Preparation of Northern Mid-Continent Petroleum Atlas
May 15, 1999

Project members and contributors to this report include: Dana Adkins-Heljeson, Saibal Bhattacharya, Tim Carr, Lee C Gerhard, Paul Gerlach, Willard Guy, Robert O'Dell, Ken Stalder and W. Lynn Watney.


Report covers the third year of the Digital Petroleum Atlas (DPA) Project. The DPA is a long-term effort to develop a new methodology for efficient and timely access to the latest petroleum data and technology for the domestic oil and gas industry, research organizations and local governmental units. The DPA is a new approach to generating and publishing petroleum reservoir, field, play and basin studies. Atlas products are available anywhere in the world using a standard point-and-click world-wide-web interface ( dpaHome.html). In order to provide efficient transfer of the technology for client-defined solutions, all information and technology in the DPA can be accessed, manipulated and downloaded. The DPA design provides a dynamic product that is constantly evolving through new information structures, the latest research results, and incorporation of additional data. The user has complete and flexible access to both the interpretative products and the underlying reservoir and well data. The DPA has significantly altered the relationship between research results, data access, the transfer of technology, and our relationship with our clients.

The third year of the project concentrated on development of integration of relational databases into the DPA. The result is that previously completed products, such as field and basin studies, are automatically updated with the latest production and well data. Linking to relational databases also permits efficient construction of larger scale studies.

Over the last year content of the DPA has increased with two additional field studies (Chase-Silica and McKinney fields), comprehensive regional maps on all major oil and gas producing horizons and several new county scale maps.

The DPA Project continues to provide improved access to a "published" product and ongoing technology transfer activity. The DPA remains widely used by oil and gas producers and other groups interested in natural resources.

Executive Summary

The Digital Petroleum Atlas (DPA) Project is in the third 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, relational searches based on geologic and engineering criteria). 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.

Year 3 of the project concentrated on improved integration of relational databases that permit automatic updating of all DPA products (e.g., latest production and well data for field studies). Pages containing production data are generated through query of the most currently available data. In this aspect the DPA is a constantly and automatically updated product that will remain current well beyond the duration of the project.

Additional fields have been added to the DPA, including Chase-Silica. Chase-Silica is an older field in Rice, Barton and Stanford counties, producing primarily from the Arbuckle. This field is a first attempt at using online relational databases to both construct maps and provide access to data from an extremely large field (> 5,000 wells). McKinney Field (Chester, Marmaton, and Morrow) in Meade County was also added to the DPA. Field studies generated in previous years of the project remain, and have been enhanced with updated data and additional maps. These fields include Arroyo Field (Morrowan), Stanton County; Big Bow Field (St. Louis), Grant and Stanton counties; and Gentzler Field (Morrowan), Stevens County; Amazon Ditch and Terry fields (Lansing-Kansas City, Mississippian and Morrowan), Finney County; and Schaben Field (Mississippian) Ness County. Eight counties now contain detailed maps on multiple horizons. Regional maps at the statewide scale cover all the major oil and gas producing intervals. Methodologies developed in year three of the DPA Project provide improved access to a continuously "published" product and ongoing technology transfer activity.

Usage statistics and unsolicited feedback show that oil and gas producers are using the DPA on a regular basis to develop prospects, evaluate properties and provide regional background to ongoing and potential projects. In addition, public sector agencies, such as the Kansas Corporation Commission, use the data and results available in the Digital Petroleum Atlas.

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