The large amount of data collected during drilling wells is important in the design of the future nearby wells. These data include information such as fracture gradient (leak-off test and integrity test), formation density, pore pressure, lithology etc. Lack of this information may lead to a bad well design. The availability of these data can play an important role in reducing the risk of severe accidents such as blowouts.

Generally data for explored wells is available in each company's information storage system in some format decided by that company. Some of these data are not highly proprietary and could be shared. Well design could be significantly improved if pore pressure and fracture gradient data were readily available for all wells drilled in an area rather than data from just the wells drilled by the company planning the new well. Presently this information is not shared because of the following:

  1. The data in the company is often not centrally organized, especially for drilling engineering purposes.

  2. There is a lack of a centralized communication channel.

  3. A large effort is required to collect the information from various companies and put them into one format.

A central public database would minimize the above problems. If such a database containing important well information were readily accessible to the companies, it would be of great benefit to them.

This paper describes a prototype database containing limited information about wells explored by companies in different areas. The database is developed on IBM RS/6000 platform and is publicly available in a test mode. Users can interact with the database by connecting to the internet node of Petroleum Engineering Department of Louisiana State University or by connecting to the machine by telephone modem. The results of the queries can be downloaded onto user's machines.

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