The Management of Oil Industry Exploration & Production Data

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1 Introduction 12 Physical data
2 Value of data 13 Documents
3 Subsurface data 14 Auditing
4 Current practice 15 Quality
5 DMBoK 16 Other elements
6 Governance 17 Assessing
7 Architecture 18 Glossary
8 Development 19 Figures
9 Operations 20 Bibliography
10 Security 21 Index
11 Corporate data 22 Further info
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3 E&P data for the non-specialist

Those coming to Oil Comapnies from an IT or computer science background almost invariably underestimate the complexity of data flows within the average exploration and production department. As this chapter explains there are good business reasons why oil companies are Byzantine with their data handling, and why, in this context, simplifying is not always the best option.

This chapter provides a very short overview of the main categories of data that an oil company needs to make new discoveries and to optimize the exploitation of existing fields.

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New Material

Since the book was written we have identified a number of new items that help illuminate the material in Chapter 3:

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New Item 3.6
Carlos Damski has written a book about Drilling from a data perspective, worth looking at
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New Item 3.5
Randy Clark (of Noah) on Well Files, Coffee Stains and Cigarette Burns
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Randy Clark (of Noah) explains the keys to managing Well Files
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Introduction to wellbore positioning data
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New Item 3.2
If the strucural model is valuable, shouldn't it be kept for posterity?
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New Item 3.1
Building a geological model is not just assembly of pieces


In the book Chapter 3 contains references to the following related material:

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Book Ref 9
Selley, R. (1998) "Elements of Petroleum Geology"
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Lowrie, W. (2007) "Fundamentals of Geophysics"
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Monroe, J. S. (2012) "Changing Earth: Exploring Geology and Evolution"
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Murck, B. (2012) "Visualizing Geology"

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