GIS: A Cure for Confirmation Bias?

Confirmation Bias: a tendency of people to favour information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses: Wikipedia*. It’s a terrible disease for the petroleum explorer. Succumbing to confirmation bias often leads to overconfidence in one’s ability to predict outcomes, technical risk underestimation and poor decision making. Wishful thinking syndrome is also a common side effect, and the…

Exprodat Appoints Steven Feldman as Non-Executive Chairman

Exprodat, the petroleum GIS services, software & training specialist and Esri Gold Partner, has appointed geospatial industry expert Steven Feldman as Non-Executive Chairman. Feldman has huge experience of the geospatial industry garnered from leading GDC to being the country’s foremost e-government geo-solutions providers; through his time as Managing Director of MapInfo UK; to creating and…

Tip 26: Viewing in Stereo

Stereo viewing, or Stereoscopy, has long been used by geoscientists to create the illusion of depth. Traditionally, overlapping air photographs (“stereopairs”) have been viewed with a stereoscope, where the stereo effect is created from a slight offset in the viewpoint of each of the stereopair photographs. Investigating an area in “3D” affords a greater understanding…

Exprodat at the 2013 Esri European Petroleum User Group

Exprodat, the petroleum GIS services, software and training specialist will be showcasing its software at the forthcoming 2013 Esri European Petroleum Users Group (PUG) in London, including the new Exploration Analyst and Data Assistant extensions for ArcGIS Desktop. The Esri European PUG, being held in London between 14th and 15th November 2013, brings together the region’s…

Feeding the GeoEvent Processor

The GeoEvent Processor is an extension for ArcGIS for Server version 10.2 that processes real-time data – for instance, vessel or vehicle position information. In addition to allowing the display of real-time data in, um, real-time, the GeoEvent Processor provides GeoFence and other functionality that enables alerts to be automatically generated – for instance, you…

Making Better Maps 1 – Masking Data

Have you ever wanted to hide sections of the layers on your map but not wanted to clip your data to do so? For example, you might want to show all of the 2D seismic available within your company’s license blocks, but hide the data when it is over another company’s blocks, as illustrated in…

Exprodat Training Reaches 2000 Course Places Mark

Exprodat, the oil and gas GIS services, software and training supplier is delighted to announce that it has completed more than 2000 training course places; teaching exploration and production professionals how to use GIS technology to increase their productivity. This impressive milestone comes on the back of recent announcements that Exprodat has signed a training…

Tip 25: Using the XY To Line tool

Another spreadsheet of coordinates! When planning seismic lines it’s typical to have a spreadsheet of start and end point locations, representing the seismic lines to be shot in the survey. In ArcMap it is possible to generate a set of lines from these points using a single tool – the XY To Line tool. Workflow Prerequisites:…