The Ground Water Protection Council's Environmental Information Management Suite (EIMS) of applications, with its flagship application, the Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS), has expanded to include other electronic business applications that extend the use of oil and gas database information. These project development efforts will allow industry to produce more oil and gas more cost-effectively by providing industry with the tools that enable electronic business.
EIMS is the information management system used by most of the state agencies that regulate oil and gas production and injection throughout the country. The design goal of this suite of software is to enhance environmental protection and provide industry with the tools necessary to leverage resource development work by expediting reporting and permitting processes through access to the data contained in agency databases. Examples of GWPC's success in this regard include the eReport XML schema for production and injection data and Web-based reporting system, Web-based oil and gas well permitting (ePermit), RBDMS Online State Web sites, a Web-enabled schematic drawing utility that renders scaled drawings of wells from construction information stored in an ODBC/ADO data source, and Web-enabled GIS utilities for evaluating risk assessment and produced water quality.
GWPC, state personnel, and design consultants are developing e-business software applications that will serve small, medium, and large oil and gas operators. These customizable applications can be mapped to any Level 2 ODBC data source to meet the varying requirements of differing agencies without incurring duplicative programming efforts. Options under development include XML schema expansion, run-time databases, and online Web interfaces. This paper describes some of these electronic business software tools and their benefits to industry, user agencies, and the public.