Exploration companies are looking deeper below the surface of both the earth and the oceans in search of new reserves of oil and gas. This brings with it a lot of challenges for managing both the exploration sites and all the related paperwork. Physical samples need to be analysed, producing printed or digital reports, and photographs are taken of exploration sites. Exploration permits, licenses, environmental studies also need to be associated with each location.

The Importance of Location-Based Information

Maintaining a master view of all related physical and digital assets is important, as is maintaining their association to the geographic location of the exploration site. Different views of related assets can provide the right people with the right information to make effective decisions.

Life cycle support and automatic notification are just two of the ways to support regulatory compliance for exploration in any given geographic location. Keeping track of when documents and reports must be filed is an important part of complying with regulations that govern exploration and drilling permits, etc.

Registries for Information Management

A registry can provide a simple, low cost means to manage regulatory information, easily handling all kinds of permits, leases, claims, and related information. Key fields can be identified to capture information such as location, issuing agency, date of issue, current holder, etc. If needed, a corporate registry can easily be interfaced to government regulation databases.

Because every record is automatically assigned a unique identifier, every change to a record can be traced in an audit trail that shows details about the change made, such as the time stamp and the user or role that made the change. Automated notification can be set up to immediately inform regulators, corporate staff, or other interested parties of any changes to critical pieces of information.

All the content in a registry is fully searchable by free text, keywords, and other methods. Geospatial properties can be leveraged to search by location or by extent from areas drawn on a map, as well as by country, state, province, county, etc. Information can be categorized and searched by type. Search results can be displayed in tabular form or directly on public maps and globes such as Google Maps, Google Earth, or ArcGIS, or on private map backgrounds from Web Map Services or other systems.

Registry content can be downloaded to a laptop or other device and operated offline in the field. Upon returning to the office, data from the field can be uploaded to the main registry while other changes in the main registry can be downloaded – keeping both synchronized so that the must current information is always available.

Coordinate Reference Systems Registry

Digital assets or artifacts may provide key information about physical assets, or contain information key to business operations, or may be part of the IT infrastructure itself. Once such type of information that is vitally important to oil and gas exploration is the Coordinate Reference System (CRS) used to map the coordinates of a specific real world location to its actual physical location of the face of the planet.

Without knowing the coordinate reference system to which a particular set of coordinates belong, the actual physical location defined by those coordinates is ambiguous. Different coordinate reference systems can put the same set of coordinates in quite different physical locations.

Ensuring that the right coordinate system is referenced, with its associated parameter values, can be crucial in all kinds of geographic computations for oil and gas exploration, as well as in mining, defense, and even archaeology. A mistake in CRS parameters could easily lead to a costly error in location for exploration drilling. With today’s increased emphasis on deep water wells, or slant or even horizontal drilling, such errors in drill placement cannot be tolerated.

How Galdos Can Help

Galdos Systems designed and developed the INdicio™ Registry Platform to provide all the core functionality for applications that use a Registry Service, as well as being a rapid application development environment for custom applications and solutions. INdicio can be hosted internally, in a cloud, or by Galdos Systems.

Galdos Systems created the CRS Registry, which is an application of INdicio that provides an open standards based registry of coordinate reference systems (CRS) and units of measure definitions. A public CRS Registry is hosted by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) at http://www.epsg-registry.org/. Over 600 agencies world wide are registered users of this registry. It is a good example of using INdicio to manage digital assets such as, in this case, coordinate reference system definitions.

The CRS Registry makes use of key INdicio features like taxonomies (e.g. Earth model types, CRS types), associations, registry repository, and logical collections. INdicio supports linking, relating and classifying your assets, as well as supporting their description through various user defined properties, including geographic properties, which INdicio objects can have any number of.

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