E&D organizations face people, data operating issues

A jack up operating on West Cameron Block 498 in the Gulf of Mexico symbolizes exploration and development activity at the turn of a millennium. Photo by Brian Alfes, courtesy of Coastal Corp.Click here to enlarge imageExploration and development organizations enter a new millennium with unprecedented amounts of subsurface and surface data, experienced if aging geoscience staffs, impressive drilling opportunities, and a daunting array of responsibilities to their employers and shareholders. The oil and gas industry has held onto its position, established early in the second half of the closing millennium, as one of the largest users of computer power. It consumes so much data, though, t...

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