From "Oil and Gas Fuel Up on Safety": A&S International, October 2014
From a safety and security perspective, oil and gas installations are among the most critical and challenging environments. The speed in which an incident can escalate to a disaster means that operators need to get information quickly to be able to react and minimize damages. Advances in video technology and video content analytics have great potential to assist oil and gas installations in detecting fires, leaks, and security threats, as well as help make operations more efficient.
Video Analytics for Operations Monitoring
Video analytics can also be used for process monitoring and ensuring the facility is functioning properly. “We monitor pump jacks to detect any problems with their operation. By monitoring the cadence of the pump we can detect if it stops moving and alert the operators immediately,” explained Michael Von Hauff, CEO of Osprey Informatics. This makes analytics exceptionally useful for remote sites that are not manned permanently. Without this capability, a malfunction can sometimes be detected only after hours, or even days if the pump is located in a remote location, when a human inspector visits the site. Such a solution, therefore, saves lost production time and helps turn video into actionable intelligence. Video monitoring can also be used to audit employee behavior during alarms and other safety events — it allows the relevant officers to check if all employees are following the relevant procedures.
Adoption of Cloud-based solutions
The option of cloud-based storage will also widen the accessibility of different stakeholders to the video feeds. "We started the company (Osprey Informatics) to answer a need for increased visibility of the field operations. We saw an opportunity where companies have many assets at many locations and there is a need to integrate all the data instead of having a person permanently on-site," said Michael von Hauff, CEO of Osprey Informatics. "Our cloud-based approach means that the cameras are distributed as the client wants but the video is located in one place and accessible to all stakeholders - safety, security, operations, environmental protection, and even finance."
In this type of solution, cameras are selected and placed depending on their functionality, but the information is consolidated under one dashboard and access to cameras is decided according to pre-defined user roles. In this way, a complete view of the field is available from both a security and an operations perspective.
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