The Times, They Are A-Changin’ (Saskatchewan UWI Edition)

As we briefly mentioned previously on this blog, the Saskatchewan government regulator (SER) has announced its intention to move away from its current UWI format. This coincides with the Ministry of Energy and Resources PRIME project to modernize the 20 year old business processes and Oil and Gas support systems. Part of the PRIME project is to implement the Petroleum Registry into Saskatchewan.

The implementation of this system has the effect of requiring a UWI change. The SK regulator is targeting May 2011 to send samples of the proposed format changes to industry subscribers for comment. As geoLOGIC Systems is on the subscribers list, we will receive these samples when they are available, and will comment as applicable.

How, you may be asking, does the Saskatchewan Regulator’s planned changes to the UWI affect geoLOGIC?

The SK regulator date to move towards the proposed UWI format change is April 2012. With geoLOGIC’s current multiple UWI setup, we are well positioned to be able to handle the changes with minimal disruption to our client base.

And it is important to note as well that all service providers will be receiving the sample data at the same time.

geoLOGIC’s SK UWI Fast Facts

  • All data vendors will have access to the proposed SK UWI format change in May 2011. No vendor has access to this information prior to May 2011.
  • SK will implement the new UWI format in April 2012
  • geoLOGIC is able to implement the new UWI with minimal client disruption.
  • geoLOGIC will be able to translate from the April 2012 UWI format to any of its existing 5 SK UWI formats.

At this time the SK government does not assign event sequences to its wells in the same format as other provinces in Western Canada. (But then, Saskatchewan has always done things a little differently.)

geoSCOUT and the gDC have always provided an extended well key, which accommodates the Saskatchewan source data exactly as it is provided.

However, the differences in the SK UWI formats have presented challenges to industry when trying to use the SK well information in other applications such as accounting or land systems.

In response to this challenge, geoLOGIC enabled clients to convert the SK government issued UWI’s into a format* (see GSL_OLD_UWI) consistent with the rest of the Western Provinces thereby allowing them to easily work with the SK well information in other applications.

This converted UWI is also available in the geoSCOUT Well Ticket. This expertise and understanding of the SK UWI has allowed geoLOGIC Systems to help our clients convert other vendor’s calculated SK UWI’s into a format** (see GSL_OTHER_CALC_UWI) consistent with the rest of the Western Provinces. This allows for easy loading of the SK well information into other applications.

Following are examples of the SK UWI formats available to our customers, and what product line they are available through:

(1) UWI

TTTMRRSSLLXXEZZZZ where TTT is Township, M is Meridian, RR is Range, SS is Section, LL is Legal Subdivision, XX is Location Exception, E is Event Sequence and ZZZZ is zone code

gDC UWI Format: 04832319062102321

geoSCOUT’s UWI Sort Format (Long): 04832319062102321

 

(2) GSL_UWI

1XXLLSSTTTRRWM0EZZZZ as above with 1 for DLS, W is Meridian Direction and the 0 is a filler

gDC UWI Format: 121061904823W3002321

geoSCOUT’s CPA Format (Long): 121061904823W3002321

 

(3) *GSL_OLD_UWI

1XXLLSSTTTRRWM0E as above with 1 for DLS, where XX is Location Exception, LL is Legal Subdivision, SS is Section, TTT is Township, RR is Range W is Meridian Direction and the 0 is a filler and E is based upon a calculation of the Event Identifier and the Zone code

This is the SK UWI converted to a format consistent with the rest of the Western Provinces.

gDC UWI Format: 121061904823W302

geoSCOUT’s CPA Format: 121/06-19-048-23W3/02

 

(4) GSL _UWID

1XXLLSSTTTRRWMZZZZ as above with 1 for DLS, where XX is Location Exception, LL is Legal Subdivision, SS is Section, TTT is Township, RR is Range, W is Meridian Direction and ZZZZ is zone code

This is the SK UWI sent out by the SK Government regulator.

gDC UWI Format: 121/06-19-048-23W3/002321

geoSCOUT Format: 121/06-19-048-23W3/00 (2321)

 

(5) **GSL_OTHER_CALC_UWI

1XXLLSSTTTRRWM0E as above with 1 for DLS, where XX is Location Exception, LL is Legal Subdivision, SS is Section, TTT is Township, RR is Range W is Meridian Direction and the 0 is a filler and E is based upon a calculation of the Event Identifier and the Zone code

This is one example of how a data vendor converts the SK UWI:

21/06-19-048-23W3/0  (event has no production)

21/06-19-048-23W3/1  ZZZZ (ZZZZ is producing formation)

21/06-19-048-23W3/1  ZZZY (ZZZY is producing formation)

Event Identifier =0, Event Identifier becomes A-I

Event Identifier =1, Event Identifier becomes  J-O

Event Identifier =2, Event Identifier becomes  P-T

Event Identifier =3, Event Identifier becomes  U-X

Event Identifier =4, Event Identifier becomes  Y-Z

21/06-19-048-23W3/1 ZZZZ –> 21/06-19-048-23W3/J

21/06-19-048-23W3/1 ZZZY –>  21/06-19-048-23W3/K

For our Clients geoLOGIC provides translation tables so clients can load the SK well data into other application.

21/06-19-048-23W3/0 –> 21/06-19-048-23W3/0

21/06-19-048-23W3/J –> 21/06-19-048-23W3/1

21/06-19-048-23W3/K –> 21/06-19-048-23W3/2

The above example of the Other Data Vendor’s UWI conversions are consistent with geoLOGIC’s GSL _UWID format.  geoLOGIC has tools available for our clients to load this UWI into other applications.

Bottom line – geoLOGIC clients are in very capable hands.  With the upcoming changes to SK UWIs, feel confident that we have the experience and know-how to tackle any challenges the regulators might throw at us.

Questions? Concerns? Comments? Please let us know what you think…

PS A very grateful tip o’ the hat to Lori Adams (gDC Manager) for writing most of the content, especially the technical elements of this post – what a relief is it to have someone with her level of expertise and experience on board!

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About Stephen Werny

Stephen has been with geoLOGIC Systems since 2007. He started in the Training Department, and in February 2010 he transferred to the Data Department, where he works as the Data Acquisition Coordinator. He has no issues whatsoever with writing in the third person, this much is clear.
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