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Hot Off the Press: New DI Rigs Feature is Live!


WOW! The new DI Rigs feature has arrived!! This gives you a look at the drilling activity in the United States in one simple glance. We have placed GPS units on most onshore rigs in the lower 48. Once a day those units report their location, we match them up with Permits in our database, and then post the information on a map. It’s like getting a daily drilling report for the entire US!

Here are some tips for getting the maximum benefit out of the site.

If you are using an older version of Internet Explorer (IE), today is the time to upgrade. DI Rigs only works with IE 9. And if you haven’t tried Firefox or Chrome, now is a great time to give them a try. There are some awesome things coming later in the year that we have not been able to get working in IE yet. Users who make the switch won’t miss a beat.

Navigating the map

If you are a web map user much of this will be familiar. Use the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom in and out. I like holding down the shift key and dragging a rectangle to zoom. Pan works as you would expect, by holding down the mouse button and sliding the map.

As you zoom in, the table below changes to reflect what is in the map. Only the rigs displayed in the map are listed in the table. The top of the table on the left side shows the number of entries in the table and thus the number of rigs displayed on the map.

When you zoom in close enough the “mouse over” begins to work. Hover over any rig to see the name of the Operator, Contractor and Rig Number. If you want additional information, like the API Number, Well number, Permitted Depth, Rig Latitude, Rig Longitude, and more, simply click the rig of interest and a pop-up box will appear with all the information. You can also see the same information in the table below the map. When you select a rig on the map, it is also highlighted in the table. A blue circle on the map indicates the rig has been selected. In addition to clicking the map, you can click anywhere in the table to deselect a rig.

Table View

The Table View allows you to click the API number and see Permit details. Click the Contractor link to bring up the contractor’s website.

Below the table heading, the system tells you how many rigs are displayed in the Map View and Table View – a very handy item for quickly telling how many rigs are in your area.

Currently, you can color code the rigs by the Permitted Depth and Horsepower. We’ll be enhancing this feature to include other items over the next few months.

Another handy item is the Days on Location listed in the table. This is a nice indicator of how drilling is progressing.

This is the first of several new and exciting products coming in 2013. I’m really looking forward to to telling you about them in the months ahead. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy DI Rigs from Drillinginfo!

Also, I’d like to hear from you. What new layers of information would you like to see added to DI 2.0 in 2013? Please leave a comment below.

p.s. If you don’t see it after you sign in, don’t panic. We are rolling this feature to all of our servers as we can. Just sign out and in a couple of times throughout the day. You will eventually see the DI Rigs option appear.

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John Fierstien

is the Director of Data Inventory. He has worked as a geologist for several E&P companies and as someone who has been helping to create some of the best tools for geologists and geophysicists to help them find oil and gas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Geology from Central Michigan University and his Master of Science in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh.