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Oil Patch Pro: Increasing oil well communications and mapping

Oil Patch Pro

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What is Oil Patch Pro?

Simply put, Oil Patch Pro allows oil and gas operators to quickly create and share location data with their team, consultants and service providers in the field. Think…customized driving directions, contact info, vendor lists, status updates, well data and more – available anytime, cell service or not!

Who is your target user?

Our cloud-based mobile and web applications were built with everyone in mind – oil & gas operators, service companies, field personnel, and consultants.

Why did you build Oil Patch Pro? What problem are you taking on?

As industry professionals, we found ourselves too often wasting valuable time tracking down even the most basic location data, waiting on lost drivers to deliver critical supplies, and dictating directions over the phone. We knew that eventually the oil & gas industry would adopt new technology to increase productivity, and our team had the expertise and scrappy drive to do it.

How is Oil Patch Pro different from what is currently available?

The network is where our product really shines – the ability to share location data with users across multiple companies makes us unlike anything else on the market. Also, we have offline capabilities that allow you to view details about your “favorite” locations including custom maps and driving directions. This is important in the oilfield, where cell service can be especially spotty!

Tell us your founding story. Was there an “ah ha” moment?

We knew it was inevitable that someday the old ways of faxing hand-drawn maps to locations would be antiquated, and seeing nothing like it on the market we knew we had to act fast. We ended up developing a product that we are not only extremely proud of, but we’re sure will change the way business is done in the oilfield forever.

Tell us about your founding team and their backgrounds.

Chris Weyand is the visionary petroleum engineer behind the idea. Together he, along with Chris Olfers (a former colleague who now does data analytics at a social technology company) and Erich Sowell (who runs an IT consulting firm) developed the mobile and web apps over 18 months.