Arkit 4.15 "Garnet" Update Release

July 14, 2017

We're excited to announce the release of Arkit “Garnet”, an update with better customizations, more file upload types and faster, more intuitive bulk change capabilities. With this update, we are also introducing a new forms feature! These editable forms are great for tracking daily reports and other information that will need to be entered on a recurring basis.

 

Better Email Summaries

  • Now you can pick and choose which projects to include in your email summary by saving search terms.
  • Summaries now have an improved layout.

Bulk Operations Improvements in Dashboard

  • After receiving feedback from our customers, we've made bulk project operations in the Dashboard views more intuitive. Change multiple projects with ease! 

New Forms

  • "History" has been replaced with Recurring Forms. Daily Work Reports and other forms where new entries are added frequently will be easier to track with this new feature.

More Personal

  • You can now save your favourite Map Overview. With this feature, when you log in you will only be presented with the map area that is most relevant to you.
  • Personal User Avatars: personalize Arkit and scan through user history more easily.

Experience Improvements

  • "Latest Activity" has been moved to the Summary panel, to make sure recent changes are highly visible.

Map Updates

  • You can now overlay a new file type on your project map: introducing shape file layers!
  • The base-map (road view) has been updated to incorporate better road and feature details.

 

These features are available July 15, 2017. Updates to Arkit are, as always, free and automatic for all users. See below for a detailed walkthrough of how to use the new features.

Choosing Your Email Updates

You can now choose what you would like to receive in your inbox from your saved searches. This means you can zero in on a specific geographic region, project stage, or other feature and only receive updates on what is most relevant to you.

Garnet Emails Final.gif

 

How to Perform Bulk Operations in the Dashboard View

Selecting multiple rows in the dashboard view will pull up a panel on the right where you can make changes to your selection.

Arkit Bulk Edit

 

Using New Forms and History

A forms tab has been added to the drill down panel on the far left, which you can use to input or view reports or updates. Forms can be customized on your templates page, where you can create as many as you need for that project type, and choose what kind of data will be collected in each.

Arkit Forms

 

Customizing the Map View

You can now choose how the portfolio map will appear on log in. Just click the "edit view" panel, move the map to where you want it to be, and hit save!

Arkit View

 

How to Add Shape Files

Select the layers tab in the upper right and follow the "add new" prompts to upload and overlay a shape file on your project.

Arkit Shape File

 

We hope you enjoy the new improvements! Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Sincerely, the Arkit team.




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How are Smart Oil and Gas Companies Operating Lean in 2017?

Since the trend toward leaner operation in the Oil, Gas and Environmental Industries is expected to continue throughout the year, we felt it would be a good time to share some of the strategies we’ve seen our clients and others use to minimize costs and get the most out of their budgets - particularly during the remediation, reclamation, and divestiture lifecycle stages.

Identifying and Divesting High-Rent Land

In the past, the process of identifying good remediation prospects was slow, tedious and filled with manual processes. These manual processes, such as copying and pasting data from one spreadsheet to another or emailing project updates across an organization, took a lot of time time and produced frequent errors— both costly outcomes.

Now, better technology is allowing Oil and Gas companies to more quickly and accurately go through their data and identify sites with opportunities to reduce costs or liabilities. The industry is moving away from interfaces that require hours of comparing lines of data, and moving towards fast, visual understanding.

Technology that makes it easy to see site status allows HSE Managers to go through un-reclaimed land quickly and find opportunities for action. Maybe there are previously unidentified sites that may only require light remediation and can be easily reclaimed, or there is high-rent land that needs to be taken off the books. You can now see when these sites are close to one another and can be dealt with all at once, further reducing travel and accommodation costs.

This method of saving is great because it lowers the overall liability of the producer and cuts cost without causing layoffs.

 

Reducing Admin Hours through Better Data Management

Labour hours in the field are tracked meticulously, but what about your hard-working office staff? Data management hours can stack up, and our clients have found poor data management practices can contribute up to two full-time positions worth of work to even small organizations. When software is used to take the pressure off office staff, those hours can go towards streamlined, profitable activities.

At Long Run Exploration, a forward-thinking Oil and Gas company based out of Calgary, one HSE manager was able to cut her remediation planning time in half, and get better results even in the reduced time. Those hours have been put towards more productive work than tedious data management. 

Increasing Transparency

For Oil and Gas companies, increased transparency means you can more easily see that there have been no significant overbillings, unused funds, or other unused savings opportunities. There is a huge benefit to both client and supplier in with this open communication: misunderstandings can be cleared up with data that is readily available, or prevented entirely.

Proactive steps taken by a service consultant, such as having the right tools in place to reduce admin hours and provide greater visibility into project spend, provide benefits on both sides of the client-consultant relationship. Transparency eliminates the need for expensive, time consuming audits by keeping project data, cost, and progress visible. The consultant doesn’t have to charge as many admin hours or spend as much time reporting, and the Oil and Gas client gets peace of mind.

The Right Tools for the Job

Software is available to help Oil & Gas companies cut costs without cutting jobs, and forward-thinking companies are already making use of these tools to great effect.

To see these results, download our case study with TORC, an Oil & Gas producer who has transformed their remediation process with the help of Arkit's visual platform.

If you'd like a tour of one of the best platforms for managing remediation and reclamation projects, contact Arkit's friendly customer service team and request a demo!

 




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Why Are Spreadsheets Still Used for Fieldwork Management?

No matter how you slice it, getting up-to-date information to several different fieldwork teams - spread across dozens of active sites in a portfolio of dozens or hundreds - is a big job. Then compiling the incoming data into a something readable and providing updates to a bunch of clients all wanting a different reporting format… it’s a huge undertaking. The whole process can be exhausting, not to mention a drain on resources. So why don't companies use software tools to speed up or even automate some of these processes?




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Arkit Emerald Update Release

May 15, 2017

We're excited to announce the release of Arkit “Emerald”, an update with improved user experience and faster, better search features to help you find what you need when you need it.

New Search and Filter Features

  • Find costs faster with new date range filter on the Cost Dashboard
  • Find files faster with new file search and filter
  • Sort files by name, type, and size as well as upload date
  • Add your own custom fields to files for even more search flexibility

Task Improvements

  • Get a snapshot of task progress with a colour-coded progress bar

Other Experience Improvements

  • View buttons moved to map (Center Project, Edit View and Export)
  • "History" is now an Activity Stream filter 

These features are available May 20, 2017. Updates to Arkit are, as always, free and automatic for all users. See below for a detailed walkthrough of how to use the new features.

How to Use the New Search and Filter Features

Quickly pull up costs by date range!

Arkit Costs

You now have four options for sorting files, so you can bring what you're looking for to the top.

Arkit file sort

 

You can even add custom fields to files, and then use the search function to find information that is stored with the file.

 

Task Improvements

Quickly assess task progress and adjust timelines with the new colour-coded progress bar.

Arkit Tasks

View Buttons Now More Accessible on the Map

We've moved the view buttons to the map for easy access. These include buttons for changing your default view, exporting site images and centring the project on the map.

Arkit View

 

Enjoy the new improvements! 

Sincerely, the Arkit team.




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