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The Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as both a Personal and Professional Tool in Petroleum Land Management :. William L. Gardner, Jr. M.I.S. Geospatial Scientist GIS Data Maps Lufkin, TX. Maps and Petroleum Industry.

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The Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as both a Personal and Professional Tool in Petroleum Land Management:

William L. Gardner, Jr. M.I.S.

Geospatial Scientist

GIS Data Maps

Lufkin, TX

maps and petroleum industry
Maps and Petroleum Industry
  • Every aspect of the Petroleum Industry require accurate maps for decision making
  • Landmen require maps in all aspects of their work
    • Brokers need up to date lease maps for their client
    • Landmen need accurate maps to denote mineral from surface tracts
    • Client companies need to know who has what where, when it expires, and what portion is leased
landmen and maps
Landmen and Maps
  • The staple for landmen for years has been the Tobin® Maps
    • Even the GLO and the RRC will refer you to them for information
  • If in digital form can be color coded and updated to show lease status
landmen maps and data
Landmen, Maps, and Data
  • Today, company landmen are required to keep up with multiple larger prospect areas.
  • Mineral leases in prime areas are no longer pristine
  • Decisions have to be made regarding JOA’s, potential farm outs, and top leasing.
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Landmen, Maps, and Data
  • Client Companies are developing
    • Internet mapping programs (Web GIS)
  • They are tapping directly into the data itself
    • Online systems that are connected to central server system (RDBMS).
  • This data to them is in the form of Shapefiles that are associated with GIS
geographic information systems
Geographic Information Systems
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) captures, stores, analyzes, manages, and presents data that is linked to location
  • Allows you the ability to link the spatial (map) aspect to the attributes (data) to create SMART MAPS.
  • GIS works with layers of georeferenced information
georeferenced information
Georeferenced Information
  • Analysis can be:
    • Layer upon itself
    • One layer against another
    • Join or Intersect layers
    • Model
    • Plan
    • Store for future usage
the shapefile
The Shapefile
  • Is a geospatialvector data format for geographic information systems software. It is developed and regulated by ESRI as a (mostly) open specification for data interoperability among ESRI and other software products.
  • Shapefiles are simple because they store primitive geometrical data types of points, lines, and polygons. These primitives are of limited use without any attributes to specify what they represent.
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The Shapefile
  • .shp — shape format; the feature geometry itself
  • .shx — shape index format; a positional index of the feature geometry to allow seeking forwards and backwards quickly
  • .dbf — attribute format; columnar attributes for each shape, in dBase IV format
  • .prj — projection format; the coordinate system and projection information, a plain text file describing the projection using well-known text format
  • .sbn and .sbx — a spatial index of the features
gis software
GIS Software
  • There are multiple companies that provide or design GIS software
  • Most all these companies use the shapefile as their main data file or as an interchange file to other software companies
  • The industry leader is Environmental Sciences Research Institute (ESRI)
    • Commonly called ArcView, ArcGIS
freeware gis software
Freeware GIS Software
  • Following in the footsteps of Linux, Open Source GIS is becoming more popular
    • Quantum GIS or QGIS is a European derived freeware that was originally designed for Linux
    • GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System)was originally designed through the USACE, but its recent additions are of European decent.
fundamentals of gis landman
Fundamentals of GIS (Landman)
  • GIS allows you the ability to:
    • Have your tract of land with the important snapshot if information
    • Combine you multiple mineral owners back to that single tract of land
    • Link your lease to your mineral owner to the tract of land.
data and the client
Data and the Client
  • Staff GIS cannot keep up with the volume of data coming in
  • Client companies are requiring their main brokers the ability to supply them GIS data
    • Smaller companies and / or independents will have to prove they know what they are doing before data will be used
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Data and the Client
  • Companies are wanting GIS tracts to be drawn by deed calls
  • Typical DB requirements include:
    • Lessee
    • Gross Acres
    • Net Acres
    • YR Lease Expired
    • Date of Expiration
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Data and the Client
  • Data is going to have to be projected to correct coordinate system
  • If client uses a specific commercial dataset such as P2Energy, Whitestar, or HTSI
    • Sign a exclusive rights agreement
    • Cannot use that data on ANY other project
  • Investment can either be in the form of
    • Downloading freeware GIS Program such as QGIS, GRASS, or SAGA GIS
    • Purchasing commercial package such as ESRI, MapInfo, Intergraph, or Manifold GIS
  • Include adequate computer hardware, disk space, and ancillary equipment such as scanners, printers plotters.
  • Most open source or freeware GIS applications have large blog followings and good online documentation
  • There are some private companies now teaching freeware GIS classes.
  • And there is a book out now called GIS for Dummies available with CD
  • Commercial software packages have numerous tutorials and classes available both online and hardcopy.
  • Many of the larger COG’s, State Agencies (TNRIS), Community Colleges (HCC) teach GIS classes
    • Vast majority teach ESRI ArcGIS
  • Regardless of which way you go
    • Don’t expect to learn it overnight
    • Don’t expect to learn it till you actually apply it to real world scenario
    • Don’t expect to learn it till you build something from the ground up
  • Remember, you did not become a landman overnight. Don’t expect to be a Geospatial Scientist in a week.
why do i need to learn this
Why Do I Need To Learn This?
  • Professionally:
    • Mineral leasing is now 100x more competitive than it was at the beginning of this decade
    • The amount of land that is HBP is HUGE
    • Brokers in order to keep long term clients need to invest for future lease expirations.
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Why Do I Need To Learn This?
  • Personally:
    • Landmen need to centralize and store for ready retrieval information pertinent to their profession
      • In other words, it will make your spouse happy to have the spare bedroom back and not filled with cabinets
    • This ever changing technology/environment you must increase your versatility
    • GIS is not just specific to the O&G Industry.
    • EVERYTHING can be mapped
data acquisition or purchase
Data Acquisition or Purchase
  • Federal Geo Data One Stop:
  • State Agencies:
    • Texas Natural Resource Information Systems
  • Local Government
    • County Appraisal Districts
  • Third party organizations
    • Tobin, HTSI, Whitestar.
final thought
Just as with all the other tools you use for your profession, GIS is a tool that can combine all your data into one centralized location

Once data has been correctly entered into a database and properly drawn, it can be retrieved years from now just as if it had been done yesterday

Final Thought


I would like to thank Ms. Laura Cass and the HAPL for allowing me to present at this forum

W. L. Gardner, Jr. M.I.S

GIS Data Maps

Lufkin & Houston, TX