Mapping Gas Hydrate Occurrence

Mapping gas hydrate occurrence in permafrost regions using a play fairway mapping approach. I have recently become very much interested in the subject of gas hydrates and have started, in my spare time, to do some research on this really interesting subject. I am by no means a gas hydrates scientist, but being a geologist…

4 Ways to Streamline Unconventional E&P Projects

GIS technology has been used in ‘conventional’ petroleum for many years and is now being used increasingly in the development of continuous ‘unconventional’ resource plays such as shale gas, shale oil and coal bed methane. This makes a lot of sense – most (if not all) of these resources are located onshore and GIS’s ability…

Exprodat renames its petroleum ArcGIS training courses

Exprodat has renamed its hugely popular ArcGIS training courses for the oil and gas sector. The reason for the change is to allow users to more easily identify relevant training combinations and create supportive learning pathways The content of the courses remains unchanged, with the training continuing to provide attendees with techniques and information that…

Managing Cultural Data with ModelBuilder and Python

Cultural data which E&P organisations rely on for exploration and commercial developments is ever-changing by nature. Status of leases change, as do company equities and stakes in existing and new blocks, number of wells and information about production. Typically, cultural data is made available by the data suppliers as regular updates, often in an unstructured…

Enhancing Imagery using ArcGIS

One of the many questions that I get asked when delivering a GIS training course is “how do you enhance images – online background mosaics are good for general display but in a frontier basin study area, how do you process images to enhance surface features?” Most petroleum GIS users use remotely sensed imagery as…

Assessing Coal Bed Methane Acreage

As more and more oil and gas companies search for opportunities in the unconventionals sector, it is becoming increasingly critical to acquire good acreage. Charlotte Elliot, our 2011 Imperial College Petroleum Geoscience MSc student has recently spent a couple of months proving a workflow for doing just this – for the Candian province of Alberta. Her project aims were…

Tip 19: Using Buffers to Model Lateral Migration

We often use ArcGIS Desktop’s buffer tool simply to select areas within set distances from a feature or features we are interested in.  However, buffering can be used in more complex ways such as to produce a set of concentric buffers – this can be useful when looking at suspected migration of petroleum away from mature kitchen…

Using GIS in Unconventionals Developments

Exciting times here at Exprodat as we prepare to release a new software tool for the “unconventionals” market. In anticipation of this I thought I’d provide a sneak preview of what’s coming… Unconventionals Analyst is a well planning and reserve forecasting application for unconventional resource projects.  Unconventionals Analyst was developed in partnership with a leading global…

Exprodat’s Exploration Analyst makes ranking oil leases simple on ArcGIS 10

London, United Kingdom, 30th Aug 2011 – Exprodat’s Exploration Analyst, software for evaluating, ranking and screening petroleum leases, opportunities and risks was released today for ArcGIS 10.  The new version of Exploration Analyst delivers geospatial analytic tools, traditionally the preserve of the GIS specialist, into the hands of the geoscientist. Exprodat’s Technical Director, Chris Jepps,…