EQT’s use of technology helps improve truck safety

Trucks hauling water and doing other duties for EQT Corp. and its contractors are expected to drive 24 million miles all told this year. Safety on the road is a top priority for the Pittsburgh-based natural gas driller, and over the past year, EQT (NYSE: EQT) has been rolling out more safety measures.

The initiatives are partly hardware, like incorporating an operations center for its water dispatch and scheduling as well as installing GPS and cameras on its water trucks. But they’re also using the power of big data — and the help of Carnegie Mellon University professors — to gather data from its operations and analyze it to find trends and figure out ways to improve safety and cost-effectiveness.