«Hockey stick» growth seen in NCS dataKaren Blohm, Eric Toogood and Elin Aabø. Photo: Terje Solbakk

«Hockey stick» growth seen in NCS data

Diskos represent the largest collection of data from the Norwegian continental shelf. The amount of data being downloaded and used is increasing rapidly as oil companies are starting to digitize their businesses.

– Diskos has proven to be a successful solution for processing E&P data through shared storage and sharing, said Eric Toogood, head of the Diskos collaboration at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) at the DigEx 2020 conference in Oslo on January 28th.

Diskos was created and designed in 1995 by the NPD together with the three oil companies Hydro, Saga, and Statoil. Since then, most of today’s companies operating on the Norwegian continental shelf have joined.

All members have access to one of the world’s most comprehensive databases of their kind through Diskos.

In short, all licensees on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) have an obligation to report relevant data, both between themselves and to NPD. This is done through Diskos. The Diskos platform also allows companies to swap and sell data between themselves easily and efficiently. In general, all geophysical data from the NCS has to be reported through Diskos.

– We are seeing an increase in Diskos member usage due to the ongoing digitalization of the industry, said Diskos Program Manager Karen Blohm (CGG).

According to Blohm, this trend is most visible in the seismic data usage, where the export of data displays a “hockey stick” growth in the last few years.

The Diskos staff are working on several projects to improve the current database with regards to tools, design and internal functions.

Diskos 2.0”, which according to Toogood will be ready in April 2022, will feature user abilities such as interpretation, processing, and analytics.

Screen dump from Diskos web page.