Crowdsourcing and ArcGIS Server 10

With the imminent arrival of ArcGIS Server 10 and its template-based online spatial data editing it looks as though map-based crowdsourcing (which has been around for a while via Google Earth etc.) will soon be a reality for the ESRI community. ESRI themselves have quite a neat example of this available on their website, monitoring the…

Tip 9: Relative Paths

When you start up a new ArcMap document, you almost immediately and probably unknowingly lock yourself into using either relative or full folder paths: A relative folder path specifies the location of files brought into the project in relation to where you have saved your ArcMap document for the project. A full folder path specifies…

Exprodat Releases New Version of Software for Petroleum Play Fairway Analysis

London, United Kingdom, 29th April 2010 – Exprodat today announces the release of version 201 of Exploration Analyst, a toolkit for building common risk segment maps for use in exploration play fairway analysis. With Exploration Analyst petroleum E&P companies can improve their understanding of play risk, reduce technical uncertainty and significantly reduce technical evaluation cycle…

Tip 8: Geoprocessing Masks

In GIS terminology a ‘mask’ is a spatial layer that one uses to limit the ‘view’ of a region. For example, if you were looking at the geology of the North Sea region, but only really interested in the marine environment you might employ a ‘land mask’. This would be a polygon that lies on…

Behavioural Economics and Innovation

I was very interested by a recent blog by David Bamford on the subject of behavioural economics. The bottom line is that buyers of technology are fickle and not altogether objective when it comes to buying new technology, for a variety of very human reasons: Benefits are only realised sometime in the future Benefits are…

Reduce Your Oil Exploration Risk

International oil and gas companies are presented with so many exploration opportunities that they cannot all be actively pursued. In order to decide where to commit resources the exploration opportunities need to be analysed and ranked (preferably as quickly as possible), based upon the quality of each opportunity and the risks (geologic, engineering and economic) associated…