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Frequently Asked Questions About ROCKSBank
 
 
1.
Is ROCKSBank designed for conventional oil and gas purposes only or can I use it for oil sands mining, geothermal, geotechnical or waste disposal applications?
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If I have sonic and bulk density log data for a zone of interest, can I use ROCKSBank to estimate static rock mechanical properties?
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Are there any limitations on the total number of rock samples that can be stored in ROCKSBank?
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Can a user add or edit individual parameters in the ROCKSBank data model?
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Can ROCKSBank be used to store data on rock discontinuities such as bedding planes, faults and natural fractures?
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Can ROCKSBank be used to store log-derived data?
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Can we use ROCKSBank for our own proprietary data in addition to the public domain data that are delivered with the database?
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Can we view and analyze both public and proprietary data simultaneously?
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What are the sources of the public domain data in ROCKSBank?
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Can we use different or mixed unit systems in ROCKSBank?
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Can I query or filter the data in ROCKSBank while conducting a search?
12.
Can I import data into ROCKSBank?
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Can I export data from ROCKSBank?
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What are the different types of output reports that can be generated with ROCKSBank?
15.
What graphical and statistical capabilities are available in ROCKSBank?
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Can I show a previously developed correlation on a ROCKSBank graph with new data?
17.
What is provided to users as part of a ROCKSBank support and maintenance agreement?
18.
What are the different ways available today to license ROCKSBank?
19.
What features does ROCKSBank provide for the security and protection of my data?
 
 
Q1: Is ROCKSBank designed for conventional oil and gas purposes only or can I use it for oil sands mining, geothermal, geotechnical or waste disposal applications?

A: ROCKSBank is a flexible rock properties database that can be used for any type of subsurface application where rock mechanical or acoustic properties are collected. Users can customize the rock lithology list to include igneous and metamorphic rocks if so desired. Several of the public domain data entries are in fact from shallow geotechnical investigations and oil sands mining operations.
 
Q2: If I have sonic and bulk density log data for a zone of interest, can I use ROCKSBank to estimate static rock mechanical properties?
 
A: Yes. If no local core data are available or you do not have sufficient time or budget to conduct a laboratory testing program then ROCKSBank can help you find a suitable predictive relationship to estimate such static rock mechanical properties as Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio and unconfined compressive strength (UCS). You can also estimate these properties by using one of several relationships developed for other basins around the world. These calibrated relationships can then be applied to other wells at different depths in the same field or region.
 
Q3: Are there any limitations on the total number of rock samples that can be stored in ROCKSBank?

A: No. There are no limitations on the total number of samples that can be stored in the ROCKSBank. When a new sample is added to a ROCKSBank database, the program auto‑generates unique identification numbers for that sample, its source reference and its geographic location.
 
Q4: Can a user add or edit individual parameters in the ROCKSBank data model?
 
A: No. A user cannot add or edit parameters in the data model. However, AG can add new parameters upon request. The user can, of course, add or edit their own proprietary rock property data.
 
Q5: Can ROCKSBank be used to store data on rock discontinuities such as bedding planes, faults and natural fractures?
 
A: Yes. ROCKSBank can be used to store and analyze physical and mechanical property data on single or multiple rock discontinuities present in a sample.  A customized interface is used to enter all relevant discontinuity data using a classification system modified after the procedures recommended by the International Society for Rock Mechanics.
 
Q6: Can ROCKSBank be used to store log-derived data?
 
A: Yes. A user can store log-derived data that correspond to a laboratory test from a specific depth of interest. The log depth should be close to the core sample depth. Entire well logs cannot be stored in the current version of ROCKSBank.
 
Q7: Can we use ROCKSBank for our own proprietary data in addition to the public domain data that are delivered with the database?
 
A: Yes. You can create your proprietary database and use it with the public domain data delivered with ROCKSBank. However, a user cannot add or edit data in the public databases delivered with the software by AG.
 
Q8: Can we view and analyze both public and proprietary data simultaneously?
 
A: Yes. You can create, edit, open or save multiple databases in ROCKSBank, as well as view and analyze data from these databases simultaneously.
 
Q9: What are the sources of the public domain data in ROCKSBank?
 
A: ROCKSBank data have been obtained from a wide variety of public domain sources such as published journals, abstracts, graduate theses and government agency research reports. New data are continuously being compiled and assessed for their suitability in ROCKSBank.
 
Q10: Can we use different or mixed unit systems in ROCKSBank?
 
A: Yes. You can select from modified SI or US oilfield units in ROCKSBank. Mixed units can also be used when data are entered. Unit systems can be switched from one to another at any time.
 
Q11: Can I query or filter the data in ROCKSBank while conducting a search?
 
A: Yes. The data can be queried or filtered based on any variable in the database. Multiple filter combinations can be designed and saved for future customized searches. Data filters and query capabilities have also been implemented in other ROCKSBank interfaces such as the optional map add-in, graphing and rock failure criteria.
 
Q12: Can I import data into ROCKSBank?
 
A: Yes.  Currently ROCKSBank allows pasting of text data into all of its data fields. In the future ROCKSBank will offer other import capabilities, customized for common oilfield databases. Contact AG at software@advgeotech.com if you have a specific dataset that you would like to import into ROCKSBank.
 
Q13: Can I export data from ROCKSBank?

A: Yes. ROCKSBank permits the copying of text data from various fields but large volume copy operations are restricted.  ROCKSBank also allows for portions of data, reports and graphs to be exported in several file formats, such as XML, XLS, RTF, PDF, BMP, JPG, GIF and others. Contact AG at software@advgeotech.com for further details or questions regarding special data export needs.
 
Q14: What are the different types of output reports that can be generated with ROCKSBank?
 
A: The current main output reports include: a data search report, a source reference report, a single sample report, a rock failure criteria report and a grain size analysis report. Most of the output reports are produced in a standard format. However, a user also has the ability to customize and save their own output report. Most reports are generated with graphs, statistics and the associated data.
 
Q15: What graphical and statistical capabilities are available in ROCKSBank?
 
A: Several types of graphs such as scatter plots, depth plots, histograms and pie charts can be generated with ROCKSBank. Multiple data series can be plotted on the same graph and regression analyses can be performed. All plots have right-click options which allow users to edit, print, copy and save the plots or generate a customized output report. ROCKSBank also has basic descriptive statistics, linear and non-linear regression routines, and curve fitting functions very similar to Microsoft Excel.
 
Q16: Can I show a previously developed correlation on a ROCKSBank graph with new data?
 
A: Yes. This powerful feature has recently been added to ROCKSBank to allow users to compare their data to one or more typical correlations.
 
Q17: What is provided to users as part of a ROCKSBank support and maintenance agreement?

A:
·  Two semi-annual updates to the public domain databases in ROCKSBank (US, Canadian and international databases). These updates are planned for January 15th and July 15th each year.
·  Unlimited telephone and email technical support during regular AG business hours. We make every possible effort to respond to enquiries as soon as possible, typically within 24 hours.
·  Access to helpful ROCKSBank resources on AG's website such as user tips, software updates and an expanded list of frequently asked questions.
·  Up to half a day per year of ROCKSBank training and instruction if requested. This can be provided in Calgary or over the internet via AG-Live! training courses outside of Calgary can be arranged for a fee.
·  ROCKSBank software updates including bug fixes, data model additions, and new features. At a minimum, one software upgrade is planned per year.
·  Updated versions of the ROCKSBank users manual, which are released periodically during the year.
Q18: What are the different ways available today to license ROCKSBank?
 
A: At this time ROCKSBank can be licensed with or without an optional customizable map add-in as either a stand alone PC/notebook version, or a network version. Customization required for a network version is charged at our normal consulting rates. Intranet and internet versions of ROCKSBank are being developed and will be available to new and existing ROCKSBank licensees in the near future. Contact software@advgeotech.com for short term leasing or other related enquiries.

Q19:
What features does ROCKSBank provide for the security and protection of my data?
 
A: ROCKSBank was designed to secure and protect data through a user access management scheme very similar to other major database products.  The stand alone PC version of ROCKSBank has a hardware key and/or a software protection scheme to prevent unauthorized access or copying of the software or data. At the network level (intranet, internet) ROCKSBank also uses encryption to prevent unauthorized users from accessing data. Please contact AG at software@advgeotech.com for more details about security or specifics of your network or installation.
 

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