Undercover Boss: The Top 4 Underutilized Drillinginfo Features

Undercover Boss: The Top 4 Underutilized Drillinginfo Features

As time progresses and I interact with professionals in various roles throughout the Oil & Gas industry, I’ve come to realize Drillinginfo’s WebApp is so dynamic that it’s quite easy to overlook some of its best features.

It’s a shame too, because so many of them can save someone hours off their daily workflows.

Therefore, I would like to bring some of these features to light. You’ll be surprised at what a few less clicks can do for your day. You also may be slightly shocked that these features have been right under your nose without you seeing them for so long.

So, without further ado, here are the Top 4 Underutilized Features in Drillinginfo:

#1) DI Super Scout: DI Super Scout is a great search option for well and production information from the very early years to mid-2003. It gives you the ability to find historic production data in 32 states and well information histories in 26 states. You can find a great deal of data in a very short amount of time. Here is a brief overview of what’s available:

Well Info (Well ID, Location and Pre-Drilling Info)

  • Well Header (6 states have headers only)
  • Location Info
  • Pre-spud Narratives
  • Drilling Journals

Wellbore Info (History of operations during and subsequent to drilling)

  • DSTs
  • Cores
  • Shows
  • Log Narratives
  • Mud Narratives
  • Casing Narratives
  • Formation Picks
  • Perforations
  • Producing Zones


  • Well Cumulative
  • Producing Steam Cumulative
  • Monthly Production
  • Oil, Gas & Water (where reported)

Sample Scout Ticket

Note: When searching with DI Super Scout, each of these parameters limits your query to wells that satisfy all your search criteria. For example, checking “DST” (Drill Stem Test) while searching production in Campbell County, Wyoming will only return producing wells that have DSTs, not all producing wells in Campbell County.

#2) DI Channel Guide: Although this feature is located on the homepage the moment you log in, it turns out this may be the most overlooked tool within the site. Check out the DI Channel Guide for the latest information on system updates, hot plays going on around the country, industry news and much more.

I find the Industry Newsfeeds a really good resource for when you need to catch up on trends, but don’t have the time to read through the latest issues of Forbes or Oil and Gas Reporter.

#3) Uploading Lat/Longs Into DNA: DNA (DrillingInfo Network Applications) is a suite of tools that allows members to upload and securely store and share data, documents and pointers. These can include links to interesting websites, links to your corporate internal database or documents as well as FTP. You can also associate uploaded items to Drillinginfo data, or your own wells, polygons and LandTracs.

DNA is capable of a lot of things, but for the sake of this blog, we will concentrate on your ability to upload Lat/Long coordinates.

First, you’ll need to create a Project. So, click “DNA” and then “Create a DNA Project.” Give your project a name and click “Save.” This will bring up your list of DNA projects. Hover over the green “Menu>” button and click “Area/Maps.”

The map will appear. Click “Upload Latlong” at the bottom.

Select the desired radial to upload a file or enter a value.

Click “Upload” and the screen will refresh with your polygon.

Note: When uploading your lat/long coordinates remember longitude values come before latitude values. Also, coordinates must be in in Degrees, Min and Secs Format, not Decimals.

#4) Market View Search: You can select “Market View” from the “View Type” drop-down to run a specialized production search that returns information about Taxpayers, Commodity Prices, and Gatherers. Price data is only available in Texas. It is updated approximately monthly and starts in 2000.

Unlike Normal View, which shows one point for each lease or well, Market View shows one point for each unique lease-taxpayer-commodity for the most recent month data exists. For example, if today is July 7, 2002, the most recent data would probably be May 2002.

Like the other functions, Market View is hidden in plain view. Click “Search” and then select “Market” from the View Type dropdown under the Display Options heading.

Note: In Texas, Oil and Gas Severance taxpayers report monthly, annually and sometimes quarterly. This means you may see gaps in the taxes paid on a lease. Furthermore, the taxes are reported only when the fluid is sold. For example, the oil for a lease may collect in a tank for two months before it is sold and reported. The Texas Comptroller maintains a website with FAQ and detailed rules for marketing costs. These details have important implications when doing a Market View production search. For example, let’s say the latest available production data was from May 2001, but the latest available taxpayer information was from April 2001. If you then searched for April 2001, you would likely not see several wells that produced in April or May because those well’s taxpayers did not report in May.

The Big Finish

It would take months to fully explore the many unique features that make Drillinginfo such an exciting tool. But, these four should keep you busy for a while and (hopefully) not leave you feeling overwhelmed. However, if you do end up hitting a road block and need any help walking through these workflows, call us in Support at (888) 290-7697. We would be happy to help you get the most out of your subscription!

So, now I’m curious. What’s your favorite “undercover” feature in Drillinginfo? Please leave your comments below.

How to Find Azimuth & Lateral Length in Drillinginfo

How to Find Azimuth & Lateral Length in Drillinginfo

Are you part of an E&P group who would like to determine capital expenditure for new drilling programs?

Are you a service company who drills horizontal wells and needs a way to estimate costs and forecast revenue?

Do you work for a financial services company who would like to predict an operator’s total expenditure for horizontal drilling programs in a given play?

If so, you’ll be happy to know Drillinginfo is now digitizing lateral length and azimuth for horizontal wells. To add them to your search results, select the “Surface & Bottom” radio button in the “Location Data” section of the Permit Search Criteria page. The system will automatically calculate the lateral length and azimuth for you.

To see the results, go to Table View. From here, you can export to Excel and several other 3rd party applications.

Lastly, click “Map View” and then “Histogram.” Select “ocompany” from the Histogram Column drop down and “horizontalLength” from the Bubble Column drop down, and click “Submit.” This generates a color coded map of operators bubbled by lateral length.

We hope you find this new tool helpful. If you ever have any questions or need help walking through the workflow, contact Support at (888) 477-7667 ext. 3

Drillinginfo’s World Members Meeting is quickly approaching. It will be held October 24-26 at the Hilton in Downtown Austin, Texas. Our keynote speaker is Mr. Moneyball himself, Billy Beane of the Oakland A’s. He will tell us how he used statistical analysis to generate the longest win streak in the modern era with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. Please join us for this informative industry event. The conference is FREE, but seating is limited.
7 Free Resources for Newbies in Oil & Gas

7 Free Resources for Newbies in Oil & Gas

I’m from Michigan. We make cars. Growing up, the only thing I knew about oil was that you needed to change it every 3,000 miles. But, after moving to Texas and getting a job at Drillinginfo in 2010, I had to come up to speed ‒ quick!


Frac stages?

Shale porosity?

Needless to say, these words were not part of the standard Midwestern lexicon used at my dinner table. As such, I spent my first year at the company testing the patience of everyone in the office as I had a new question just about every 32 seconds. I know the painful learning curve of Oil & Gas, and I’d like to save you from it.

So, if you’re new to the industry, here are 7 free resources that can help you sound like a veteran in a matter of months.

  1. How Stuff Works: The Discovery Channel’s popular How Stuff Works site has a few fantastic articles on “How Oil Drilling Works.” They walk you through the basics of how oil formed in the earth, how it’s located and how it’s extracted. The articles are replete with helpful graphics and as an added bonus, you can watch a segment from Dirty Jobs where Mike Rowe gets awfully muddy during his 12 hour adventure into roughnecking.
  2. YouTube: You would be amazed at the quality drilling content you can find on YouTube. The site is filled with great videos that explain fracking, give you drilling rig tours and even teach you how to negotiate a lease. You can also watch Waylon sing about the joys of being an oilman. Just enter a keyword into the search field and see what you can come up with.
  3. Wikipedia: As with YouTube, you can search Wikipedia for almost any industry term and get a detailed explanation that even a Michigan boy can understand. A few of my favorites are the entries on drilling rigs, shale oil extraction and, of course, Spindletop.

    Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

  4. Schlumberger Oilfield Glossary: As fun as it is to read extensive articles on Wikipedia, sometimes you just want a brief definition; that’s where Schlumberger’s Oilfield Glossary comes in. The definitions are extremely clear and extremely brief. Given the amount of information you have to absorb right away in this industry, these are two things you really learn to appreciate as you’re coming up to speed.
  5. Drillinginfo’s Online Help Text Glossary: While Schlumberger’s glossary is pretty awesome, I have to admit I’m rather partial to Drillinginfo’s. That might have something to do with the fact that I wrote it. And, since I wrote it, I tried to make the terms as clear and easy to understand as possible. If you find something that doesn’t fit that description, please let me know.
  6. Adventures in Energy: Who doesn’t like cartoons? They have taught us everything from lessons on inflation to how laws are passed. And, thanks to the American Petroleum Institute’s Adventures in Energy, they can teach us everything about hydrocarbons. Ok, their animations aren’t exactly cartoons, but they are very helpful illustrations of each stage in Oil & Gas development and production.
  7. Twitter: Nothing is more valuable when getting to know Oil & Gas than staying on top of industry events happening around the world. And, Twitter is hands down the best way to do that. I have lists for both “Oil & Gas People” and “Oil & Gas Biz” filled with every person and business in the industry I could find on Twitter. Feel free to subscribe to them and, if you see anyone missing, send me a tweet.

Alright, these resources could keep you busy for a long time. But, if you spend just a few minutes researching them each day, you’ll be talking permeability and decline curves like a Pro in no time. If you’re a Drillinginfo subscriber, don’t forget to check out the Training Library for hours and hours of great education. If you’re not a subscriber, I’m sorry to report access to the Training Library isn’t free, but it’s well worth the investment!

Now it’s your turn. What resources did you find most helpful when you got started in Oil & Gas? Leave a comment below.

4 Ways to Search Using First Production Date

4 Ways to Search Using First Production Date

At first glance, many people look at the “First Production Date” field and think, “Great, a place to sort production by an exact date.” I had the same assumption, until I dug a bit deeper and found there were several valuable ways to utilize the field. But, in talking with clients, I’ve found that many aren’t taking full advantage of the feature. As a result, I’d like to take a step back and look at how you can use these fields to get the exact results you’re after.

So, login and follow along as we take a look at 4 ways to search using First Production Date.


  1. From: If you only enter a date in the “From” field, the system will find all wells with a First Production Date from that time forward. For example, if you enter “2/1/2012”, your results will show all wells that came online after February 1, 2012.
  2. To: If you only enter a date in the “to” field, the system will find all wells that first had production on or before your date. For example, enter “2/1/20012” to find every well that came online before February 1, 2012.
  3. Range: Enter a date range to find all production between two dates. For example, if you enter “2/1/2010” in the “From” field and “4/1/2012” in the “to” field, the system will show you every well that came online between February 1, 2010 and April 1, 2012.
  4. Last Months: This is the fastest and simplest production search option. It allows you to easily enter the previous number of months you would like to search and quickly get results. For example, enter “12” to find all wells that came online 12 months before the date of your search.

That covers everything under First Production Date. In a future post, we’ll get into using Last Production Date. In the meantime, practice makes perfect, so come up with a few dates of your own and see what kind of results they produce.

Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite way to run a production search? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Work Smarter Not Harder with DI County Scans!

Work Smarter Not Harder with DI County Scans!

DI County Scans specializes in converting paper files into manageable, indexed electronic files accessible from any computer.  Search Grantee/Grantor Record for Property Ownership, Liens, Probates, Abstracts of Judgment or Title Plants by Abstract Name, Abstract Number, Subdivision, and Lot and Block.

DI County Scans joins our LandTrac feature as part of our new DI Land package which offers the deep lease and ownership information that is crucial component to decision making in the oil and gas industry. Today, DI County Scans can currently provide lease data back to sovereignty in more than 40 Texas counties and additional states and counties are being added from across other unconventional plays across the US.







Training videos are now available on our training site.  Visit the Help & Training link on drillinginfo.com, click the link to access the Tutorials. The DI County Scans training videos will be under the New & Notable section.

For more information about DI County Scans and to learn how to gain access with your Drillinginfo subscription.

Tips Straight from Drillinginfo Support

Tips Straight from Drillinginfo Support

Thanks to our training team we have a new and improved Help Text on our training page that provides a wealth of information to our users.  This feature allows users to easily locate field definitions in our glossary and efficiently find answers through the contents, index and search. To locate the Help Text, login to your account, then click on the ‘Help and Training’ link in the top navigation. The Help Text link is located in the Help Guides box. This will serve as a useful tool when searching for solutions to your questions during and outside of our regular business hours.


North Dakota completions are now accessible through Drillinginfo. Subscribers to ND data can search completions back to January 2007. This includes attached images with each completion.

Pennsylvania lease data is currently available to search as well. Click here to view the Fee Lease Coverage data on a map.