As GIS innovations become the standard, oil and gas firms can make informed decisions that lead to enhanced maintenance, safety facilities, and growth opportunities.

FREMONT, CA: As an industry that fuels progress and development, the oil and gas industry is a vital part of the global economy. The ever-changing dynamics of industry drives sustained efforts for increased efficiencies and risk mitigation. This is where Geographical Information Systems (GIS) step in with limitless opportunities and seamless applications. According to HDR, GIS is becoming the new standard in the tech-hungry industry, and few of its use cases are presented here.    

Data Index Mapping

One of the significant uses of GIS in the oil and gas sector is in delivering digital maps that enable company staff to see what data is available to them. With these data maps in hand, they can considerably reduce the time they spend looking for the information needed for work. Such maps are usually provided using web-based GIS applications that require little training to use and show all data in a single interface.

Pipeline Routing

As building pipelines to carry oil and gas is cost-intensive, determining the optimum route becomes critical for firms. This task can be significantly simplified through the use of the least-cost path analysis.  It is a process that determines the path of least resistance between a source point and destination, based on data derived from GIS, such as slope and land-cover. Studies have shown that GIS-based least-cost path analysis can produce more environmentally friendly routes and reduce costs by up to 15 percent.

Emergency Response

GIS is becoming increasingly essential in response to emergencies including, oil spills and gas explosions. Data gathered from GIS can be made available to all stakeholders regardless of their physical location. Analysis of this data leads to better decision-making during emergencies, improved customer service, and public relations.