Abstract: New Canadian Well Identifier System

It’s 1965, and a new standard is being rolled out in the Canadian Petroleum industry.  Designed by industry, for industry and adopted as a standard by the Canadian Petroleum Association (CPA), it became know as the CPA UWI (unique well identifier).  The CPA UWI has stood the test of time for 54 years, that is a major accomplishment.  The industry knows and loves the UWI, with all its quirks and challenges. It has been the primary key that is used in so much of the industry, from hallway conversations to the primary keys that links the applications and databases together so we can track and report on our assets.  Like the vertical wells that dominated the industry during that era, much has changed and our way of identifying, tracking and managing our wells needs to be modernized.  We all love the muscle cars of the 60’s, some of the fashion, and probably none of the hairstyles, but how many of us are still using those in our everyday lives.  The UWI will live on, as an intelligent descriptor, and the primary identifier will be a new standard that fits today’s challenges.  Enter the Canadian Well Identifier System (CWIS).  Another identifier whose strength is that it was collaboratively designed by leading industry experts, for industry, and the work was facilitated by a standards organization (PPDM Association). There will be change management needed to implement this successfully, and it will take management vision to understand the advantages the CWIS brings.  All facets of the industry will need to be committed to the change, for the full positive impact to be realized.  Join us in the discovery of the strengths of the new CWIS, the road forward and what success might look like.  Change is hard, but look how far we have come from 1965, we’ve got this.


Floy Baird – with 37 years experience in managing Canadian, International, and US well data, change has been a constant in her career. Floy excels at bringing technology to the table to solve some of the most complex and pervasive issues in well data management.  With practical and applied knowledge across disciplines spanning from regulatory compliance, sitting a drill site, field work and programming her knowledge base spans across most aspects of geoscience, engineering and land.  Floy has held key roles in over 10 data management projects. Floy believes in giving back to her community of data managers by volunteering on the PPDM – Regulatory Committee and as the President of the Calgary Geoscience Data Managers Society.  Floy feels she has been fortunate to work in the area of her passion.

Sue Carr is a passionate Oil and Gas Information Management Professional with more than 35 years of industry experience. An organizer and planner, she is known to continuously improve processes to create tangible results by empowering people with technology. Sues ‘experience as an IT Leader and Subsurface Information Manager has given her a unique skill set to bridge the gap between business requirements and IT policy. Her subsurface data management experience includes seismic, wells, interpretation projects and applications.


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