Geographic Information System (GIS) technology has become the de facto standard by which map-based data and graphics are managed. This new publication documents the ODNR Division of Geological Survey’s project to convert manually maintained oil-and-gas-well maps and records into an integrated digital data management system using GIS technology.
Maps and data associated with oil-and-gas wells represent one of the Survey's largest datasets. Since 1860, it is estimated that more than 267,000 oil-and-gas wells have been drilled in Ohio. The Division of Geological Survey has been maintaining information on oil-and-gas wells in the state since the late 1800s and producing/maintaining detailed oil-and-gas-well location maps since the late 1950s. By the 1990s, these maps and records had become brittle and difficult to read and very labor-intensive to maintain. However, this information is critical for oil-and-gas exploration and development, land-use planning, and environmental assessments and remediation, thus a more effective system for maintaining the information was urgently needed.
In 1995, a program was initiated to modernize the procedures for maintaining and updating oil-and-gas-well records using GIS technology. IC 61 tells the history of how the original paper and Mylar oil-and-gas-well location maps and well-card records were created and describes the program by which these records were converted for electronic distribution as digital files and print-on-demand products from the division’s Geologic Records Center.
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Click here to download a nonprintable PDF of this report [1.4 MB].