Technology has been changing the landscape of how Oil & Gas (O&G) companies conduct business. In the past, sub-surface data collection has been the predominant source of intelligence for the industry. Seismic data, reservoir and flow modeling, and gravimetric monitoring have been used to perform analyses and locate drilling sites. Recent breakthroughs in satellite, infrared, and radar technologies have moved the O&G industry’s eyes to the sky, however, creating cost-effective and non-invasive exploration techniques.
New geospatial imagery is revealing:
- Well locations and seismic lines previously hidden under dense forests
- Persistent offshore oil seepage
- Mapping of different rock and mineral types
- 3-D representations that include rock formations, major structures, and elevation statistics
- Both barren and fruitful basin areas
The new data is also providing critical monitoring information.
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – commonly called drones – are routinely inspecting and surveying worksites.
- Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) can see through smoke and provide valuable details during refinery fires.
- Project and facility growth is easily documented for maximum accountability.
- The environmental impact can be recorded and overseen – with accurate reporting.
- Early leakage detection is saving the ecosystem, time, and money.
- Specifics regarding the type and number of rail cars at production plants reveal vital capacity and output information that affect the global market.
Above surface data has increased exploration and production all around the world.
Can Too Much Data Be a Bad Thing?
Although the new data collection techniques have proven to be valuable resources, O&G companies have been scrambling to meet new storage and analysis needs. Image files are large and require vast amounts of storage space. To keep the data relevant, it needs to be securely stored and easily accessible.
Overwhelmed with the storage requirements that the above surface data requires, large O&G enterprises are looking for guidance. Many use Geographic Information System (GIS) software to collect and analyze information, but their traditional RAID and tape storage solutions are consistently prohibiting their abilities to access and manipulate data on demand.
Keeper Recommends keeperSAFE with IDMT for Data Fusion
To accommodate technological advances, Keeper Technology recommends that struggling O&G companies integrate keeperSAFE with Intelligent Data Management Technology (IDMT) into their existing legacy hardware and GIS software.
The keeperSAFE storage appliance will not only supply elastic, scalable storage, but it will accelerate the time between data ingestion and data application. IDMT provides a powerful analyzer engine that will enable companies to index and manage existing data stores while improving data intelligence, management, and adding governance to their digital repositories.
Within an O&G enterprise, keeperSAFE with IDMT can:
Secure Disaster Recovery
IDMT pulls the data and metadata apart, replicates it, and then merges it only when needed. This means that everything will be replicated and can be restored if a disaster strikes.
Provide Access and Versioning Controls
keeperSAFE with IDMT allows for access controls beyond groups and users. Companies can tag items specifically for environmental parties, stakeholders, and contractors. Every file can be restricted down to the most granular level. When data is analyzed, audit controls will ensure data integrity for decision-making purposes.
The system uses metadata to associate data. It can link reservoir models with aerial images, 3-D representations, and mineral maps. There will be no disconnect between sub-surface and above surface information.
Support Dynamic Queries and Relationships
Every detail can be connected. keeperSAFE bolsters structured, unstructured, and spatial queries with the help of IDMT. Information will be compiled and relationships can be formed. Users can execute compound and text-based searches across all files types.
Create Actionable Results
A company can utilize the power of IDMT to optimize maintenance schedules, select sites, plan conservation, and record changes to the land’s geography. There will be no delays, no missing data, and no limitations to the technology they can incorporate into their system.
O&G enterprises are already searching for the next wave of information that technology will bring them. Keeper can give O&G the flexible storage and powerful data engines that they need to meet energy needs well into the future. Through keeperSAFE with IDMT, they can save time, money, resources, and lives.