The new digital tools catching on in the old school oil field

Oil and gas companies have been working for years on ways to swap out pencil and paper in the oil patch for sophisticated sensors and iPads, but the digital oil field initiative fell by the wayside during the recent shale boom when speed mattered more than efficiency.

That effort is now gaining renewed attention during the worst crude slump in decades as oil and gas firms scramble to squeeze more out of their smaller fleet of wells and workers.

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