Getting your valuable well information from E&P data silos and the Windows file system
One of the biggest challenges facing E&P organizations today is providing key employees with easy access to data residing in the corporate data silos. Most E&P companies are organized by discipline and utilize commercially available software which stores the data associated with the discipline in its own proprietary database or storage silo. In most cases, only qualified individuals from the department are given access to the associated application and therefore gathering corporate knowledge across disciplines is impossible.
This results in requiring the staff of each discipline to broker the requests for data or information out of the commercial application and into a format that can be consumed by the requesting department.
This results in a backlog of work and delays, as each department is performing double work: brokering the data request of other disciplines, performing the work of their own discipline, and waiting on data from another department.
Further, much of the desired analysis, results, and reports from the data silos and other sources exist in the form of Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, PDFs, JPGs, text files, etc. on the Windows file system. This arcane storage mechanism is 100% dependent on human memory and logic to find files placed in a folder system. This was appropriate back in 1989 when data was stored on floppy disks. However, with the proliferation of cheap storage, and the growth of big data, organizations are storing terabytes of information and not simply a few hundred kilobytes.
A study by The Paperless Project identified that the average employee spends 30-40% of their time looking for files.
If that isn’t bad enough, there is no way to ensure that there is a single accurate copy of the file in the Windows file system. The average corporation will have as many as 25 copies of a variety of versions of the same file, stored on desktops, servers, and email systems. Locating a copy is difficult, locating the most recent and accurate copy, and knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that you have the most recent and accurate copy is next to impossible!
SOLUTION – WELL METRICS
WellMetrics is a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based application that connects you directly to data across all disciplines. WellMetrics utilizes Web Services and the M-Files document management system to enable you to connect directly to your data silos. Timely and accurate data can be self-brokered by any person with security to access the application. WellMetrics is not a new software with yet another data silo to manage, but instead a tool to help link all of the organization's data silos together in one easy to use and centralized location.
- All commercial software continues to store data in its native format; the Web Service simply presents the data in a way that is easy for each discipline to understand and retrieve for themselves.
- A GIS aerial map is used to display data concerning wells from internal proprietary system as well as from commercially available data such as Dwight’s, IHS, and Tobin.
- Using the M-Files document management system, every document associated with a well and discipline can be stored in a relational database and instantly retrieved.