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Much well and production-history data are currently available in digital form from commercial sources. These data, when mapped using a computer, can quickly give valuable perspectives to the geologist developing new prospects.
A large data bank has been built from commercial well and production data that can be reported or mapped using either proprietary or commercially available software. Time and manpower reductions experienced using the computer-generated maps give the geologist the ability to evaluate large geographical areas before committing resources to potential prospects. These maps can include not only conventional geologic maps, such as isopach and structure maps, but also maps of abnormal pressure, bottom-hole temperature, or any geologic parameter contained in the data bank.
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