Shell opts for ESRI GIS

Shell is to standardize on the whole suite of ESRI’s Geographic Information System (GIS) software for world-wide, corporate deployment as part of its universal server technology program.

Shell International Exploration and Production (SIEP) has selected ESRI software as the basis of its standard suite of Intranet and desktop GIS products. SIEP’s enterprise GIS solution comprises ESRI’s full suite of software, including the ArcGIS family of desktop software (ArcView, ArcInfo, ArcEditor), ArcIMS, and ArcSDE, closely integrated with a spatially enabled object-relational database management system.


The global agreement between ESRI and SIEP allows Shell Operating Units and Affiliates to deploy ESRI software throughout the business. Global support will be provided by dedicated Shell and affiliates staff, and a network of regionalized ESRI distributor technical support centers, to cover the multiple time zones of Shell’s global business.

de Langladure

Jerry Larthe de Langladure of the SIEP Geosciences Leadership Team said, “The selection of ESRI reflects our strategy of adopting universal server technology, through strategic global partnerships, utilizing commercially available off-the-shelf GIS products that integrate enterprise database management systems.”


GIS-enabled projects are already underway in a variety of business areas including asset management system, biodiversity mapping, southern North Sea exploration, UKCS ‘opportunity mapping,’ and a variety of new ventures worldwide. Migration of Shell’s legacy spatial data is expected to be complete by the end of the year.


ESRI President Jack Dangermond said, “We thank the SIEP team for helping us work out the complex issues inevitable in an agreement of this magnitude. Such an agreement successfully demonstrates the powerful capabilities of our software, as well as our ability to provide global support to a major multinational company. We look forward to working with Shell for many years to come.”

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