The Kansas Class 2 project is an effort to introduce Kansas
producers to potentially useful technologies and to demonstrate
these technologies in actual oil field operations. In addition,
advanced technology was tailored specifically to the scale appropriate
to the operations of Kansas producers. The majority of Kansas
production is operated by small independent producers that do
not have resources to develop and test advanced technologies
(90% of the 3,000 Kansas producers have less than 20 employees).
For Kansas producer's, access to new technology is important
for sustaining production and increasing viability. A major emphasis
of the project is collaboration of university scientists and
engineers with the independent producers and service companies
operating in Kansas to accelerate adaptation and evaluation of
new technologies. An extensive technology transfer effort is
being undertaken to inform other operators of the project results.
In addition to traditional technology transfer methods (for example,
reports; trade, professional, and technical publications; workshops;
and seminars), a public domain relational database and computerized
display package are available through the Internet. The goal
is figuratively to provide access to data and technology to independent
producers in their office.
Project design, methodologies, data, and results are being
disseminated through focused technology transfer activities.
These activities include development of cost-effective technologies
and software (e.g. PFEFFER, "Pseudoseismic"), open-file
reports; publication in trade, professional, and technical publications;
workshops and seminars; and the establishment of public access
through the Internet to the data, technologies and project results
domain relational database and computerized display package.
The target audience includes other operators in the demonstration
area, operators of other Mississippian sub-unconformity dolomite
reservoirs in Kansas, operators of analogous shallow shelf carbonate
reservoirs in the Mid-continent, and technical personnel involved
in reservoir development and management.