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The way to find information on PetroWiki is to use the search box in the header. Enter what you want to know and you will see options as you type – these are page names. If you want to go to one of those pages, select it. If you wanted a more general search to find any page that includes the topic you want, click the Search button. You will see a list of pages that match your search in either the page name or the page content.

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Here's how the search works:

  • The article content is searched in its raw (wikitext) form - i.e., it searches the text that appears in the edit box when you click the Edit tab, not the rendered page. This means that content coming from an included template will not be picked up, but the target of piped links will be.
  • Even if you enclose a phrase in quotes, the search looks for each word individually. e.g., if you enter "well intervention" it will return pages that contain "well" and "intervention".
  • The search is not case-sensitive, so "PetroWiki", "petrowiki" and "PetroWIKI" all give the same result.


British/American English spellings. The current search engine is very literal. So a search for "mobilisation" will not find the page on MODU mobilization. The Petroleum Engineering Handbook was edited to American English, so that's how content for this wiki originated. But as SPE's global membership has begun adding content to the wiki, a mix of terms is likely. So you may want to try your search with both spellings.

PEH content. In building PetroWiki, SPE chose to preserve the original text from the Petroleum Engineering Handbook on pages that begin with PEH:. PEH content has been created by the chapter, which means that these pages can be very long, and will include many occurrences of relevant terms. As a result, PEH: pages are likely to show up higher in your search results. If you are looking for updated content that reflects recent changes in the industry, select pages that do not have PEH: at the beginning, even if they are further down your search results.