Charles Zuppann
Geological Research at the IGS

Petroleum Database Management System

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Jan 1, 1950 Jul 31, 2015 All Counties
Director: Charles Zuppann
Other Researchers: David Jacob , Tim Schoch, Mitchell Latta, Jeremiah Mickey, Emily Austin
Funding: Indiana University - Indiana Geological & Water Survey
Issue: Access to records of oil and gas wells is important to the petroleum industry, environmental and regulatory agencies, academia, and to the general public. The PDMS is listed as a "Project" for convinience in reporting activities that do not meet the definition as Projects. In particular, all five part-time hourly employees do essentially the same tasks. They are all listed here, and not to specific projects that are basically "sub-projects" of the PDMS. We could consider moving any of them to another account if they reach a certain threshold of work on a particular project.
Objective: Facilitate access to information related to oil and gas wells in Indiana and to provide this information in ways that will allow it to be accessed efficiently by users.
Approach: The Petroleum Database Management System (PDMS) provides information on significant aspects of a well's history of drilling and production. The system stores and makes historical well information available online, as well as integrating results of recent drilling activity. The PDMS contains essentially complete statewide coverage of the following well data: 1) coordinate well location, 2) total depth, 3) ground elevation, 4) completion formations, intervals, and initial production test results, 5) well location description, 5) main events in a well's history, completion date, 7) operator name, 8) farm name, and 9) well number. Current data entry includes all newly arrived well data, and formation elevations and log information. The online Map Viewer provides many features that provide spatial views of well data stored in the PDMS Well Record Tables.
Products: The entire set of more than 74,000 wells is being systematically processed to produce maps, database files, production and exploration summaries, and access via the Web. Various technical records such as completion reports and geophysical logs can be viewed and downloaded. The database is available on the Indiana Geological Survey Web site:
Benefits: Anyone who desires subsurface information pertinent to the state of Indiana may access the petroleum well database and extract well information. The availability of information of this kind will save exploration costs and expenses for gathering background information.

Improvements to the Indiana Geological Survey’s Petroleum Database Management System
Charles W. Zuppann, M.I.S. Daniels, P. Rohwer, D. Jacob, and T.A. Proffitt, 2011, Improvements to the Indiana Geological Survey’s Petroleum Database Management System: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Eastern Section annual meeting, September 24-27, 2011. Presented by Zuppann.

Petroleum Database Management System

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