The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) developed the Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS) for regulatory agencies to use in managing and analyzing oil and gas program data and water resources management information. The GWPC’s approach to increasing data availability through the RBDMS and its Web interfaces focuses on partnering with federal and state agencies, industry groups, and citizens.
Since the program’s inception in 1992, the development of the award-winning RBDMS software has been underwritten through grants from the Department of Energy. Matching funding has been provided by state agencies in the forms of both donated, in-kind services and direct funding. Originally developed in Access version 1.1, RBDMS has evolved to the latest .NET technologies and has been adopted as a national standard.
RBDMS.NET combines the best aspects of the e-commerce initiative’s Web interfaces: full-text searching, integrated GIS, automated notifications, and security that can be configured through defined system roles and user profiles. The same application is used both within agency offices and for field inspection. The result provides immediate access to data for purposes of area trend analyses, well and mine history tracking (ownership, bonding, permitting, location, construction, inspection, production, and plugging/ restoration), compliance monitoring, and complaint adjudication. The GWPC is now overseeing rollouts in Mississippi and Oklahoma. Other agencies also are planning to upgrade to RBDMS.NET.
RBDMS.NET Web interfaces have been installed in many agencies, greatly leveraging efficiency in mission-critical tasks such as reporting UIC data directly to EPA from RBDMS, automating the collection of production and disposition data from operators, and offering electronic permitting of oil and gas wells.
RBDMS development has historically been and continues to be directed by RBDMS states. Ongoing RBDMS development, legacy data conversion and migration, and system setup efforts in multiple states are overseen by both the GWPC and the RBDMS Technical Committee, a users’ group whose participation is drawn from multiple states.
In addition to telephone and remote [Terminal Services and/or Virtual Private Network (VPN)] help desk support, GWPC provides user support, code sharing, and development updates through peer-to-peer networking, bi-annual training meetings, open-attendance weekly conference calls, and an interactive feature request site.