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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.

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Ann Stauffer

Ann Stauffer is a Technical Support Manager and Trainer at Drillinginfo. She provides solutions and support to help our clients get the most from their subscriptions. Ann received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi.