MBOGC Data Miner

  1. Application Requirements
  2. Application Overview
  3. Main Menu
  4. Search
    • Simple
    • Advanced
  5. Sorting Grids
  6. Filtering Forms and Grids
  7. Printing and Exporting Results
  8. GIS Application
  9. Tools Menu
  10. Selecting Well
    • Zoom tool
    • Search menu


Application Requirements

  • The program requires cookies to be enabled.
  • Pop-up blockers running on your system must be disabled.

Application Overview

Main menu selections are located at the top of the application.


Main Menu
Menu options on the "Main Menu" are drop-down selections. Using the mouse pointer, hover over each choice to reveal options. Click to select.

Well Data

View well information for a filtered set of wells or a single well using the filtering options. Apply a filter and select a well to view detailed well information and well activity.

Production Data

Production in Montana is tracked by Well and Disposition by Lease (See Lease Data for Lease production). Basic statistics on Production also supplied.

UIC Data

View data for EOR and SWD wells as well as UIC Permit data.

Lease Data

Basic lease data such as lease number, county, and the Wells on Lease is provided. Information on Lease disposition of production is also provided.

Statistic Data

Basic statistics on state information is provided.

CBM Data

Data relevant to CBM wells is provided. Information includes the plot of normalized CBM well production.

Board Order Data

Information is provided on Board Orders Issued in the State.

Reference Data

Information on reference data used by the individual forms is provided. Includes Company, Formation & Fields Information.


Searching or filtering for specific and groups of wells, operators, county, etc can be done by selecting from the main menu an area of interest (Wells, Production, etc.). Depending on the selection criteria, a search can either be simple (one choice, all operators with name starting an "S") or advanced (all operators whose name begins with "S" or "W").
Click here for options on formats for text and dates.

Simple: In the following example, the left most drop-down lists "Well Name" and "Begins with". Wells beginning with "Smith" is what the user is looking for, so with well name beginning with Smith, the result list are wells with Smith at the beginning followed by some other designation. Note: the application uses "%" as a wildcard.

In the following example, the left most drop-down lists "Well Name" and "Begins with". The user selects "Adv. Search" to search for wells whose name begins either with Smith or Jones. After typing in Smith, the "Or" button is clicked and then Jones is typed into the selection box, once the user clicks on the "Apply And/Or", the well list is updated to include those wells whose name begins with Smith or Jones.

Example: Selecting "Smith" as the first search after clicking “Adv. Search”.

Click “Or”, enter “Jones” in the filter box.



Click “Apply And/Or” to return a list of wells with well name beginning with “Smith” or “Jones”.


Sorting Grids
Many of the grids used to display information have columns that can be sorted in ascending and descending order; these are denoted by underlined column headers.  If part of the grid is outside the viewable area just use the horizontal scroll bar to view the rest of the grid. Page numbers are listed at the top and bottom of the grid if more than one page is needed to present the results.

Filtering Form and Grid
The other type of form encountered in the system has a filter form and grid layout.  After a search selection has been made, depending on the results to be viewed, the Data Navigation Selection Window will be populated with specific wells, counties, operators, etc. By clicking on a selection in this window located along the left side of the page the form or grid will change to reflect the specific details associated with the selection.


Printing and Exporting Results
Printing is not recommended since results cannot be predicted for all PC/printer/software combinations.  Because of these limitations, you may not be able to print the entire set of data.  The "Export" function may be your best alternative to download, format and print all desired information.

Exporting: Selecting "Excel" will format the results for MS Excel. A dialog box will open to present the options to either view the data in an Excel spreadsheet window or to save to a local hard drive. Selecting "Text" will present the data in column format in a new browser window, select from the browser's File menu to "Save As" and specify the location to save the "txt" file.

Pop-up blockers will stop exports, and security settings specific to the user’s computer may block exporting to Microsoft Excel. 


  • Before attempting an export to Excel try to export to text by clicking the “Text” button.  To date, the only thing that is known to stop an export to text is a pop-up blocker.  Pop-up blockers are present within Internet Explorer, associated with the Google toolbar, 3rd-party security or firewall software, and may be included in software provided by an internet service provider.


  • An indication of either a pop-up blocker or other security setting that could impede export of data is an audible click or beep after an export button is clicked.


  • Pop-up blockers will have to either be configured to allow pop-ups from the Montana Board of Oil and Gas website or disabled for either of the export options to perform.


  • If clicking export to text works and export to Excel still doesn’t work, likely with an audible “bleep”, hold down the control (ctrl) key until something appears on the screen.  Usually a new window will open with an option box allowing the selection of either “Open” or “Save”. 


  • The larger the dataset being returned, the longer the control key needs to be held down for the export to Excel.


  • Always look for other message windows that might open during an export to Excel.  More recent versions of Excel, and especially those running under Vista, may require additional security confirmation before the data will be transferred to a local computer.


GIS Application
When GIS is selected from the main menu; a map of Montana will appear. Below the main menu, there will be the same search options as described above. Below the search will be the GIS tools menu. The blue box to the right of the map is the map layer/overlay options. The map legend can be found below the map.


Tools Menu
This menu has the tools needed to find and gather information on wells from the map.

View details of individual wells. This tool also needs to be selected to click and move map to different area.

Zoom in. To use this tool, click and drag the mouse pointer over an area to zoom in. This can be done as many times as needed.

Zoom out. This tool needs to be clicked until the desired zoom is reached.

Zoom to full extent. Will automatically zoom out to the original map of Montana.

Zoom to last or next map extent.

Refreshes map.

Select area by rectangle. Allows multiple wells to be selected at a time.

Clears map selection.  


Selecting a Well
Well selection can be done through a search similar to described above, or by using the zoom and select tools.

Zoom Tool: Select the zoom in tool. Click and drag the mouse pointer to select the area of interest. This can continue to be done until the desired location is visible.

The view details tool can then be used to select a specific well. Once a well is selected, a box with appear with options to view well data, well production, or a production plot.


Search Menu: A well can also be located by using the search menu. A location or API number can be used to automatically zoom to a specific well or area. If a location is used to search, all the wells in that given location will initially be highlighted. Then the information tool can be used to select an individual well.





Data Miner created by ALL Consulting in partnership with the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation