The XML based Wellsite Information Transfer Standard Markup Language (WITSML) wellsite data exchange format provides the hydrocarbon extraction industry with a bandwidth efficient, real-time drilling data management and exchange format. Drilling data can be supplied to the data consumer within seconds, regardless of their global location.

With recent industry talk of the big demographic bulge or crew change being due within five years and ongoing difficulty in sourcing new recruits into the hydrocarbon extraction industry, the ability to take the data to the expert, rather than the expert to the data, provides both Oil and Service Companies with workflow challenges and opportunities.

This paper reviews three cases that show the WITSML data standard and associated infrastructure being used to automate or improve the distinct organizational workflows. The provision of real-time well and drilling data via an internet protocol based data standard and data management infrastructure brings measureable improvements within the discussed workflows.

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