The Oil and Gas (O&G) industry requires workers to operate efficiently and effectively in some of the most hazardous environments on the planet. These workforces recognize that clear communication and safety are crucial to their mission-critical tasks.
As such, industry leaders are seeing value in the hands-free display of digital information provided by augmented and mixed reality. ThirdEye’s X2 MR Glasses provide a high-tech, connected platform for remote assistance and visualization, ensuring a safer and more efficient O&G supply chain from drilling to distribution.
According to McKinsey’s research, the O&G sector could reduce capital expenditures by up to 20% if they adopt digital technologies. Augmented reality (AR) is one of them.
Benefits of AR & MR for Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream Operations
The O&G industry’s three sectors include: upstream, midstream and downstream.
Upstream – exploration and production
Midstream – transportation and storage
Downstream – distribution + retail outlets
Industry-specific benefits being seen from AR/MR adoptions include:
- Equipment up-time
- Remote expert communication
- Higher quality data
- Increased safety and efficiency
- Increased worker productivity
- Measuring compliance standards
- Remote inspections
- Hands-free access to mission critical data
Other benefits include:
- Reduction in travel costs
- Reduction in equipment downtime
- Decreased critical error rates & task time
O&G extraction takes place in remote areas or on huge scales that often require remote supervisors to provide expertise on how to solve real-time problems. With mixed reality glasses, oil technicians can call for support while working completely hands-free. The remote expert on the other end can see the video feed from a first-person perspective, giving the technician audible or annotated guidance.
When exploring and mapping oil or gas-rich areas underground, the X2 MR Glasses have the ability to project and manipulate immersive 3D models, allowing greater understanding of the prospective extraction site and process. Workers in the command center can view the same model in real-time, keeping everyone up to date.
Faults in resource extraction have the potential to slow down a company’s entire supply chain and cause a logistical nightmare. Equipped with the X2s, an oil rig’s workforce can work collaboratively to prevent slowdowns by flagging parts or systems that need maintenance in virtual space. Other team members can respond promptly and repair parts before they become a larger problem.
According to Statista, more than 2 billion tons of crude oil were shipped around the world in 2018. The logistical struggles faced by companies moving millions of tons of volatile material are understandably enormous, but AR & MR technology can streamline this aspect of the O&G process by:
- Showing tank and pipeline status
- Monitoring and managing fleet data to ensure on-time deliveries
- Analyzing and communicating information about dangerous situations remotely
The X2s have the ability to use marker-based technology to scan unique objects and display real-time information that is pinned to the object in virtual space. This allows supervisors to quickly check the status of pipelines and tanks to see if they require maintenance, saving valuable time.
Logistics officers often have to manage hundreds of moving parts at once. With static documents/manifests in paper or PDF form, it is difficult to avoid costly mistakes that lead to slower deliveries. Fortunately, ThirdEye’s X2 MR Glasses integrate with Internet of Things (IoT) data to enable smarter management of shipments. New information from a company’s network can be combined with existing shipment files, allowing employees to have real-time status updates for incoming and outgoing deliveries.
An additional midstream challenge for the O&G industry is the transportation and storage of volatile material which is extremely hazardous. Because of these environmental hazards, worker safety during midstream operations is crucial. AR & MR wearable technology generates flags for real-time dangers and communicates with technicians from a distance, reducing risk.
When final product shipments reach their destination, AR & MR technology makes the refining and distribution process more efficient with the following:
- Manage workers and their X2 units through a single platform
- Improve first-time fix rates when in the field
- Keep clients and consumers satisfied with remote assistance and support
Thirdeye’s MDM platform gives supervisors the ability to administer and manage the capabilities of each pair of X2s deployed to their workforce. Our unique MDM platform allows for remote permission changes and downloads from wherever an admin is located to ensure a smooth workflow.
Stagnation can be disastrous for a downstream staff, leading to unhappy clients and logistics problems. Our wearable computing solution displays repair procedures and support calls in a technician’s field of view while they work, leading to quicker repair times. A better first time fix-rate leads to less mechanical problems down the road, saving time and money.
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