The exploration department of Turkey’s national oil and gas
company—Türkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortakligi (TPAO)—includes
almost 200 geoscientists organized into seismic data processing,
interpretation, reservoir characterization, basin analysis, log interpretation,
well geology, and nonseismic methods groups.
These exploration teams used a number of software programs—from
different vendors and with varying data-repository types—while other
departments were using Schlumberger software exclusively, including the Petrel
E&P software platform. The disconnected exploration workflow in place
required frequent data exchange between the various groups. This caused delays
and inefficiencies, as well as knowledge loss from one team to another.
Learning multiple Linux-based systems was also time consuming for junior staff,
further inhibiting productivity. The company needed to introduce a
collaborative working environment to remove these inefficiencies.
After meeting with Schlumberger to discuss possible solutions, it
quickly became clear that TPAO would benefit from performing its exploration
workflows in the Petrel platform and implementing the Studio E&P knowledge
environment—software specifically designed to manage data and contextual
knowledge. This solution would improve collaboration around petrotechnical data
and increase productivity.
A pilot project was undertaken to create master repositories in the
Studio Knowledge database to test the solution. Access rights were established,
enabling users to connect to reference projects, create their own working
projects, and share data via the Studio Knowledge database.