GIS

Have loads of bad ideas

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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

Have GIS ‘things’ changed that much?

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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?

GIS to manage exploration risk

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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

Reaching everyone with maps

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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

Rapid Geospatial Skill Acquisition

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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

How low can EO go?

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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?

Geospatial 2.0 Workshop

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“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

Geofencing and Exploration

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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

Improving oilfield safety – what3words

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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