Oil and Gas: Helping to protect employees, shareholder values and the environment

Location-based analysis is being used by oil and gas companies to manage uncertainty and shape a more resilient and sustainable future.



Discovering new sources of petroleum ahead of the competition is one of the keys to remaining in business. GIS can help you evaluate the potential for oil in promising locations.

Exploration requires the analysis of lots of different types of data such as satellite imagery, digital aerial photo-mosaics, seismic surveys, surface geology surveys, sub-surface and cross-section interpretations and images, well locations and existing infrastructure information.

A geographic information system can tie all this information together, enabling data to be overlaid, viewed and manipulated to thoroughly analyse the potential for a new field or extending an existing play.

Exploration Process

Geographic data management can be used to track the locations of blocks, licences, stakes, proximity to existing pipeline infrastructure and to identify environmental concerns. Collectively this information can be used to perform initial screening activity and to establish the outline cost / benefits of exploration activity.

Once the decision has been made to complete a test, drill core samples and mudlogs can be used to test initial assumptions, whilst in-house and subcontractor operational activity can also be monitored.

Location-based analysis is used as an integral part of the exploration process to organise, analyse and distribute data used in the day to day operational environment as well as research and prioritise prospects and inform engineering and commercial decisions.


European Petroleum User Group (EPUG)

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