PetroBase software solutions help oil and gas companies achieve superior business performance by streamlining their operations.
PetroBase is passionate about creating software solutions for efficient analysis in the Oil & Gas industry. It is our mission to produce innovative tools to streamline operations, increase your knowledge base, and provide a basis for effective decisions.
Operational data is an essential asset to all companies. Ultimately, better data management leads to superior business performance.
The PetroBase Story
What started as a dream to streamline oil and gas operations has grown into a family owned and operated oilfield software solutions provider.
PetroBase founder Kyle Stephenson, a petroleum engineer, worked with international oil companies prior to privately owning, operating, and consulting in the U.S. Oil & Gas industry.
In 1984, Kyle graduated the top of his class with a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Kansas. His career started as a Production Engineer for Texaco. Two years later, he was promoted to Reservoir Engineer in Midland, Texas, and soon after to Senior Engineer in Odessa, Texas.
Kyle was enjoying his work in the corporate Oil & Gas world when his father became very ill. In 1987, Kyle returned home to Wichita, Kansas to run his family’s oil company.
By 2000, Kyle was looking for a new direction. He still loved the Oil & Gas industry but wanted to play a new role in the field he had devoted his career to. Most of all, he wanted to share his wealth of knowledge with others. He began engineering consulting.
In consulting for multiple oil companies, Kyle kept seeing inefficiencies in operations that he knew he could eliminate by creating a centralized oilfield management database. After working diligently for several years, PetroBase Pro software was created.
Kyle immediately began seeing the benefit of PetroBase Pro for his consulting clients, and realized the demand for an affordable customized product operators could use in their day-to-day decision making. At the same time, word of PetroBase spread among local independent oil operators. Kyle began offering PetroBase Pro for sale.
He quickly ended up with more work than he had expected and began to look for help. James, Kyle’s son, had grown up in the age of computers and although he never imagined a career in computer science while studying civil engineering at KU, he was eager to help with the growth of PetroBase.
James began in 2013 by learning database design and software development as well as the ins and outs of the oil business. After providing support and updates for PetroBase Pro and helping turn WellBore Schematic into a separate program, James began creating another program to map, view, and analyze state provided production and well data. PetroBase Explorer was up and running for Kansas by 2014, but when it came to Oklahoma the data proved to be much more vast.
There were only two choices—push forward or give up. The PetroBase team chose to persevere. Thanks to hard work and dedication, PetroBase Explorer now provides Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas oil and gas production and well data. Explorer will expand to more states in the months to come.
PetroBase will continue to grow and work diligently to remain a reliable source for oilfield software and data solutions.