Today's technology of the internet, scanning and "digitization" in general has made data seamlessly available from one's desktop or smartphone. The volume of vintage industry data is so large, that not all of it has made the trip from paper to "digital". Some data are missing if one relies only on what is retrievable via the internet. Here are some examples of significant information apparently missing from online "only" data.
Before the explosion of the Internet during the 1990's "data" was mostly on paper. The migration to digital or "online" data (that we all know now) meant that hard copy data had to be entered into the new databases (think typing into a database). The sheer immensity of oil and gas well data and the innumerable formats meant that not all available "data" made the trip to online repositories - particularly narrative data. The example above compares an IHS Enerdeq well record to an original 1964 paper "Scout Card" published by Ira Rineharts for a well in western Oklahoma. It's easy to see the extraordinary depth of data on the paper record that is missing from the digital record!
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The Library has thousands of Scout Cards like the one above that contain detailed data that has not necessarily been captured in the online digital well records. When you download a vendor's well records, you may not be getting all the information about a given well.
These data have the potential to reinforce your idea. These also may to tell you that the log show you're chasing really wasn't hydrocarbons, because the DST you just found out tested water!
Another example of how not all oil and gas data made the trip from paper to digital. This example is from Eastern Oklahoma. The Enerdeq data accurately shows six wells drilled with a total initial potential of nearly 1,300 bbls per day.
HOWEVER...THE CUMULATIVE PRODUCTION IS ABSENT IN THE IHS ENERDEQ DATA
DIGGING A BIT DEEPER INTO THE VINTAGE PAPER RECORDS HAS THE ANSWER
The vintage paper production records show the lease produced over 200,000 bbls of oil.
Missing accurate production records may obviously make a significant difference in one's interpretation and exploration efforts!