Sunday, June 24, 2012

Progress on the National Geothermal Data System

The past few weeks have been busy for us on our two DOE geothermal data projects.  We just got back the results from the annual Peer Review held in Denver for all the DOE-funded geothermal projects.  AZGS runs the largest project in the country, and one of the most complex, with 44 subcontractors across the country, integrating data and web services from all 50 states, on behalf of the Association of American State Geologists (AASG).

Overall, the State Geothermal Data project that we run got glowing reviews from the external review panel - most categories were given "Outstanding" ratings.   The rest of the rankings were the second tier of "Good."  There were no significant criticisms. Mostly, there are questions about how we will transition the data network from development to operational status in the next year and what we can do to assist another project that is supposed to build a user interface (ie, web portal and desktop applications) for the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS).

Second, we are a subcontractor to Boise State Univ. on the original NGDS design-test project to build the data integration framework that will be used to link five independent projects into a system. We spent two days in Boise last week with university administrators, other project partners, industry consultants, and DOE program managers, to hammer out a revised plan to fast-track that project from its original 5-year timeline, to complete it in the next 15 months.

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