Seismic 2D shot points in ArcGIS 10

For a while now Esri’s ArcMap has had the ability to add ‘hatches’ to line layers, enabling you to post labelled measurements along lines (for further information see the ArcGIS Desktop 10 help on linear referencing and dynamic segmentation).  The main applications of this in oil and gas are posting shot point labels along 2D…

Tip 15: Exporting PDFs

Although there are numerous formats for exporting your finished map to, Portable Document Format (PDF) files are possibly the most useful. These files allow users to share high quality cartographic outputs with both a level of security and some flexibility of display. It is also a popular format for delivery to commercial printers, for sharing…

Extruding data in ArcGIS Explorer 1500

In a blog last year we posted an ArcGIS Explorer 1200 add-in that allowed you to create 3D KML representations of feature layers. We have now updated the add-in for ArcGIS Explorer 1500 and posted it for download @ Esri’s ArcGIS.com site. For further information see the following resources: 3D Extruder add-in User Guide for ArcGIS Explorer 1500 Ross Smail’s original…

Tip 13: Hyperlinking to Document Pages

Hyperlinking allows users to establish a connection from one information source to another with just a mouse click. This can be very useful in presentations, and when applied to the GIS environment many forms of documentation benefit from a spatial linkage, e.g. in ArcGIS Desktop you can provide additional information about the features on the…

Automating your workflows with Python

In today’s E&P industry the maxim “time is money” could never be more true.  How much time is spent running the same process, the same workflow, clicking the same mouse buttons, tapping the same keys? Using GIS we have shortened workflows that take many hours into mere minutes, or from months into days.  GIS tools…

Tip 12: Coordinates and ArcGIS

Geographic data is comprised of geographic features – such as wells, fields or licence areas – located by coordinates, referenced to the earth by a coordinate reference system (CRS).   The management of geographic data is reliant upon understanding CRSs and successful management of the data’s CRS properties. The potential impact on oil and gas businesses…

Checking Residuals Bias in Geological Mapping

In my last blog post I discussed the case for mapping the residuals in order to help us to understand the quality of the output of the interpolation of a continuous variable. In there I emphasized the importance of looking at the spatial distribution of the signed residuals to identify whether their spatial distribution may…

Promoting GIS in your Workplace

Are you working in an organisation that you feel could really benefit from GIS, but don’t know how to go about selling it to the right people? Here are a few ways that I’ve found useful for promoting GIS to the decision makers: KISS – The key to selling any new concept to a busy…