PA*IRIS/WIS Modernization Project

The Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey (BTGS) is pleased to announce that we have launched the document management portion of our new oil and gas well record system, EDWIN - the Exploration and Development Well Information Network.


Named in honor of “Colonel” Edwin L. Drake, who struck oil in Titusville on August 27, 1859, EDWIN provides users online access to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s 170,000+ wells of record.
Additional information regarding other aspects of this modernization project, including the replacement of WIS, is provided below.

Project Scope

The modernization effort includes the following tasks: (1) upgrading the current software used to run PA*IRIS; (2) enhancing the backend database to improve performance; (3) migration of scanned documents and digital data into a secure online environment where this information will be managed from this point onward; (4) creation of a new website through which users will log onto the new system; (5) implementation of a new solution to replace the “WIS” half of our existing system; (6) migration of geophysical logs into the secure online environment, replacing the need for the logs ftp site; (7) training users; and (8) troubleshooting and service support. As of June 2015, BTGS has completed a majority of Tasks 1 through 4.

Project Timing 

The PA*IRIS/WIS modernization project is being implemented in phases. The document management portion of the project is substantively complete. Other phases include addressing the digital database (WIS) and management of geophysical logs (logs ftp site). 

Although BTGS has begun the WIS portion of the project, users will likely not be introduced to this part of the new EDWIN system until late fall 2015. We intend to migrate geophysical logs into EDWIN during this timeframe as well.

BTGS will continue to support the existing PA*IRIS/WIS during the modernization process, and even for a time after the project is complete, although it has become out-of-date with respect to new permits as of May 19, 2015. At some point, PA*IRIS/WIS will be taken offline permanently, so that everyone is working exclusively in EDWIN.

BTGS will continue to support the existing geophysical logs ftp site during the modernization process. Unlike the existing PA*IRIS/WIS, however, the logs ftp site will continue to be populated with new images and LAS files during our modernization effort. Eventually, the logs ftp site will be taken offline for good, so that everyone will access these files using EDWIN.

System Support 

Both PA*IRIS/WIS and EDWIN will be managed by staff of BTGS’ Pittsburgh office. Kristin Carter will remain the technical/business manager of the system, and David Fletcher will remain your local IT point of contact. 

Our Visitor Policy and Service Request Policy will remain unchanged during the transition to the new system. Please note, however, that: (1) WE STRONGLY URGE VISITORS TO CALL AHEAD if they plan to visit BTGS to access records, as PA*IRIS/WIS and/or EDWIN may be offline at times while we are working on standing up new system components; and (2) SERVICE REQUESTS MAY BE DELAYED due to system unavailability and/or document backlogs, and will be prepared on a first-come, first-served basis. We thank you in advance for your patience during the transition period.

BTGS will continue to receive applications for new EDWIN members during the remainder of our modernization project period. If you have questions or would like to join the partnership, please contact David Fletcher at 412-442-5826.