E&P GIS Consulting
E&P GIS Strategy Model
Exprodat’s GIS strategy model has been developed using our years of experience of working with GIS technology in E&P companies of varied sizes and goals. The techniques we employ in developing GIS strategy are technology independent and as a result can be applied in a scalable way able to meet the needs of any size of organisation or company.
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GIS functionality value gradient
The starting point of our GIS strategy model lies in a functional breakdown of what GIS technology is able to deliver. Understanding the capabilities of GIS is fundamental in being able to plan how best to utilise the technology.
Using a ‘value-based’ approach to the functionality breakdown we would propose that there is an inc rease in value from data organisation to prediction. We call this the 'GIS functionality value gradient'.
There are a number of common factors influencing whether an organisation is able to reach the high value end of the GIS value gradient. Understanding how each of these factors contributes to the successful rollout of high value GIS applications and tools and what can be done to encourage such a rollout are the keys to developing the core of a GIS strategy.
GIS implementation landscape
Our GIS implementation landscape model summarises all the components required for the successful GIS implementation of GIS technology. At its core is a GIS strategy.
A GIS strategy should be developed in parallel with an organisation’s IM strategy to ensure that the data management that supports the GIS work is tied in sufficiently with the wider data management efforts of the organisation. This is particularly important in the E & P business where geotechnical interpretation systems are used in parallel with an array of other applications and data sources.
GIS strategy components
There are a number of key factors that need to be considered when developing any GIS strategy:
- Perception of GIS within the organisation
- GIS / spatial data management
- Spread of GIS within the organisation
- GIS functional/technical (what is GIS being used to do?)
- GIS users (skills/knowledge/training)
- GIS support.
E&P GIS maturity matrix
Exprodat has developed an E&P GIS maturity matrix that attempts to define stages of GIS development within an organisation, while providing a prescriptive yet customisable approach to enable an organisation to move from one maturity stage to another, including:
- Key Steps – What areas should an organisation focus on in order to move to the next stage?
- Critical Success Factors – What factors should an organisation be aware of to esure the move to the next maturity stage is as smooth as possible?
- Business Impact – How will moving to the next stage of GIS maturity affect the business?
Implementing a GIS strategy
One of the key components of a GIS strategy is assessing which stage of GIS maturity an organisation is currently in and which maturity stage they are trying to progress to. This may be expressed in terms of a simply stated vision, or mapped out in more detail as the desired future state (or strategic goals).
Once the organisation knows where it is (current state), and where it is trying to get to (the vision), Exprodat's GIS maturity matrix model assists in defining the work that needs to be undertaken to achieve the organisation's goals.
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