Video cameras are becoming more common in derricks, on the rig floor, and around drill sites. Installations range from a small number of fixed cameras on a land rig to as many as 100 motorized cameras accompanying an automated drilling system on a semisubmersible.
Cameras provide additional security and can increase operator profitability by reducing operations downtime. Onsite video footage can be an excellent training aid, showing new recruits what takes place in a live oilfield environment as well as coaching advanced trouble-shooting.
Closed-circuit systems that transmit real-time data are well established, and providing video footage along with streaming data is a natural step.
Vancouver Canada based Acura Embedded Systems Inc. provides live, streaming video services to operators and drilling contractors. The company leases high-resolution video systems for drill sites, transmits activity via satellite, and provides real-time coverage viewable over the Internet. Its proprietary AcuVision Surveillance System allows operators and investors to monitor operations through live video bundled with data feeds, provided through a secure content delivery network, and run operating systems at the same time. Having cameras at the drill site increases accountability, safety, and security. A typical installation on a land rig includes three cameras on the rig floor providing views of the driller’s console, the rotary table, and the v-door, with a fourth camera near the edge of the drilling pad to provide a full-site view, but installations are fully customizable and can include additional cameras.