This paper discusses the implentation and use of a drilling information personal computer database system. The system is a commercially available software package called DIMS (Drilling Information Management System) and has been in use by the West Australian Petroleum Pty. Limited (WAPET) Drilling Department since the beginning of 1990. The system is used to input drilling data at the wellsite using a portable computer. All information that would normally be entered in manual reports (daily reports, casing, cementing, daily costs, etc), is input into the wellsite computer. Each wellsite supervisor sends this information from his computer to a central computer in the head office each morning via the telephone network using modems. Daily reports for all wells can then be generated from the central computer.

At the same time a database of information relating to all wells drilled is gradually built up. This information can be used as the basis for various drilling engineering, time and cost analyses used in the planning of future wells.

This paper discusses:

  • The reasons for purchasing such a system.

  • The benefits and drawbacks experienced in the office and the field.

  • Various aspects of implementation.

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