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Case Study: California WellSTAR

The California Well Statewide Tracking and Reporting (WellSTAR) project was a multi-year project that started in 2016 with the goal of completely overhauling California’s Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources' (DOGGR) data management system. With a project budget exceeding $30 million, the project involved over 60 staff from multiple contractors.


Line 45 was one of the first companies to be subcontracted by the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) – the coordinating contractor on the project. GWPC brought Line 45 into the project to provide subject matter expertise on oil and gas software systems and database development services. This work included training and working with other contractors to help them understand oil and gas data and data processing workflows. Over the course of three years, Line 45 helped conduct user interviews, provide interface design guidance, review technical documentation, and model data to create a flexible database.


By employing modern data modeling patterns and standardized data management practices that have been implemented across the nation, Line 45 helped GWPC and DOGGR to implement a complete replacement of DOGGR’s existing information system. This system now handles all permitting, compliance management, well engineering data, inspection information, and production reporting data for DOGGR.

WellSTAR is a web application built on Microsoft .NET technologies and a SQL Server database. It allows both internal DOGGR users and oil & gas operator users to access the interface securely through a user login. The display of information is then catered to the user based on their organization and role. Oil & gas operator users can use the application to electronically submit:

  • Applications for drilling permits

  • UIC project permits

  • Gas storage project permits

  • Production reports

  • Incident reports

  • Applications for well stimulations

  • And more…

Due to the flexibility of the platform and data management practices, the database developed in California is also being implemented in North Dakota. Talks are in progress to use the system as a base in other states as well.

For more information about WellSTAR, visit California's Department of Conservation WellSTAR page.

If you have large datasets and complex needs, please let us know. You can contact us through our Contact Page, email us at or call us at (833) 254-6345.

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