RWE Dea Streamlines Asset Data Management with eSearch Software Implementation | Schlumberger
Case Study
Gulf of Suez, Germany, Egypt, Europe, Africa, Onshore, Offshore

Challenge: Improve geological and geophysical asset information storage, access, and retrieval for key fields. Modernize multisite, multivendor repository approach.

Solution: Implement eSearch software to improve physical and digital E&P data management.


  • Enhanced search capability with a single point of data access
  • Improved exploration and drilling decision making
  • Attached relevant documentation by asset for improved understanding and reporting
  • Achieved significant time and resource savings

RWE Dea Streamlines Asset Data Management with eSearch Software Implementation

Single-point access provided for multisite asset understanding and reporting

Assess new data management challenges

Established in 1974, RWE Dea is an oil and gas operator in Egypt. It has partnered with other companies to successfully develop the crude oil fields Ras Budran, Ras Fanar, and Zeit Bay in the Gulf of Suez. A surge of natural gas exploration in the western Nile Delta, both onshore and offshore, positioned RWE Dea as a major stakeholder in the region—responsible for the operation of several promising concessions. This opportunity also brought data management challenges. Plans for significant seismic testing, drilling, and offshore projects meant the company had to be ready to handle expanding data volumes for all aspects of its Egyptian operations. 

Develop central resource for all data 

RWE Dea is always looking to develop and enhance the way its business is managed. The company recognizes that the increasing amounts of data in today’s oil and gas industry demand advanced solutions that align with its policies and objectives. 

RWE Dea knew its success in this growing market depended on a more sophisticated method to catalog, cross reference, and manage the growing volume of E&P asset data companywide—including photos, scanned drawings, logs, and other site-specific documentation. An alternative would be to purchase expensive third-party data as a quick way to find required information, though it would ultimately create more complexity (e.g., data redundancy taking up valuable storage space). 

eSearch software was implemented by the RWE Dea head office in Germany and RWE Dea offices in Egypt and Libya to allow users to efficiently index, search for, and order physical assets consistently across multiple repositories and sites. With the help of an experienced Schlumberger deployment team, successful implementation of eSearch software was accomplished.

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Map showing the RWE Dea exploration area in Egypt.
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With eSearch software, RWE Dea successfully manages information from scattered repositories using a central resource.

The first step was to build a new database model. All existing data was then exported from the previous software to CSV files, which were then loaded into the new system. 

Improved asset understanding and reporting 

Using eSearch software, the company now manages existing information from scattered repositories in a central resource, keeping all data intact. The software also improves asset understanding and reporting. 

The intuitive interface of eSearch software delivers a single, common view of physical and digital data, providing powerful search capabilities for swift retrieval of cataloged information. The team now benefits from more accurate valuation of prospects and assets in a lifecycle context—from data acquisition to disposition. Data integrity and security are also improved. The new system has ultimately driven an improvement in data management, expediting interpretation processes and information delivery to partners.

The new system has ultimately driven an improvement in data management,  expediting interpretation processes and information delivery to partners.

“The eSearch software has streamlined and consolidated our data management, as well as provided a richer source of information. This is crucial for efficient future expansion.”

Kamal Saad El-Din, Archiving Coordinator RWE Dea

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