In the field of exploration and production (E&P), DEA generates comprehensive amounts
of data that are collected, validated and published by the responsible department for
Data & Information Management. The department consists of the three groups Well/
Production Data, Seismic Data and GIS Data. The GIS team supports users with various
services and provides the central GIS database. It includes data on exploration and production
as well as topography, satellite imagery and protected areas. For further processing,
the data must be centrally prepared, organized and quality-assured.
For this purpose, DEA was looking for a solution that would enable a smooth and fast
exchange of large amounts of data between ArcGIS and industry-specific systems (Petrel,
OpenWorks, Petrobank MDS). Complex processes were to be automated, transformations
between different data schemas were to be made and data structures were to be
compared more quickly. The connection of different data formats to the GIS and a better
monitoring of processes should further be ensured.
Deutsche Erdoel AG, headquartered in
Hamburg, is an internationally operating
exploration and production company
for natural gas and crude oil. It
employs approximately 1150 people
worldwide and has 118 years of experience
in the extraction of crude oil and
DEA is present at locations all over the
world with licences, conveyors and
offices – no matter if on the Egyptian
Nile Delta or in the Norwegian Sea. Exploration,
assessment of deposits, development
and production are among
DEA’s core competencies. DEA drives
exploration projects in core regions as
an operator or cooperation partner by
acquiring licenses and concessions.
DEA uses its extensive geoscientific
know-how for exploration and production
and relies on modern GIS technologies
such as ArcGIS and FME for planning
DEA has been using the software FME Desktop for all geo-data management and processing
tasks since 2013. FME is used as the central data interface to the GIS in the system
architecture and connects ArcGIS with specialist information systems of the E&P industry.
By using FME, the GIS team is now able to process large amounts of data quickly and efficiently. Exchanging data between the applied specialized systems and the GIS has been simplified considerably. For example, data from external data suppliers can be quickly and efficiently quality assured and updated with the help of FME and becomes available to DEA users with virtually no loss of time.
Complex processes for data preparation, such as transferring country-specific license data, could be automated and simplified significantly with FME. Comparisons of data structures and content can be quickly implemented, and quality assurance is also carried out based on standardized processes. The use of FME further ensures a smooth synchronisation of data between the head office and the companies.
Since the introduction of FME, the number of use cases at DEA has increased continuously. Initially, only simple updates and data conversions were implemented, but soon complex processes could be automated and databases could be synchronized. More and more different data types are being processed. Data transformation (especially of MS Excel files) is now offered by the GIS team as a service, an offer from which all departments at DEA benefit in the long term.
- Significant time savings in data processing, data provision and quality assurance
- Central data interface in the system architecture:
- Smooth and lossless data exchange between the specialized systems and the GIS
- Fast synchronization of data between head office and companies
- Optimization of workflows and increase in efficiency by automating processes
- Significant improvement of data quality
- Stable and fast execution by day and night
„The use of FME as a central data management tool not only saves us a lot of time and money, but also enables us to process and analyse data in a way that would otherwise not have been possible.
Last but not least, it‘s fun to work with the FME!“
E&P GIS Datamanager