GIS to manage exploration risk

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 about GIS to manage exploration risk[…]

Using GIS to scout a land seismic survey

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 about Using GIS to scout a land seismic survey[…]

Reaching everyone with maps

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 about Reaching everyone with maps[…]

Rapid Geospatial Skill Acquisition

This summer I have been reading “The first 20 hours – how to learn anything fast” by Josh Kaufman 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 about Rapid Geospatial Skill Acquisition[…]

How low can EO go?

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 about How low can EO go?[…]

3 reasons to revisit EO again for Oil and Gas

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 about 3 reasons to revisit EO again for Oil and Gas[…]

Earth Observation for Oil and Gas (EO4OG)

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 about Earth Observation for Oil and Gas (EO4OG)[…]

Geospatial 2.0 Workshop

“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. Welcome to everyone attending our Geospatial Workshop today. Perfect clear sky's for Earth Observation! 🌍 — SatApps Catapult (@SatAppsCatapult) July 13, 2016 Read more about Geospatial 2.0 Workshop[…]

Let’s make GIS training more effective

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 about Let’s make GIS training more effective[…]

5 ways to increase the value of GIS (for Oil and Gas)

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 about 5 ways to increase the value of GIS (for Oil and Gas)[…]

Permitting & geofencing (again) in the Oilfield

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 about Permitting & geofencing (again) in the Oilfield[…]

Geofencing and Exploration

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 about Geofencing and Exploration[…]

Improving oilfield safety – what3words

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 about Improving oilfield safety – what3words[…]

Free and open satellite data

Two tweets have recently caught my eye. Firstly, the ESA tweeted that Sentinel-2 has now captured enough cloud-free images to create a mosaic of Africa. Five months of #Sentinel2 images create cloud-free mosaic of #Africa — ESA (@esa) May 18, 2016   This is an impressive mosaic, especially when you consider the range Read more about Free and open satellite data[…]