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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

Exploration Document Management

John E. Robinson1; Al Kok1; Rami M. Jawad1; Ali AlKhater2

(1) Exploration Technical Services Department, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

(2) Exploration Applications Svcs Dept, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Since 2003 the Saudi ARAMCO Exploration Data Management Division has been working to support Document Management in the Exploration Organization. The task of discovering and archiving documents in today’s diverse and busy E&P environment is particularly challenging. To meet this challenge, we developed a framework for document management, and deployed an integrated system that provides Exploration staff with several methods for document archiving. The framework provides the workflow and the system provides document archiving options ranging from a simple drag-and drop application to customized web applications.

The framework requires that quality control (QC) is applied to metadata for each document to ensure consistent and reliable search results. Web applications allow QC staff to view both the document and its metadata, and correct the metadata when necessary. The applications are underlain by OracleTM for recording the existence of documents (document discovery), and progress through the workflow. The system provides simplified audit and activity reporting. DocumentumTM is used for document and metadata archive and search. Ultimately, the system provides for document searches that differentiate between large numbers of similar documents as rapidly as possible.