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A weekly podcast on the impacts of digital technologies on the oil and gas sector

Jul 27, 2023

“Wow!”, exclaimed Kelly, the site supervisor at the large petrochemical plant. “Are you telling me that I can take my iPhone onto the site? It’s safe now? What can I do with it?"
Yes, Kelly, you can, IF you have the right phone AND the right case.

As they are in our personal lives, smart phones are indispensable...

Jul 19, 2023

"The people that design software, are unfortunately often a long ways away from the people that are out in the field using it."

In this episode, I’m in conversation with Shaun Syvertsen, the CEO of ConvergentIS. He has built a company around the opportunity to make a widely used technology (SAP) super easy to use–so...

Jul 13, 2023

As far back as 2004, I explored the possibility of deploying cellular phones within an oil refining complex. The idea of persistent and safe communications with supervisors and lead hands by phone or text message during the work day was intuitively attractive, and we imagineered many a positive use case. This was in the...

Jul 6, 2023

Heavy industry has long known that intoxication and some kinds of work simply don’t mix. Digital technologies are helping overcome the risk of hard-to-detect intoxicants on the job site.

Worker safety is a VERY BIG DEAL in oil and gas. Moving equipment, pressurized vessels, high voltage, dangerous gases, hot surfaces,...