GIS Petroleum User Group

Last week I attended the ESRI Petroleum user group in London. I think just over 200 people attended. I missed last year’s event but I have been present at this regular event many times in the past. Many thanks to the organisers – they do an incredible job. Pleasingly, there were plenty of Earth Observation Read more about GIS Petroleum User Group[…]

Temporal EO (Planet and the Oilfield)

This week I attended “Geo-Tech Masterclass: Introduction to satellite APIs” given by Planet (formally Planet Labs) at the Geovation hub in London. The Geovation hub is run by the Ordnance Survey with the “intention to be a centre of collaboration and inspiration in the UK geospatial industry” – exciting times! Earth Observation data can be Read more about Temporal EO (Planet and the Oilfield)[…]

EO data deluge

September 2016 was a busy month for the launch of Earth Observation satellites. Terrabella launched 4 more of its SkySats, bringing the total to 7. We’re excited to share the first light images from our four newest high-resolution imaging satellites, SkySat-4-7! — Terra Bella (@terra_bella) September 27, 2016 On the same launch vehicle Read more about EO data deluge[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

GIS and me

Put a pen between your teeth leave it there for 20-30 seconds Do you feel happier? Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is a tool to solve problems. If you work with GIS that makes you a problem solver. For me solving problems is a key component of my happiness. Providing a solution to someone that Read more about GIS and me[…]