“Wait a minute Doc, are you telling me you built a time machine for the Energy sector?”

Right now, super major oil and gas companies around the world are all reviewing their data holdings and making a move from private cloud and data centers to the public cloud. What do we put in the cloud? What do we throw out? What do we return to spec data acquisition companies to manage? What goes into the OSDU platform? And a whole range of other questions.

To help with this mammoth task, well, frankly not just help, but to completely disrupt the workflows that they currently go through, Tape Ark has added further enhancements to its powerful Rapid Archive Box Indexer (patent pending), giving Energy companies the ability to quickly scour their paper and tape archives and find a massive array of data points to help in the decision-making process. Using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), the rapid indexer is doing things that even Tape Ark never expected – and man is it awesome.  

The Rapid Archive Box Indexer is making the investigation of the many thousands of archive boxes (in some cases, millions) faster, easier, and more detailed than even a manual inspection of a box can, and by bypassing the need to scan or do manual indexing by hand the indexer is creating a ton of value.

There are so many features we can talk about, but today we wanted to focus on the use of historical company logos to help indicate previous ownership, determine the age of a document, and how it relates to an oil and gas service company, licensing issue, or joint venture partner questions.

This logo feature adds to the growing capability of the Rapid Archive Box Indexer which helps Energy companies to understand the contents of their physical paper archives for a fraction of the cost of traditional scanning or manual handling. And by understanding the contents of their archive boxes, Energy companies can more accurately target which documents need to be kept and which can be disposed of, which ones contain critical documents for exploration and which ones have just old velocity files, etc., that may not be of use to modern processing. With the Rapid Archive Box Indexer, we give our customers the ability to deploy their scanning budgets more accurately and reduce the cost of traditional archive box storage. Our ML algorithms detect legal documents, seismic sections, well logs, extract dates, location names, and now – historical logos. 

In the below example, we can clearly see the bp logo that was in use between 1960 and 1989.  

Representation only: not actual image.

A folder with this logo can be assumed to have been created during that time period. However, if you look deeper, you can also see the logo of Western Geophysical (a division of Litton Industries) label inside this report. Litton’s Western Geophysical was formed in 1960 and sold in 1987, which places this logo in the same time period, further adding to our confidence. When you then add in the OCR on the tape image, you get a clear date of 1961, and a further Litton logo cementing this file and tape as a likely 1969 item.  

The Rapid Archive Box Indexer works not just on paper, but also on boxes of tapes, quickly grabbing a large amount of detail from the items. With tapes, Tape Ark can determine which tapes are 3rd party licensed data, spec data, the age, the line and survey names, and media type to name a few, and best of all it takes seconds and you don’t even need to load a tape into a tape drive.

Contact sales@tapeark.com for more information.

Rapid Archive Box Indexer is currently Patent Pending.