More than 250,000,000 barrels of oil are produced domestically every month. Stop and consider that. Two hundred and fifty million barrels each and every month, right here in the United States. That’s an extraordinary amount of anything, much less a 42-gallon barrel full of a valuable and much-in-demand resource. Of course, all of that oil doesn’t immediately turn into finished goods. Different refinements and processes must take place to produce things like gasoline and plastic. That means that along the way much of this oil must be stored, sometimes in barrels but just as often in tanks and tankers all across the country and around the world. When every drop is real money, accounting for all of it is of vital importance not just to the companies that sell this commodity, but also to our society that relies on oil for so many of the things we utilize in our daily lives.
There’s a chance that at the start of your career you were working with handheld gauges and measuring sticks. Recordings would be entered by hand into a database on site and then called in to headquarters. Few industries move as fast as oil, though, and those days seem long past. Inefficiencies have been largely wiped out, thanks in large part to the cloud.