When Pump Jacks Haunt Your Dreams

When my Grandad owned Hanson Energy, the nightmare that he most often lost sleep over was the question of whether or not his pumpers had made all of their assigned rounds that day. In the middle of the night, my Grandad would wake up in a panic and check over all of the pumpers’ paperwork. In writing, it would always say that each pumper had been to all of their assigned wells that day. But without proof, visions of paralyzed pump jacks haunted his dreams.

Compelled by his nightmares, my Grandad would get in his truck at the crack of dawn and head out to his leases. His nightmares quickly became very real, as he would inevitably drive up to one or two stopped pump jacks. Most often, this was due to a maintenance issue that had not been taken care of by the pumper who claimed to have visited the pump the day before – at least according to his paperwork.

To my Grandad, and everyone else in the oil and gas industry, a well that is not operating is a well that is losing money. If my Grandad had a system in place like Geoforce’s Track and Trace application, his sleepless nights would have gone away, and his wells would have been more profitable.

Had he been able to install Geoforce’s Standard Vehicle Tracker (SVT) in all of the pumpers’ trucks and set up geofences around each lease, he would have gained peace of mind through instant alerts and daily reports with concrete proof that the pumpers had visited each well. Not only would he have known with certainty all of the locations the pumpers had been to, he would also have had access to vehicle idle time and engine off time, and known exactly how long pumpers spent servicing each site.

After explaining the benefits of the Track and Trace application and SVT tracking device to my Grandad just two weeks ago, it pained me to hear him admit, “If I had a technology like that available to me, I would have easily doubled the profit of Hanson Energy.”

Doubled profits? Now that’s a dream any of us would like to turn into reality.