Tip 7: Convert Date Formats

We sometimes find datasets containing attribute data that we can’t use effectively because the data is not stored correctly.  A common example is a field containing dates where the field type is defined as ‘Text’. This results in difficulties filtering the dataset by date, e.g. “display data older than X”.  In this petroleum GIS tip we take the common…

Around 2800 Blocks in 80 days

The UK government launched its 26th offshore oil and gas licensing round last week. The round includes new “Frontier” licences, with an extended nine-year exploration term, as well as some new tax breaks to stimulate activity. Blocks are being offered in all UK territorial waters for the first time in 12 years. It’s a massive…

Tip 6: Animation in ArcGIS Desktop

With 48 toolbars at version 9.3.1 ArcGIS Desktop has a lot of hidden functionality that many users may be unaware of.  One such toolbar is the Animation toolbar which allows you to animate data to help identify spatial trends through time.  The functionality is not obvious at first but ArcGIS Desktop’s integrated Help covers animation in…

How Big is your Training Gain? Part 2

In part 1 of “How big is your training gain?”, I provided a simple spreadsheet model that readers could have a play with and visualise their potential training gain. Well how did it go? In part 2 I’d like to present and discuss a couple scenarios that I came up with. Scenario Modelling Scenario 1 –…

Landfill Sites vs. Acreage: Worlds Apart?

As if running a GIS business wasn’t hard enough work, I recently signed up for a part-time MSc course, run by UNIGIS. One of the fun things about a course like this is that it takes you in to areas you wouldn’t normally venture. One of the exercises I’ve just completed was to identify potential landfill…

Tip 5: GDB Attribute Domains

Attribute Domains for ArcGIS File Geodatabases are arguably the most important data quality tool for geoscientists creating play fairway mapping data. As such we thought it would be useful if the next in our series of GIS Tips explained how to use them. There are probably three types of ArcGIS users reading this: Users that already understand…

How Big is your Training Gain? Part 1

Exprodat is focused on helping our clients in the petroleum sector make better use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and we are sector leading specialists in the use and application of ArcGIS technology from ESRI to E&P spatial challenges. Every organisation that takes on board GIS wrestles with the question: how much training do…

Santa’s Ballistic Delivery System

“So,” said Santa, his grin widening, “we can get rid of the reindeer?”. He pushed back from his desk and turned to gaze through the glass wall that separated his office from the staff canteen. The reindeer sat together at one of the long tables that were arranged in rows in the canteen. They weren’t…

Adding Cross Sections to ArcGIS Explorer

ESRI’s ArcGIS Explorer (AGX) is a free downloadable GIS viewer which allows viewing of a wide variety of spatial data in either 2D or 3D (Globe) display modes. In Exprodat’s R&D team we’ve been working with the AGX Software Development Kit (SDK) for a few months and have been impressed with what you can do,…

Tip 4: Joins and Relates

One of the main issues that users seem to need a bit of help with in ArcGIS Desktop is the whole Joins and Relates ‘thing’. I guess this comes up a lot in the petroleum sector as users are often trying to Join pick data to wells, or Relate production data to fields, etc. As…