To say times were different when the first Gulf oil well went into service is a bit of an understatement. The year was 1938, and the Superior-Pure State No. 1 well was the first of its kind—if not extremely risky. One mile offshore, the Creole, Louisiana well used very little metal to drill into the sandy depths, nor did it have much to support itself against rough weather at sea. Instead, 300 treated yellow pine pilings were bored 14 feet below into the Gulf floor, while most of the well’s 320 foot by 180 foot deck was also made of wood.
Oil and gas operations are commonly found in remote locations far from company headquarters. Now, it's possible to monitor pump operations, collate and analyze seismic data, and track employees around the world from almost anywhere. Whether employees are in the office or in the field, the internet and related applications enable a greater multidirectional flow of information – and control – than ever before.