CaseStudyNatural Gas Producer COLUM BIA NATURAL RESOURCESColumbia NaturalResources Saves 300 Comparing mobile computers with manual computers are key components of a methods of capturing data on Columbia business automation system that savesLabor Hours a Month Natural Resources’ (CNR) natural gas wells CNR more than 300 hours of labor eachwith Mobile is like comparing today’s e-mail with month by eliminating duplicate data yesteryear’s Pony Express. The first is entries and the subsequent errors thoseComputing designed to deliver data or messages entries could introduce. directly from point to point quickly and accurately. The second may or may not Prior to the system’s implementation, the deliver the messages in a timely manner – well tenders had to write each well’s depending on the thousands of variables production information into a logbook the horse and rider encounter along the and transcribe the information onto data At a Glance path. entry forms. The forms were mailed to headquarters, where clerks manually Industry: “Our old manual method of data collection input the data into the company’s was labor intensive, error prone and time computerized accounting and production Field Service consuming,” said Jack Watson, CNR vice data system. Market: president of operations. “The new mobile Utilities computing system allows our company to As one of the largest producers of natural Application: collect, record and capture data in one gas and oil in the Appalachian basin, CNR Inspection and Survey seamless process.” needed an automated data-collection system that not only offered cost Products: Rugged Hardware Required efficiency, but one that was also reliable in 6920 Communication Software More than 100 of CNR’s well tenders (field a variety of harsh outdoor conditions. Well 6360 Rugged Mobile Computer personnel who monitor well activity) use tenders would be taking the mobile Intermec Custom Application ruggedized mobile computers from computers in vehicle mounts over rutted, Intermec Technologies Corp. to capture unpaved roads to well sites. The comput- data on each of the company’s 9,000 ers had to operate without incident in hot, production wells in a six-state region. The humid, rainy and snowy weather.