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Microsoft partners SitePro to alert oil and gas firms

Steve Rogerson
May 7, 2019
 
Microsoft is working with Texas cloud-based software company SitePro to provide real-time data and system alerts to oil and gas operators.
 
The oil and gas project collaboration is with Microsoft's Azure Cosmos DB combined with Microsoft Power BI.
 
Nearly instantaneous access to information allows SitePro's customers to identify opportunities for improving operations and take immediate action to address potential costly repairs proactively before failure. Additionally, SitePro provides actionable data to improved response time to incidents onsite and better manage environmental risks associated with leak and system failures.
 
"One of our customers was able to detect, repair and return to operational status with minimal operational disruption and zero impact to the environment," said SitePro president and co-CEO Aaron Phillips. “Hours, not days, can be the difference between an ecologic and economic disaster.”
 
The petroleum economy is demanding greatly increased efficiencies, analytics and control from automation systems, demands that require much more memory, processing power and programme flexibility than PLCs can attain. One SitePro customer is said to have realised an estimated $20m in annual labour savings through software developed in collaboration with Microsoft.
 
Today's exploration and production and midstream companies require machine learning and artificial intelligence to make an increasing number of routine decisions based on data analysis to make employees more efficient and to reduce equipment downtime. Only PCs – specifically industrial PCs (IPCs) – combine the computing power and rugged design to provide this kind of technological advantage in the oilfield. This use of IPCs is how SitePro helps increase value to its customers.
 
"The ability to scale their operations is extremely important to our customers," said David Bateman, co-CEO of SitePro. “By using the latest digital technology in conjunction with Microsoft's advanced software platform we have allowed them to reduce the personnel required in the field, decrease the number and severity of health, safety and environmental incidents, and improve operational efficiencies, all of which increase their profitability.”
 
SitePro is a digital oilfield water management company focused on delivering automation and software. Since launching as a service product in 2012, it has become one of the fastest growing automation packages in the USA.