GrandBasin for Shell

Shell Exploration and Production Company is outsourcing its data management to Landmark’s GrandBasin e-business unit. PetroBank and Surf and Connect will provide data storage and access to Shell’s two terabytes of seismic data.

Houston-based Shell Exploration and Production Company has awarded Landmark Graphics’ e-business unit GrandBasin a three-year, outsourced data management contract. The deal covers the management of over two terabytes of Shell’s seismic data using the PetroBank data management system, and the web based Surf and Connect data browser, both recently acquired from PGS.


Dave Lesar, chairman and CEO of Halliburton, Landmark’s parent company said, “This data management contract is an example of the great partnerships that result from organizations like Halliburton and Shell E&P working to leverage advanced technology. Shell’s decision to outsource its data management to GrandBasin is a clear indication of the confidence that they have in PetroBank and Landmark’s data management.”


The contract provides for the outsourced management of all of Shell’s US affiliate’s data to Landmark unit GrandBasin. Landmark president John Gibson said, “Shell recognized the strategic importance of the PetroBank vision many years ago by actively participating in its architecture and development. Outsourcing E&P data management to Landmark will give Shell improved access to the right data at the right time and will enable it focus on its core business.”

Surf and Connect

GrandBasin’s data management tools, including Surf and Connect will be used to support Shell’s data flows and work processes, to aggregate data and manage projects dynamically. New developments in corporate data management technology from GrandBasin and Landmark will feed back into the partnership.

Change of tack

The outsourcing of Shell’s data management to Landmark represents a significant shift from previous attempts by Shell to provide similar services to the industry at large. As reported in the earliest editions of PDM (Vol. 1 N° 2) , Shell originally planned to offer upstream data management support - including PetroBank - through its Shell Services International ‘Veristream’ unit. Shell’s New Orleans Gulf of Mexico unit was also an early PetroBank adopter in-house (PDM Vol. 4 N° 5).

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