Most industries today have a certain level of risk associated with them, but very few would match the danger and risk that companies in the oil, gas and mining (OGM) industry face on a daily basis.

How does a mobile workforce in the oil, gas and mining industry cope, day after day, with the treacherous conditions it works under, and still maintain an efficient and productive work schedule?

Oil, Gas & Mining — Extreme conditions are standard

Anyone who works in the oil, gas and mining industry knows it’s not for those afraid of hard work. Tough working conditions are just part of the job description and expected by both workers and their equipment.

Hazards can include some or all of the following:

  • Extreme weather and temperature — From the frozen tundra of the Arctic circle to the searing heat of oil fields in the Middle East, OGM workers go wherever natural resources are found and that often means extreme weather.
  • Hazardous chemicals — Dangerous chemicals and explosives are often used to extract minerals from the ground, and natural resources themselves, such as crude oil or natural gas, can be hazardous to a worker’s health too.
  • Large machinery — Extracting ore and other natural resources from the earth involves the use of massive machines such as ore crushers, cranes, and drilling rigs. The risk of injuries causing death are much higher when using equipment of this size.
  • Powerful construction vehicles — Earthmoving vehicles need some serious power to transport the tons of mined resources. In fact, the largest production truck in the world, the Terex MT 6300AC has over 3,700 horsepower and can carry over 400 tons of material, and that’s not uncommon for mining trucks.
  • Long work shifts — Miners are just one example of workers in this industry that earn big money but work long hard shifts, increasing the risk of worker fatigue or memory loss.

If you work with dangers like that every day then there’s one thing you’ll want to be able to depend on, and that’s your equipment. And when you’re running a multi-million dollar operation you can’t afford to take dangerous risks with poor quality or cheap gear.

There are two aspects of making sure you’ve got the right fleet management system — hardware and software. We’ll look at these separately.

Hardware built rugged

One way these companies mitigate the risk of costly accidents is by employing high-end systems in all aspects of their operation. The emphasis on quality components and safety procedures keeps the dangers faced by workers to a minimum.

Telogis focus on high-quality and reliable telematics hardware with all their deployments. In fact, they work directly with OEM suppliers, such as Ford and Freightliner, to have GPS units installed by factory technicians for even better reliability.

Milwaukee-based Joy Global Inc., a company that manufactures, services and sells surface and below-ground mining equipment, has not only raised safety standards among its workers, but also improved fleet fuel economy by 10 percent for part of its 800-vehicle fleet through efforts to cut costs that include using Ford’s factory-installed OEM telematics solution.

Other hardware suppliers that Telogis use include American companies with a solid reputation for building devices that can continue to operate accurately in temperatures as low as -30C and high as 75C, along with shock and vibration standards that meet the stringent SAEJ1455 requirements.

Software reliable — at all times

In addition to having robust and reliable hardware, you need fleet management software that you can depend on at all times, with design features that aid worker safety.

Telogis work closely with companies in the oil, gas, and mining industry, such as ConocoPhillips, the world’s fourth-largest non government-controlled refiner, to fine-tune their software to focus on both safety and reliability.

  • Safety features for Oil, Gas & Mining — Remote worker monitoring, HOS and DOT electronic reporting, instant panic buttons, maintenance alerts, engine diagnostics, geofences for accurate billing and clearing blast zones, dangerous driving or excessive speeding alerts to name just a few.
  • World-class data centers — A reliable service with unbeatable up-time to make sure you can always access your data, night or day.
  • Automated failover and verification — In the event that a server becomes temporarily inaccessible, GPS points can still be captured and web applications accessed.
  • Constantly monitored — Telogis technical support team is on alert 24x7x365. Their rapid response means any issues are kept to a minimum.
  • Backup — Incremental and complete backups are performed regularly and automatically.

If you work in the oil, gas, and mining industry, managing a fleet of mobile, remote workers then you know you can’t put a value on the safety of your staff. Quality, responsiveness, and reliability are key to making sure your location-based software can be depended on whenever it’s needed.