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Kansas Geological Survey, Open File Report 97-14

Digital Petroleum Atlas Annual Report 1996

Traditional Petroleum Atlas

Compilation of reservoir, field and play studies into a published petroleum atlas is a time honored approach to illustrating by analog the latest petroleum exploration and development knowledge and application. Notable compilations of such studies include: Structure of Typical American Fields (Powers, 1929); Giant Fields of 1968-1978 (Halbouty, 1981); Treatise of Petroleum Geology: Atlas of Oil and Gas Fields (Beaumont and Foster, 1990; Foster and Beaumont, 1991; 1992), Atlas of Major Texas Oil Reservoirs (Galloway and others, 1983), Atlas of Midcontinent Gas Reservoirs (Bebout and others, 1993), and Atlas of Major Rocky Mountain Gas Reservoirs (Robertson and others, 1993). The underlying goals of these petroleum atlases have been to:

Various formats have been developed to facilitate data access, and to meet the requirements and limitations of the particular paper publication. Table 1 shows a generalized format that is common to many of these compilations. The traditional published atlas is a time consuming and expensive process that results in static paper product. Products and data are typically limited by space and cost considerations to summary information at the field or reservoir level. For each play, field or reservoir only a relatively small number of author-selected maps, cross-sections, charts and other summary data are included. The paper atlas does not provide access to well and lease data or to intermediate research products (such as digital geographic and geologic components of maps, interpreted and uninterpreted subsurface data, geochemical analyses, thin section images, and other traditionally unpublished material). Without access to the data and intermediate products, modifying and updating a published field study to fit particular applications or new scientific ideas is a difficult and time consuming process.

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