In E&P databases, every well and wellbore needs a unique identifier. PPDM supports the industry’s efforts to improve well identification systems. This responds to the increasing complexity of well construction, the rapidly expanding volumes and types of data, and the need for unambiguous exchange of well data among businesses, governments and computer systems.
Around the world, one encounters numerous systems for well identification. Some are not suitable for digital databases, requiring data managers to develop their own identifiers. When PPDM launched a work group project to revise the well identifier for the USA in 2011, a preliminary step was to develop a “framework” of general principles.