Centralize data services
The company's main Information Management (IM) project objectives were
to be able to manage all E&P data in a single corporate datastore, validate
data according to defined business rules, and preserve and grow the value of
investment in data and information. After considering several service providers
to meet these objectives, Cairn India selected Schlumberger to drive the
project because of its proven leadership in E&P IM and its proposed
state-of-the-art technology solution:
- ProSource Corporate software—to consolidate well data types (e.g., deviation, tests, cores, core analysis, markers, zones, casing, and fluid analysis) into a centralized master database.
- ProSource Seismic and ProSource Results software—to manage seismic data and enable knowledge management.
- ProSource Connectors—to access GeoFrame* integrated reservoir characterization system, OpenWorks® geosciences project database software, LogDB* log data storage and retrieval software, and Petrel* seismic-to-simulation software.
- managed services—to perform application hosting, support, and system integration activities (customize ProSource Connectors and integrate Documentum®, Geolog®, Interactive Petrophysics™, and EDM™).
A complete solution
Corporate Database Management Services (CDMS) was the chosen business
model for this project. CDMS is a fully managed service that utilizes new and
innovative concepts that can be adapted to a company’s needs. In this
case, the complete infrastructure resides in a secure Schlumberger data center,
which is hosted, maintained, and updated by Schlumberger personnel. Cairn India
owns the entire suite of software and Schlumberger provides the hardware
(servers, routers, etc.) on a rental basis. The offsite data center facility is
connected to the Cairn India office via a 4 mbps dedicated line, and the whole
installation is controlled and monitored by access cards and cameras.
This data center contains the entire suite of ProSource software,
providing a scalable solution ideally suited to the company’s growing
data integration, accessibility, and interoperability requirements. With its
built-in capabilities for data loading, exporting, and administration, the
ProSource platform is the framework foundation for a fully integrated
In collaboration with Infosys® Technologies, Schlumberger engineers
enhanced ProSource software functionality by building additional connectors for
Geolog, Interactive Petrophysics (IP), and EDM. These connectors provide read
access to datastores through the ProSource tree, so that users can select raw
logs from LogDB using the ProSource interface and transfer the selected log
file to either Geolog or IP. The final interpreted logs from Geolog and IP can
then be transferred back to the corporate Seabed database for final archiving.
A customized Documentum connector was also built, enabling users to select
relevant well or seismic data through the ProSource interface and launch
Documentum in context to view any associated documents.
Setup and support
The CDMS agreement between Cairn India and Schlumberger covered a
five-year period, which was autoregulated by a set of SLAs and KPIs, and
consisted of two main phases: 1) the Project phase, and 2) the Service Delivery
In the Project phase, the Schlumberger project implementation team
worked together with the Cairn India team to design and implement the Corporate
Data Management Solution. This phase consisted of a data loading pilot to first
test the solution. The design, implementation, and testing milestones were
accompanied by incentives or penalties based on early or late delivery of the
milestone. Once satisfactory results were attained, the Service Delivery phase
began. This phase consisted of migrating legacy data stored in disparate file
systems to the corporate database, loading any new data coming into the
corporate database, and performing system integration. This phase was
accompanied by a set of quarterly KPIs and monthly SLAs.