Geoshare drilling data integration

Bill Quinlivan has been thinking about the interface between drilling and geoscience. He concludes that new standards are needed to bridge the cultural divide between geology and geometry.

Schlumberger’s Bill Quinlivan is trying to rustle up support in the Geoshare community for a project aimed at enhancing data interchange and communications between drillers and geoscientists. Drilling data exchange focuses on communication between client offices and the rig site and promises multi-vendor opportunities. The ultimate objective is to achieve all this in real time.

Speed bump

Obstacles in the way of such inter-operability are what Quinlivan describes as the UNIX/PC ‘speed bump’ and the cultural gap between drillers and geoscientists. To overcome these, Quinlivan advocates a a full 3D data model enabling cross sections, formations and faults. The goal is to ‘drill geometrically rather than geologically.’ This could be achieved several ways - by extending Geoshare, switching to XML, going for Open Spirit type business objects or by ‘federating existing data exchange methods.’

Control loop

Quinlivan has begun investigating what is needed to enhance the Geoshare spatial model to cater for such novel usage. Quinlivan told PDM “I think the drilling control loop is a useful test case as a run-up to the larger issue of collaboration among computing products for continuous reservoir management.”

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