Augmented Reality in the oil and gas sector simultaneously increases productivity and safety.
Working in the oil and gas industry is a demanding job with extremely high stakes for both revenue and safety. When trouble strikes on an oil rig, experienced staff with significant expertise are needed immediately to fix problems fast. However, such experienced staff are not only hard to find for extended times offshore but are also costly to hire. Augmented Reality (AR) is an emerging technology that is set to disrupt the oil and gas sector by solving some key challenges.
Augmented Reality is pushing the boundaries of what was previously thought possible, leading to new and exciting developments for companies across all sectors – but one of the most significant industries adapting to and realizing the benefits of AR is the oil and gas sector. It has been quick to recognize the operational benefits AR can offer as well as the ROI these benefits have the possibility to stimulate.
The 2 most common applications of AR in the Oil and Gas sector
1. The first application of AR in the field is what we like to refer to as the "pre-made scenarios". This is basically an AR version of your existing handbooks and covers all the standard procedures in a visual way. They can connect to live data and help with predictive maintenance by visually showing the current status of machinery. These applications are ideal for training, operating and fixing complex equipment for any common operation and maintenance processes identified in traditional handbooks. Pre-Made AR Scenario applications are an extremely powerful upgrade of the field handbook.
2. Alternatively, it’s also possible to use Augmented Reality applications to enhance remote service capabilities. Incident management systems are now available with inbuilt call features to connect technicians to the right technical expert immediately. With one click of a button, technicians are in a video call with experts who can use in-call Augmented Reality on the device screen to guide technicians through a problem. This type of AR remote services is perfectly suited for the unplanned issues that often occur. Combined with the pre-made scenarios, these two types of AR implementations more or less cover all bases for the modern facilities in the oil and gas sector.
Solve problems fast by making everyone a technical expert
Augmented Reality is already putting several key benefits on the table for the oil and gas sector - the first of which is the ability to knuckle down on process efficiency. As with other industrial fields, AR has a unique ability to dramatically reduced equipment and machinery downtime when errors occur. With AR solutions implemented on offshore facilities, all employees are empowered to immediately be the technical expert when trouble occurs. Simply grab an AR ready device at letting it guide you through the troubleshooting process in a visual way.
No need to search for manuals and handbooks.
No need to call out experts to offshore facilities to fix the problem for you.
No more extended downtimes at huge costs with increased safety risks
AR breaks down complex tasks into easy to understand visual steps
When something goes wrong offshore, the on-site technicians and engineers are often under tremendous pressure to carry out their skilled work. Most incidents are unplanned and call for their expertise almost immediately. Augmented Reality helps professionals to break down and visualize complex processes in an easy to understand format, thereby reducing the pressure on those working in the field. It can also ensure that an expert is within easy reach at any given location without the costs associated with getting them there in the flesh, ensuring problems which could spiral are addressed quickly and expertly.
Improve worker safety with AR
The oil and gas industry is facing challenges on all fronts, and so incorporating smarter tech is not just a helpful add-on, but in many ways imperative. AR great for efficiency, but it’s also increasingly vital to ensuring staff safety.
Under skilled technicians need no longer worry about waiting for specialists to arrive and can instead focus on dealing with problems as they occur in real time. Whether handling a complex set-up, inspection, maintenance or repair, using AR Remote support and collaboration presents one of the most exciting areas for the continued development of AR, and the oil and gas industry is a perfect place to get started.
As machinery and equipment grow ever more complicated and the demand for highly skilled staff grows, companies in this sector can look forward to a brighter and more cost-effective future by exploring the many possibilities for both on-site usages and Augmented Reality instant access within this critical area.
Is AR tech ready for industrial use?
Augmented Reality technology is ready right now and is already in operation within many industrial sectors. With over 200 applications rolled out by RE'FLEKT alone, many customers are already enjoying the enhanced capabilities of AR – with swift developments continuing to unfold.
Most companies are now so empowered by their AR capability, all they need do is bring their own device to get started on the system. Whether opting for a smartphone, tablet or smart glasses, enterprise AR ecosystems such as those offered by RE'FLEKT allow existing data and documentation to be the only requirement for creating scalable AR applications. This makes transitioning over to AR a much more straightforward business. Simply connect your own existing content and you’re ready to go.
There are so many devices already available which are compatible with AR, the costs of running the software and installing it in the first instance are dramatically reduced versus entry costs just 18 months ago. The times are changing and industry 4.0 is improving the way we work. Augmented Reality is just one part of the digital revolution... can you afford to not get started with your enterprise AR solutions?