The next ten years are critical for managing manpower in the upstream petroleum industry. As experienced technical resources retire at an ever-increasing rate, companies are waking up to the reality that years of work and millions of dollars worth of knowledge and expertise is walking out the door.

In many companies, one person or a small community of experts are the only resource focusing on a particular discipline, such as pore pressure analysis or geomechanical modeling. Companies that have not developed or implemented solutions to combat the retirement challenge will be at a growing competitive disadvantage.

Factors surrounding data workflows and storage of pressure-related information within operating teams have been examined and show that data inaccessibility and inefficient data workflows have cultivated an environment where technical resources are unable to fully capitalize on available data. The current work environment does not allow past work to benefit current efforts and these factors are all at play in an industry that demands data sharing, collaboration and cross discipline cooperation.

By using existing technology and improved workflows it is possible to protect and benefit from the efforts of the retiring technical resources while improving the flow of information to the end user.

These storage and workflow challenges are reviewed for the pore pressure and geomechanical disciplines to demonstrate how better storage and data management translates into improved workflows and greater efficiencies among engineering and geological teams.

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