Remote work safety and environment considerations
Working in a remote area has particular challenges such as vast distances and extreme weather, and serious consequences can result if employees become stranded. Environmental impacts from unplanned remote driving leads to loss of biodiversity, and consequences such as more frequent dust storms and increased waterway sedimentation.
“There are a number of concerns when working in remote areas,” said Drilling and Workover Services Department manager Nayef K. Al Ghafel. “Having reliable and planned travel directions is a key way to mitigate against the risk of not reaching your destination on schedule, and mitigate against impacts on the surrounding fauna and flora.”
Being wellprepared and careful about driving in nature reduces negative consequences. Using technology to calculate efficient routes and mitigate against remote driving mishaps equates to less energy, maintenance and repair costs, which computes to lower environmental and business costs.
Works offline and online
Achieved collaboratively by Saudi Aramco’s Wellsites Division, North Ghawar Producing Department (NGPD), and Information Technology (IT), Navigator uses satellite-based tracking technology to provide a highly reliable and secure navigation system, which helps to alleviate environmental impacts. The powerful native mobile navigation app combines commercial road data with our own mapping data to search for locations, complete with on-screen routing and voice directions.
Describing Navigator as a great tool that is simple to use, Corporate Applications Department (CAS)/Solution Services Division head Khalid A. Al Arfaj says the app runs on both iOS and android portable devices, and works whether online or offline in a disconnected environment.
“You can select, download, and visualize Saudi Aramco mapping data, search for and add destinations for remote assets, plus navigate using a preplanned route or a field trip created in the office, giving you a systematic way to reach a destination,” said Al Arfaj.
CAS manager Abdulaziz S. Al-Shafi said the solution was part of continuous efforts by IT to optimize fieldwork.
“Navigator reduces the chances of drivers getting lost off-road when traveling to remote facilities, bringing a positive impact to both the safety and cost of field operations, as well as the environment.”