Kansas Geological Survey, Open-file Report 2001-14
2000 Digital Petroleum Atlas Annual Report

Kansas Petroleum Atlas

The Kansas Digital Petroleum Atlas (DPA) is on-line publications available on the Internet anywhere in the world using a standard point-and-click world-wide-web interface (Figure 1). The Uniform resource locator (URL) is http://www.kgs.ku.edu/DPA/dpaHome.html. The DPA consists of studies at reservoir, field, play and basin scales. The DPA is a dynamic, evolving product with new structure, research results, and data appearing almost daily. Through complete and flexible user access to technology, interpretative products, and underlying geologic and petroleum data, the DPA alters the relationship between interpretative result and data, between technology generation and application. At the present time, the Digital Petroleum Atlas currently contains just over 3,000 static web pages covering 11 counties, 10 fields and two regions of Kansas. "Static" pages, actual HTML text files on the DPA web server showing information to visitors, have decreased significantly since the last report (Carr and others, 1999). Today, most DPA pages do not exist as static pages but are constructed using templates and information (data and images) retrieved from relational databases. A template is used to construct an entire class of pages. For example, for a set of county geology pages (Figure 2), the only differences are the names of the files, the window titles, and the two figures (i.e., map and stratigraphic chart). The navigation is adjusted for each page (assigning a "Previous" page and assigning a "Next" page). As a result, a new set of geologic maps, core photos, etc., for a new play or field can be integrated into the DPA efficiently as a new set of static web pages. In addition, programs that use templates and can query relational database systems containing production, well and electric log data provide web access to data stored in relational databases. The combination of static and dynamic web pages cover Kansas’s oil and gas plays at scales from the regional through the single well sample. The DPA also consists of a navigational architecture that permits accessing information by a number of methods.

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