How accommodation for drilling crews has changed in the past 10 years, and what we can expect in the future.

Proper rest while in the field and minimizing driving times to the job site have always been a top priority. Historically, drilling contractors solved this problem by setting up their own camps adjacent to each rig. At the time, this was the best approach since:

1) Large format camps were generally day shift only and could not accommodate night crews;
2) There was a stigma that no two drilling contractors would stay in the same facility for fear of losing staff to a competitor.

Now, drillers and producers are choosing to consider all accommodation options available and which provide significant savings without compromising security or safety. The cost of mobilizing and operating a single crew drill camp is approximately double the cost of utilizing an existing open camp facility.
Today rigs are moving much faster due to advanced drilling technologies. This faster pace has made installing and dismantling dedicated drill camps at each site even less economic. Finding pre-existing nearby accommodations has become a necessity for these crews and it is becoming more common for drilling contractors to stay in a mixture of drill camps, open camps, and/or hotels close to the drilling site.

Benefits of Using Existing Accommodations
• Offers environmental, time and cost savings benefits by eliminating the need for each company to clear acres of forest, level the land, install their own dedicated camp for use during their project, and then dismantle and reclaim land at the end of the project.
• Land use and road permits are more difficult to secure as municipalities look to reduce the sprawl of camps and keep roads safe.

• Improved amenities offered by open camps continues to make them an attractive option for drillers. An increasing percentage of open camp rooms have private washrooms, private television, abundance of gym and recreation options, and have large square footage per room and drug and alcohol control found in small format drill camps or dedicated camps.
• Hotels increasingly offer high quality breakfast, a bagged lunch and competitive rates to attract work crews.
• More accommodations are being sourced and booked internally using the companies travel management department with an increased emphasis on cost savings.

LodgeLink understands that managing the diverse and changing needs of crew accommodations is challenging, and that finding the right place to stay increases worker safety, productivity and retention, while also saving costs. LodgeLink is a central hub for managing crew accommodations that can help take some of the pressure off while providing enhanced visibility and control to ensure projects are on time and on budget. A powerful mapping tool is used to search by location, LSD or UWI and find the lodges and hotels closest to a drilling site. LodgeLink will use CAODC drilling rig data to show the location of every rig and provide turn-by-turn directions from all accommodations to any work site including industry/forestry roads. LodgeLink account holders can save crew lists to expedite the booking process and have an intuitive booking flow to handle multiple crew changes within a single reservation. With enhancements being launched later this year, customers can monitor accommodation spend of their crews and subcontractors in a real time dashboard.

In the future, we expect trends towards bigger rooms and higher quality accommodation to continue. Companies like LodgeLink will continue to innovate utilizing technology to make it easier for workers in the field to find and manage their accommodations with mobile apps.