Crews regularly need to route pipelines around private property, archeological sites, protected habitats, utilities, and waterways. Photos courtesy of Topographic Land Surveyors, Inc.

Quest for Black Gold Gets Easier

Real-time location in remote areas helps Texas firm stake sites. There’s a reason Texas is called the Lone Star state. It’s more than just its quest for independence; there’s many a star that shines on some lone countryside out there, too. That’s what makes Texas such a big oil state…

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Based in Chicago, Nick Klenske writes about science, technology and innovation. Learn more at www.nickklenske.com.

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.

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