We’ve spent a lot of time in the last six months exploring the drilling industry. From the Groundwater Expo in Las Vegas in December to the PDAC Convention in Toronto in March, we’ve seen the best the industry has to offer. We’ve met intelligent decision makers, hard working operators and determined investors. All have a stake in constructing our economy’s future, and all have a unique way in which to do so.
We like to think we’re unique as well. Heck, we know we’re unique. We know we’re doing things our own way and those methods are adding a lot of value to the local market we’re working with here in Langley, overseas and everywhere a Viking West attachment is found.
Here are four methods we focus on to ensure Viking West is heading in the right direction.
1. Find Hidden Ways to be More Productive
The problem with productivity is that it can initially take some time to find better procedures that work for you. Our industry has been guilty in the past of sticking with methods that work – and there’s nothing inherently wrong in that, it’s just that if we never try anything new, then our industry, or more specifically, your corner of it, will stagnate. Find new ways to shrink schedules. Look for new methods of automation. Leverage your engineering. If you pay close attention to your productivity, chances are the time will save itself.
2. Dedicate Yourself to Safety Without Fail
“Everyone wants to go home safe.” My Dad was a welder for 45 years in Alberta’s oil and gas industry, and he found it humorous how often companies would talk the talk without walking the walk. Safety isn’t just a mission statement, it’s a culture. ‘Going home safe’ seems to exempt us from working safe between the time we arrive at work and the time we leave. While we’re looking for new ways to be productive, let’s look for new ways to be safer while we’re on the job.
3. Take Calculated Risks
I asked Viking West’s Kevin Reimer about risk the other day, specifically regarding the production of a brand new Scorpion Pipe Handler Attachment.
Here’s Kevin: “On the one hand, it’s a custom attachment that hasn’t necessarily been done before, so sure, there’s risk involved, but only to us, not the customer. We could go through the process of designing and testing to ensure the attachment will fit properly or maybe the schedule we’ve been given is too tight. Our industry needs to use its time wisely, but we believe it’s still wise to use your time to make new things that have a great chance of contributing to the industry.”
4. Work Hard to Minimize Those Risks
Ok, so we need to put ourselves out there a bit, but that doesn’t mean we should sweat it when we take calculated risk.
Here’s Kevin again: “In the case of the Scorpion Pipe Handler, we were filling a customer’s order to their precise specifications, so the risk was diminished greatly. Again, it’s simply your time that’s on the line, but we look at exactly what the customer is asking for and if we think it’s a machine that could be of use to the market then we’ll produce it on a larger scale.”
When it comes to manufacturers or equipment dealers, there’s action we can take to help stabilize a global economy that’s taken its fair share of hits. We talk a lot about working smarter rather than harder, but the truth is that there’s no substitute for hard work. Dedication, enthusiasm, innovation – all these characteristics fall under the banner of hard work. If we all take the time to contribute a little more to the economy, then there’s no question we’ll all be richer for it in the end.