Have you ever been given the advice to have loads of bad ideas before? It might sound ludicrous but it stands to reason that working through any idea that comes to mind, even something that seems crazy, and getting it down on paper, could lead to something that actually makes sense. This week I gave… Read More »Have loads of bad ideas
I have a book that I bought during my master’s degree in 2001, entitled “Fundamentals of spatial information systems” written by Robert Laurini and Derek Thompson in 1992 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fundamentals-Spatial-Information-Systems-APIC/dp/0124383807, I have the 1999 edition. Chapter 1, Geomatics, begins with the following statement: “Today in Redlands, California, a group of people is building a digital data… Read More »Have GIS ‘things’ changed that much?
A Geographical Information System is ideally suited to manage many of the risks associated with exploration and oilfield activities. Risks such as, but not limited to – Accidents, dangerous roads, steep inclines and slopes – In project execution, doing something you were not supposed to do and not knowing you did it – Having to… Read More »GIS to manage exploration risk
A 3D land seismic crew has the potential to be a big operation. How big? “A land seismic survey conducted in 2005 had 400,000 sensors per square kilometer; by 2009, that number had reached 36 million. From 2005 to 2009, the average volume of data gathered on an eight-hour shift grew from 100 gigabytes to… Read More »Using GIS to scout a land seismic survey
I watched a video this week, a presentation given by Brian Boulmay of BP: It is well worth watching, he talks about BP’s One Map Platform. He wants to reach the whole community within his organisation with a map. There is an interesting quote mid-way through (I have paraphrased slightly below) “We queried all desktops… Read More »Reaching everyone with maps
This summer I have been reading “The first 20 hours – how to learn anything fast” by Josh Kaufman https://first20hours.com/. Kaufman references Dr. K. Anders Ericsson of Florida State university – his rule of 10,000 hours to achieve expert-level performance. This has been famously discussed in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers”, but he has qualified it.… Read More »Rapid Geospatial Skill Acquisition
The IKONOS satellite, launched in 1999 was the first satellite to offer 1m spatial resolution imagery to the public. It was soon followed by QuickBird; launched in 2001 it provided 60cm imagery. These satellites were, at the time, the workhorses for anyone requiring high resolution imagery. What goes up must come down. #retrospective on #Quickbird… Read More »How low can EO go?
1 History, a chance to look again at EO EO data today should be a more attractive proposition than it has previously been. I looked at an article from World Oil this week, written in 2002. It is worth a read to see how the O&G sector was using EO 14 years ago. “Data prices… Read More »3 reasons to revisit EO again for Oil and Gas
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… Read More »Earth Observation for Oil and Gas (EO4OG)
“What is the crossing point of machine learning and Earth Observation?” was the question asked this week at the Satellite Applications Catapult Geospatial 2.0 event at the Harwell campus near Oxford. https://sa.catapult.org.uk/news-events-gallery/events/geospatial-2-0-workshop/ Welcome to everyone attending our Geospatial Workshop today. Perfect clear sky's for Earth Observation! 🌍 pic.twitter.com/LR6lYFfQYb — Satellite Applications Catapult (@SatAppsCatapult) July 13,… Read More »Geospatial 2.0 Workshop
Can a GIS Technician eventually become the CEO of a large company? GIS training industry today Below is the training model for generic GIS training today (July 2016). Many vendors will also offer a training service where they will: Come to you, and/or Build the course tailored to your needs. I don’t have… Read More »Let’s make GIS training more effective
5 ways to increase the value of GIS (for Oil and Gas) There is an excellent 50 page free ebook from Exprodat explaining in detail “Why use GIS in Petroleum”. To borrow a quote: “Spatial analysis lies at the core of GIS – the ability to analyse data based on its spatial relationship to other… Read More »5 ways to increase the value of GIS (for Oil and Gas)
Building on from my previous post, I wanted to follow up with an example. But first this. Permitting in GIS To create a land parcel I can digitise a satellite image, directly record the boundary on the ground, adapt an existing dataset or work with a scanned paper map. I could create a series of… Read More »Permitting & geofencing (again) in the Oilfield
The aim of a seismic survey is to map the subsurface in the most detailed and efficient way, mapping the reservoir so that critical decisions, such as choosing a drilling location, can be made with increased confidence. Definition of the target and an understanding of the quality of data that can be achieved in the… Read More »Geofencing and Exploration
Remote locations need accurate mapping. When an accident happens in the oilfield, knowing where that accident has occurred is critical. It is standard practice to carry a piece of GPS enabled equipment. These coordinates can be read back to a base location and support/help can be dispatched. There are a variety of projections, coordinate systems… Read More »Improving oilfield safety – what3words