Oilfield Services Company Saves 30% on Inspection

Too much infrastructure, too little time. As drilling increases, so does the number of assets needed to sustain positive growth. For one leading US oilfield services company, their clients’ success has created an increasingly common dilemma: the almost unmanageable task of accurately inspecting the physical condition of a rapidly growing list of remote facilities. The urgency to maintain timely details on actively working facilities spread across large geographic areas calls for a new and innovative approach.


Safe, efficient production and distribution of product is paramount to this oilfield services company and their clients. However, management was faced with developing and maintaining detailed, time-sensitive, and accurate records on a rapidly growing number of facilities in West Texas. These records are critical to proper facility/infrastructure inspection, repair and maintenance. Coupled with a tight budget and even tighter operations schedule, both the producer and the oilfield services company knew they needed a change.

The team explored various methods to handle the huge task of overseeing facilities inspection and organizing the associated documentation, including:

  • Continuing to send an engineer or a field tech in a vehicle to inspect, photograph and record the state of facilities —the oldest method of inspection and the one preferred by some seasoned pros at the company— was deemed to be far too time-consuming;
  • Inspecting facilities via images collected from unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). This option saved the company on manhours in the field and delivered the safety benefit of reduced driving time on dangerous roads. The downside was that it required a lot of high-value manhours in the office for the photos of the site to be inspected by a trained professional.

Unfortunately, neither of these methods check all of the boxes outlined by management.


The company understood they needed to do a better job of capturing, understanding and reporting information gathered in the field, but few options solved the problem and stayed within their budget. They also realized their current methods were lacking the added benefit of strong analytics. They could not automatically spot problems that would help in more effective planned maintenance and prevention of potential issues. After packaging all of their needs into one robust proposal, one company claimed to be able to handle it ALL…and Ondaka has delivered.

By employing Ondaka’s technology, the company has been able to:

  • Save money on inspection man-hours;
  • Improve employee safety by reducing windshield time on the road;
  • Provide higher detail facility documentation with increased flexibility;
  • Create 3D, life-like models of as-built facilities that are now used across the organization in different business units.

What was an unruly job—the accurate, up-to-date reporting of facility details—has become an easy job. With the help of Ondaka’s technology, one US oilfield service company was able to streamline inspection workflows and save their client money in the process.

About Ondaka

Understanding processes and equipment is challenging and time-consuming. Ondaka solves this problem by combining the unique visual experience of each individual job site with AI-powered data overlays and a portfolio of analytics tools. Focused on understanding the relationships between static files, dynamic IOT data and visual infrastructure, Ondaka integrates with pre-existing data and file structures to improve site efficiency and safety. Ondaka is part of Stanford University-based StartX in Palo Alto, California.


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