Transcript of "Digital technologies & current uses in environmental geology - A Marcellus Shale example (Stantec)"
Digital Technologies & Current Uses in
Environmental Geology - A Marcellus Shale
Northeastern Section- 49th Annual Meeting
The Geologic Society of America
T22. Marcellus and Utica Shales:
Geology, Natural Gas Production, and Water Resources Issues
John Bolakas, M.Sc., PG, LSRP
James Kerr, M.Sc., PG
Ghazanfar (Gus) Sukkurwala, M.Sc., PE
Michael Teeling, M.Sc., CPG
The Marcellus Shale play has been of significant importance in the development of oil and gas resources and
providing regulatory framework for natural resource protection. Pennsylvania has led in updating oil and gas
regulations to manage these unconventional resources. The use of digital technologies now underlies
effective collection, storage, analysis and reporting of data and information integral to industry operational
performance and regulatory compliance.
Regulatory compliance and reporting requirements are creating large data sets which can present
information management challenges. GIS-based digital collection tools and principles of centralization,
standardization and automation are being used to meet these challenges. Developing a life cycle solution
which includes mobile data collection, enterprise data management, accessible web portals, and reporting
tools provide means for users to access, mine, query, analyze and report relevant data and information with
Pennsylvania’s pre-drill sampling and mechanical well integrity assessment requirements provide two
examples of how industry is using digital technologies to improve data collection, management and
accessibility; manage asset performance; and meet regulatory reporting requirements that protect
Pennsylvania’s natural resources. Consequently, practitioners of environmental geology have embraced
these digital technologies and are incorporating them into database intensive activities both for the Marcellus
Shale and across the country.
Data Challenges and Solutions
Current (new) practices
generate volumes of data.
• Disparate data
• Variable data formats
• Managing QA/QC
• Ease of maintenance,
querying, and reporting
• Interpretation and
Current requirements mandate the transition from traditional
paper methods to electronic data management
What is Knowledge Management?
• Historical projects
• Project based knowledge
• Industry knowledge
• Human resources and knowledge transfer
Data Information Knowledge
How can we use Information
Services (IS) to manage
• Data querying, analysis,
• Data collection with a purpose
• Data collection, storage and
• Knowledge portals
Data Information Knowledge
Field Data Acquisition
What else can we do/capture?
• Aquifer Testing
• Borehole Logging
• COC management
• Connectivity with various
GPS, YSI, Solinst)
• Equipment Calibration
• Gauging (LNAPL/DNAPL)
• Sample Planning
• Site Inspection
• Site Reconnaissance
• Soil Gas
• Water Quality
• Well Construction
Anything Where There is a Paper Form!
• Groundwater Protection and
• Methane Source Studies
• Water Treatment System Design and
• Spill Response
• Well Integrity Management
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