Exprodat provides GIS and information management solutions to the upstream oil and gas industry, blending GIS, IT, geoscience, and oil and gas industry expertise. They specialize in improving upstream petroleum E&P processes by helping oil and gas industry companies apply GIS technology.
Raster functions have been around in ArcGIS Pro for some time now. They work slightly differently to traditional raster data processing. Instead of writing out a new raster image with each step, they create a virtual raster (that only exists “in memory”) which is calculated based on the input raster(s) values. This allows output to be created very quickly. Some functions require Spatial Analyst (SA) or Image Analyst (IA) extensions, while others are available without extensions. A full list of the Raster Functions can be found here.
For this example, I used some Sentinel 2 imagery which can be downloaded from the Copernicus Open Access Hub. I then loaded some of the image bands to ArcGIS Pro. Go to the Imagery tab and click Raster Functions. This will open the Raster Functions Pane. Expand Math and choose the Calculator function. (Note: Calculator requires SA or IA extension).
This will open the dialog for the Calculator. It allows you to define raster data or layers as variables and then use those defined variables to construct an algorithm.
In this example, I am doing a simple ratio between Sentinel 2 bands 12 and 8 (these are similar wavelength ranges to Landsat TM7 bands 7 and 4). Once a variable is defined in the calculator, it will appear in intellisense (you can see the popup in the image below showing b8 and b12 as options), along with various other available mathematical functions.
Once you have completed the formula, it is possible to either create the result in the current map “in memory” or save it out as a permanent raster file.
Click Create new layer to add the resulting processed image to your map.
It is then possible to create a series of ratio images and make a composite of those ratio images. This can highlight features of interest to your study.
The image below is RGB Sentinel2 band ratios 4/3, 11/3, 12/8 (Landsat TM7 band ratios 3/2, 5/2, 7/4). It was created using the Composite Bands raster function.
Exprodat, the Getech Group company and Esri Gold Partner, while attending the 2018 Esri Business Partner Conference in Palm Springs, California, was interviewed by Esri’s E360 video channel about its development work with ArcGIS Pro.
Exprodat has three ArcGIS Desktop extensions which it has been upgrading from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro; Data Assistant, Unconventional Analyst and Exploration Analyst. These software products are used within the oil and gas industry to simplify complex petroleum-specific workflows focused on data integration, well planning and exploration.
Exprodat’s Chief Operating Officer, Chris Jepps, had the pleasure to be interviewed by the E360 team and during the interview explained, “The new modern architecture of ArcGIS Pro allowed us to really upgrade our end-user experience and to create some very modern looking graphing and UI. The migration to ArcGIS Pro has also allowed us to streamline many of the software workflows for our users.”
Watch the full Esri E360 video to hear how Exprodat upgraded its software products to ArcGIS Pro and the benefits this has brought its customers.
Exprodat, the Getech Group company and Esri Gold Partner, is supporting the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by providing the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with access to its Data Assistant software for integrating geoscience data with ArcGIS.
The agreement will help ensure that researchers at the Illinois State Geological Survey will have access to software that is widely used and relied upon within the oil and gas exploration industry.
The latest version of Data Assistant enables the Illinois State Geological Survey to quickly and easily import data into ArcGIS from popular subsurface interpretation systems such as Petrel, KINGDOM, CPS3 and Landmark for use in geoscience research projects.
Chris Jepps, Chief Operating Officer at Exprodat and the Getech Group, explains why the company decided to support the University; “We continue to work closely with universities and geological surveys across the world as we like to give something back to the scientific and academic communities. Through this relationship we aim to help the team at the Illinois State Geological Survey achieve their research goals by better integrating their subsurface interpretation system data for spatial analysis within ArcGIS.”
Nathan Webb, Associate Research Scientist at the Illinois State Geological Survey, added “The Exprodat Data Assistant software streamlines my reservoir characterization research in the Illinois Basin. I can quickly and easily take my subsurface correlation work and bring it into ArcGIS for finish mapping for presentations and publications. Also, our workflow hinges on collaboration between geologists, modelers, and reservoir engineers and their respective software and the Data Assistant is a great help in the collaboration process. We appreciate Exprodat’s support of our research.”
For more information about the benefits of using Exprodat software visit the Exprodat website.
A few years ago, we published a free e-book entitled “Why Use GIS in Petroleum?”. With many thousands of downloads, it has become our most successful publication. People across the industry clearly value the concise overview of the Top 10 use cases for GIS in Oil and Gas.
As time is moving on, our venerable publication may be due for an update. While we consider how to revise it, this blog post shares some thoughts and trends we’re seeing in the industry – and we are keen to hear your views as well (see below, it involves a prize!).
A new breed of digital workflows
Recent Petroleum User Group (PUG) events in Houston and London showed that most oil and gas organisations have now embarked on digital transformation, or ‘digitalisation’. Equally there remains an enduring need for things like good data management or analytical skills.
Of course, our industry has been digital for decades. Digital transformation is no longer about making things digital that weren’t digital before, like replacing hand-drawn maps with GIS. Today, thanks to the relentless progress and versatility of computing platforms, it’s about re-imagining geospatial workflows from the ground up.
True digital transformation goes beyond optimising the mere ‘business as usual’. And companies who are willing to experiment are most likely to reap the biggest rewards. This is evident in areas such as machine learning, where you won’t know what you’ll find until you find it – from accident hotspots hidden in well supply traffic data, to geological analogs buried deep in corporate document libraries.
The enduring role of GIS
GIS has always been good at many things but, in this brave new digital world, one of its most enduring features is the ability to join up data silos. In our industry, the ingestion of data from multiple sources into a single view remains one of the most challenging and rewarding problems.
Organisations who successfully implement spatial integration reap significant benefits. From digital maps to operational dashboards, from scientific analytics to business intelligence, GIS simply helps people make sense of data – whatever the source or format.
But of course, the way GIS works has evolved too. Thanks to the latest advances in platforms, sensors, analytics and visualisation, GIS is now offering entirely new ways of working. Why spend days interpreting imagery when an algorithm running in the cloud can do it for you in seconds? Why slave away in an office cubicle when, in a few clicks on your phone, you can create your report out in the field? Why decipher complex maps or cross-sections when you can visualise everything in 3D?
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These are just some of the thoughts on how we think GIS has evolved over the past few years, and the opportunities this now offers our industry. At the same time, we’ve seen persistent demand for services like spatial data management and GIS training.
What do YOU think? We’d love to hear from you. Take our 3-minute survey to share your GIS priorities and aspirations. We’ll post the results on our blog and, in return for taking part, you’ll be entered into a draw to win a copy of Esri’s fabulous new 500-page book on modern cartography.
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Exprodat, the oil and gas ArcGIS platform specialist, Esri Gold Partner and Getech Group company, will be attending the European Petroleum GIS Conference held in London between 30th-31st October 2018.
The conference brings together leaders from the petroleum, gas, pipeline and GIS user community in an interactive environment that fosters exploration, collaboration and innovation.
Chris Jepps, Exprodat Chief Operating Officer, explains: “Exprodat’s partnership with Esri is built on strategic alignment and the sharing of best practice and innovation, and as geospatial experts within the oil and gas sector we once again look forward to meeting with the GIS Petroleum community in Europe to investigate the latest advances in Esri technology, hear case studies and success stories. This year we are particularly delighted to be able to highlight our GIS Services team’s experience in helping our customers migrate to the cloud and the the latest versions of ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Enterprise. At the exhibition we will also be showcasing our latest software releases, including Exploration Analyst and Data Assistant versions for ArcGIS Pro.”
Visitors to St. Paul’s will be able to find the Exprodat at stand 113.
There is actually a lot more to Data Assistant for ArcGIS Pro than shown in these videos, including running imports/exports in batch, using the tools in geoprocessing and integrating within Toolbox and ModelBuilder. But don’t take our word for it – sign up to a free Data Assistant trial today!
Exprodat, the oil and gas ArcGIS platform specialist, Esri Gold Partner and Getech group company, has released ArcGIS Pro compatible versions of its industry-standard exploration software extensions Data Assistant and Exploration Analyst.
Data Assistant for ArcGIS Pro provides an invaluable utility for geoscientists and explorationists by delivering simple, fast transfer of crucial data between ArcGIS Pro many common exploration and production interpretation systems.
Exploration Analyst for ArcGIS Pro enables petroleum geoscientists and explorationists to make better decisions by providing insight into the potential prospectivity of oil and gas basins and plays. The software does this through the implementation of industry best-practice play-based exploration (PBE) workflows within the ArcGIS Pro environment.
Exprodat Chief Operating Officer, Chris Jepps, explains why his company has decided to release ArcGIS Pro versions of their software now and what this will mean for existing and new users; “In the last 12 months we have seen a surge in interest for ArcGIS Pro across the petroleum industry, and we are proud to be at the forefront of partners releasing their ArcGIS extensions for this exciting new application.”
“With our Data Assistant and Exploration Analyst versions for ArcGIS Pro we have been able to re-design, enhance and modernise our products, adding new functionality and tightening up on worflows, all the while ensuring the software continues to deliver the huge benefits that our customers realise from these products.”
The Getech Group, suppliers of the expertise, support & knowledge that companies & governments need to better discover, develop & manage their Natural Resources; has announced the release of its next version of Globe.
Globe is developed by Getech experts in geophysics, tectonics, paleo-geography, global geology, Earth System Modelling and GIS to help exploration companies better understand petroleum system development, predict geologic risk and assess uncertainty. It is an industry leading geoscience knowledge base, spanning 59 stages through geologic time, that helps explorationists predict the location of Earth’s natural resources quickly and efficiently, using consistent and fully-audited data. The latest version, Globe 2018, includes new palaeo-surface geology and thermal mapping information, while also including new interactive tools for generating palaeo-climate profiles and assessing the Sediment-Water Interface Temperature (SWIT).
Chris Jepps, Chief Operating Officer of Getech, explained in more detail, the thinking behind these improvements and the benefits they will bring to Globe users; “Globe 2018’s new and unique palaeo-surface geology layers give you a better understanding of the character, quality and distribution of potential reservoirs within your area of interest. Meanwhile, the new thermal mapping content allows you to interpolate temperatures through the geological section of sedimentary basins where the temperature is strongly related to hydrocarbon maturation.”
“In addition, the new SWIT and Climate Profile analytic tools can streamline your basin modelling workflows and help determine how play elements change through time, respectively. With these and other new features, Globe 2018 continues Globe’s focus on practical features designed to improve petroleum basin screening and exploration outcomes.”
Getech, providers of natural resources exploration data and expertise, have released a new Regional Report Online.
The Report uses a Story Map to summarise an assessment of the potential effects of the end-member plate models on the hydrocarbon prospectivity of the Southern Caribbean margin, and has been included in this year’s Esri Map Book.
The featured part of the Getech Regional Report shows the geologic structure interpreted from gravity and magnetic data across the area.
The example shown is a band pass of the isostatic gravity on which the structures are interpreted. Following the mapping of the structures, features were given activation histories from information gained from seismic data and/or literature. The structural evolution of nineteen basins are included in the report, their intrabasinal features are illustrated, and their structural evolution described.
In August 2018 Mr Timothy Kabba was appointed as Director General of the Sierra Leone Petroleum Directorate. Mr Kabba brings fresh perspectives to the current Fourth Sierra Leone Licensing Round and in step with the Government’s New Direction initiative, he has decided to expand the dialogue and enter a period of industry consultation.
This consultation process is expected to last for up to 6 months and requires the temporary suspension of the ongoing Fourth Licensing Round.
Mr. Timothy Kabba, Director General of the Sierra Leone Petroleum Directorate commented: “The Republic of Sierra Leone is committed to attracting long-term investment through the development of its natural resources. The Petroleum Directorate’s mission is to deliver this investment through a process that creates maximum value for both the investor and the country’s people. I look forward to meeting with the industry during this important consultation process”
Jonathan Copus, CEO of the Getech Group commented: “The offshore waters of Sierra Leone contain proven petroleum systems and the country’s Fourth Licensing Round has generated significant levels of interest. This has led to a busy and wide-ranging dialogue with a variety of high-quality international oil and gas companies. Through a process of consultation, the staff of the Petroleum Directorate and Getech will work in partnership to narrow and focus the License Round conversation – the shared goal being the successful conclusion of that Round.”