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    • for Petroleum Winter 2012/2013Esri NewsLocating the Best SiteNorth Slope Oil and Gas Data Is SolidBy Charles Barnwell, GIS Manager, Michael Baker Jr. Corporation, Anchorage, AlaskaThe North Slope of Alaska is currently under-going renewed oil and gas exploration activitythroughout the region. Alaska’s ruggedterrain and diverse ecosystems challengeexploration and production (E&P). Pipeline en-gineers must consider permafrost, wetlands,soil stability, hydrography, water content, andwildlife in drawing their construction andland-use plans. North Slope oil and gas pro-jects range from exploration in undevelopedareas to pipeline and facility development.GIS technology plays a key role in these arcticprojects by providing a foundation for a widerange of upstream and midstream analysisfrom environmental impact to constructionlogistics. Michael Baker Jr. Corporation (MBJ) hasprovided pipeline engineering and mappingservices in Alaska for more than 45 years. TheTrans-Alaska Pipeline was one of MBJ’s earlyAlaska projects. To this day, MBJ is workingto develop GIS solutions for this pipeline. Anearly adopter of Esri software, MBJ has heavilyused geospatial technologies for at least25 years and recently added lidar, mobileGIS, and cloud-based data distribution. MBJengineers and planners use GIS to supportpipeline planning, routing, engineering,design, and other applications. In addition, itsgeospatial specialists work with oil and gascompanies’ GIS teams to organize data andintegrate solutions. Part of a pipeline routing analysis, this image is derived from lidar data and shows elevationsand stream courses. A concentration of geotechnical boreholes (green dots) is in an area ofgreatest concern for the pipeline route. (Map courtesy of the Office of the Federal Coordinator) In 2008, Enstar Natural Gas Companycontracted MBJ to evaluate alternatives fora pipeline system to deliver natural gas fromthe oil fields of the North Slope’s PrudhoeBay to Alaskan consumers. Using Esri’s ArcGISMBJ evaluated the pipeline’s feasibility andrecommended the best pipeline corridor. Although the technology MBJ GIS special-ists use is cutting-edge, they emphasizeadhering to basic design fundamentals whenorganizing data and building GIS solutions:•• Use GIS as the common ground for mul-tidisciplinary applications. Typically, re-source projects such as these involve manydisciplines that require different types ofdata referenced to a common geospatialframework.•• Build an authoritative GIS foundation basedon reputable and best available data.•• Establish GIS and data management stand-ards and protocols early in the project. Getthe entire project team on board with usingthese protocols and standards.•• Develop a road map to guide GIS imple-mentation that includes phases.•• Designate a central point of contact for theGIS project who acts as a data custodian,steward, and manager; form a stakeholderuser committee of contractors, engineers,and other experts; and meet regularly todiscuss GIS needs and concerns.•• Design the GIS so it is accessible at appro-priate levels, for example, managers, plan-ners, permitting specialists, engineers, andscientists.•• Stay abreast of current technology and continued on page 10
    • Winter 2012/2013Esri News for Petroleum is a publication of theBusiness Solutions Group of Esri.To contact the Esri Desktop Order Center, call 1-800-447-9778within the United States or 909-793-2853, ext. 1-1235, outsidethe United States.Visit the Esri website at esri.com.View Esri News for Petroleum online at esri.com/petroleum orscan the code below with your smartphone.Advertise with UsE-mail ads@esri.com.Submit ContentTo submit articles for publication in Esri News for Petroleum,contact Geoff Wade, industry solutions manager, at gwade@esri.com or Barbara Shields, editor, at bshields@esri.com.Manage Your SubscriptionTo update your mailing address or subscribe or unsubscribe toEsri publications, visit esri.com/manageyoursubscription.International customers should contact an Esri distributor tomanage their subscriptions.For a directory of distributors, visit esri.com/distributors.Circulation ServicesFor back issues, missed issues, and other circulation services,e-mail requests@esri.com; call 909-793-2853, extension 2778;or fax 909-798-0560.2 Esri News for Petroleum  Winter 2012/2013ContentsCover 1 Locating the Best SiteEsri News 3 ELA in Colombia Grows GIS for Petroleum and Pipeline4 Use Landsat Data on ArcGIS Online4 National Database under Construction5 Esri Career Opportunities5 Attend the Esri Petroleum GIS Conference5 Esri on the RoadMap Gallery 6 Analyze an Outcrop Using Photo-Realistic ModelingCase Study 8 New IPAS System Integrates with ArcGIS for ImprovedEnergy Site AssessmentUser Community11 IHS Energy Map Services Connects You to Energy Data11 Thank You, Esri International User Conference SponsorsThe information contained in this work is the exclusive property of Esri or its licensors. This work is protectedunder United States copyright law and other international copyright treaties and conventions. No part of thiswork may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, includingphotocopying and recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, except as expresslypermitted in writing by Esri. All requests should be sent to Attention: Contracts and Legal Services Manager,Esri, 380 New York Street, Redlands, CA 92373-8100  usa.The information contained in this work is subject to change without notice.Esri, the Esri globe logo, 3D Analyst, ArcAtlas, ArcCatalog, ArcData, ArcDoc, ArcEditor, ArcExplorer, ArcGIS,the ArcGIS logo, ArcGlobe, ArcIMS, ARC/INFO, ArcInfo, ArcLogistics, ArcMap, ArcNetwork, ArcNews,ArcObjects, ArcPad, ArcPress, ArcReader, ArcSDE, ArcSurvey, ArcToolbox, ArcTools, ArcUser, ArcView,ArcVoyager, ArcWatch, ArcWeb, ArcWorld, ArcXML, Business Analyst Online, BusinessMAP, CommunityInfo,EDN, Geography Network, GIS Day, MapData, MapObjects, Maplex, MapStudio, ModelBuilder, MOLE,NetEngine, RouteMAP, SDE, Sourcebook•America, StreetMap, Tapestry, @esri.com, esri.com, arcgis.com,geographynetwork.com, gis.com, and gisday.com are trademarks, service marks, or registered marks of Esriin the United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions.Other companies and products or services mentioned herein may be trademarks, service marks, orregistered marks of their respective mark owners.Copyright © 2013 Esri.All rights reserved.Printed in the United States of America.
    • ELA in Colombia GrowsGIS for Petroleum and Pipelinefor a specified period of time in exchange fora set of unlimited software and maintenance.Services and training are typically included.Having entered into the Esri ELA agreementwith Procálculo Prosis, Ecopetrol can nowdeploy unlimited quantities of current versionsof core Esri products. In addition to Colombia, Ecopetrol hasa presence in exploration and productionactivities in Brazil, Peru, and the United States(Gulf of Mexico). It will use its ELA to extendthe value of its enterprise GIS throughout itsorganization.Colombian petroleum and pipeline companyEcopetrol has signed an enterprise licenseagreement (ELA) managed by Esri distributorProcálculo Prosis S.A. Ecopetrol is the largestcompany in Colombia, one of four principalpetroleum companies in Latin America, andranked among the 40 largest petroleumcompanies in the world. Ecopetrol continues to grow, producingmore than 60 percent of Colombia’s domesticoil and providing the largest part of the net-work of oil pipelines and multiuse pipelinesin the country. The ELA enables Ecopetrol togrow the capacity of its GIS by providing aplatform for future expansion. An Esri ELA is a contract in which thecustomer commits to a fixed annual payment GIS helps the Ecopetrol oil company with operation management.For more informationabout the Esri ELA,contact your Esri accountmanager at your localEsri office or call800-447-9778 in theUnited States.International customerscan contact theirin-country Esri distributor.3Winter 2012/2013  esri.com/petroleumEsri News
    • Landsat imagery is one of several datasets geophysicists use tosearch for surface indicators that are clues to subsurface oil andgas. ArcGIS Online image services provide quick and simpleaccess to free United States Department of the Interior’s USGeological Survey (USGS) Landsat data. These image servicesare based on the Global Land Survey (GLS) datasets created byUSGS and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA). Landsat data supports global assessments of land cover,land-cover change, and ecosystem dynamics such as disturbanceand vegetation health. Esri provides Landsat image services that enable users toexplore important imagery information such as band combina-tion analysis for natural color, infrared, vegetative change, andthe Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). The user canalso compare many years of imagery to see changes over time. Two Landsat viewers are available online—the LandsatLookViewer from USGS and the ChangeMatters viewer from Esri. Bothof these viewers use ArcGIS technology to serve Landsat as webservices, accessing many terabytes of imagery.Use Landsat Data on ArcGIS OnlineSince its beginning in 1995, the US GeologicalSurvey’s (USGS) National Geologic Map Database(NGMDB) project has evolved into a highlyrespected geoscience resource. Furthermore,its impact on the evolution of digital geologicmapping standards and guidelines, in the UnitedStates and internationally, has been highly signifi-cant. The NGMDB is undergoing a reconstructionof its infrastructure that will make the databaseeasier to search and to view. Users can search more than 90,000 maps andreports provided by 600 publishers. A new webapplication, MAPVIEW, is already launched andavailable. The interface makes it easy to seegeologic data as newest, bedrock, and surficial.Users can view data in detail and download itfrom the various publishers that contribute to thedatabase. MAPVIEW is built using Esri ArcGIS forServer and ArcGIS for Server Image extension.See MAPVIEW atngmdb.usgs.gov.National Database under Construction Landsat bands 7, 5, and 4 data is the most useful for geological studies. It is available on ArcGIS Online. The USGS map service accesses a map showing the geology of Arkansas.4 Esri News for Petroleum  Winter 2012/2013
    • Esri’s petroleum team helps petroleum companies worldwide make betterdecisions using geospatial technology. Join Esri in making a difference in thepetroleum industry. These positions are currently open:•• Petroleum Specialist—Industry Solutions•• Account Executive—Petroleum Operations•• Account Executive—Oil Field Services•• Account Executive—Dubaiesri.com/careersMark Your CalendarEsri International Developer SummitMarch 26–29, 2013Palm Springs, California, USAesri.com/devsummitEsri Petroleum GIS ConferenceMay 7–9, 2013Houston, Texas, USAesri.com/petroleum-energyEuropean Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)June 10–13, 2013London UKwww.eage.org/events/Esri International User ConferenceJuly 8–12, 2013San Diego, California, USAesri.com/uc3P Arctic Conference & ExhibitionOctober 15–18, 2013Stavanger, Norwaywww.3parctic.comClean GulfNovember 12–13, 2013Tampa, Floridawww.cleangulf.orgEsri on the RoadEsri Career OpportunitiesThe Esri Petroleum GIS Conference puts you at the heart of the petroleum, gas,and pipeline GIS user community. Attend presentations given by industry GISprofessionals to learn how you too can improve your company’s bottom line. Seebest-of-breed hardware, software, and services designed to meet your com-pany’s needs.•• Grow your GIS implementations for exploration; production; pipeline; downstream; and HSE domains.•• Learn best practices for implementing GIS in petroleum.•• Build your network of GIS professionals in oil and gas.•• Discover what is trending in GIS technology.•• Get your questions answered in person by Esri staff and partners.Esri Petroleum GIS ConferenceGeorge R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TexasMay 7–9, 2013esri.com/eventsAttend the EsriPetroleum GIS Conference5Winter 2012/2013  esri.com/petroleumEsri News
    • Analyze an Outcrop UsingPhoto-Realistic ModelingBy Lionel White, Geological & Historical Virtual ModelsGeologists who study outcrops in search of potentialoil reservoirs can measure a geological outcrop from anoffice chair. Using a photo-realistic model of a geologi-cal feature in ArcGIS, geologists can interact with a 3Dimage and measure the entire outcrop. A photo-realisticmodel of a geological outcrop is a digital replication ofthe outcrop that is accurate in scale and appearance.This is done by draping high-resolution photos (to 1 mmper pixel) onto a TIN mesh of a lidar-derived model tocreate an accurate, lifelike replica of the outcrop. The geologist imports this model into ArcSceneand uses GeoAnalysis Tools, created by Geological &Historical Virtual Models, LLC (GHVM), to study the out-crop in GIS. The outcrop model is either georeferencedor geo-oriented so that measurements are comparableto those the geologist would make in the field. After importing the model as a multipatch file intothe database, the outcrop image is closely inspected.By rotating the image, one can see all sides of theoutcrop and zoom to see specific features. Geologistscan also measure feature orientation and dimensions,create down-plunge cross sections, identify and an-notate sedimentary facies, make rapid bed thicknessmeasurements, and add stratigraphic columns andhyperlinks to the data table. In ArcScene, the user can inspect the rock, whether ithas a height of 100 meters or 2 meters.For more information aboutGHVM, contact Lionel White atlswhite@gvhmodels.com.Learn more about ArcGIS forDesktop at esri.com/products. A photo-realistic model representing a geological outcrop can be turned,measured, and analyzed in GIS. GeoAnalysis Tools highlight the folded, fractured, and faulted bedding of theoutcrop. The region around the anticline-syncline fold is shown with more of thebedding delineated. Axial planes for each fold are shown up to the top of theoutcrop. A décollement surface is demarked with magenta. The folded bedding tothe left is riding on top of the décollement slip surfaces. Here the model is turned off to highlight the folded bedding tothe right and the décollement to the left, with the top and bottomslip surfaces shown in magenta. The bedding of the décollementhas been folded, and the axial plane of the folds are shown in red.The blue surfaces are fault surfaces that are not aligned with otherfaults in the outcrop.6 Esri News for Petroleum  Winter 2012/2013
    •  A by-product of the delineation of the beds, axial planes,and faults is the creation of a down-plunge cross sectionof the outcrop. The user specifies the trend and plungethat define the down-plunge cross section, and then aprojection plane is created. Line traces are projected ontothe plane, exported to a 2D shapefile, and imported intoArcMap. ArcGIS annotation tools are used to create thegrid, label the length of the line traces, and add titles andexplanation to the diagram. This screen capture of the Eagle Ford Shale outcrop insouth Texas delineates the feature’s bedding. The geologistused the ArcGIS Auto Bedding Thickness tool on thedown-plunge cross section to characterize the thinningand thickening of the beds. The down-plunge cross sectionwas exported to ArcMap. The user selected two traces ofbedding and activated the Auto Bedding Thickness tool byspecifying the interval at which the bed thickness was to bemeasured. Note the multiple channels indicated in the beds. The results are saved in a polyline shapefile, and thevalues are stored in the attribute table of the shapefile. Thedifferent sets of measurements can be classified and shownin different colors.7Winter 2012/2013  esri.com/petroleumMap Gallery
    • New IPAS System Integrates with ArcGIS for Improved Energy Site AssessmentBy Chad Cooper and Malcolm Williamson, CAST, University of Arkansas Viewing infrastructure and environmental layers shows impact areas.Energy companies want to make sure thattheir construction projects have a minimallevel of impact on an area’s environment andhabitat. With good data and models, GIScreates pictures of environmental outcomesthat help planners select optimal projectsites. Geospatial specialists at the Universityof Arkansas Center for Advanced SpatialTechnologies (CAST) have designed a systemthat integrates models into ArcGIS, runsauthoritative data, and creates geospatialvisualizations for determining the level of aproject’s impact. Throughout the industry, engineers usea variety of modeling software. CAST’sInfrastructure Placement Analysis System(IPAS) integrates these models into Esri’sArcGIS. Engineers can use IPAS to assess thelevel of an area’s environmental sensitivityand see ways structures and extraction meth-ods will impact an area. The GIS web-basedenvironmental modeling tool is useful forplanning the placement of well pads, gather-ing lines, lease roads, and more. IPAS can helpcompanies make the best possible choicesthat have the least environmental impact. IPAS has three major components. Thefirst is a back-end database with highlysecured access and robust data version-ing. Data accessible to one company is notavailable to users in another company. IPASmakes intracompany user collaboration easy.Subcontractors and regulators can selectfrom tightly controlled external data sharingoptions. The second is an easy method toplug external models into ArcGIS, therebyexpanding the range of analyses offeredthrough web-based GIS. The third is a mecha-nism for incorporating data uncertainty intomodels, allowing the best available data to beused even when its scale and accuracy varyfrom other accepted datasets. As a pilot project, IPAS was used to studyhow proposed facilities would impact theFayetteville Shale play in north centralArkansas. Registered users started the processby using a suite of customized digitizing andediting tools to create proposed infrastruc-ture features (e.g., well pads, gathering lines)over basemap layers. Users entered uniqueattributes while the system self-populatedseveral geospatially derived attributes, suchas production unit, nearest town, and nearestwell. Any changes to features were recordedas versions in the database. Users could thenrevert to earlier versions if desired. Once theproposed features were entered, users couldthen select from a menu of several availablemodels to analyze their data. The principal model runs each proposedinfrastructure placement for environmentalsensitivity analysis. At its surface, this appearsto be just a simple layer intersection model,where each feature is tested for intersectionagainst several authoritative environmentaldata layers, such as potential bald eaglehabitat or highly erodible soils. However, earlyfeedback from industry stakeholders empha-sized the problems presented by this typicalGIS approach: untrained readers of impactmodel output will frequently fail to considerthe accuracy of each data layer used.Uncertainty zonesindicate data accuracy. To make it possible for users to considerthe accuracy of each environmental data layer,the team of developers at CAST created aunique model. It allows the assignment of“uncertainty zones” to the boundary of eachinput data layer. Rather than a solid line indi-cating a yes/no decision at the edge of eachdata feature, the model uses a zone, the widthof which depends on the spatial accuracy ofthe data, to provide a more fuzzy boundary.The team applied National Map AccuracyStandards (NMAS) to determine these spatialaccuracy limits. Users may also apply data-specific assessments. Digitizing scale andbasemap accuracy introduces uncertaintyto the data. IPAS users can consider thespatial accuracy of user-placed infrastructurefeatures via the model’s qualitative descrip-tors: slight, moderate, strong, or no chanceof an intersection. These descriptors moreaccurately convey the uncertainty associatedwith all geospatial data.8 Esri News for Petroleum  Winter 2012/2013
    • Another important assessment for pro-posed development in the Fayetteville Shaleis the sensitivity of a particular location toaccidental spills, such as from a breached re-serve pit. An engineer wants to determine thenearest body of water into which a spill wouldflow. IPAS incorporates an implementation ofthe D-Infinity surface flow model written inMATLAB, a popular mathematical modelingsoftware, to calculate the outcome. After analysts decide on the best site, theyuse IPAS to share results with regulatory agen-cies and streamline the permitting process. Aregulator can potentially see the same dataand the same view as the engineer and evenrun the same models. Regulators and energycompanies can then collaborate on theplacement of various infrastructure such asgathering lines, access roads, and natural gaswells.Looking AheadIPAS easily incorporates the latest ArcGIStools and various models, ensuring up-to-datetechnology and cutting-edge algorithms andmaintaining consistent user interface. Through funding from the HoustonAdvanced Research Center’s EnvironmentallyFriendly Drilling (HARC/EFD) program, CASTdevelopers used the IPAS framework to modelenvironmental impacts in the HaynesvilleShale play, which is in Louisiana, Texas, and Engineering software is integrated with ArcGIS to run engineering models from the toolbox.  IPAS incorporates data uncertainty intomodels, allowing the best available data to beused in rating environmental impacts.southern Arkansas. The multistate nature ofthis play forms a new level of challenges, asdata and regulations must be acquired andupdated from each state. Nevertheless, theflexibility of the IPAS framework made thispossible. CAST is also collaborating with research-ers at Texas A&M’s Blackland Research andExtension Center to integrate the modelingsoftware Soil and Water Assessment Tool(SWAT) into IPAS, allowing a quantitativeanalysis of the impact of gas projects in alarge watershed. By incorporating monthlyprecipitation data through the University ofOregon’s parameter regressions on inde-pendent slopes model (PRISM) program, IPAScan be used to assess the potential impactof a proposed water withdrawal prior to itsoccurrence. In Arkansas, state regulatorsare very interested in incorporating this toolinto their surface water permitting process,providing a more quantitative foundation fortheir decisions. Funding for IPAS has been provided bythe National Energy Technology Laboratory(NETL) and the Houston AdvancedResearch Center through the Departmentof Energy’s Research Partnership to SecureEnergy for America (RPSEA). Collaboratorsinclude Argonne National Laboratory andthe University of Arkansas Department ofChemical Engineering.To get more informationabout IPAS, contact CASTgeospatial specialistsChad Cooper at chad@cast.uark.edu andMalcolm Williamson atmalcolm@cast.uark.edu.Learn more about ArcGISat esri.com/products.9Winter 2012/2013  esri.com/petroleumCase Study
    • how to apply it in an appropriate and cost-effective manner.•• Focus on business drivers for GIS, mainly en-suring better decision making, particularlywhen location is critical.•• Use GIS to create intelligent maps that pro-vide real value and satisfy workflow require-ments rather than just to create pretty maps. One of the most powerful benefits of GIS isits ability to organize data and even people.When the data is better organized, thecompany is better organized. The impact ofGIS on an organization is often overlooked. Ifmanagers understand the value of GIS, theycan better coordinate different groups andactivities. Finding quality data for analyzing arcticconditions is truly an act of data mining andmaintaining ancillary related data collectedby contractors and others. Much NorthSlope data is not published widely. However,because MBJ has been working with oil andgas companies in Alaska for decades, it hasacquired a large amount of quality data frompublic sources, particularly in the geotechni-cal and terrain mapping areas. This data hasformed the foundation for building otherderived layers and has contributed to thesuccess of the company’s many projects. Over the years, MBJ has assembled acontributes to greater project efficiencies. As described in the Pt. Thomson projectexample, environmental constraints have to befully addressed in many oil and gas projects,and thus the geodatabase has to includelayers ranging from fish, whale, and bear todifferent types of bird habitats. For instance,polar bear habitat data includes sites and spe-cies’ movement throughout the habitat area.Much of this data is publicly available suchas that from the US Fish and Wildlife Service,Alaska. MBJ has a strong relationship with theservice and the people performing the wildlifestudies, and it is confident the data is credible. In addition to typical GIS data elements,such as wetlands, hydrography, and culturaldata, MBJ has used high-resolution lidar datato create images of bare earth surfaces andanalyze information about vegetation, waterbodies, and the moisture content of the earth.Derivative mapping products from the lidarwere generated and the point cloud data for-matted as LAS files. This made the data usablein different software programs and ensuredit could be used in the future. For example,LAS files can be used natively in ArcGIS, whichsaves having to spend time and effort inconverting the data to GIS-specific formats. Using lidar data in ArcGIS 3D Analyst, theGIS team constructed surface visuals thatprovided a beautiful sense of the 3D natureof the earth. For instance, hydrology landfeatures are shown in 3D, which is useful forplanning stream crossings and understandingthe route a spill would take and the bodies ofwater it would impact. Engineers could look ata proposed pipeline corridor from all anglesand see how pipe would run above- andbelowground. Getting a complete picture of the projectbased on quality data is the best way toensure a clean planning process that meetsclient needs, environmental concerns, andregulatory compliance.Contact Charles Barnwellfor more information atcbarnwell@mbaker.com.GIS library that is organized around Esri’sbasemap data model. Library data is catego-rized by purpose, for example, transportation,habitat, and soil type. It is also categorized byregion, for example, arctic, interior, and southcentral. The data model structures the data ina consistent way and enables the dependablegrowth of GIS. By creating a solid data model at thebeginning of each project, MBJ has beenable to perform data mining that targetsrelevant sources. For instance, in 2009, theOffice of the Federal Coordinator (OFC), anagency that is charged with overseeing largeoil pipeline development, contracted MBJ todevelop a GIS prototype. OFC addresses alarge variety of data, including environmental,engineering, and land, in its processes andcoordinates with more than 50 agencies.Before launching the project, MBJ’s geospa-tial experts invested a lot of time in workingwith the client’s project manager, GIS team,contractors, and technical staff to develop ahigh-quality foundation geodatabase and anauthoritative basemap on which to layer otheragency data. Using the map as a prototype,OFC teamed with the State of Alaska to funda publicly available, high-resolution lidarbasemap for the main Alaska pipeline corridor. An example of good GIS planning isthe ExxonMobil Pt. Thomson project inthe northeast part of the North Slope, amajor, multibillion dollar project. During theproject preplanning phase, MBJ workedwith ExxonMobil’s project manager TerranceSetchfield to develop a foundation geoda-tabase for ExxonMobil’s GIS suitable for theproject. Together, they met with contractorsto define project boundaries, agree on dataneeds, and develop standards. The contrac-tors’ subject matter experts were consulted toensure the best possible data in a given fieldwas used. Good data was not available whenthe project started. A GIS committee wasformed and met weekly in the first six monthsto discuss data sources, data needs for theproject, and GIS issues. Getting quality datafor environment sensitivity analysis was criti-cal. The result of this preplanning effort wasa robust data model and geodatabase thatbecame the foundation for permitting, hydro-logic analysis, and so forth. Good geodesigncan result in savings of millions of dollars and The Alaska North Slope coastline is thelargest oil and gas play in the United States.(Image courtesy of ExxonMobil)They looked at pipelinecorridors from all angles.10 Esri News for Petroleum  Winter 2012/2013Locating the Best Site  continued from cover
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