Oilfield pipe tally books have been used by oilfield workers for many years. Since most people don’t work in an oilfield, you may be wondering what the heck a tally book is. Here’s a brief answer:
The guys who drill an oil well have to keep track of how deep they are. Every time they add a new pipe, they have to record the time and the size of the pipe. They need a rugged, pocket-sized waterproof book in which to make these notations. Most of these books are vinyl covered. Some even have waterproof paper called “stone paper”. It is waterproof and tear resistant. Some have a vinyl pen loop, so you don’t have to go looking for a pen every time. The pages have horizontal lines and a few vertical lines.
These books are so handy, that anyone can find a use for them. Contractors, builders, electricians, plumbers, estimators, inspectors, law enforcement officers and natural resources field people can use tally books.
Custom pipe tally books are used by people in the oil drilling and gas industries and energy companies. They use them to record data such as pipe size, length, time of day or night that a new pipe was connected. But many other people find them very useful. These are used by trucking companies, news media, survey crews, power companies, contractors, geologists, biologists, botanists, zoologists, maintenance people, mud loggers, railroad workers, and environmentalists.
Here are 6 tips, to help you get the most out of your “pocket buddy”.
Get a tally book with a pen loop attached to it. This keeps your pen where you need it the most.
Get one with a hard cover, or a flexible cover. You can determine what is the best for you.
Determine if you want a sewn-in pad or a wire-o pad. A sewn-in pad is a permanent arrangement. A wire-o pad allows the pages to easily be torn out, but the book lies flat when you are using it.
If you work in a wet environment, get a “stone pad” instead of a “paper pad”. The new Stone Pads will not get soggy when wet. They won’t tear, either. Also use a writing instrument that works well when wet.
Does size matter? Choose between a standard 8″ size, or the 6″ junior.
The occurrence of 800 earthquakes in 6 months, has led to a halt on injection wells in a part of Mid-Arkansas. Chesapeake Energy and Clarita Operating agreed to comply with the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission’s request to stop all injection activities in Greenbrier and Guy area wells. Those wells are used for the disposal of waste water from production. The drilling is in the Fayetteville Shale formation.
Reported by AP, and printed in the Salem News, Saturday, March 5, 2011.