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Fed by big data loads from big operators, a university consortium and software firm are each working to make upstream data access as quick and easy as a Google search. A new university-led consortium aims to bring together industry and academia to help operators efficiently orchestrate the final days of deepwater developments. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) have set an audacious goal to halve the time, cost, and number of rig personnel required for drilling every type of well, from unconventional shale to ultradeepwater.