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AAPG GEO 2010 Middle East
Geoscience Conference & Exhibition
Innovative Geoscience Solutions – Meeting Hydrocarbon Demand in Changing Times
March 7-10, 2010 – Manama, Bahrain

Knowledge Management from Saudi Aramco Exploration

Said M. Qahtani1; Raed A. Bahrani1; Ahmed M. Rebh1; Peter Attewell1; John Griffiths1

(1) Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

This paper describes the knowledge management system - GeoKnowledge - that we have developed to ensure that the assets for key knowledge areas are identified in the various corporate repositories, then collected, integrated and passed to our successor generation as knowledge in a way that can be accessed and shared usefully and in a timely manner.

In a top-down process for each knowledge area we identify a collection of raw information items from our corporate repositories with the help of a supporting taxonomy. The meta data for information items relevant to end-user disciplines is enriched and transferred to a central metadata repository.

The knowledge areas are accessed by a domain-specific search that focuses on specific slices of content with attributes such as spatial location, and chrono-stratigraphic criterion. To transform the raw information into useful information and knowledge, we describe the characteristics and inter relationships that exist using a common and controlled vocabulary.

Management of the knowledge repository includes registration of knowledge sources and encompasses both content and metadata repositories. Within the repository, issues of knowledge governance are addressed to include sensitivity classification, access control, and rights management.

Finally we describe our approach to managing the time value of knowledge. By implementing this process of knowledge management, we help our geoscientists become more productive.