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/

 

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 icloud.com 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.

In the second installment on great free Oil Software to increase our production, we’d like to introduce the iMessage app.

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(side note: If you missed it, be sure to go back and read the first installment of our exposĂŠ on Oil Software: How to run your army of pumpers like a well-oiled machine (Part 1 of 2))

Why is this app so well suited for the oil & gas operator?

Folks, a picture from the oil field really is worth a thousand words. For example, we know a lot of operators with some serious “hands-on” experience in the field… many owners and foremen grew up pumping wells in their teens and twenties, and now own or manage very successful production companies.

And, from what these pumpers-turned-owners have told us, there is a BIG difference between a “pumper” and a “gauger”. (yeah, we were confused too… continue reading…)

Basically, a “gauger” is someone who goes out and measures oil, gas, and water production at the lease and reports back to HQ if anything has gone awry in the field.

So how is a “pumper” any different? 

“Pumpers” are very handy. Essentially, they’re true mechanics. If a pumper finds something wrong in the field, he’s going to try and fix it.

So how does any of this tie into iMessages and photos between gaugers and HQ?

By taking photos of problems in the field, operating companies that employ gaugers (not pumpers) save thousands of dollars every year by avoiding “service calls”. Through messaged pictures and video taking place over the iPad, a foreman or engineer can visually engage with his assets without ever leaving his office (… or truck … or duck blind … or pool-side chair).

This is just the tip of the iceberg friends. Here’s some copy we swiped from the Apple website, with a sprinkling of GreaseBook thrown in for good measure…

Messages

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Introducing iMessage.
Exchange words. Or photos.

iMessage lets you send messages back and forth with your Pumpers. Send a message to check in. Make sure everyone is aware of a new rule or directive. Heck, your Pumpers can even send you photos. It’s unlimited. So text all you want.

Text one. Text all.

Send a message to one Pumper or to many Pumpers at once — along with photos or links you think are important. When someone replies, everyone sees it. With iMessage, as soon as your message appears on a Pumper’s iPad, you’ll get a delivery receipt letting you know it went through. You can enable read receipts for a visual “copy that.” And see when someone is in the middle of typing out a reply. iMessages are securely encrypted, so everything remains between company walls.

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Wanna know how to set it up? We thought you did. Click here and get crackin’ immediately…

Have you come across another great app for the oilfield? Post it in the comments below!!

‘Til next time,

– GreaseBook

 

Pump smart, or manage tough. Are you aware that there is a lot of oil software (read: free apps) on the iPad and iPhone that are engineered as perfect complements to the oil & gas operator’s business?

Each one of these apps takes about 10 minutes to set-up, and have the potential to yield days in productivity increases from your operations manager and pumpers every year…

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For example, Pumpers generally have a “task list” of things they need to do on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis to keep your leases running in top form. A popular question many oil & gas operators ask us is whether GreaseBook accounts for these “to-dos”…

Now, we could charge our clients a premium for building this feature into our daily oil & gas reporting application…

However, why would we do that when some of the best developers in the world (ie programmers at Apple, Inc.) have already built this for us?

By forming pumper message groups in Apple’s “Reminder” application (which comes standard on every iPad and iPhone), oil & gas operators have a very low cost (read: free), extremely efficient way of delivering daily, weekly, and monthly to-do lists (ex: drop soap sticks, pump maintenance, chemical schedules, gas chart calibration, etc).

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Reminders 

The best way to do to-dos. Organize your operations and Pumpers in to-do lists. Or to-fix lists. Or to-inspect lists. Reminders on iPad helps your company remember everything you have to do. And makes sure you get it all done.

To-dos that do a lot.
No matter what your Pumpers have going on, here’s an easy way for them to remember it all. Organize everything they have to do by deadline, priority, location, or custom-made lists. And as a due date gets closer, Reminders sends each Pumper an alert so he stays on track.

Make one list, and share it with all your Pumpers.
Sharing a Reminders list is a streamlined process that is sure to come in handy for both you and your Pumpers. To start, you will need to log in to your iCloud account from your computer by visiting iCloud.com (http://icloud.com/) and navigate to your calendar. Follow the rest of the steps below to begin sharing a Reminders list.

For those of you that do have an iPad and wanna get started, we’ve got you covered. Click here, we’ll show you how to set it up.

By keeping the GreaseBook app simple, we avoid “feature creep” and continue to provide a easy-to-learn app.

Look, if you don’t have an iPad or an iPhone, GreaseBook wants to let you know that (1) we think you’re working too hard, and (2) we’re looking out for the best interests of our clients (it doesn’t get any better than free, folks!)

Know of any other good oil-field related apps? Post them the comments below!

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