The oil and gas industry makes significant investments in capital projects every year, which requires high levels of safety practices and cost control across organizations.

For example, Total S.A., www.total.com, Courbevoie, France, is the fifth largest international oil and gas company in the world, performing both upstream operations—oil and gas exploration and development and production—and downstream operations—refining, marketing, and the trading and shipping of crude oil and petroleum products.

With thousands of employees, the company needed to find a new cost-controls solution that was able to share data across projects in five continents and many different currencies.

In particular, the oil and gas company was looking for a solution that could interface with SAP financials, www.sap.com, Waldorf, Germany, and Oracle Primavera scheduling, www.oracle.com, Redwood Shores, Calif.

After an extensive technology research process, Total S.A. selected Skire’s Unifier, www.skire.com, Menlo Park, Calif., which will monitor and control project costs to monitor the estimated final cost, and maintain the forecasts for its upstream projects.

Following a six-month configuration and integration phase, Total S.A. will be able to control project costs across various projects, giving project managers the ability to adjust the execution of projects.

In this particular case, the technology allows Total S.A. to control costs across the globe. While this is just one example, the oil and gas industry can use a number of platforms to manage capital program and project management.

For the oil and gas industry, another area of concern is finding better ways to be compliant with labor laws and safety practices—particularly since many employees work unsupervised or alone.

The Blackline, www.blacklinesafety.com, solution, which is now a part of Rogers Communications, www.rogers.com, Toronto, Ont., provides advanced safety protection for people working in fabrication plants or at pipelines in the field.

The product was featured at last week’s North American Gas and Oil show held in Calgary, Canada. The GPS device contains automated motion sensing, alerting features, and GPS-location reporting while the Safety App for BlackBerry provides worker check-in, alerting features, GPS-location reporting, and safety-monitoring features.

The Web-based safety monitoring portal allows users to map worker locations, set up alert configuration, and check the background of mobile alerting.

For the construction industry, wireless GPS technology can help improve safety and security out at the jobsite or in the fabrication plants.

For the oil and gas industry, technology is paramount to project success. As project spending on oil and gas production in North America begins to pick up, it will be interesting to see how technology will play a role in the construction process.