Mar 4, 2010 5:00 PM by Veronica White
The oil and gas industries' latest innovations let workers out in the field communicate quicker and more accurately with their home bases.
Thursday's "Go Tech Expo" at the Cajundome is put on by the ISA, or International Society of Automation so the oil and gas industries can see the latest technology.
"The biggest thing is operating more efficiently, so the more efficiently they can make decisions, the better their operations will flow," says Shannon Landry from Infolink USA.
For the past 20 years companies have been working electronically, improving their systems with each passing year.
Products such as a "high performance choke" are controlled from miles away.
"We can do it remotely from very long distances away via... control over microwave or radio communications," says Michael Johnson of DMC Carter Chambers.
These types of products are run by on-land computer systems.
Technology also makes work safer in the field, with control from the home base, allowing automatic backup systems to close a well when problems occur.