Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure
Solaris saves $70,000 per year on fuel and maintenance
With operations in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania, Houston-based Solaris provides innovative and cost-effective oilfield products, services, and infrastructure to enhance drilling, completions, efficiency, and safety in North American shale plays.
Having access to real-time, accurate information is essential to fleet efficiency, safety, and productivity. “One of the top challenges for us was to gather information we were getting and build that into usable and quantifiable information that could help us make better business decisions,” said Logistics Coordinator Dan Haseman. “It’s always great to have a bunch of data, but if you don’t know what to do with it or how to use it, then it’s really irrelevant.”
Solaris had been using Geoforce to track specialized trailers, sand silos, and generators for several years. Working with Geoforce, they later implemented a Geotab solution for advanced vehicle tracking. Geotab and Geoforce worked with Solaris to develop customized reporting for idling that is automatically generated. Prior to the customization, Haseman had to create the report from scratch each month. These customized reports show which vehicles idled and for how long and when. With this information, Solaris is able to reduce needless idling in the fleet’s trucks.
Based on an initial 40 vehicles Solaris was using at the start of the implementation, initial savings per year were about $70,000 for fuel and maintenance. Due to the nature of the work, some operational idling is expected. But with this solution in place, the team has set a goal of 30% idling down from the initial baseline of 60%. The benefits haven’t been just to the bottom line. Solaris uses the insights on driving behavior to enhance their corporate safety program. “It can monitor seat belt usage, real harsh braking, and vehicle crash recreation. If there is an issue, we can research and find out what happened,” says Haseman. If a driver exhibits poor driving habits, Solaris will address the issue and work to find a corrective action. Tackling speeding also assists with maintenance and fuel costs. Overall, the solution has saved time and taken guesswork out of monitoring fleet operations. Fleet data has been turned into a valuable tool that Solaris can use to optimize the efficiency and safety of their innovative fleet.
Solaris Oilfield Case Study