WVGES Releases Publication of Oil and Gas Well Data

WVGES Releases Publication of Oil and Gas Well Data

The West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey (WVGES) is making available for purchase a digital publication of its oil and gas well data on DVD, as a tool to aid in the exploration and development of the Mountain State's oil and gas resources and the understanding of the State's subsurface geology.

Developed over the past 44 years, the Survey's digital database of more than 151,000 completed and permitted oil and gas wells contains data for wells completed in West Virginia since the late 1800's. The digital database was originally created by WVGES staff primarily to support the research and information programs of the Survey, and secondarily to support information requests from the public. Now, the Survey is releasing the data to help develop a better understanding of the subsurface geology of the State and to encourage a more active pursuit of exploratory and development drilling programs in the State. The database can be used to support industry, government, and public needs for geologic, geographic, and production data for oil and gas wells in the State.

Released as Digital Data Series-5 (publication DDS-5), WVGES Oil and Gas Well Data for West Virginia, these files were designed to be used in a relational database system. The files, however, can be adapted for use in other types of systems or used individually.

The publication contains eight data types. Coded data fields are translated. The data types/tables/files include:

Record formats for the data files and a "ReadMe" file are provided in PDF format.

Format Options:
The publication consists of a DVD that contains the same well data in two formats: as ASCII text files and as a generic Microsoft® Access database. Records are keyed on the 10-digit API number, which is used to link data between the files/tables.

ASCII Files: The ASCII files contain "raw" data, with the expectation that the user will import the files into application software such as a relational database like Microsoft® Access, SQL Server, or Oracle, or similar application. Many of the files will not import in whole into a spreadsheet such as Microsoft® Excel, because the number of records in many of the individual files exceeds Excel's limit of 65,536 records in Excel versions prior to 2007; the production file even exceeds Excel's limit of 1,000,000 records in the 2007 version of that program. The ASCII text files are comma-delimited, with data fields enclosed in double quotes. The nine ASCII files total nearly 634 MB of data.

Access Database: The same basic well data are also provided in the publication in a generic Microsoft® Access (2010) database format, a relational database, with the data organized into individual tables based on data type. No relationships have been setup in this generic database. The generic Microsoft® Access .mdb file exceeds 902 MB in size.

Cost of the publication is $495. This includes delivery via first class U.S. mail; shipment via other means is available for an additional charge. Credit cards (VISA and MasterCard) are accepted.

Periodic updates to the electronic publication are planned and will be available at a reduced price.

To Order:
To order the publication, contact Jennifer Luczko at (304) 594-2331.

Further Information:
Contact Jennifer Luczko or Mary Behling at (304) 594-2331.

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