.. depends on what you know down there, says the home page picture of one of the oil well data management systems that we are working with.
It is important to get the surface data (oil wells, attached equipment, makes and models) accurate in one’s systems. But it is even more critical to get the sub-surface data correct and complete as the equipment and infrastructure goes in during construction. For the stuff above ground, one can usually make corrections and additions with an audit. But once equipment and pipelines are buried, and that oil well starts gushing all kinds of hydrocarbons, it will be near-impossible to know what’s down there. Or to go in and find out !