Esri PUG Conference 2014 Review

Houston, we have a platform Exprodat has a long tradition of attending the annual Esri Petroleum GIS Conference in Houston. Historically known as the ‘PUG’, it is co-hosted with the Petroleum User Group, the well-respected GIS industry body which has been the driving force behind the event for over 20 years. This year’s event was…

Sharing 3D Models Using CityEngine

Sharing 3D models using Esri’s CityEngine Web Viewer In a previous blog post, my colleague Mike Phillips showed us how to create geological block diagrams using ArcScene. In this blog, I will show you how to share your model over the web using Esri’s CityEngine Web Viewer. The workflows described require ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 along…

From Visual-isation to Value-isation

I recently read with particular interest a press release by the management consultancy company Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) predicting long-term trends in the Oil & Gas (O&G) industry. Their analysis highlights, amongst others, the critical role that data is going to play for the industry: “Data will continue to create differentiators”. O&G is a data-intensive…

Tip 28: Hyperlinking to Raster Images

In a previous Training Tip blog (“Hyperlinking to Document Pages)” we discussed how to link features in ArcMap to external documents such as PDFs, and launch them using an appropriate viewer application. If you are interested in viewing data such as seismic sections, which are stored as images, it is actually possible to do this within ArcMap itself…

ArcGIS Desktop Enterprise Deployment: 2

This is the second part of a two part blog that provides details of how to configure access to various corporate resources. In Part 1 we looked at configuring map templates, style files and coordinate reference systems. In Part 2 we will cover toolboxes and metadata style sheets and also briefly mention the Advanced Settings utility that is provided…

ArcGIS Desktop Enterprise Deployment: 1

It is possible to configure various aspects of ArcGIS Desktop, such as the storage location of corporate map templates, by amending Windows registry settings. Further settings can be configured by placing files into the individual users’ profile folders. These capabilities allow for the efficient enterprise-wide deployment of ArcGIS Desktop, ensuring that each user has access…

Creating Geological Block Diagrams 2

In our earlier Exprodat blog Creating Geological Block Diagrams, we showed how to create block diagrams using satellite imagery and a digital elevation model. In this blog I look at how to make block diagrams directly from gridded surfaces, creating visual representations of the blocks. The workflows described require ArcGIS Desktop along with the 3D…

Tip 27: Improving ArcMap Legends

This training tip follows on from our previous blog “Top 10 ArcGIS Printing Checks“, and introduces some of ArcGIS 10.1’s dynamic legends capabilities. The problem You’ve got a good map, but your legend is stopping it from being a great map: In older versions of ArcGIS, you could either put up with the deficiencies, or spend…

Batch Geoprocessing with ArcPy

When you want to run the same geoprocessing tool on many feature classes, one option is to right click the tool and select the batch option, but it can be tedious to add all your datasets to the list – the entry columns have to be widened to check that the paths have been entered…

Can Renewables learn from Oil and Gas?

Can the Renewable Energy industry leverage the lessons learnt by its Oil & Gas brother? Last year the Renewable Energy Focus magazine published the feature “Oil, Gas and Wind: offshore harmony?” which argues that there are opportunities for skills transfer between the Renewable Energy (RE) and Oil & Gas (O&G) sectors. The feature highlights various areas where this…