PDM-002: What is a Well (WIAW & Well ID)New

Industry Standards: Non-Technical

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2-4 Hours
No Prerequisites
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Course Option: 
Classroom, Private, Online, Instructor-Led Webinar

Target Audience:
This course requires some working experience and petroleum industry knowledge. Executive managers, regulators, operators, service companies, data and software vendors, would benefit from this class. Others who would gain knowledge related to the What is a Well standard include Project Managers, Geologists, O&G Engineers, Financial, Field Workers, Business Analysts, Data Governance Teams, Data Architects, Data Management Leaders, Data Managers, Database Analysts, Software Developers.

Course Description:

Today’s technology allows business and technical experts to combine well data from many sources in support of analytics, process optimization, decision making, and business integration. Difficulties often arise when data sources upon which you depend define “wells” differently, use incompatible identification systems, or are ambiguous about which part of a complex well configuration data is related to.  

Successful data integration depends on terminology that is unambiguous, and methodologies that enable data cohesion. This course helps you understand why and how the language used to describe various components of a well in data systems has diverged over time, making even simple questions (such as “Find all the wells that we have an interest in”) difficult or impossible to answer.

We’ll help you understand how the WIAW serves as a clearly defined “Rosetta Stone” that will help you integrate data sources, create a cohesive story about each well, and answer critical business questions.  We will review the ground-breaking work done by the collaborative PPDM Association project "What is a Well" (WIAW), the WIAW interactive tool, baseline definitions, representative diagrams, and baseline comparisons.  We will discuss how well identification systems can help or hinder data analysis and explain how the PPDM Association Global Well Identification best practice can help you navigate the complexities of many data systems, regulatory environments, and software applications.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify baseline definitions associated with WIAW (E.g., Well, Well Set, Well Origin, Wellbore, Wellbore Segment, etc.).
  • Review the WIAW interactive tool created by a PPDM Association Work Group, and the importance of this resource to the petroleum industry.
  • Recognize the appropriate application of the baseline definitions as they pertain to the petroleum industry data management roles.
  • Review examples of WIAW representative diagrams and explore individual components over the lifecycle of a well, recognizing common situations that often result in misunderstanding and data management problems.
  • Explore how the variability with which wells are identified can lead to long learning times and increased risk of error.
  • Review how well identification systems must work and the functions that must be served for data systems to be fully effective. 

Evaluation Method(s) / Metrics:
Final Exam. Pass grade 70% or higher.

Completion Award:
PPDM Certificate of Completion

Special Requirements:
No special requirements associated with this course.