Whenever I am called for an ARIES assignment, the first thing an engineer will say is “I need an ARIES expert.” My instinctual retort is “No one is an ARIES expert.” Why do I feel this way? I think ARIES can be encompassed in the statement “The great thing about ARIES is it can do the same thing a million different ways; the terrible thing about ARIES is it can do the same thing a million different ways.” Those who are proficient in ARIES understand and agree with this sentiment. Let’s explore this thought….
Is pricing hard coded into the Expert editor? Is pricing reference in a sidefile? Are lookup tables utilized for a myriad of items? How are deducts modeled? Is there overlays? What stream arithmetic is utilized? Are excel files pulled in for modeling?
There is literally thousands of different methods to model a task, and if you are not the founding author for the database, ARIES’s complexity bogs an analyst down initially in understanding the structure. If you are a seasoned analyst or technician, you understand the value in understanding the “backside” of ARIES – being able to look through Microsoft Access at the important tables such as the AC_Property, AC_Economic, and the best output report – the AC_Oneline.
If you are a great technician you understand how to manipulate these tables not simply from the front side through the ARIES application, but also through optimized queries to provide quick updates, appends, and data validation through Access.
Any great technician also knows that there are no “experts” there are just phenomenal technicians who understand how to navigate the support channels of the ARIES help desk, the ARIES Yahoo group and have a solid technical network of contacts who have been there and done that.
In honor of those phenomenal technicians, our weekly blogs for March will feature tips and tricks in ARIES. Check back for discussions on the spreadsheet viewer, economic section overviews, and quick tasks for dynamic analysis. Should you want to master the backside in ARIES, sign up for one of QED’s Access for the Petro-Technical classes – where all of our examples are based on ARIES structured databases.
Until Next Time – Stay Efficient Techs!