Video is increasingly being used to improve and enable new applications in oil and gas field operations. It provides remote visibility into areas in and around the drill site, reducing the need for on-site personnel, enhancing safety, and improving decision making with access to better information regarding current conditions. In addition, video surveillance can be used for around-the-clock centralized site access monitoring, providing visibility of who enters an area and when.
Real-time video requires a reliable, secure, high performance communications network between cameras and the people and software monitoring them remotely.
Benefits of integrating video into oil and gas field applications include improved worker and operational safety, increased operational efficiency, and enhanced site access control.
Examples of video monitoring and surveillance applications include:
Downhole video – offers oil and gas operators a way to view downhole problems in real time rather than inferring or guessing about them, improving and expediting decision making.
Crane monitoring – offers remote visibility to crane operators, enabling them to operate in areas where hazardous gasses or liquids may be present.
Well head video surveillance – remotely provides valuable insights into activity during the completion and production phases, alerting operations to actions that might otherwise go unnoticed and potentially cause problems.
Drill rig monitoring – offers an overview of the drilling area 24 x 7, providing visibility into general safety and activities during drilling phase.
Pumpjack monitoring –offers operations with remote visibility during production and can provide early awareness of failure and spills.
Portable video cameras for equipment diagnostics – used by field workers offers centralized engineering on-site visibility into equipment performance, problem diagnostics and troubleshooting, and the need to schedule repairs.
Video surveillance – of authorized personnel entering and exiting a gated site or area provides accountability and improves worker safety.
Facial recognition – can be used by truck LACT applications, such as Spirit IT from ABB, to authenticate drivers, increasing accountability. It can also be used at entry gates for access control, verifying the identity of truck drivers.