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Kansas Geological Survey, Open File Report 97-14

Digital Petroleum Atlas Annual Report 1996
Executive Summary

The prototype Digital Petroleum Atlas (DPA) Project is the first year of a long-term effort to develop 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 access through the Internet using widely available tools such as World-Wide-Web browsers. The latest technologies and information are "published" electronically when individual project components are completed removing the lag and expense of transferring technology using traditional paper publication. Active links, graphical user interfaces and database search mechanisms of the DPA provide a product with which the operator can interact in ways that are impossible in the 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 prototype DPA concentrated on developing methodologies and computerized procedures to generate and to "publish" a limited set of field and play studies concentrated in Kansas and to a lesser extent the Northern Mid-continent. Kansas fields studied include: Arroyo Field (Morrowan), Stanton County; Big Bow Field (St. Louis), Grant and Stanton counties; and Gentzler Field (Morrowan), Stevens County. Access is provided through the DPA to previously existing and new regional, play, field and individual well information. Methodologies, developed in year one of the prototype DPA Project, provide a "published" product and ongoing technology transfer activity that is continuously updated with the latest information and technology.

Through complete and flexible user access to technology, interpretative products and the underlying geologic and petroleum data, the DPA alters the relationship between interpretative result and data, between technology generation and application.

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Kansas Geological Survey, Open-File Report 97-14
Placed online February 1997
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