ESRI 2011 Petroleum User Group

Shell’s GeoWeb, Apache’s Silverlight portal, seabed survey model, GIS on Ormen Lange, linear programming.

Keith Fraley described use of the oil and gas ‘GeoWeb’ in Shell. To find such, use the Google ‘inurl’ search to locate ArcGIS REST services and mapservers. Once you’ve located your data, you can either mashup different sources or import raw data for processing in Python, ‘the ideal geospatial integration platform.’ Examples include ship track processing with the Spot Blue Skye network, ‘game changing’ opportunity tracking with IHS’ Enerdeq map and the NDBC GoM rig tracking service.

Carlos Sosa presented Apache’s new ‘Eclipse’ map portal, a Microsoft .NET/Silverlight developed three tier server, applet and viewer for GIS data. Users can subscribe to information feeds such as HSE, geology or land and mashup their own maps on demand.

Woodside’s Gareth Wright introduced the seabed survey data model (SSDM) developed in collaboration with Shell and the Oil & Gas Producers association, the new home of the EU Petroleum Survey Group. SSDM is an Esri personal geodatabase template, supplied with a data dictionary, stylesheets and user/implementations guides. Wright showed some compelling imagery from SSDM use cases including a 3D view of a site survey in IVS’ Fledermaus ( The SSDM also captures metadata for survey management and operator/contractor interactions and data handover.

Colonial Pipeline has been working with Cri+Igen on integrating GIS systems with computer aided design and asset management. Interoperability of Esri, IBM/Maximo and Autocad leverages a web services architecture.

Calum Shand’s presentation on the development of Shell’s Norwegian giant Ormen Lange (OL) field was a GIS spectacular. ESRI GIS was used to position seabed infrastructure in the rugged terrain of the Storegga slide, an 8,000 year old subsea mudslide involving some 3 million tonnes of rock! ArcMap has been used to spatialize engineering data in CAD systems for the field, gathering lines and twin pipelines—one 1,200km long connecting Norway to the UK and claimed as the world’s longest. For OL, WebGIS is now the ‘engineer’s desktop.’ GIS also underpins OL’s shore-based operations, providing situational awareness from multiple data feeds in the high tech control room.

 Scott Oelfke (Geographix) showed use of linear programming techniques developed for the rag trade which are being applied to optimize pad placement in non-conventional ‘factory’ drilling. The method leverages geoprocessing to avoid hazards, quantify risks and to ‘track costs spatially.’

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