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Unified, Automated and Map-Based E&P Data Management

Waked, Sahal S.*1; Al-Ghamdi, Yasser S.2
(1) PEASD, Sauid Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. (2) EASD, SAUDI ARAMCO, DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Aramco is implementing a new web-based seismic & well data management system to allow end users to easily manage and transfer data stored in distributed vendor and corporate data repositories.

E&P data stored across the enterprise may be found using single and multi-field metadata queries, free-text queries, or by selection on an ESRI-based map. Selected data may be added to a shopping cart for further action such as online viewing or for transfer between project and corporate databases. Geoscientists and engineers also have the ability to subscribe for email notifications when any selected data located in vendor or corporate databases is changed or updated. These “data change” events may also be used to automatically trigger data management activities such as the movement of new data into a project repository.

A complete history of each data item is captured as new data is added to the system or transferred between repositories,. This historical data allows users to audit the origin of any data item, to view its current and past usage, and to assist with decisions like the safety of deleting copies of data stored in project repositories.

This new web-based system also integrates with Saudi Aramco workflow applications, allowing, for example, users to locate various vintages of 2D seismic data on a map, view the seismic traces in the browser, and then submit an online request for reprocessing. Integration with existing corporate workflow systems will also allow users to check on the current state of new data to answer questions such as ‘where in the seismic processing workflow is a newly acquired survey’ or ’have the petrophysicists completed processing a new log run’.

This new system’s combination of powerful yet easy to use features such as the unified map and text search of multiple vendor and corporate databases, online viewing and QC of data items, email notification of data changes, automatic triggers for data updates and transfer, and workflow integration will greatly increase the productivity of both geoscientists and data management specialists.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90141©2012, GEO-2012, 10th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition, 4-7 March 2012, Manama, Bahrain