Geo-Spatial Management

What is Geospatial Data and why is it important?
Geospatial data are the coordinates that describe the location of objects on or under the surface of the earth and the associated reference data that define the geodetic datum’s and projection information associated with those coordinates. The petroleum Industry is Location dependent – looking for buried treasure.

100% of the operational data in the industry includes a location coordinate of some sort. In the Modern era, these data are usually collected, processed and stored in a digital environment that has yet to adjust to the complexity of keeping track of these data. Educational systems in most countries are not yet equipped with programs that train engineers and geoscientists in the importance and the management of these data.

Strategic Importance of Geospatial Management
As a result in many mining and hydrocarbon recovery industries, the maps being created to inform the decision makers about where and how the resources can best be recovered, are incorrect as much as 30-35% of the time. This affects decisions associated with these maps. The impact affects personnel, operational and ultimately product recovery. Budgetary impacts and subsequent reduction in returns can be as much as 40%. Associated impacts may cause health, safety and environmental damage.

The associated inefficiency and damage affects company profits, national security and also global prices and economic stability. Most corporate managers, and indeed governments, and their supporting staffs are unaware of the ubiquitous impact, on their organizations, of the digital revolution as it affects the supply of geospatial data, the software being used to manipulate it and the transmission of unreferenced or incorrectly referenced geospatial data.

Addressing the geospatial issue is not simple in mature organizations, but it is essential for ongoing health and vitality in a corporation. It requires senior management engagement, some organizational changes and a strict discipline in the contracting and handling of datasets that in most organizations are 100% dependent on coordinate references of some sort to represent their location on the earth.

MilDar Consulting LLC., in partnership with its subject matter experts, offers years of experience (Devon Energy and Chevron) in providing field survey quality assurance support for oil and gas operations in exploration and production.

One key criterion for these services is empowerment of oil and gas operator personnel to manage geospatial data, applications and management in a way that adds value to the organization at all levels (individual, team, division and company), without disproportionate costs.

Some of our offerings consist of: 

· Training in geospatial awareness for oil and gas
· Geospatial assessment and evaluation of operational asset teams
· Guidance in development and implementation of geospatial procedures
· Other operational land geospatial data management support services

Corporate Motivation
The concept, driving our team’s services, is that high performance geospatial management is a critical leadership component of successful exploration, development and production, leading to:
· Increasing Revenue and Profit
· More Accurate Reserves Assessment
· Higher Expectation of Finding Reserves
· Portfolio Risk Mitigation
· Opportunity Enhancement
· Safer and More Efficient Operations
· Happier, More Efficient Staff

Training in Geospatial Awareness for Oil and Gas
Geospatial training services include awareness seminars from 3 to 7 days, custom designed to provide guidance in the full range of operations areas and operational activities based on client requirements. Included in these seminars are technical, organizational and financial impacts of spatial data management. Seminars can be targeted at all levels of the organization.

Technical topics handled include the importance of geospatial quality in land and lease coordinates, seismic acquisition and processing, data management, loading, storage into interpretation systems and database and movement between systems, rig surveying, drilling and wellbore surveying, completions and reserves, pipeline and facility surveying, data purchase and the geospatial performance of GG$E applications. Various optional topics may include GPS, GIS and raster imagery (aerial, satellite and Lidar). Attendees are assessed on a module basis through short questionnaires, and a web research project can be included, designed to allow an evaluation of attendees overall synthesis of the material. Practical workshops in handling of coordinate operations can also be provided.
Some of Team MilDar past performances:

Houston project:
Evaluation of a newly started shale team by interviewing 24 personnel involved in the development. Staff were drawn from both office and field. In talking with the geologist, it came to light that she was uncertain of the location of the legal boundaries of the 350 acre units (6174 x 2470 ft) used to enclose the mineral leases. These units are aggregated to allow sufficient room to drill offset horizontal wells. A key regulation is that all wells must be in certain distance from the boundary. In Texas this is 467 feet. This already reduces the drillable area of the unit by 165 acres. Her problem was that she knew that the boundaries provided from a vendor database were not very reliable, so she was adding 100-150 feet to the regulatory minimum distance in order to mitigate the risk of a regulatory infraction and penalty. This reduces the drillable area by another 31-45 acres or 16-24%. On talking with the land (lease) supervisor, I asked him about this and he said that all the boundaries were being resurveyed by professional land survey crews. However it turned out that the land survey crews were not being deployed in time for the company to receive or the geologist to use the correct data. During the interview with the Land supervisor, another interviewee arrived, who was involved with the corporate spatial data management. I asked her if she thought there was a solution. She immediately indicated some ways to improve the implementation of the boundary data more quickly and after 15 minutes, they had mapped out a solution to the problem. The overall benefit here is that having an outside consultant investigate workflows, and processes as they currently exist can quickly identify ways to improve efficiency and accuracy, with the benefit, in this case of increasing the area of drainage by 16-24%!

UK Project
The project requested was to write a chapter for a joint industry project, describing the geodetic and cartographic reference criteria required to manage the surveying for directional and horizontal well-bores. The chapter was written and delivered on-time and the e-book delivered to participants, providing guidance to industry participants in an area of expertise that is not well understood, allowing greater likelihood of good management and specifications for offset well drilling operations.

Far East Project
Two identical geospatial training seminars were offered at a large E&P company in SE Asia, over a two week period. The target audience was the GIS team and GIS practitioners. The seminars included instruction, work shop examples and questionnaires, and covered mapping and surveying in support of all phases of E&P. The result of the seminars and some consulting on the review of geospatial review seismic data acquisition, processing, storage and loading to projects, allowed the company to re-organize their vision and mission and their overall data management process. This led to more efficiency in delivering higher quality data to end users, as well as providing ready made GIS projects for users to tie into their interpretations.

Consulting Services
MilDar Consulting LLC., develops enterprise-wide systems, software applications and modeling tools using current technologies to support organizations with effective program management, decision support and communication. We work in accordance with applicable and relevant best practices, Service oriented Architecture (SOA) and Software Engineering Life Cycle (SELC) guidelines. Key areas of expertise include:

  • Development of Requirements and Design
  • System development using .NET and J2EE
  • Database design, development and sustainment using SQL Server and Oracle, Sybase
  • Implementation of Business Intelligence (OBIEE 11)
  • Implementation of ETL tools like Informatica Version 9.2
  • Share Point 10 Implementation
  • Custom Developed decision support and modeling tools
  • Development, testing and hosting of web enabled applications using Windows and LINUX OS and web tools.
  • System sustainment in a maintenance mode
  • Development of System documentation
  • User training and help desk support

Asset and Data Management

MilDar Consulting LLC., supports customer organizations with life-cycle management of their real and personal property asset portfolios. MilDar is developing and implementing approaches for the management of physical assets planning, acquisition, sustainment and disposition in support of an organization’s mission and strategic objectives. Key areas of expertise include:

  • Strategic Resource Assessments
  • Capital Investments Planning (CIP) 
  • Inventory tracking and update to establish and maintain information on assets and related attributes
  • Asset valuation to establish and validate plant values in support of investment planning decisions
  • Operational management of data of owned and leased assets and support with decisions ownership
  • Facility Condition Assessments to establish validated repair needs requirements in support of actions
  • Investment Planning and Management for optimal use of resources to manage asset portfolio

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