The first idea during the charrette was to create opportunities for people to communicate and interact with the system in the Bakken without actually being in the Bakken. As we have discussed in many previous posts, the huge shortage of infrastructure and labor in the area has attracted throngs of people who have the skills or equipment that’s needed. An example of this is the tanker trucks hauling water to the oil patch. You’ll find people hauling water who usually transport dairy, fuel, and other liquids in some far-off land they call home. If these people could manage their fleets remotely, they could maintain their businesses at home while providing jobs for operators in ND. So…this is a modular remote work station that’s equipped with the communications equipment necessary to run a modern logistics operation.
The second idea stemmed from my research into water. Water depots are nodes for access and distribution of water. These hubs almost exclusively serve the oil industry; tanker trucks carrying anywhere from 4,200 to 7,800 gallons of water. Since the wells are insatiable consumers of water, the depots are continually packed with truckers loading up and moving on. In addition, because the water depots are not needed in towns with existing water infrastructure, the depots are located in rural areas. For now, these water depots could become hubs of “globbed” program, capitalizing on the constant flow of people. After all, the infrastructure to deliver a resource critical to human habitation is already there.