knows that you are new, and does not expect you to know everything.
  • Salt-water spills are more damaging to the environment than oil spills.
  • Always disengage the engine and set the brake before greasing.
  • Remember that not only the operator but also you yourself are legally responsible for ecological abuse.
  • Do not park and take a nap near battery vent lines; you may wake up dead.
  • Keep a window cracked when thawing compressors.
  • Do not roll a tank with compressed air. Tanks should be circulated with a pump or rolled with lease gas, propane, or dry ice.
  • Put your chemical in on time and use neither more or less than specified.
  • Don’t be a “windshield” pumper. Get out at each well, look for leaks, and listen for squeaks.
  • Do not bid more wells than you can service properly. Eighteen is enough for a new pumper, and thirty-six for an experienced one. More can be seen after properly if they have been drilled on close spacing on the same lease.
  • It is just as easy to pump a deep well as a shallow one.
  • When pumping through long flow lines, check pressure at the pumping tee often, particularly during winter months. Paraffin can be removed easily by hot oiling if not allowed to go to far.
  • Check engine water and oil daily.
  • Keep belts tight but not tight enough to knock out bearings.
  • Be present when hot oiling or steaming is carried out.
  • Always allow yourself plenty of room; call in a tank as soon as it is ready. Sometimes this will be contraindicated by the office due to scheduled work over procedures or fluctuating oil prices.
  • Take time to service and repair your truck; this is as much a part of pumping as is gauging the tanks. You cannot pump if you cannot get there.
  • When raising or lowering the rods using a clamp and knockout, have a friend accompany you. This makes the operation a lot easier, plus you might get knocked in the head. When bumping bottom for gas lock or trash, use a light tap only. Never drive off and leave a well tapping hard – the rods may back off.
  • Keep weeds from around your batteries. This lessens the danger of fire and snakebite. Your truck driver or gauger will eventually refuse to run your oil if this is not attended to. The same thing applies to meter loops and chart changers.
  • Pumping is about paying attention. Be as alert as if you were running a drilling rig or well service unit.
  • Never put on belts with the engine or motor running. Use the palm of your hand rather than your fingers to roll the belts on. Keep your hands away from the sheaves.
  • Put the back of your hand to an electric box before touching it – should the box be hot, this may knock you away.
  • Use fuse pullers to change or remove fuses. Never, never pry out the fuses with a screwdriver. This practice has killed many experienced pumpers and will even more easily kill a new one.
  • Many oilfield fires can be put out simply by closing valves.
  • Never step out on top of an old tank or frac tank. You cannot swim in oil or salt water if you fall in; both oil and salt water release gas that will asphyxiate you in a matter of minutes.
  • During winter months, drain all fuel and control gas scrubbers daily.
  • Never displace oil, gas, or condensate through an ungrounded rubber or plastic line. Their movement through a nonconducting line creates an electrostatic charge on the outside of that line which will spark to ground and cause an explosion. Consider this when wearing wool, nylon, or polyester clothing while gauging or transferring fluids.
  • Items that must be carried at all times include: gauge line, color cut, eighteen, twenty-four, twelve-inch crescent, shop hammer, gauge book, and pencil. Pumping wells require a screwdriver, pigtail, and supply of stuffing box rubbers. Spark plugs, spark plug wrench, combination wrenches sufficient to remove the magneto, lube oil, coolant, and a squirt can of gasoline are needed for gas engines. Electric motors require the possession of fuses, a fuse puller, and a multi-meter. Special insulated gloves can be purchased which provide some protection against electrocution.
  • Never leave a handle on the sell or bleeder valve of a stock tank. Some foremen like to keep a flat plug in the sell valves as an added precaution to running a tank out on the ground.
  • Keep an eye out for paraffin. Ask your foreman how to detect it.
  • The good pumper knows why a well is off (parted rods, stuck pump, hole in the tubing, pump barrel, rings, balls and seats, gas-locking, trash, etc.). If you have not worked on a well service unit, you must learn how to diagnose these conditions. Talk with your foreman and with other pumpers, and you will soon find out what you need to know.
  • Don’t carry around enough gasoline to blow your up your truck. A two gallon safety can is enough to supply your yellow dog.
  • Check for rags stuffed in the bypass line before allowing a stock tank to bypass.
  • The main thing to remember about valves is clockwise to close, counterclockwise to open. If you forget this, you will make a mess and you may get fired.
  • As a new Lease Operator on the job, don’t be scared to ask questions!!

Hey Pumpers! What if we told you landing new wells as an oilfield pumper was a snap?

What if you could pick and choose your wells at will, letting go of wells that were off the beaten path in favor of those that were closer to home?

Well, as of now, it’s not a dream anymore.

Introducing the GreaseBook ‘Pumper Mesh’ – a directory for gaugers, pumpers, lease operators, well tenders and the like – designed to introduce YOU to companies operating in the counties in which you pump.

Hang your shingle out. Get introduced to Oil and Gas Operating Companies. Get your shot at more oil field lease operator jobs. All through the Pumper Directory. All at no charge to you.

Why do this for the Pumpers?

It’s just our way of saying “thanks” for being out on the front line of oil & gas.

To check out the ‘Pumper Mesh’ click here.

“I used to know a truck driver who worked for a oil purchaser company, they told him to steal his wages…” We cringe when we hear stuff like this. So, we thought we’d put together a short excerpt on how the digital oilfield keeps operators from coming up short…

(Please note: we’ve changed the names and a few minor details, but none of which detract from the story… )

Digital Oilfield saves operators money

One of the things we like most about our job is going out to the field and meeting with Pumpers. You meet all types — from kids just out of high school, to guys in their 60s who’ve been pumping for a better part of 40 years. We’ve met some real characters, and occasionally, one of these guys will tell us a story…

When GreaseBook first opened its doors, the oil & gas industry was unchartered territory for (good) oil field apps. We’ve talked to dozens of owners, engineers, and operations managers, and while we were quickly able to discover trends and understand how oil operators worked, the field perplexed us…

When it came to oil sales, it seemed the operator was coming up short.

We kept asking ourselves, “They have numerous equations for measuring liquids and gas in the field. They take into account variables like temperatures, BS&W, API, etc — but how can the methods used to measure liquids and gas be so precise, yet so inaccurate?”

We had a feeling that although the oil field was using volumetric equations to determine total oil sales (ie precision), a bias must exist in the equation. What’s a “bias” you ask?

A bias is a systematic (built-in) error which makes all measurements wrong by a certain amount. A few examples of bias:

  • when a scale reads “1 kg” when there is nothing on it

  • when you measure your height wearing shoes with thick soles

  • a stopwatch that takes half a second to stop when clicked

Now, we realize that maybe there are certain aspects of the oil field that people just accept… But, GreaseBook is a young company, and we feel this entitles us to ask simple questions that may get us into trouble…

So, we started asking Pumpers questions like, “what’s the oil sales process like?”, “do you ever see a difference between the measurements on a run ticket and the measurements you take immediately before and after a run?”, and “do purchasers ever take more oil than they’ve recorded?”

And, wouldn’t you know, we began to get some interesting feedback…

Jason, a pumper who pumps around Kingfisher, Oklahoma, was particularly informative… Jason told us, “I used to know a truck driver who worked for a oil purchaser company, and they told him to “steal your wages”.”

Jason went on to tell us that, “I see it all the time… I’ll have 11’ today, and I’ll leave and come back tomorrow and they’ll call it 10’10”. Then, there’s the bottom gauge, they usually call it 1’4”, but then you can go down there and gauge it and it’s 1’3” or 1’2”…”

We asked Jason, “so, is this just part of the business?” And Jason responded, “well, i could call and say, “hey, that’s not correct… and in the purchaser office, they may correct it or may not. But, it’s my word against theirs… the operator loses most every time.”

Another (perhaps more chilling) story involved a ring of pumpers who jumped in bed with the truck drivers of one of the oil purchasing companies. For $500, these truck drivers would deliver a load of oil to a nearby lease owned by one of the Pumpers.

While we didn’t catch all the details, by changing out the choke size to conceal a drop in line pressure, pumpers were able to siphon off a large quantity of oil.  More interesting, it wasn’t the unsuspecting operators who caught them — it was the Texas Ranger Division. Someone caught wind of what was going on — not from decreased production figures on the grease sheets, but from some loud mouth at a local bar…

Had the operations management not been trapped in the confines of paperwork, had they been able to free themselves of this burden and have a more holistic sense of what was going on at their leases, these Pumpers wouldn’t have been able to get away with this.

These Pumpers were locked up for 6 months…

And guess what? They’re out pumping again.

“Who re-hires these guys?!”

“Were these operators too busy to do a proper background check?!”

Maybe a better question to ask is whether someone like this is pumping for you. . .

There’s simply too much going on folks. You can’t do it all… As much as that old mentality of “work harder” tells you you can get it all done, you can’t. You must work smarter. You must start to filter out the activities that aren’t adding to your bottom line. The paperwork you collect from the field does not add to the bottom line… it’s riddled with inaccurate measurements, and who loses because of it?

You do.

We have no intention of removing the human-ness from the oil field. Therefore, we “intentionally” left certain aspects out of the app… A certain amount of human thoughtfulness and intervention is still required. Whoever manages your production must upon occasion, still go look for himself or herself…

Free time pays dividends in more ways than one folks… Free yours, and prevent costly mistakes.

What do we do here at GreaseBook? Basically, we build toys for forward-thinking operators and their pumpers – oilfield apps for the iPad to be exact.

Although we can’t make your work play like a video game, we can help you better engage with your production properties (…a game of the best sort, where points scored is time saved and dollars earned!)

oilfield apps

In this post, we’ve compiled a list of apps (we’ve observed some of our clients using) that function as perfect companions to those who work in the oil & gas industry.

Complementary Oilfield Apps

Through building oil production software of our own, we’ve talked with and observed hundreds of operators. And, we’ve noticed a trend of oil apps that engineers, operations managers, and lease operators have begun to rally around.

**Fair warning folks**: the 3 apps listed below are nothing ‘new’. In fact, most of you are probably already familiar with them. However, we’re not interested in presenting you with ‘new apps’… we’re more interested in presenting you with new ways to use these apps

Our hope is that this post triggers you to think about how you could reposition many of the apps to facilitate your work flow.

Now on with the show!

Dropbox

The first app we’d like to mention is an old staple: Dropbox.

oilfield appsFor those of you who either (1) haven’t heard of app, or (2) have been living on the moon ;-), Dropbox is basically a free file sharing service. We’ve seen many executives and engineers use the app to store and deploy important documents like well completion reports, workover information, and any other well history document to the field…

Basically, Dropbox allows you to “drop” any file that sits on your desktop computer into a repository in the cloud (it’s just like any other folder you save on your desktop, only this folder saves to the cloud and can be accessed from any other computer or smart device w/ the proper log-in credentials…) This enables you to share that file with other engineers, your operations manager, your Pumpers — or yourself (!) — in the field.

Oilies like this app because their files are always on hand for those impromptu visits to a well site. And, allowing field supervisors, pumpers and other field service personnel to access to certain files cuts down on those unnecessary phone calls email chatter, too (which we all like 😉 ).

For you non-techy folk — don’t worry, we got you covered. Check out this short video for a better idea of how the app can help you in both your personal life and at work:

Apple’s Reminder App

When talking with our clients, most of them ask why GreaseBook doesn’t offer a task or “to-do” list function within our oilfield production software app (we’ve gone into great detail about the reasons why in another post — if you’re interested, you can check it out by clicking here…)

The short of it is that there’s a wonderful (read: free) app developed by some of the best app designers and programmers in the world (read: Apple) that comes standard on every iPad. So why reinvent the wheel?

Without further adieu, let’s RE-introduce Apple’s “Reminder app”…

oilfield appsMany of you carry around this app on your iPhone or iPad and probably haven’t even realized it. Next time you break out your phone, be sure to check it out. Basically, by forming Pumper message groups in Apple’s Reminder app, oil and gas operators have an effective way to build and deliver daily, weekly, and monthly to-do lists (e.g. drop soap sticks, pump maintenance, chemical schedules, gas chart calibration, etc).

Essentially, an operations manager can schedule a year’s worth of routine maintenance reminders, and walk away knowing that his pumpers are going to be reminded and held to these duties over the coming months…

Also, with the SPCC pumping out new regulations, it’s important to make sure your company stays compliant. How does the Reminder App help your company stay compliant?

For example, you may want a reminder to show up on the 1st of every month prompting your pumpers to do their monthly walk-arounds and inspections of each tank battery. Basically, by programming the app to flash specific tasks on set dates to your group of pumpers, your pumpers are notified (and held accountable) to these scheduled tasks.

**Side Note: Many pumpers on GreaseBook make a note in the app’s “lease comments” repository — which GreaseBook date & time stamps — documenting each of these instances to comply with the SPCC. Your pumpers can even attach photos to these comments for closer inspection by the folks back at headquarters**

Yeah, we know some of this oil field data collection work seems monotonous, but without documentation or the proper oil production report template, all your routinized work will turn into “exceptions” (and try explaining those exceptions to your local SPCC inspector…)

The Reminder App provides your people with the structure they need and with a written account of how to get the job done in the most efficient and effective way. It communicates to the new employees, as well as to the old, that there is a logic to the world in which they have chosen to work, that there is a technology by which results are produced.

The alternative is pick up the phone each month and dial your afternoon away reminding each pumper  to “note their inspections”… thanks, but no thanks — we’ll set and forget our reminder app and get back to our coffee and internet.

BTW, if you’re interested in how the Reminder app works, we show you how to set it all up here…

Camera

Sometimes, new directive is initiated from the field. Pumpers have been quick to realize that by using the camera function on their smart devices they are able to save their employers thousands of dollars every year. By taking photos or video of issues in the field and posting them to messaging applications, veteran engineers and managers can visually engage with their production assets. Where once issues could only be resolved through verbal descriptions over the telephone, companies are now able to visually troubleshoot problems from the office, thus avoiding costly onsite service calls.

Side note: more and more, pumpers working the Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico oil fields are of Spanish descent. Most of these guys do a hell of a job, but from time to time they may have difficulties communicating some of the more complex issues over the phone due to language limitations. In these particular cases, the camera function on the iPad really comes in handy… pumpers photograph the issue, send it over, and move on with the rest of their route. Through photos, engineers and experienced operations managers can visually interact with the oilfield, allowing you to scale your knowledge over your entire army of pumpers, all from HQ.

As we come across other oilfield apps that are well suited for the patch, we’ll do our best to keep you updated. Until then, and please feel free to post any other apps you’ve stumbled across in the comments below!

 

We just wanted to throw out a BIG “thank you!” to the Oklahoma Marginal Well Commission for putting together the Lease Pumper Handbook for pumpers, gaugers, and well tenders everywhere…

handbook for pumpers and lease operators

For those of you unfamiliar with the Marginal Well Commission, their mission is to define, identify, and evaluate the economic and operational factors of marginally producing oil and natural gas wells, and to ensure that appropriate efforts are made to extend the life of these wells…

With 500 some-odd pages on the topic of “oil lease pumping”, the handbook is a great introduction for the beginner pumper — or, the one-off app company that’s breaking its back to make great software for operators and their pumpers 🙂

MWC has posted PDF hot-links to every chapter here

**UPDATE! As of 7/3/2013, links are broken… most likely due to MWC being absorbed by the OERB — anyways, we hate to see such a useful document go away, so until we hear something, we’ll post it here:

Lease Pumpers Handbook

Also, oilfield.com has scraped and re-posted the contents of the pumper’s handbook, which can be viewed by clicking here

Enjoy!! (… ’cause we certainly did!)

Last month, head engineer of IT Operations for one of the country’s largest operators called to inquire about GreaseBook oil and gas production software (a simple mobile designed explicitly for the independent operators and their pumpers).

His company has a net value of $20BB dollars, and operates close to 10,000 wells in the continental US. This engineer, who we’ll call Will, told us that he had fit every one of his production assets over a certain CAPEX with the latest in real-time optimization tools and sensors, and outfitted every man in his army of pumpers with a “dog bone” device — enabling his gaugers to drive up to any lease and immediately download its production data.

So, what the heck did he want with GreaseBook?

Will had a hunch (or, what some may classify as more of a sinking feeling…)

While the large independents and the supermajors had entrenched themselves in advanced analytics software, data repositories, and massive IT departments to oversee it all — when it comes to managing their production, they may have missed the mark (uggh).

Monitor your oil well with an app

Basically, what took some of these companies the better part of a decade to design and build, can now be replicated by the small independent operator, with better results, in less than an afternoon. You see, Will’s company had been so concerned about systems design, that they had forgotten all about the human element of operating an oil & gas lease…

Will told us, “What you guys have done is blend the new with the old… where our Pumpers have virtually no interaction with our properties, your system forces pumpers to tune-in to the pulse of the well. This pays out dividends in time savings to engineers and operations managers, who no longer have to spend time micro managing their pumpers, and admin who no longer have to track down and file those greasy run tickets.”

Business is forever on the lookout for a technical whiz-bang that promises to automate away part of the work.

So, why do people focus on the technical rather than the human side of work?

Not because it’s more crucial – but because it’s easier to do. Building systems is easy. Dealing with people is difficult. However, for software to be successful, it must focus on the human elements, not the technical. And, companies that forget this are setting themselves up for failure…

You see, large companies (like Will’s) looked at production software from the IT mindset – control and compartmentalize – ahead of the benefits the organization could gain by enabling its teams through a simple mobile app.

E&P Magazine, one of the most authoritative publications of the industry knows we’re on to something. In fact, they were kind enough to lend us the keys to their platform and allowed us to pen them an article entitled “The Consumerization of the Oil & Gas Enterprise”.

Why did they do this? Because just like Will, they recognized the potential time savings and production increases the independent operator stands to gain from iPads and iPhones.

Folks, there has never been such a power reversal in the history of oil & gas.

oil production software
oil and gas production software

What do we mean by this?

Unlike the Majors, your company doesn’t have to design, build, and deploy its own field data collection system. Moreover, you don’t have to dedicate time to tracking down pumpers, organizing paperwork, and making sense of it all. You now have the opportunity to focus 100% of your efforts on what you do best: producing oil.

Now, how exactly how does your company become the envy of its larger, more “sophisticated” brethren?

For more on the GreaseBook App, go here: www.greasebook.com

Wanna read that E&P article? You can do so by clicking here…

Every day, well tenders, contract pumper companies, and oil & gas operators inquire into the GreaseBook Well Tender app… the caller has usually been referred to us by one of our clients, checks out our website, and decides to call.

Besides cost, the operator is generally interested in two things:

  1. reduction in-house field related admin work, and

  2. increased production

Because GreaseBook captures and stores images of paper run tickets, and gathers and displays your production data (think: no more calling your pumpers to remind them submit their paper gauge sheets and Excel production files), no one questions GreaseBook’s ability to eliminate the in-house field related admin work that goes with operating oil & gas wells.

However, most operators want to know how an app can increase oil & gas production.

Allow us explain…

To maximize the production of a marginal well, you must make a thorough examination of the well’s history. To get the most oil from a stripper well, you must not only have the desire to continually work with the well, but you must also understand how the well was completed, identify what changes will be required to maintain profitable production, and decide when these changes must be made.

Not only must your Well Tender make good decisions every day and work consistently at the job, but to be effective he must also develop a deep understanding of production. When visiting a lease, a few things should always be at the top of the well tender’s mind:

  1. Type of reservoir.

  2. Flow at each well. Is it increasing?

  3. Does the efficiency of the chemicals need to be retested?

  4. What are offset operators doing to stimulate production?

  5. A large pump moves liquid quickly. Is this the best way?

  6. A small pump moves liquid slowly. Is this the best way?

  7. Frequency of pump repairs.

  8. Setting of tubing perforations in relation to the casing perforations.

  9. Flow line backpressure against the formation.

  10. Should the type of mechanical lift be changed?

  11. How long has it been since the last productivity test?

  12. Pumping unit strokes per minute.

  13. Pumping unit stroke length.

  14. Causes for down times.

  15. Changes in production profiles.

At your company, where (or with whom) does this information reside?

Is it in some file cabinet in the backroom (you know, the one with no windows and fluorescent light flickering?)

Lost in the confines of an Excel datasheet buried deep within our computer’s system files?

Maybe you or your foreman are carrying it around in your heads? …  even worse, maybe this valuable info resides in the mind of someone on your staff who is quickly approaching retirement?

The executive who works at making strengths productive—his own as well as those of others—works at making organizational performance compatible with personal achievement. He works at making his knowledge area become an organizational opportunity. However, when an engineer or operations manager is bogged down by the daily minutiae of the oil field, he’s not able to focus on getting the right things done and making effective decisions.

We believe that enabling well tenders is the most effective (and brushed aside) method of enhancing lease production. You will continue to pay your well tender $X of dollars per month per lease. However, whether you choose to leverage that Pumper’s time is up to you.

One of the greatest impacts GreaseBook can have on your company is the dissemination of information. GreaseBook has developed a way to alleviate the dissemination of information throughout your company — not personally, but systematically.

How can GreaseBook increase production? Although the app can’t make production decisions for your Pumper, GreaseBook can force your Pumper to morph from field-hand into proactive decision-maker.

How?

By reviewing the history of a well garnered from his past commentary, executive notes, and the remarks of any other pumper with whom he shares the responsibility of the lease (all info is synced between your pumpers’ and management iPads on the cloud), the pumper will have a referenceable well history file when diagnosing the symptoms of any well.

Not only does GreaseBook keep these records for your well tenders, but these notes are also accompanied by a heads-up display of historical oil, water, and gas production graphs for every lease. Every time a pumper enters a measurement for the day, GreaseBook serves a historical production chart from which to compare the day’s flow against historical production. When production information is displayed in graph form, potential problems that may not have been identified on paper become very easy to recognize — and ultimately to fix.

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Well tenders increase production with GreaseBook App – click picture to go to GreaseBook’s homepage…

By ridding your office of field-related admin duties, you breed organizational opportunity. Pushing this responsibility out of the office and into the field not only frees up time that would otherwise be devoted to administration, but when displayed correctly, this information becomes a powerful resource from which your well tenders can act upon.

When you give your tenders the right kind of information, you enable them to become proactive decision makers. And, proactive pumpers are a huge step toward enabling owners, engineers, and operations managers to break free from the daily minutiae of operations.

Hey Well Tenders!

What if we told you landing new wells as a well tender was a snap?

What if you could pick and choose your wells at will, letting go of wells that were off the beaten path in favor of those that were closer to home?

Well, as of now, it’s not a dream anymore.

Introducing the GreaseBook ‘Pumper Mesh’ – a directory for gaugers, pumpers, lease operators, well tenders and the like – designed to introduce YOU to companies operating in the counties in which you pump.

Hang your shingle out. Get introduced to Oil and Gas Operating Companies. Get your shot at more well tending jobs. All through the Pumper Directory. All at no charge to you.

Why do this for the well tenders?

It’s just our way of saying “thanks” for being out on the front line of oil & gas.

To check out the ‘Pumper Mesh’ click here.

A recent article in The Oil & Gas Financial Journal touched on the increases in operating costs for oil & gas producers.

While you’re (painfully) aware of these increasing costs, the article highlighted something you may not be a familiar with: a method to counter these increasing costs.

What did the Oil & Gas Financial Journal recommend?

Not “Oilfield Software”, but mobile communication.

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That’s right folks, iPads & iPhones.

But, what’s more intriguing was the “why?

Here’s a small excerpt from the article:

“Software applications, long commoditized by consumer demand and increasingly prevalent in enterprise environments, are driving this revolution and are ready for application in the oil and gas industry today…

The oil and gas industry is built on engineering feats. Countless disciplines have been designed to enhance the exploration, production and transportation of oil … It is time the oil and gas industry applies this remarkable innovation that is embraced across the world by nearly every other industry, to the logistical and environmental obstacles it currently faces, changing the way oil and gas companies manage human assets by improving the way they communicate and collaborate.

Software is the answer to seamlessly bridging old with new and packing the industry with new performance and business opportunities.”

Now, ask yourself, how much time does your Operations Manager devote to putting out fires each week?

What if your gauge sheets and Excel production reports from your Pumpers were autopopulated and arrived in real-time?

What if production trends and abnormal events were already highlighted for you?

What if your army of pumpers were outfitted in such a way that they were made aware of any decline in production while they are submitting their oil, gas, and water measurements?

Given the appropriate information, could your Pumpers and Gaugers proactively manage themselves with minimal intervention on behalf of you and your production supervisor?

Think about the time spent tying oil purchaser reports to run tickets to your accounting books. How long does this take your admin every month… Heck, are they even doing it?

What other tasks could you and your staff devote itself to if these things were simply “taken care of”?

GreaseBook understands your frustrations, and has developed a way to alleviate them — not personally, but systematically. Give GreaseBook 15 minutes, and we’ll save your admin 5 days a month AND we’ll give your Operations Manager the leverage, organization, and freedom he needs to maximize your company’s production.

Still not convinced? Did you know that COPAS accounting rules allow you to spread the cost of GreaseBook over the JIB? Friends, short of walking into your office and hitting you over the head with one of our iPads, we couldn’t make this any easier for you. And, remember:

  •      No contracts to sign
  •      No software to install
  •      No training fees
  •      Free help desk calls
  •      Walk away at any time
  •      110% Money Back Guarantee

Don’t be shy – pick up the phone and call us! 1-855-PUMP-OIL

Still not convinced? Click here to read all about the GreaseBook Oilfield Software =D

Just the other day, Dave (long-time oilfield operator and President of an Oklahoma-based production company) was talking to us about the young professionals he sees today in the industry.

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Dave was recounting a particular story about a meeting he recently attended, where a young man in his late 20s who didn’t have more than 3 or 4 years of industry experience was presenting a new idea.

This young man was telling Dave and a group of seasoned oilmen how a new PDC drill bit was going to change the game. Basically, It was going to help them drill faster and cheaper than they every thought possible.

Great news, right?

Well, Dave told us that’s not how he felt. In fact, he told us he got pretty upset… even to the point that he had to excuse himself from the meeting.

Dave was pretty fired up, and said,

“All I could think about was how some kid was trying to tell me how I needed to change! He was telling me that there was a better way than the way I’d been doing it for 30 years!! What did this guy know, anyways?! Hell, I’d been doing this stuff before this kid was even born!!”

But Dave is a smart guy (and an even smarter businessman). He went on to tell us that,

“5 minutes after leaving the room, I realized how foolish it would be not to listen to what this young man had to say. You know why? Because if a guy can help me drill faster and cheaper, I want to be on the same bandwagon he’s on.”

Dave went on to tell us about a new game he believes is being played in the oil & gas industry. He said it’s hard to pin down exactly when it started, but he believes this shift is due to a new generation of industry professionals.

“Our industry has always been predominantly run by the guys that got their start in the 60s and 70s… but now you’re seeing a lot of new faces. But what’s most interesting is that these young people are bringing new ideas and new viewpoints that my generation has never even considered.”

The taming of the oil field is long overdue. The power, accuracy, and handling abilities of today’s smart phones and tablet computers offer the small independent producer an opportunity to realize greater efficiencies and time saving techniques in both the immediate and long-term.

Dave took one look at GreaseBook, an iPad app which would allow his pumpers to streamline the field data collection process by replacing his company’s 8-day gauge Excel-based spreadsheets, and immediately jumped on board.

GreaseBook is blazing a trail toward increased production and reduced downtime for the small independent operator (see: Well Tender iPad App: Empower Well Tenders and bring organizational results). When you’re ready to saddle-up and stake your claim, GreaseBook has the tools to make it possible.

We may be a young company, but this “bandwagon” is poised for the big win… and guess what? 

We want you on it.

Many, many operators have asked us to implement some sort of file repository into the GreaseBook app. What types of documents do these engineers, owners, and ops managers want to attach to their wells? Well completion reports, work over info, and any other well history document they may find helpful when out of their office, and away from their desktop.

We always tout how good we are at not only listening to our clients’ recommendations, but also quickly implementing these suggestions into the GreaseBook app. So, what did we do with this particular request? Nothing. Why? Because we only work in the best interests of our clients — let us explain:

The beauty of GreaseBook is that our users can intuitively understand 80-90% of the app’s functionality in about 2 minutes. No manual. No detailed instructions. No professional certification.

Simple is very, very hard — but if we can master it, we know the enthusiasm that oil & gas operators and their pumpers have displayed for the app will continue…

Enter Dropbox. What is Dropbox? Basically, Dropbox allows you to “drop” any file that sits on your desktop computer into a repository in the cloud, and share that file with your engineer, operations manager, or anyone else. The cloud stores this file, just like your desktop would, however it allows you to access it from your iPad, smartphone, or any other desktop in the world. Also, anytime you make a change to your file or document, the change is reflected across all your devices.

Oh yeah, lest we forget to mention: it’s free.

Check out this video…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFb0NaeRmdg

Basically, Dropbox means no more planning ahead (ha!). You’ll always have your files, when and where you need them. Think about it… you can store:

  • Assignments & contracts
  • Sales receipts
  • Geologic & engineering data
  • Government forms (ex: tax forms, or mechanical integrity tests)
  • Annual inspections

No more bringing paper well history files with you. No more emailing these files back and forth to yourself or your associates.

Now, in addition to the historical production data for every production asset that GreaseBook offers you, you’ll also have your well history documentation to boot.

Access to the data of any well, anytime, anyplace, all from your iPad… pretty cool, right? Our clients seem to think so!

*Note: to get started using Dropbox on your desktop and iPads, you’ll need to download the software… to download the Dropbox app for your iPad, all you need to do is go to the App Store. However, to sync those well history files from your computer to your iPad, you’ll need to download the software to your desktop first.

Check out this link, these guys do a great job at walking you through the 2 minute process:

http://jajodia-saket.sjbn.co/2011/02/how-to-setup-dropbox-on-your-computer/

 

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