Indian state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is nearing completion of a major data management initiative that began in 1999. This paper presents a case study of the Exploration & Production Information Network (EPINET) Project. Rather than communicating detailed facts and IT aspects, the paper will show how EPINET has dealt with the critical "people, process, and technology" aspects of project implementation. It also includes a discussion of maturity levels in data management and how EPINET is helping the company to evolve along the maturity path in its information management practice.

The objective of the EPINET project was setting up a live E&P information network across the length and breadth of India. It included setting up infrastructure (machines and software) in as many as 18 sites, empowering the sites with suitably trained people, and creating and implementing policies and procedures for managing a steady flow of information. It required standardization, change management and motivating people. It ongoingly deals with data aggregation, organizing disparate information, and providing easy and free access to information.

The project targets information sources (field offices known as assets, basins, forward bases, laboratories and interpretation centers) and utilizes the "own, populate, use" model to manage data quality. In short, the EPINET project brings a paradigm shift from personalized local databases in individual personal computers to a truly integrated countrywide corporate database. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality and speed of business decisions through more efficient team collaboration. This is enabled by the availability of reliable multidisciplinary (seismic, wireline, well completion, drilling, and production) technical data. The EPINET project is expected to create substantial value for the organization.

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