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GPS Tracking Manages Global Oilfield Rental Fleet from Alaska to Africa

March 22, 2010
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According to PR Newswire, Tanks-A-Lot, Inc., a leading provider of rental equipment for the offshore oil and gas industry, is leveraging the Geoforce asset tracking and management solution to enhance operating efficiency and provide valuable "added value" benefits to its customers. Louisiana-based Tanks-A-Lot is using the technology to deliver best-in-class service to some of the world''s largest oil and gas operators. The Geoforce deployment is also helping the company to manage expansion beyond its core Gulf of Mexico market to offer rental equipment and services in Alaska and Trinidad. Locating and managing millions of dollars worth of equipment in the oilfield has always been a challenge. It''s a 24/7 operation with valuable assets constantly in motion across drilling rigs, platforms, shore bases, marine vessels, and trucks. Prior to Geoforce, inventory was typically managed manually and operations personnel were forced to make educated guesses concerning the specific locations of assets. Now, utilizing Geoforce''s GPS tracking devices and powerful web-based asset management platform, Tanks-A-Lot is able to locate equipment worldwide with the click of a mouse. Perhaps more importantly, customers of Tanks-A-Lot are able to access this information and manage equipment online as well. Intrinsically safe GPS tracking devices transmit position data to secure data centers one to four times per day using satellite communication networks and Geoforce''s Web-based software does the rest. Each asset''s current and historical location is shown on Google Maps along with offshore lease block information. Virtual boundaries are set to generate e-mail alerts based on movement and inventory at multiple locations can be managed automatically. Tanks-A-Lot also uses the software to manage lifting compliance related tasks for each asset such as mandatory visual inspections, load testing, magnetic particle inspection, and more.
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