Kansas Geological Survey, Open File Report 97-14
Digital Petroleum Atlas Annual Report 1996
As the first year of a longer-term effort, the prototype 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 continously ìpublishedî
electronically when individual project components are completed,
removing the lag and expense of transferring technology using
traditional paper publication. Additional information and technology
are constantly being added to the DPA to increase the scope and
detail. Active links, graphical user interfaces and database search
mechanisms provide a published 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). Improvement in data and
technology access for the domestic petroleum industry represents one
of the best and cost-effective options that is available for
mitigating the continued decline in domestic production.
The one-year prototype DPA Project developed methodologies and
computerized procedures to study, compile and "publish" a limited set
of field and play studies concentrated in Kansas and to a lesser
extent the Northern Mid-continent Region. As part of the one year DPA
project, three Kansas field studies were completed (Arroyo, Gentzler
and Big Bow).
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.