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  • High Impact

    High Impact

      “An industry once written off by some has roared back to life in recent years, contributing tremendous amounts to government coffers and creating some of the highest-paying jobs in Texas. Texas’ oil and gas businesses have brought together technology, manpower, and investment to keep the State number one in energy production despite turbulent times […]

  • The Digital Oilfield Has Arrived

    The Digital Oilfield Has Arrived

      Editor’s Note: In this, our first-ever look at Information Technology (I.T.) as it pertains to the oilfield, we spoke with two experts in the field, one who heads the cyber security functions at a global, multinational oil company and one whose company provides I.T. and data security services for a variety of clients in […]

  • To Maximize Every Molecule

    To Maximize Every Molecule

      Larry S. Richards is a man on a mission, and that mission is to capture vaporous hydrocarbons. By Al Pickett, special contributor Larry S. Richards said he believes the oil and gas industry, 20 years from now, will regret the amount of hydrocarbon molecules that it failed to capture. “It took millions of years […]

  • Drilling Deeper: Forward Thinking

    Drilling Deeper: Forward Thinking

      “Improvements, innovations, and insights” are common ingredients in this month’s array of articles. These are the full versions of the “Drilling Deeper” news items that appeared as abbreviated versions in the print edition of the October 2014 PBOG.   Texas Energy Boom Requires Improved Infrastructure Texas’ oil boom has brought jobs and increased tax […]

  • Oil Patch Songs from the Permian Basin Part 3

    Oil Patch Songs from the Permian Basin Part 3

    Like Desperados Waiting on a Train Part 3 of 6 by Joe W. Specht The evocative lyric from Guy Clark’s classic song turns out to be, on deeper inspection, a tribute to the oil patch and one of its veterans. Explore this and more gems from the mostly unmined body of work that some call […]

Breaking from the Break-Fix Model

[The following item appeared in a box that accompanied PBOG Magazine's feature article that is entitled "The Digital Oilfield Has Arrived." The material appears in the October 2014 issue.] Lance Tolar: “It’s very interesting. Our industry has shifted over the past few years to managed I.T. Before, you would have a break-it-fix-it model. You would […]

Tolar on BYOD

Tolar on BYOD

[Editor's Note: This piece appeared as a sidebar to a longer feature that is entitled "The Digital Oilfield Has Arrived." The material appears in the October 2014 issue of PBOG Magazine.] The business of security is best handled with a holistic approach, according to Lance Tolar of Tolar Systems. “This approach is better than focusing […]

Lance Tolar, president, Tolar Systems Inc., Abilene, Texas.

Tolar on Buy-In

[Editor's Note: This piece appeared as a sidebar to a larger feature entitled "The Digital Oilfield Has Arrived," appearing in the October 2014 issue of PBOG Magazine as Part 1 of a 2-Parter.] It takes buy-in to have information security. Buy-in from everyone in the company, from the top brass to the folks in the […]

The Industrial Control System

[Editor's Note: This piece appeared as a sidebar to PBOG's feature article entitled "The Digital Oilfield Has Arrived," which appears in the October 2014 issue as Part 1 of a 2-Parter.] Asked if companies face a larger risk factor as they increasingly handle larger amounts of data, one source from a global, multi-national oil company […]

High Impact

High Impact

  “An industry once written off by some has roared back to life in recent years, contributing tremendous amounts to government coffers and creating some of the highest-paying jobs in Texas. Texas’ oil and gas businesses have brought together technology, manpower, and investment to keep the State number one in energy production despite turbulent times […]

The Digital Oilfield Has Arrived

The Digital Oilfield Has Arrived

  Editor’s Note: In this, our first-ever look at Information Technology (I.T.) as it pertains to the oilfield, we spoke with two experts in the field, one who heads the cyber security functions at a global, multinational oil company and one whose company provides I.T. and data security services for a variety of clients in […]

To Maximize Every Molecule

To Maximize Every Molecule

  Larry S. Richards is a man on a mission, and that mission is to capture vaporous hydrocarbons. By Al Pickett, special contributor Larry S. Richards said he believes the oil and gas industry, 20 years from now, will regret the amount of hydrocarbon molecules that it failed to capture. “It took millions of years […]

Drilling Deeper: Forward Thinking

Drilling Deeper: Forward Thinking

  “Improvements, innovations, and insights” are common ingredients in this month’s array of articles. These are the full versions of the “Drilling Deeper” news items that appeared as abbreviated versions in the print edition of the October 2014 PBOG.   Texas Energy Boom Requires Improved Infrastructure Texas’ oil boom has brought jobs and increased tax […]

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