This paper describes how the Drilling Engineering Applications Platform (DEAP) has been designed, built and implemented by a partnership of BPX and Baker Hughes INTEQ based on the open systems principles and a client - server architecture. Through the implementation of this system, real benefits have been realized in delivering information technology (IT) solutions to the partners’ business. By developing DEAP as a commercial rather than a proprietary product these benefits are available to other operators and contractors. In partnering the development of a commercial system, the development costs and risks were shared and the long term maintenance costs can be spread over a broad user base.

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