The oil and gas industry is a work sector where potential hazards are very likely to happen. These hazards can be large-scale explosions or leakage of poisonous gases in the atmosphere. In view of the dangerous work conditions of the oil and gas industry, providing a safe and regulated environment to their workers should be the foremost responsibility of any industrialist. But sometimes, accidents still happen in spite of adopting all the safety measures. More often than not, such hazards put the manager in a critical situation followed by loss of resources and assets.
Therefore, in every oil and gas production unit, a gas detection tool is necessary, which can alert authorities about the existence of poisonous and flammable gases in their processing facilities. IoT-based gas monitoring systems with remote and real-time tracking capabilities are ideal for developing such a device.
Smart Gas Monitoring Solutions
The Internet of Things is an advanced technology capable of creating an interoperable network of devices and machinery across a production line. In this network, the sensor devices, equipment, and assets can communicate with each other and work on multiple levels with little or no human supervision. Managers can use IoT-based devices to derive valuable data and analytical insights from improving their decision-making process. Gas detection sensors are strategically installed at various locations in a production plant to ensure real-time data monitoring and alerts. The system notifies the managers via centralized dashboards or smartphone applications even if a potential gas leak is detected.
Mega factories and production plants are most prone to hazardous explosions and human risks, not to mention the huge monetary loss resulting from gas leakage. According to reports, carbon monoxide poisoning costs over $1.3 billion on healthcare expenditure and leads to over 2000 deaths per year in the United States alone. To avoid such tragic incidents, factory owners and industrialists should install advanced gas meters to get accurate and real-time information about unintended gas leaks in the factories.
Applications of Gas Monitoring System in the Oil and Gas Industry
Harmful Gas Detection
Early detection of toxic gases such as H2S, methane, and CO is important for avoiding dangerous, unwanted leakages leading to poisoning or explosions. Such gas leaks can be quickly detected by IoT-based smart gas detection solutions in manufacturing facilities and commercial buildings. The sensor-enabled solution prevents the high risk of gas explosions and affects all victims in and outside the facility.
Oxygen Level Measurement
There are countless instances where pitmen have suffered the loss of life due to a shortage of oxygen during mining activities. Even a minor drop in oxygen levels can lead to dizziness, brain injury, or death in mines or closed processing plants. Production plants and factories can greatly benefit from a gas monitoring system that can ensure adequate oxygen levels are maintained throughout the workplace. This device also helps in the early detection of decreasing oxygen levels. Such prompt alerts can allow sufficient time to clear the facilities before the workers' wellbeing is compromised.
Fire Hazard Prevention
The gas sensors help monitor the distribution of hazardous chemicals in the atmosphere to prevent tragic outcomes. It also serves as a crucial amenity to ensure fire safety at workplaces and facilities. It effectively detects dangerous gases such as propane and methane and warns the concerned authorities to avoid accidental ignition. Also, a solution for gas surveillance uses gas analyzers to produce temperature rise warnings. It allows the administration to take urgent measures to prevent dangerous fire breakouts.
Help in obeying the environmental norms¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
The use of a gas detection solution also allows oil refineries to control toxic gas emissions. Refineries release various pollutants like particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and carbon monoxides into the atmosphere. Though refineries use different procedures to restrict the release of such pollutants, they also need a gas monitoring solution to ensure that pollution rates are controlled. Refinery managers can easily detect and control the volume of toxic gas emissions using IoT-based gas detection systems. They will help them stay aligned with environmental standards and restrict air degradation.
Benefits associated with a Smart Monitoring Solution
Gas monitoring systems deliver real-time alerts about the concentration of harmful gaseous in the atmosphere
It prevents fire hazards and explosions
It also helps in supervising the gas concentration levels
Helps managers to ensure worker's health
Smart gas monitoring system generates real-time updates about leakages
The installation of the system is very cost-effective¬†
The solution uses advanced data analytics for the improved decision-making process
IoT based smart gas monitoring solution can accurately measure oxygen levels
Factory managers can get immediate gas leak alerts on their connected systems ¬†
Biz4Intellia's Smart Gas Monitoring Solution
Biz4intellia offers an end-to-end platform for all types of industrial IoT solutions. These solutions help industries improve their processes at various levels. The company provides smart solutions, including all the essential and relevant features to make the industry automated and smart. The main features of the Biz4intellia IoT smart gas monitoring solution are real-time monitoring and alerts, predictive maintenance, and centralized dashboards to display collected data.¬†
Adopting a smart solution is extremely important in the oil and gas industry today. It is the sector where there are high chances of accidents and hazards due to the use of toxic and flashable chemicals. Managers should install IoT-based smart solutions to minimize the associated risk and ensure the safety of human life.¬†