Newsroom: Press release
New, integrated UK oil and gas well log information database will be used by over 30 companies
23 October 1998. For immediate release
Ref. NDM 111/98.

KONFIG® CM engineering document management software is the key

The KONFIG® CM (formally CENTRA 2000®) engineering document management (EDM) system from Wolverhampton-based Centra Technology has been selected by Spectrum Energy and Information Technology Ltd. as the key document management tool in a new, integrated system for storing, accessing and retrieving UK Continental Shelf well log information.

The new system represents an important step towards fulfilling the overall objectives of a major project currently being managed by Common Data Access Ltd. (CDA) on behalf of over 30 companies with interests on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Supported by the Department of Trade and Industry, this project is designed to rationalise and improve the management of the UK's oil exploration information resources and will eventually result in a common, high quality store for all UKCS data.

Collaborative development

While KONFIG® CM provides the underlying electronic document archiving, management and distribution facilities for the well log information, the new system has been developed jointly by Centra Technology and Spectrum. In a two-year project which started late last year, Spectrum is extending the existing digital well data and on-line index, which is maintained for CDA by QC Data Ltd., in order to create a common, high quality data storage and access system for all primary geotechnical data required by geoscientists in their day-to-day work.

Using its extensive document scanning and indexing facilities, Spectrum is creating a new database of well log and report images from several hundred thousand hard-copy records. This will be combined with well log information which has been made available by Llandudno-based Robertson Research and then linked to the existing index and on-line data to create a unified geotechnical document database, managed by KONFIG® CM.

Major benefits will flow

For an industry which currently requires anything between 3,000 and 10,000 copies of well log data every month, the new database is expected to provide major benefits. It will do away with the current need for oil companies to store their own copies of well log data, thereby eliminating duplication and providing faster access to higher quality information, better data exchange facilities and greater security against data loss and deterioration. It is also expected to result in lower data management costs for its users.

Using many of the standard features of KONFIG® CM, the single, integrated solution provides data access for users via a standard Internet / Intranet Web browser. It also integrates with Microsoft Office applications and can support both structured and unstructured data. As an additional cost option it can also accommodate Centra Technology's petroleum GIS (geographic information system) as a front-end to enable users to request data for specific areas by identifying those areas on digital maps of the UK Continental Shelf.

Company background

Centra Technology Ltd. is the wholly owned UK subsidiary of Auto-Trol Technology Corporation of Denver, Colorado, a 40 year old computer-aided engineering and technical publishing software developer and systems integrator. From its headquarters in Wolverhampton, Centra Technology Ltd. sells and supports Auto-Trol's KONFIG® CM (formally CENTRA 2000®) and Tech Illustrator software suites as well as the GEOSTATION® petroleum exploration and production geographic information system (GIS).


For further information, contact:
Neil McLeod, Tel/Fax: 01666 504293, e-mail:
or Barry Jones, Tel: 01902 824282, Fax: 01902 824058, e-mail: