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Souped-Up Search Engines Wrangle Drilling, Completions Data

The upstream industry’s pervasive struggle to account for and make use of its data has become almost cliché. But it is a reality—even though the industry is now multiple years into its digitalization phase.

Among the many entrepreneurs and researchers coming up with solutions, two entities have leveraged data donations from big operators in an effort to make data access as quick and easy as a Google search.

A big operator, which may have interests in basins all over the world, adds terabytes upon terabytes of data from its wells each day to the generations of data it has already accumulated over decades. These large, disparate sets of information come both structured and unstructured from a variety of sources. Interpretations of those records can vary depending on the terminology used by the faceless person or program that put them together.

Externally, a large portion of operator data is still stowed in a disorganized manner on servers owned by multiple electronic drilling recorder providers, observed Pradeep Ashok, senior research scientist in the drilling and rig automation group at the University of Texas’s Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, one of the entities tackling this problem.

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Souped-Up Search Engines Wrangle Drilling, Completions Data

Matt Zborowski, Technology Writer

01 April 2019

Volume: 71 | Issue: 4

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