Viewer Offers Oil, Gas Companies Means to Explore Smart Glasses Application

Getting the right information – into the hands of the right people – at the right time is behind the launch of a new smart phone viewer for use in oil and gas.

Vancouver-based NGRAIN on Wednesday announced the availability of the NGRAIN Viewer for Android, a new app for Android tablets, allowing the deployment of industrial 3D content created with the NGRAIN Producer Pro.

NGRAIN, a developer of interactive 3D applications that support industrial activities such as inspection, maintenance and training, said the new viewer offers organizations working with heavy equipment, assemblies, and other industrial assets in the field to easily explore potential use cases for smart glasses and 3D content without the need to invest in the development of a mobile 3D app, the company said in a July 13 press statement.

Through the viewer, NGRAIN provides the source code to bootstrap a 3D app for Android, load 3D content, view animations, play step-by-step tasks, and interact with NGRAIN software, the company said. Developers can then quickly create a customized 3D industrial app for Android by modifying and extending the NGRAIN source code. Companies can then develop 3D content for custom apps without needing expertise in 3D graphics, custom scripting or further programming. Industrial 3D content can include computer aided design data, or 3D models of mechanical equipment. Field workers can use this data to familiarize themselves with new equipment, get instructions for a procedure, or confirm equipment is in working order.

NGRAIN has partnered with global technology firm Epson to deploy its technology with Epson smart glasses to deliver an optimized experience, the company said.

The fact that oil and gas companies maintain and operate complex field equipment – with some companies willing to tolerate downtime of up to 40 percent on equipment because of difficulties in keeping field workers trained to properly perform maintenance and operational tasks – means that getting the correct information into field workers’ hands is critical, Barry Po, senior direct for product and business development at NGRAIN, told Rigzone.

“When equipment isn’t functional, it can have a direct impact on daily yield and production levels – production might even grind to a halt until equipment is functional again,” Po said in an email statement. The company’s software “can provide crucial guidance and feedback to workers while they’re working with equipment in the field. The net effect is that workers get maintenance jobs done faster, and they can do these jobs right the first time.”

Karen Boman has more than 10 years of experience covering the upstream oil and gas sector. Email Karen at kboman@rigzone.com

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