Katie Mazerov, contributing editor for Drilling Contractor wrote a couple of pieces on how virtual technology is making the oil patch smarter.

Here is a sample of the article:

“Virtual technology is making the oil patch smarter. Driven by the continued push into unconventional and deepwater environments and the anticipated Big Crew Change, Shell is using a virtual presence system that provides real-time communication between rig personnel and technical
experts thousands of miles apart. y Using an explosion-proof camera, a satellite and laptop
computer or tablet, the technology is proving beneficial for reducing risk and nonproductive time
(NPT), especially for the company’s operations in remote or hazardous locations, said Landale
Cranfield, regional wells skillpool advisor (UIA) for Sarawak Shell Berhad.”

Read the full Virtual Presence Technology enhances Productivity Safety Article.