Keith Lear

Keith Lear

General Manager and Sales Manager at Drill-View Video Systems

6696 Exchequer Dr., Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
HQ Phone:
(225) 753-8884

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Keith Lear of Louisiana had similar humble beginnings with Drill-View Video System (, which he started in January 2003 with one camera.
Lear first began building systems in 1997 while working with another company that decided not to pursue the idea because there was not enough business. He opened Drill-View Video System, which combines both local viewing and remote viewing via satellite, in January 2003. Now, the Baton Rouge, La.-based company sends crews all over the world to install closed-circuit TV systems to guide production and to enhance safety. Typically, from four to eight cameras will be installed. "We are the eyes of the rig," Lear said. Lear's employees go to the drillsite, install the cameras onto the rig, and train the crew to use the equipment. They also service the equipment and return to the site as needed. Lear recalled that a customer once called because he couldn't get the system to work. Lear, general manager and chief executive officer of the company, said prices range from $16,000 for the one-camera Eagle 2 system that he developed, to $55,000 for the System 800, with touch screens and seven or eight cameras. As fancy and "gee whiz" as the equipment is nowadays, its purpose is serious business. In fact, Lear said, most large companies like Exxon Mobil, Shell and BP won't even do business unless the operation includes video technology said. The standard message from those folks is, "You will have video on this rig or you will not drill," Lear said. And for good reason. Keith Lear, general manager and CEO of Drill-View Video System, started his business just 12 years ago and couldn't have imagined then what all his employees would be doing today. "Every day it's something new," he said.

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