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ABSTRACT: A case study in the integration of technical and non-technical petroleum information

Prager, Steve1, Mike Slee2 (1) Integrated Solutions Australasia, Osborne Park, Perth, Australia (2) Integrated Solutions Australasia

The Petroleum Industry is now generating more data then ever before, from a diverse range of corporate functions. These range from exploration information such as log or seismic data to production, engineering or finance data. Data is stored in a variety of forms - from digital/online data to hardcopy books, reports, prints or sepias, which may be stored on-site or off-site, and managed via a catalogue or asset-management database. Different internal departments and individuals typically manage this diverse range of data.

Studies have found that a significant component of an end-user's time is spent searching for data. This problem is typically the result of inconsistent data management practices and an inability to access information relevant to the location or status of specific data.

ISA conducted a data integration project, utilising Geographical Information System (GIS) technology as an interface to managing such a wide variety of data types. Active links were created across the computer network, allowing all relevant data sources to be accessed real-time without migrating data or building new databases. This was made possible by first addressing the underlying data management practices within the organisation. Corporate standards were initiated, providing the framework for the integration of different data sources to a common object via the GIS interface.

This approach addresses the data access requirements of individuals at all levels within an E&P organisation. It allows access to a wide variety of technical and business information through an easy to use geographical interface.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90913©2000 AAPG International Conference and Exhibition, Bali, Indonesia