At Intercon Messaging we know the oil and gas industry. Our operations are based in Drayton Valley, Alberta, about an hour’s drive southwest of Edmonton. We are at the heart of the Pembina Oilfield in beautiful Brazeau County. We have spent close to two decades working to help meet the needs of the petroleum sector both in Alberta and right across Western Canada. We understand the challenges that the industry faces just as we appreciate the contributions it makes to both the provincial and national economies. And we’re here to help. Building on what we’ve learned over the last 20 years we’ve created a selection of services with the specific needs of the oil and gas industry in mind.
Facility Alarm Monitoring
Acting as outsourced control centre and an off-site monitor for oil and gas facilities is at the very heart of Intercon Messaging’s business. It’s something we are happy to do and proud to do well. If you work in oil and gas you’ll know that proper facility monitoring plays a vital role in the protection of your property, your personnel and the public at large. It’s also important when it comes to keeping you in line with the requirements laid out by government regulators.
You hope it doesn’t happen too often, but when an alarm is triggered at your facility you need to know about it as quickly as possible. At Intercon messaging, we can guarantee that you will. Most oil and gas facilities work around the clock and so do we. That means that we will be there seven days a week and 365 days a year, so regardless of when there’s a problem, be it major or minor, we’ll make sure that you’re the first to know about it.
If and when that alarm does go off we can step in as part of your team and take the appropriate action as predetermined by you. If it’s something minor we’ll simply give you or your facility operator a call. If it’s something that looks like it might be more serious it could mean that we step in and act as your emergency dispatch and directly contact the appropriate emergency services. It could mean that we contact you personally; it could mean that we reach out to a third party of your choice or it could mean all three of those things.
We have plenty of experience with the petroleum industry and all of our staff have been given specific training in this area, so you can rest assured that we know what we’re doing. When oil and gas activity is at its peak we’ve been responsible for monitoring close to 1,500 separate facilities at locations right across Western Canada. We’re proud of the role we play in supporting the industry and proud of the knowledge and experience that we have in this field.
There’s a good reason why so many companies, both large and small, have chosen to work with us over the years we’ve been in business. With the number and variety of clients, we serve we’ve been able to develop a tremendous amount of expertise and experience doing what we do. And because we serve a number of clients in both oil and gas and in other sectors we can work more effectively and at a lower cost than if a company decided to carry out its own facility monitoring program. The arithmetic is simple really. Once you have the right staff in place and have ensured that they are properly trained, and once you’ve put together the right technology and infrastructure it’s almost as easy to monitor 100 remote facilities as it is to monitor one or two.
And don’t forget that professional remote facility alarm monitoring does more than just prevent safety issues and protect your staff and the public. It can help you to limit costly equipment damage and it guarantees that you meet or exceed the standards set out by government regulators. You probably don’t need us to tell you how important that is.
Protecting your people
Ensuring employee safety is often the number one concern for companies operating in the old and gas sector. No matter how large or small they are, protecting their people is job one. That’s only right. But it’s not always as straightforward as it may sound. With employees often working alone and spread out in remote areas, keeping on top of things can present a real challenge. Throw in the problems caused by weather conditions that can range from plus 35 degrees in the summer to minus 35 degrees in the winter and it becomes harder still.
In order to be sure that everything’s going as it should, it’s necessary to get your employees to check in with someone at regular intervals while they are out on the road. We can arrange to handle those regularly scheduled check ins by phone, text or two way radio in a way that meets or exceeds the required provincial safety standards. And we’ll work to do it while keeping any disruption to the work flow or daily routine of your employees to an absolute minimum. And once again, we are available to work with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week each and every day of the year.
But if those interruptions are still a concern, or you’d like to take a further step, we can offer you an alternative. It’s called the I.M. OK work alone app. This is a cell phone application which tracks the user throughout the day simply by following his or her cellular signal. To let us know that everything is fine your employee then just has to check in by clicking through the app on a prearranged schedule. By doing so he or she lets us know that all is well. He’s then able to continue going about his business without any further interruption from us or from anybody else. Using the app is every bit as simple as it sounds and it’s the very definition of quick and easy. All you have to do is download the app to your cell phone, set it up with us and you’re ready to start using it. There is absolutely no special equipment or expensive software involved. And the I.M. OK app will work with just about any cellular operating system on the market, including both Android and Apple.
Whether they’re using the app or the one-on-one check in, if one of your staff misses a scheduled check in Intercon will take the necessary follow up action as laid out by your previously determined and agreed upon instructions. We know how important it is for you to know that everybody on your team is safe at all times. If you’re working with Intercon Messaging your employees will never be truly alone.
This is another area where we can help you to increase employee safety. As an added bonus it can also help you to reduce your costs and to streamline your overall operations.
With today’s technology, GPS monitoring can keep you up to date with where your people are and where they’re heading no matter how far off the beaten path they may be. GPS uses satellite technology to exactly pinpoint the location of a vehicle. And regardless of whether it’s moving or not, GPS is usually accurate to with a few feet. That means there’s no need to worry about whether or not there’s cellular coverage in the area where your people are working. If you’ve lost contact with a member of your team you’ll be able to quickly determine where he or she is and whether or not they are on the move. And you’ll know exactly where to send help if you feel it’s necessary.
But that’s not all that GPS has to offer. GPS will be able to give you an accurate breakdown of exactly how far your vehicles have travelled on any given journey or over any given period of time. That helps you to take the guesswork out of scheduling regular maintenance which in turn helps to keep your repair costs down. You’ll also to be able to reduce costly travel time for your staff by quickly calculating the shortest route between any two locations. And you’ll know how long a vehicle has been at a work site, which will help to take the guesswork out of billing.
The services we offer to the petroleum industry and to our other clients will continue to improve and evolve. As Western Canada’s oil and gas sector grows and adapts to meet the changing demands of the 21stCentury, our aim is to move forwards alongside it, which will allow us to continue to serve the petroleum industry far into the future.
At Intercon Messaging we are the oilfield experts. If you’d like to know more about any of the services we offer for oil and gas, or for any other business, give us a call at 866-605-2558.