AUSTIN, Texas, March 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Drillinginfo, the leading energy SaaS and data analytics company, announced another "first" today – the ability to use voice-activated commands for its oilfield services (OFS) mobile platform.
Approximately one year ago, Drillinginfo released its mobile application (app) on iTunes and Google Play and changed the way the oil and industry could access critical information on the go. Since then, Drillinginfo has seen more than 2,500 users adopt the mobile platform.
"While voice activation has been integrated into our daily lives outside of work for a while, it's a first in the oil and gas technology industry," said Colin Westmoreland, General Manager of Oilfield Services at Drillinginfo. "Aside from the safety aspect of hands-free capabilities, our voice-activated application commands put our suite of OFS tools into a category of its own," said Westmoreland.
"People and companies on the cutting edge of technology like Steve Jobs and Apple told us what we wanted before we even knew it," continued Westmoreland. "The oil and gas industry, while advanced in many regards, still relies on some old-fashioned methods to keep track of what's going on in the field. This small, but important update is the beginning of many changes to come and Drillinginfo is pleased to be that innovator out in front of everyone, not just in oil and gas, but in all aspects of energy across the board."
The first version of the voice-activated app is focused on the drilling rig dataset and allows users to search by operator, contractor, state, county, horsepower or region.
Luke Crownover, CEO of Robinson Drilling and early adopter of the Drillinginfo app, praised its capabilities and ease of use. "This app has been a game changer for us," remarked Crownover. "Just a year ago we were sorting through daily reports and spreadsheets to try and keep track of what was going on. Now with a simple voice command, my team can identify where a rig is, who's drilling it, what type of well it is, and who they're working for. And with Drillinginfo leveraging the GPS coordinates of the rigs, it ensures accurate rig locations and directions for team members. Efficiency is key to operating in this price environment," he said.
This first-of-its-kind announcement isn't the only "first" Drillinginfo lays claim to. The company is considered an analytics and data pioneer for developing the industry's first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for the oil and gas industry, as well as the first to digitize oilfield records and lease polygons, automate drilling activity monitoring via its VirtualScout™ tool, place GPS trackers on drilling rigs, and most recently, step into the world of artificial intelligence to forecast power load needs and real-time curve-building capabilities.
Much of Drillinginfo's innovative decisions come from two sources: first, by listening closely to feedback, namely through a series of customer-focused conversations to survey what needs are not being met by energy analytics firms, and second, by anticipating what's to come in technology in general, and identifying opportunities to create intuitive, easy- and fun-to-use solutions before the customer even requests them.
With this latest announcement, coupled by its many other "firsts" in energy, Drillinginfo is also acting on a large scale trend many other industries already see coming: the next generation workforce.
According to a recent Accenture Strategy analysis, older workers appear to have recovered from the financial crash of 2008 and no longer need to postpone their retirements, and the group notes that just two years ago, baby boomers accounted for 19 percent of the oil and gas workforce. That figure is expected to plunge to just 7 percent in 2025 and could mean a shortage of at least 10,000 petro-technical professionals – possibly as much as 40,000 – in eight years. Furthermore, the oil and gas industry's most recent downturn resulted in many well-known, large-scale layoffs. For Drillinginfo, all signs are point to a changing of the guard for employees of oil and gas.
Drillinginfo cites its voice activation capabilities as merely one example of all that it's working on to help its customers make better, faster decisions. As a trailblazing company with so many firsts under its belt, Drillinginfo sees these innovative developments as some of the first steps towards simplifying products and reducing major learning curves for a very complex industry.
"More than anything, this is about innovation and leading rather than following," added Westmoreland. "Once again, Drillinginfo will be the first technology provider to offer a cutting-edge solution to customers which helps solidify Drillinginfo as the most innovative SaaS company in OFS."
Drillinginfo delivers business-critical insights to the energy, power, and commodities markets. Our state-of-the-art SaaS platform is built on industry-leading data, sophisticated technology, and powerful analytics. Our solutions deliver value across the upstream and downstream supply chain empowering exploration and production (E&P), oilfield services, midstream, utilities, trading and risk, and capital markets to be more proactive, efficient, and competitive. Drillinginfo delivers actionable intelligence over mobile, web, and desktop to analyze and reduce risk, conduct competitive benchmarking, and uncover market insights. Drillinginfo serves more than 3,500 companies globally from its Austin, Texas, headquarters and has more than 550 employees. For more information visit drillinginfo.com.