How to Prevent Heat Exhaustion in the Oilfield

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If you’re working on location, day in and day out, sweating through the high summer temperatures and not getting enough water – RigUp has one question for you:

What are YOU doing to stay hydrated and safe?

Safety is always a number one priority when working in the field. Without knowing how to prevent dangerous situations or how to recognize symptoms, your work zone can quickly become hazardous.

To avoid certain accidents, here are several tips and tricks to make sure you can get back to work producing that sweet, sweet crude.

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Because you are often working tirelessly in the heat, your body can have a difficult time cooling itself off. Your body produces sweat as a means to keep your body temperature down, but when it is unable to produce enough sweat, you can be at risk for heat exhaustion. Extreme heat exhaustion can threaten your life.

Symptoms:

Dizziness

Lightheaded

Chills

Headaches

Low blood pressure

Faintness

Prevention:

Drink water BEFORE, DURING and AFTER work. Keep your body running effectively by drinking water, drinking water, and drinking even more water.

A great measure of preventing an accident for everyone on location comes from Wes Higgins, an HSE Professional, at Parsley Energy Inc.,

“We are our brother’s keeper. Watch out for your buddy, and your buddy will watch out for you.”

Higgins recommends to apply this manta across the board. Whether the goal is to prevent heat exhaustion or another type of incident, we need to look out for one another. At the end of the day, your co-workers may see something you miss. “It’s the old guy looking out for the new guy and the new guy looking out for the old guy that makes things work in the field.”

It is crucial to replenish the fluids within your body as well as taking breaks in the shade. This allows your body to naturally cool down, get out of the sun, and recover from overheating.

If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

A good way to check how hydrated or dehydrated you are is by looking at your urine. The color of urine is an excellent indicator of how much fluid is in your body. Clear urine is a sign of hydration and health. Yellow urine is adequate but an indicator that you might be dehydrated. Those with dark yellow or brown urine should consult with a medical professional. Try to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages and energy drinks during the work week since this adds to dehydration. Instead, make sure to eat a filling meal at night and including an apple to your morning for energy.

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Treatment:

If you suspect heat exhaustion, the easiest solution is getting to a cool place as quickly as possible. This includes indoors (preferably with air conditioning), a shady spot, or at the very least in front of a fan.

Rehydrate your body with plenty of ice water and electrolytes. You can find electrolytes in sports drinks such as Gatorade, in small packets to mix with water, or even in fruits and vegetables.

According to Medical News Today, electrolytes “regulate nerve and muscle function, hydrate the body, balance blood acidity and pressure, and help rebuild damaged tissue,” all of which are crucial functions to someone working on the field.

Before work, prepare for the day with ice packs to keep drinks cool and use on your neck, back and armpits. During the workday, soaking a bandana in cool water is an easy technique to keep your forehead and neck moist while working.  At the end of the workday, you can cool down easily by taking a cold shower. This immerses your body and immediately lowers body temperature.

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The most important piece of the safety equation is people.”

– Oil and Gas Journal

Takeaways:

  • Consistently drink water before you start your day, throughout the day, and at the end of the day.
  • Replenish and hydrate your body with electrolytes
  • Stay cool in the shade or inside to allow your body to recover
  • Ice packs and wet bandanas are preventative measures to lower body temperature on the job.
  • Look out for your buddy and watch over one another

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Spread the love and stay hydrated!

Employees of RigUp – Ashley Kus, Customer Success Representative

RigUp’s mission is to empower the men & women who power the world. Fulfilling this mission would not be possible without our stellar team.

Today RigUp is highlighting one of our hard working customer success team representatives, Ashley Kus.

What is your role at RigUp?

I’m a member of our Customer Success team.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Similar to the oilfield, I would say RigUp doesn’t have a typical day. It’s ever-changing depending on our clients’ needs. Most of my days include heading out to field offices or headquarters to demonstrate how RigUp can provide value to our clients and teaching folks how to use our platform so they can cut the paper-pushing and inefficient processes out of their work day and focus on what’s important.

Why do you enjoy working in the oil and gas industry?

I grew up in a small town on a farm, and later moved on to the automotive industry for a few years, and now I’ve found myself in oil & gas. It’s become clear to me that I have a passion to work alongside the people that I respect most, that are the hardest workers I know and aren’t afraid to wake up before the sun. Luckily for me, I get to work with those people every single day, whether I’m in the office downtown Austin or traveling through West Texas.

What are 3 words to describe RigUp?

Family; transparent; dedicated.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love that with my job I am able to be transparent and honest about what RigUp offers and what we can do to help. There’s never gray area or hidden details, it’s just straight-up, this is how we can make your life easier. I truly believe in what we do and that it’s better than anything out there, and that is what makes me excited to get to work each morning.

What is your proudest moment (or moments) at RigUp?

I’m proud of the relationships I’ve made the past nine months here. The people I talk with every day are truly a joy to hear from and it goes deeper than just the services that we provide.

Why do you recommend more people switch to RigUp?

Switching to RigUp goes beyond just making more money. RigUp is easier, faster, WAY more transparent, and I’m willing to argue – more friendly than what anyone else out there is offering.

Ashley is one of the many hard working employees at RigUp. The RigUp team agrees with Ashley, that we enjoy working here because we are “able to be transparent and honest about what RigUp offers and what we can do to help. There’s never gray area or hidden details, it’s just straight-up, this is how we can make your life easier.”

RigUp goes beyond just making more money. If you are working, click here to sign up and connect with a representative, like Ashley, to discuss how RigUp can help you.  If you’re looking for work, please sign up for a free account at RigUp.com

RigUp’s Offshore Technology Conference Takeaway

Earlier this month, I spent my evenings enjoying the 50th annual Offshore Technology Conference. The conference was an amazing opportunity to network, and learn about upcoming equipment and technology set to shape the future of the oil and gas industry.

Earlier this month, I spent my evenings enjoying the 50th annual Offshore Technology Conference. The conference was an amazing opportunity to network, and learn about upcoming equipment and technology set to shape the future of the oil and gas industry.

During the evening attendees and I enjoyed numerous networking events. Events from notable titans of the industry to newcomers unveiling groundbreaking ideas. I also attended private events, which are staples of the OTC.

During the daytime, I walked the massive showroom floor. The trade show itself could not be contained by Houston’s NRG Center. Trade show booths spilled outside of the main center and into the huge parking lot, causing formal meetings to be held in the actual NRG Stadium.

The majority of attendees, especially exhibitors, were industry manufacturers. However, E&Ps and service companies littered the showroom floor. E&Ps and service companies frequently noticed my company shirt. On several floor occasions, I was stopped to chat about RigUp. They all mentioned great things about our amazing business model and sterling reputation. I was happy to hear that so many people respected RigUp; however, after speaking with everyone, I noticed a consistent theme. Many companies still only know RigUp for a bidding and procurement platform. They were surprised to hear about RigUp’s dominance in the contingent labor space, and potential to solve their company issues.

The overarching problem in this industry is labor: finding the right hands for the job.

RigUp solves this issue for our partners through our technology.

RigUp opens the door to over 11,500 contractors all over the L48. Conferences and like events continue to be great opportunities for RigUp to evangelize our technology and services to the organizations that employ the people that power the world.

If you’re interested in learning more about RigUp, please visit RigUp.com and create a free account today.

How RigUp is Silencing Skeptics with Industry-Leading, High-Efficiency Tech

Technology in oil and gas is a bit of a paradox.

While the industry is often stereotyped as change-averse or traditional and slow moving, it would be misleading not to acknowledge how much has changed in recent years. New seismic mapping technologies, horizontal drilling, fracking, robotics, and even solar technologies have all vastly altered the landscape of the energy industry.

The same factors that typically drive innovation — non-productive time, competition, and new capabilities in other industries — are all more present than ever before in oil and gas. In fact, new technology coupled with lower oil prices have exposed non-productive time in certain outdated, old-school business practices.

  • Pressure to drive down costs are increasing. Inefficiencies can’t hide under profits anymore.
  • Engineering operations have outpaced internal administrative systems
  • There’s not really a “shortage of labor”. Systems are outdated and the process is broken.

In an industry with volatile prices and unpredictable external factors driving supply and demand, cost management is crucial.

RigUp’s focus is managing labor market costs and providing scalability for exploration and production (E&P) companies, and oil and gas services companies.

Historically, the oil and gas labor market was fragmented, getting crews together was expensive and time-consuming, and variable labor costs were increasingly appearing as a top 10 category spend.  

Traditionally, E&P and services companies hired consulting firms and boutique agencies to manage contingent labor, e.g. contractors. These consulting firms would call around, looking for individual contractors when they needed to stand up a crew. Dispatching services were chained to a slow, time-consuming and expensive process.

The slow-cycle pain points became especially clear when shale took off. Frac jobs are often planned and started within a matter of weeks. Efficient labor sourcing and placement is a requirement.

Our current workforce inefficiencies scenario is reminiscent of the pre-Uber ridesharing market, or the vacation rental market before Airbnb.

Contractors and buyers are currently being forced into disparate agreements because the market is fragmented and often limited to who has executed the Master Service Agreement and who is on the Approved Vendor List. By aggregating oilfield service providers into one platform, RigUp helps facilitate a streamlined process for the industry – work with whoever, whenever.

RigUp’s marketplace increase transaction efficiencies for both buyers and sellers. On average, RigUp saves operators about 25% on variable labor costs, and we can help operators source and scale up to 3x faster than traditional methods. By using our industry-tested technology to place independent contractors, get them properly vetted, and get them on location faster, our users no longer need to dedicate precious time and money on outdated and error-prone human resourcing departments and consulting firms.

Contractor Compliance

RigUp sets a standard protocol for contractor compliance, making it safer to manage labor while maintaining a scalable flexibility.

Individual contractors are properly vetted on client specifications, and our proprietary platform tracks these requirements. Additionally, RigUp’s growing community provides social proof, similar to LinkedIn endorsements or Uber driver ratings.

On the flip side, contractors can make more money (they save a substantial amount from lower insurance costs), and they get paid faster.

We’re now the largest provider of these services to the market. Our next goal is to deliver an even better experience for both buyer and seller. The energy industry is at a tipping point, and RigUp is leading that push forward.

To learn more about how RigUp can help your company source and scale labor more efficiently, please visit RigUp.com.

Looking for Oilfield Work? Learn How To RigUp

If you’re looking for oilfield work, you’re definitely going to want to create a RigUp profile. The platform acts as a tool to empower experienced individuals, and distinguish them in the oilfield. Simply put, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. You aren’t relying on someone to push your resume, or worrying about it getting lost in a stack of papers. With RigUp, the power is in your hands and the hardworking, experienced hands will succeed.

Looking for oilfield work? Let’s RigUp.

Here’s our tips for how to maximize your profile’s potential to really increase your chances of landing your next oilfield gig.

Step one

Prep your profile. Starting with a bio, talk yourself up. In a few sentences, describe why you’re the best candidate for the job. Don’t just list your years of experience – go bigger. If you had 30 seconds to convince someone to hire you, what would you say? Make your name the one worth remembering. You’ll also provide more insight into your work history – past experience, work locations, project details, direct reports, skills, promotions, and more.

With the current state of the industry, where thousands of people are looking to get back into the oilfield, would you rather depend on someone else to push your resume or have the power yourself to ensure that your resume is at the very top of the stack?

Utilizing robust profile data to match qualified contractors for clients is what the platform does so well, but we can’t do it without you. Don’t skimp on the details – the more you provide, the easier it will be for employers to get a better picture of your skillset, career interests, and basin availability. The more we know, the easier it is for RigUp to find qualified candidates when sourcing for clients. It’s a win-win.

Michael has been recommended twice by previous employers. This helps his profile get more views.

Step two

Be specific. When making your selections as far as career interests, be sure to be thorough. If you express interest in work as a drilling consultant, you will receive real time emails every time a new drilling consulting job has been posted on RigUp. If you do not indicate what you are looking for, you will not receive any emails about new jobs.

Step three

Upload, upload, upload. Make sure you strengthen your profile by attaching your latest resume, any certifications and/or awards, any memberships you hold, and your complete contact information. Keep in mind that hiring managers can filter for individuals by certifications, role, desired basins, industry experience, role experience and location – so be sure not to sell yourself short when listing your accomplishments. The more specific you are, the likelier you’ll appear in an employer’s search.

Michael's review provides a testimonial to his work ethic. He also get's more views on his profile because the RigUp algorithm awards those with reviews.
Michael’s review provides a testimonial to his work ethic. He also get’s more views on his profile because the RigUp algorithm awards those with reviews.

Step four

Request recommendations. With employer reviews, your profile gets extra staying power in the algorithm. The more kudos you receive from your supervisors, the higher your profile will rank in the search results. It’s as simple as that.

With a little effort and some fine-tuning of your professional potential, you can stand out to employers and get more oilfield work. With RigUp, you have the ability to truly set yourself apart, thanks to the easiest way to work in oil and gas.

To learn more about RigUp and how to find oilfield work, visit here.

A Wall of Honor for Trade Workers

Whether they’re drillers, toolpushers or derrickmen, front-line workers in the oil and gas field – like many skilled trade workers – are unsung heroes. They spend long, arduous days away from family, often in hazardous locations. Their daily grind is always expected, seldom celebrated.

In other words, there’s no Oscar, Emmy or Golden Globe award on the rig.

But there are stories. And in one safety footwear providers’ view, there are “epic” stories of courage and commitment worth remembering and sharing in an era of skilled labor shortages.

That’s why a Wall of Honor was created by Red Wing Shoe Company, a provider of footwear as well as additional personal protective equipment (PPE) to roustabouts and other tradesmen and women. Unveiled this month, the Wall of Honor celebrates all kinds of skilled laborers’ accomplishments, as spoken in their own words and carried out through their work boots.

Red Wing asked for customer stories last year, received hundreds of submissions and selected 32 to highlight, along with their boots, on a physical Wall of Honor adorning its flagship store in Red Wing, Minn. In addition, a virtual Wall was “built” at www.redwingshoes.com/honor where the honorees’ inspiring tales – surviving scares, making critical repairs or getting up and getting it done each morning for decades – are on display.

The company’s CMO Dave Schneider says Red Wing has routinely received unsolicited notes from appreciative customers for more than 100 years and felt compelled to put some elbow grease into how they collected and curated these experiences at a time where the profession can be overlooked and ignored but is critically needed.

“It felt right to provide a space where their stories can live forever, paying respect to our customers’ boots and the remarkable work they have accomplished in their communities,” said Schneider.

One remarkable story is that of Eric Neece, a driller turned wind turbine repairman who, literally, followed his father’s footsteps in his Red Wings. His dad was a drilling consultant for a while with Parker Oil on rig 201. Decades later, he found himself on the very same rig pumping cement down a well using a new reverse-circulated method that, if it succeeded, would set a global record for the deepest hole to be cemented using that technique.

Wrote Neece: “When I stepped on that rig, it didn’t take long to hit me. The name and paint were different, but sure enough: number 201… Dad was no longer with us, but I know he was watching. And I made extra sure we set the world record to make him proud.”

Red Wing plans to continually maintain and rotate new stories, so RigUp readers are encouraged to submit their own epic moments here.

To learn more about becoming a consultant or contractor with RigUp, visit www.rigup.com/contractors.

 

Managing Oilfield Service Cost Inflation in a Tight Labor Market

“Oilfield service cost inflation and access to quality crews might be a constraint for some. The challenge for E&P companies is most will budget revenues conservatively (to the strip) but the reality is costs could escalate to reflect closer to strip prices if activity levels increase more. At our $54/bbl price deck, we see 0-5% service cost inflation but at strip prices closer to 10-12% is probable. Some of these costs can be offset with drilling and completion efficiencies but that is likely limited to around 5%, on average.” – RBC

In 2018, analysts expect to see a 20% increase in the horizontal rig count and a 50% increase in additional frac fleets in Lower 48. The recent oil price rally and a relatively bullish commodity price outlook have sent E&P and oilfield service (OFS) companies scrambling to position themselves for increased demand.
Drilling & Completions Market Day Rate

As overall oilfield activity increases, the demand for contingent labor rises. According to RigUp data, the number of jobs in OFS nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017. It’s likely that we’ll continue to see those numbers rise this year.

Oilfield Activity

Take Midland — a good indicator for oilfield job trends. In mid-2017, employment growth was outpacing labor force growth by double, and unemployment was nearing historic lows. As we saw in 2011-2012, a labor market this tight leads to OFS cost inflation and a significant degree of difficulty sourcing high quality contractors.

Midland Unemployment

 

As unemployment drops below 3%, the challenge of sourcing contractors isn’t limited to small companies. Even large majors and OFS companies struggle to acquire and keep high quality contingent labor, despite housing large, dedicated human resources functions.


Wall Street analysts expect a 70% increase in frac fleet demand and a 25% increase in horizontal rig demand this year. As we exit this cyclical trough in commodity prices, E&Ps and OFS companies are looking to quickly and efficiently scale their operations. And they’re turning to RigUp to access high quality contractors at competitive prices, which is critical to mitigating rising services costs. The old labor sourcing method of using fragmented consulting firms and small job-placement services doesn’t work in a world where rig efficiency and frac intensity are increasing while cycle times decrease.

Public versus Private Jobs

Let’s look at major services companies. Many today have chosen to partner with RigUp.  As demand for oilfield services picked up, their traditional methods for sourcing crews broke down. Historically, these companies were beholden to antiquated supply chain tools and a phone and email tag system that led to unread emails and missed phone calls going to hundreds of fragmented labor providers.

In this upcycle, that way of doing business is slow and limited. Major oilfield service companies needed quick, reliable access to highly qualified skilled labor and a network large enough to handle requests across the Lower 48.

By using RigUp’s platform to source contractors, these major companies saw a threefold increase in their overall sourcing speed and a 40% decrease in contractor onboarding. That equates to crews getting to work more quickly and, from the outset, working more effectively.

And even more important for long-term cost control and labor retention, these oilfield service companies are no longer flying blind. RigUp’s analytics gives their partners insight into important market data — like current, location-specific market pricing — to help them manage labor costs and remain competitive as oilfield activity intensifies.

And at the end of the day, the contractors are happy, too. They get paid faster, and take home more of their pay. They also tell their friends about RigUp, which makes our network across the country incredibly strong. No matter where you’re operating, RigUp likely has a strong pool of contingent labor ready to get to work.

 

Quantum Energy Partners and Global Reserve Group Lead $15.8 Million Funding to Support Next Phase of RigUp’s Growth

Using their proprietary software, RigUp has built a powerful digital platform where buyers and service providers can easily connect and transact on a full range of oil field services. Hailed as “the emergent Uber of the oilfields” by Forbes magazine in 2017, RigUp has seen rapid adoption from operators across the country who are relying on the company’s services to complete projects on time and under budget with reduced administrative tasks.

RigUp’s oilfield network platform — which has quickly grown into the largest of its kind — enables buyers across the United States to streamline transactions and efficiently scale on demand by providing them access to 22,000+ service providers across 100+ service categories. Service providers spend less time looking for their next job and more time working projects, taking home up to 20 percent more pay and getting paid more quickly.

The power of RigUp’s technology and their creative business model stands out in the current environment where E&P companies are showing increased enthusiasm and adoption of digital solutions. 

-JEFFREY HARRIS
VENTURE PARTNER, QUANTUM ENERGY PARTNERS;
FOUNDER, GLOBAL RESERVE GROUP

“Everything we’re doing is to help our service providers get more work and make more money,” said CEO and co-founder Xuan Yong. “Our service model continues to grow nicely every month. We’re excited to reach this milestone as a company and have Jeffrey Harris and the team at Quantum Energy Partners join us as investors. We are also pleased to welcome Napoleon Ta from Founders Fund to our board.”

“RigUp has identified an extremely attractive segment of the oilfield service market providing energy companies and their independent contractors a modern platform for coordinating their needs,” said Jeffrey Harris. “The power of RigUp’s technology and their creative business model stands out in the current environment where E&P companies are showing increased enthusiasm and adoption of digital solutions. We expect that the experience, network and resources of Quantum and Global Reserve should help accelerate the company’s growth.”

About RigUp

RigUp empowers the men and women who power the world. Founded in Austin, Texas, in 2014, RigUp’s marketplace is transforming the energy industry by seamlessly connecting service providers with buyers to get the job done — whenever, wherever. For more information on RigUp, please visit rigup.com.

About Quantum Energy Partners

Founded in 1998, Quantum Energy Partners is a leading provider of private equity capital to the global energy industry, having managed together with its affiliates more than $15 billion in equity commitments since inception. For more information on Quantum, please visit quantumep.com.

About Global Reserve Group

Global Reserve Group is led by Jeffrey Harris who established the advisory and investment firm in 2012 following a 29-year career at Warburg Pincus. As a senior partner at Warburg Pincus he had a long history of successful investing in technology companies and was also instrumental in creating and building the firm’s global energy practice and directly overseeing several billion dollars of equity investment in numerous successful oil and gas-related ventures such as Antero Resources, Bill Barrett Corp., Electromagnetic GeoServices A/S, Kosmos Energy, Laredo Petroleum, and Spinnaker Exploration. For more information on Global Reserve Group, please visit globalreservegroup.com.

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Carly Curran
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New Tax Benefits for Independent Contractors

By John Mark Warren
Jan. 31, 2018 11:45a.m. C.S.T.

Recently passed tax reform could mean more money in your pocket. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Trump in December, may significantly reduce the taxes paid by independent contractors, starting in 2018. Specifically, one of the provisions of the new law was to provide a 20% tax deduction to small business owners. This includes many of the independent contractors that use RigUp, both as sole proprietors or as LLCs.

The savings can be very significant. As an example, if you make $150,000 in 2018, 20% of this, or $30,000, could be tax deductible. That means, instead of paying taxes on $150,000, you only have to pay taxes on $120,000. At a 24% tax rate (the tax rate for a single individual making $150,000 in 2018) this could save you $7,200 ($150,000 x 20% x 24%).

In most cases, this benefit is phased out gradually as income rises and there are limitations for certain types of services. As with any tax matter, the devil is in the details and everyone’s tax situation is unique. We recommend you seek advice from a qualified tax professional, but we wanted to highlight how significant this benefit could be for a lot of the folks in the RigUp contractor community.

RigUp empowers the men and women who power the world, and we are excited to learn that many of you can keep more of your hard-earned money because of this new law.

 

Year-End Message from RigUp Co-Founder & COO Mike Witte

Dear RigUp Service Providers,

When we started RigUp, our goal was to provide independent contractors with the best work experience in oil and gas. We wanted to create a community where men and women—yourself included—could better perform the work they love, and receive the pay that they deserve.

I have always believed that the right person (or the wrong one) can drastically change how a project performs. As a petroleum engineer, I have worked with my share of independent contractors, drilling consultants, pumpers and gaugers, many of whom I found and hired through the boots on the ground relationships I had made, and the personal network that I had built. Unfortunately, the nature of oil and gas, the long payment cycles and the steep insurance requirements often forced me to send the individuals I wanted to work with to a ‘consulting firm,’ a group that often did little more than collect on 15% of their paycheck. This process felt wrong and unfair and I decided to do what I could to change it.

At RigUp, we work to win YOUR business every day. We believe in empowering the men and women who power the world. Our mission is to transform the energy industry with the strongest network of service providers, bar none.

As we enter into 2018, we will continue to work harder and smarter to create the best community of contractors in oil and gas. We have a lot of exciting things in store for you next year, so stay in touch and always keep in mind that your feedback and ideas are encouraged and greatly appreciated. You have helped make RigUp what it is today, so please let us know how we can continue to improve the community.

We’re changing the energy industry for good, and we’re grateful to have you as a part of the team.

Mike Witte
Co-Founder and COO
RigUp Co-Founder & COO
RigUp Co-Founder & COO