The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC), working with agencies that represent the oil and gas producing states, has developed a comprehensive system titled Environmental In-formation Management Suite (EIMS) to manage data from oil, gas and injection well operations.

The EIMS program offers flexible integration of highly customizable data solution tools, including the Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS), an oil and gas production module, a stand-alone geographic information system (GIS) module, an internet reporting module, a runtime version, a wellbore schematic package, and an economic and engineering module. RBDMS is a complete well database system and has a built-in environmental risk assessment com-ponent that is used for injection wells.

The cooperative funding for the development of the system has been provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and from 17 EIMS user states.

EIMS is designed to run on stand-alone and net-worked PC's that run the Windows 95, 98, 2000, or NT oper-ating systems. Microsoft Access was chosen as the database development tool. EIMS can also attach to backend database management systems such as SQL Server, Oracle, or Sybase. Like Access, EIMS uses the familiar Windows graphical user interface.

An important aspect of this project is the cooperative approach used by the team of designers. Personnel from vari-ous state agencies, GWPC, and database design consultants have developed this system to be easily customized to meet the varying needs that exist among state environmental regu-lations. State agency database administrators communicate with each other to solve the problems associated with main-taining the system. This paper describes the EIMS program and some of its applications.

New modules are currently being developed that will increase this system's usefulness to the industry and regulatory agencies. EIMS is distributed cost free.

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