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Earth Observation for Oil and Gas (EO4OG)

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This project was initiated by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) in 2014. The aim was to “to undertake a comprehensive study of the geo-information needs of the O&G sector and what EO services / products could help meet those needs”. The starting point to access this information and the project itself is here:

Hidden Gems

There are quite a few hidden gems in this project; I will highlight two key ones. Firstly, there are 19 case studies. well worth having a look at.


Image from the EO4OG webpage (accessed July 2016)

They are split into Onshore and Offshore case studies, but each one contains a tab either called ‘Outcomes’ or ‘Results & Perspectives’. Why is this a hidden gem? Because the value of EO products is being highlighted in real world Oil and Gas related activities.

Secondly, the challenges faced by the Oil and Gas sector have been presented in the form of challenge trees. Here for example is a snap shot of Surface Geology Mapping.


Image from the EO4OG webpage (accessed July 2016)

These challenge trees allow quick navigation to subsections (in grey), with the actual challenges within those sections. Click on a challenge and it will take you to the product sheet. There is a significant amount of rich content in these pages; I wonder if enough people have come across them.

225 challenges

Between them the four consortiums found 225 challenges. These challenges originated from interviews with Oil and Gas companies. There is some overlap in the challenges and it would be great if the two onshore and two offshore projects could be merged. The challenges found by each consortium are coloured by the bounding box (in the example above OTM is blue/black and Hatfield is Orange/Brown). There is no repetition within each consortium’s challenges.

I have done a 6-minute guide to navigating through the web site on YouTube, although the site is pretty intuitive.

Want even more inspiration? Then take a look at Andy Dean’s tweet



Dive into the EO4OG project website, you might be surprised!

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