Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy plans to introduce a new, user-friendly online repository of oil and natural gas research results at the Society of Petroleum Engineers' Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, to be held in New Orleans, La., October 4–7, 2009. By providing easy access to the results of nearly four decades of research supported by the Office of Fossil Energy’s Oil and Natural Gas Program, the knowledge management database could ultimately help boost recovery of the nation’s oil and gas resources.
The database largely evolved from a recommendation made by the Federal advisory committees that counsel the Energy Secretary on the Department's Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research Program.
The database portal provides access to content from dozens of CDs and DVDs related to oil and natural gas research that FE's National Energy Technology Laboratory has published over the years. It also provides links to reports, data sets, and project summaries from ongoing research. The database includes more than 9,000 files and will be expanded in the future to include geographical information system capabilities that will allow visualization of data.
The formal debut of the database at the Society of Petroleum Engineers conference will include a live demonstration of its capabilities and the opportunity for conference attendees to download reports or other files of interest.