Kansas Petroleum Atlas

Results & Discussion


Major DPA Paths & Pages

Navigation Style

Technology Transfer / Conclusions

References Cited

Appendix A: Selected Abstracts

Appendix B: Selected Email Feedback

Technology Transfer Activities

The world-wide-web and publish as-you-go design of the Digital Petroleum Atlas Project provides immediate and ongoing technology transfer activities. Based on increased usage statistics and informal industry feedback, the DPA model appears to provide an efficient method of technology transfer to the geographically dispersed high technology petroleum industry (Figure 2 and Appendix B). The pages that comprise the DPA are among the most visited on the Kansas Geological Survey web site and usage continues to grow (Figure 2). Periodic email updates provided to interested operators and individuals have been well received. As part of technology transfer efforts, seven formal talks and papers were presented to local and national meetings (Table 1). In addition to professional talks, several papers and an op-ed piece were published as part of year two DPA activities (Carr and others 1997a,b,c). The paper for the Society of Petroleum Engineers Proceedings uses the Digital Petroleum Atlas as a primary example of a new form of on-line publication (Carr and others, 1997c).

Table 1.-- Formal presentations and short articles that resulted from the second year of the Digital Petroleum Atlas Project. Selected abstracts are included in Appendix.

  1. Geological Society of America, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10/97
  2. Op-ed piece for The Kansas City Star, Sunday September 22, 1996, p. K2
  3. American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG) Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, 4/9/97
  4. Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Meeting, 10/97, San Antonio, Texas,

Problems Encountered

The Digital Petroleum Atlas was designed to be a dynamic product with the constant addition of new information and ideas. Within this changing environment all defined tasks of the year two DPA were completed. In using the DPA, oil and gas operators and the interested public proposed many of the ongoing changes and additions. The prototype DPA project was completed within budget and cost sharing was in excess of 20%.

Recommendations for Future Work

Results from the year two Digital Petroleum Atlas Project have significantly exceeded expectations. We continue to expand the breath and depth of plays, fields and reservoirs covered, enhance the included petroleum technology, expand the geographic coverage, and improve the navigation and search technology for access to DPA technology and information.


As the second year of a longer-term effort, the Digital Petroleum Atlas (DPA) has developed a new methodology to provide efficient and timely access to the latest petroleum data and technology for the domestic oil and gas industry, public sector research organizations and local governmental units. The DPA provides real-time and cost-effective electronic publication of materials typically found in published paper oil and gas atlases. The latest technologies and information are continuously "published" electronically when individual project components are completed, reducing the lag and expense of transferring technology using traditional paper publication. Additional information and technology are constantly being added and older information updated to the DPA increasing its scope and detail. Active links, graphical user interfaces and database search mechanisms provide a published electronic product with which the operator can interact in ways that are impossible in a paper publication. Contained in the DPA are forms of publication that can only be displayed in an electronic environment (for example, animated exploration histories through time). Through complete and flexible user access to technology, interpretative products and the underlying geologic and petroleum data, the DPA changes the relationship between interpretative result and data, between technology generation and application. Improved access to petroleum data and technology represents one of the best and cost-effective options that is available for maintaining domestic production.

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