Tip 3: Getting Help

One of the problems I faced when starting to use GIS was that there was so much to learn, and so many ways to get stuck!  Often finding the best places to get answers to problems was something of a rights of passage.  Things have changed since then of course – a lot of oil companies these…

Enormous 3D Arrows in the Sky!

ESRI’s ArcGIS Explorer (AGX) is a free GIS viewer which allows the user to view a wide variety of spatial data in both 2D and 3D (globe) display modes. We’ve been working with the latest version, 900, since it was in Beta, and have been impressed with its new Software Development Kit (SDK) and presentation…

Who Owns Your GIS?

It’s become clear to me through a number of engagements with E&P companies that ownership of GIS is falling between the cracks. GIS as a distinct ‘practice’ in the E&P business is a relatively recent development, certainly for many small to mid-size companies. What started out as a niche application championed by a few ‘techies’…

Locating Sites for Offshore Wind Farms

In the past four decades the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS) has proven to be a major area for hydrocarbon exploration and production. However, as governments across the globe focus more on addressing climate change, energy production must in turn encompass more renewable technologies. The EU target to source 20% of Europe’s energy from renewables…

Tip 2: Tabular XY Data

The second in our series of Petroleum GIS Tips where members of our training team explain how to perform a common E&P task or petroleum GIS workflow using ArcGIS Desktop.  Its the sort of thing our technical consultants do a lot of when preparing data for our oil and gas clients, and this same workflow…

Risk Segments: Vectors 3, Rasters 1

A lot of petroleum GIS conference presentations I’ve seen about play fairway mapping describe processes whereby the common risk segment layers are produced in raster format.  I guess this is due being able to use Spatial Analyst and the Raster Calculator to ‘stack up’ layers with numeric attributes and perform mathematic calculations on them. That’s all…

Zen and the Art of Web Mapping

When I first started working with web-based GIS, oooh, back in 2001 or so, it seemed that ESRI was attempting to deliver “desktop-GIS-in-a-browser”, and as we know now, generally coming up short. Since the birth of ArcIMS, ESRI invested heavily in ArcObjects and ArcGIS Server, presumably to deliver on the aims of its original internet…

Using GIS to Rank UKCS Blocks

With the UK’s 26th Licensing Round expected to be announced in January 2010 its likely that the thoughts of the petroleum companies operating in the North Sea will soon turn to figuring out what the best acreage likely to be on offer is. Coincidentally, Nursultan Yakhiyayev, one of our 2009 summer students from the Imperial…

Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis 1

Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA) is a group of techniques used to describe and visualize spatial distributions, to highlight patterns affecting the distribution of observations and to identify outlier values. Each interpolation technique has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on the characteristics of the input dataset. ESDA techniques provide the GIS user with guidance…

Tip 1: Georeferencing

Welcome to the first of our Petroleum GIS Tips series, where members of our training team will explain how to perform a common E&P task or petroleum GIS workflow using ArcGIS Desktop.  First up is an old chestnut – georeferencing an image. Georeferencing Images One day you are lurking by the coffee machine discussing your…