Preparation of Northern Mid-Continent Petroleum Atlas--Reporting Period: January 1, 1996 -- March 31,1996
Cooperative Agreement No.: DE-FG22-95BC14817
Contractor Name and Address: The University of Kansas Center for Research Inc.
Date of Report: April 15, 1996
Award Date: August 24, 1995
Government Award for Current Fiscal Year: $ 250,000
Reporting Period: January 1, 1996 -- March 31,1996
Project will develop a prototype for a digital and hard-copy atlas of petroleum fields and reservoirs in the northern Mid-continent region. A limited number of reservoirs in Kansas are to be included in the prototype project, but the goal is to expand beyond the prototype atlas to include significant reservoirs representing the major plays in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, the Williston basin portion of Montana, the Denver-Julesburg basin of eastern Colorado and southeastern Colorado.
Primary products of the prototype atlas will be on-line accessible digital data bases covering two selected petroleum plays in Kansas. The regional databases will be supplemented with geological field studies of selected fields in each play. Digital imagery, digital mapping, relational data queries, and geographical information systems will be integral to the field studies and regional data sets. Data sets will have relational links to provide opportunity for history-matching, feasibility, and risk analysis tests on contemplated exploration and development projects. The flexible "web-like" design of the atlas provides ready access to data, and technology at a variety of scales from regional, to field, to lease, and finally to the individual bore. The digital structure of the atlas permits the operator to access comprehensive reservoir data and customize the interpretative products (e.g., maps and cross-sections) to their needs. The atlas will be accessible in digital form on-line and through CD-ROM using a World-Wide-Web browser as the graphical user interface.
Regional data sets and field studies will be free-standing entities that will be made available on-line through the Internet to users as they are completed. Technology transfer activities will commence in the early part of this project, providing data information sets to operators prior to the full digital atlas compilation.
Summary of Technical Progress
"Pages" and data schema for the first field studies of the atlas have been developed and are accessible through the world-wide-web. The atlas structure includes access to geologic, geophysical and production information at levels from the regional, to the field to the individual well. Several approaches have been developed that provide efficient and flexible screening and search procedures. The prototype of the digital atlas is accessible through the Kansas Geological Survey Petroleum Research Section (PRS) HomePage (The Universal Resource Locator [URL] is http://www.kgs.ku.edu/PRS/PRS.html). The DPA HomePage is available directly at http://www.kgs.ku.edu/DPA/dpaHome.html. Technology transfer is underway through the use of monthly electronic updates and the on-line availability of the DPA products. Quarterly Progress Reports are posted on the Digital Petroleum Atlas HomePage.
The prototype digital atlas is being designed and tested. At present the prototype covers Arroyo and Big Bow fields. The present prototype design consists of the following components:
The prototype Digital Petroleum is one of the most visited pages on the Kansas Geological Survey web site (Current usage statistics can be accessed at the bottom of the Petroleum Research Section HomePage or at http://www.kgs.ku.edu/PRS/usage/past_stats.html). Usage has steadily increased to over 4,000 access "hits" per week (Figure 1). Presentations at Wichita, the Society of Independent Petroleum Earth Scientists (SIPES) national convention in Dallas, and elsewhere have been well received.
Figure 1.-- Usage of the Petroleum Research Section (PRS) and Kansas Geological Survey web site through the week of 15 April, 1996. Updated graph and detailed statistics are available at http://www.kgs.ku.edu/PRS/usage/past_stats.html.