Precision Frac party brings out hundreds at local bar
Release of new product could change how tanks are monitored
The food and alcohol flowed Tuesday night as hundreds of people attended Precision Frac’s exclusive launch party at The Blue Door in Midland.
The party may have been 30 miles away from the center of the Permian Basin International Oil Show, but the implications for the industry were no less important. The new product is the Karmic Energy Automated Tank Measurement & Monitoring System, a mobile computer trailer that allows for up to 50 tanks and pools to be monitored.
Traditionally, workers would use a “mark twain” method of measuring the depth of tanks and pools — dropping a stick into the tanks, said Mason Askins, Precision Frac’s chief operating operator. The new trailer, which weighs 4,000 pounds, contains computers powered by solar panels and has 16 batteries to keep it running up to 11 days without charging, according to chief engineer Fred Darnell.
“What we do is measure every tank at one-second intervals,” Darnell told the Reporter-Telegram. “We collect all the data in this solar-powered computer data center, and then we transmit it up to the Web so that people back at the office can see how all their sites are doing, and people on-site can see in real time the water level of all their tanks.”
On-site workers using rugged tablets can check on the water levels of the tanks in real time up to 3/4 of a mile away from the transmitter. Darnell said that what sets the new technology apart from more permanent methods of measuring is its portability. The trailer can be towed to the work site by a truck and set up in three hours. Breakdown takes a push of a button and five minutes.
“We’re up and running at the end of the day, and nobody does that,” Darnell said.
Askins emphasized that the important part of the machine is the access to information that it allows both on-site and in the office.
“One of the most important commodities in the industry is information,” Askins said. “We have created a way for them (oil companies) to get it instantaneously.”
Askins estimated that the proliferation of such monitoring equipment could save the industry millions, if not billions, of dollars from increased efficiency, decreased accidents and a reduction in creating permanent facilities.
“The great thing about technology is, it’s always improving and it’s always moving forward,” Askins said. “In five or 10 years even this model’s going to change and become more efficient and lower that footprint even more so we can drill and become less dependent on foreign oil and importing so that way we can actually use our natural resources for us.”
Site Monitoring Key Features
- Smart, solar-powered wireless sensors—easily deployed within minutes.
- Mobile, rugged, and ready to run.
- Multi-mode connectivity for seamless, secure access.
- Real-time tank metrics at your fingertips—on-site and anywhere in the world
- Park the trailer. Place the sensors. Raise the antenna. Walk away. It’s really that simple.