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2018 European Petroleum GIS Conference - SESSION ABSTRACTS

Tuesday, October 30

Digital Transformation - User Sessions

Digitalisation at Shell and the Geographic Advantage
Shell, Robert Dunfey

Tuesday, October 30, 13:30-14:00, Premium Suites 2 and 3

Driven by the major forces of the energy transition and digitalisation, we’ll likely see the re-making, over time, of the energy system. Shell is on a digital transformation journey, driving digital culture and technology across our businesses. Shell is focusing on digital technologies that are reaching an inflection point and can have a substantial impact on our business.  Geospatial technology is core to many of these emerging digital technologies, the breadth of which includes the Internet of Things, Mobile, Mixed Reality, Drones, Digital Twins and Advanced Analytics.  In this presentation, Shell Geomatics will provide insight as to how they have leveraged their investment in the ESRI platform to drive the adoption of digital technologies across the Shell group. 


BP One Map – Sustaining “Where” for our Business
BP, Dominic Bull

Tuesday, October 30, 14:00-14:30, Premium Suites 2 and 3

Dominic Bull, Geospatial Community of Practice (CoP) Lead, explains how BP has implemented a global mapping, reporting and analytics platform. One Map, a one-stop shop for geospatial information, enables anyone in their organization to publish, leverage and share spatial data and information, drastically increasing adoption and transforming workflows across the Upstream business.  The platform continues to grow in diversity of workflows and total usage.  Dominic will share insights and learning on how to sustain the platform with specific examples across new workflows, supporting learning, providing support, and an continuous focus on pushing the science and  technology forward.

An Enterprise Approach - User Sessions

NPD – Library of the NCS 2026
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Alf Veland 

Tuesday, October 30, 15:00-15:30, Premium Suites 2 and 3

A view into the digitalization program of the NPD and the plans for “the library of the NCS 2026.” Digitalization is about using technology to renew, simplify and improve. It's about offering easy-to-use, efficient and reliable services. Digitalization facilitates increased value creation and innovation and can help increase productivity in both the private and public sectors. This presentation will give an introduction to how NPD is approaching the Norwegian state digitalization initiative and empowering NPD for the digital transformation.

E/P data Management in the Cloud Using ArcGIS and PPDM
Addax Petroleum, Tom Royston 

Tuesday, October 30, 15:30-16:00, Premium Suites 2 and 3

Following the shutdown of the Addax HQ in Geneva, DGtop (IT/GIS service company) was selected to migrate all IT systems to the Microsoft public cloud. Addax's E/P data management framework composed of an ArcGIS Enterprise system, a PPDM database and a Petroweb map portal was successfully implemented in Azure Hong Kong early summer. This new environment has now been selected by Sinopec, to become the new standard for all their international subsidiaries. The objective of this session is to share our experience of corporate the ArcGIS & PPDM cloud migrations using modern public cloud standards.

A Story of Gas Pipelines and GIS Technology from the Start
Nord Stream 2 AG, Cecile Noverraz 

Tuesday, October 30, 16:00-16:30, Premium Suites 2 and 3

3 years on from the start of the project, the NSP2 GIS system is providing answers to many key project enquiries and enabling engineering, permitting and construction workflows, with plans to continue supporting the pipeline through to the operating phase. This presentation will highlight the benefits of GIS being embedded from the start as well as highlighting enabling geospatial workflows and applications.


Esri Technical Update Sessions

3D GIS and BIM, Don Kuehne

Tuesday, October 30, 13:30-14:30, Premium Suite 1

As engineering and architecture projects get larger, they need more information about their spatial context. With the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) standards by governments around the world, the use of GIS to provide spatial context is starting to be embedded as a key component of BIM project delivery. GIS users need more information about how to interface GIS with new and emerging 3D domains that impact BIM projects, including classic BIM applications as well as new technologies such as IoT, AR, and VR. This session will offer a brief overview on the current state of BIM-GIS integration, discuss Esri's future directions, and provide some practical insights on how to advise customers and improve project outcomes.

ArcGIS Pro, Jeff Shaner

Tuesday, October 30, 15:00-16:30, Premium Suite 1

Create, manage, and share geographic maps, data, and analytical models using ArcGIS Pro. As a GIS professional, learn how you can extend the reach of GIS throughout your organization using the latest in Desktop GIS technology. In this workshop we will touch on the highlights of what’s new in advanced analytics, visualization, data management and 3D.

     -  Pro Tech Update
     -  Pro User Case Examples (End User – Shell & Tullow, Development – Exprodat & WoodMac)
     -  Pro Open Discussion

Wednesday, October 31

Imagery & Oil Spill Contingency Planning - User Sessions

Access, Understand, Act and Monitor
DigitalGlobe International, Inc., Deborah Humphreville

Wednesday, October 31, 09:00-09:30, Premium Suite 1

From seismic planning to understanding human dynamics in ongoing asset operations, we can better understand what’s happening on the ground and gain insight into other potential areas of risk via geospatial analysis. Navigating the crosshairs of a complicated seismic plan, developing an asset or addressing corporate social responsibility by combating epidemics, this can help plan actions to more successfully manage and issues. An example of How Delonex has been using Digital Globe’s Basemap service to carry out desktop mapping over a remote license block in Chad, to help plan and support its 2017 2D and 3D seismic acquisition programme, 2018 well planning, and its associated community engagement and social programme will be presented. We will also discuss the power of Human Landscape in relation to corporate social responsibility.


Harnessing ArcGIS Online for Oil Spill Response
Oil Spill Response Ltd., Liam Harrington-Missin

Wednesday, October 31, 09:30-10:00, Premium Suite 1

A year after prototyping an app for collecting oil spill shoreline data using Collector, Oil Spill Response Ltd. is about to go live with their shoreline solution. Simultaneously, the power of the ArcGIS Online suite has prompted a variety of other “apps” from health and safety, global dispersant databases, aerial surveillance and common operating pictures.    In this talk, Liam Harrington-Missin, will present a number of different use cases he and his team are implementing to improve oil spill preparedness and response on behalf of the oil and gas community.


When Finding 'Stuff' Gets Tricky - User Sessions

GIS, the Subsurface and Graph Databases – Leveraging the Power of Integration to Reveal Business Insight
Loxodome Ltd, Nick Fosbery

Wednesday, October 31, 09:00-09:30, Premium Suite 2

As data complexity increases, being able to integrate multiple sources of information becomes ever more important. Spatial data can play a key role in providing “the glue” to integrate multiple databases, documents and unstructured data stores within (and beyond) the organisation – with the added bonus of exposing your prime GIS content to “the masses”. Here, we demonstrate how you can combine the power of the ArcGIS Platform and Safe FME with graph databases, BI platforms and SharePoint to leverage true business insight.

Mapping Analogues
Robert Gordon University, Paul Cleverley

Wednesday, October 31, 09:30-10:00, Premium Suite 2

The use of analogues is a key part of the geoscientists reasoning process. The problem with analogues is that we often don't know what they are; this makes them difficult to search for using traditional keyword based Information Retrieval (IR) search engines. Results will be presented using novel machine learning techniques applied to unstructured text. Specifically, how these techniques can surface unexpected, insightful and valuable potential analogues that can be displayed spatially.

Exploration Oriented Workflows - User Sessions

A GIS-based Knowledge Management Tool for Exploration Activities: A Case Study
DNO Norge AS, Jørgen Jørgensen

Wednesday, October 31, 10:30-11:00, Premium Suite 2

Our goal was to save explorationist’s time by ensuring a full overview of geographically related data, information, and knowledge, and to avoid double work by providing overview and access to previous evaluations and results. DNO Norge has developed a GIS-based tool for presenting consistent and up-to-date petroleum data from northwest Europe together with third-party and internal sources. The same tool is also used for updating internal databases. The system involves FME for data conditioning, GeoCortex for data viewing and editing, and specific procedures that are integrated with the Exploration workflows. The procedures ensure consistent storage of project specific knowledge, information, and data for later retrieval and re-use. The presentation will include a short demo of the GeoCortex solution.


Using ArcGIS Pro for Structural and Paleotectonic Modelling
Wood Mackenzie, Nelly Burtseva

Wednesday, October 31, 11:00-11:30, Premium Suite 2

Nepa Botuoba is one of the most prolific basins in East Siberia. However, due to historical reasons, geological information for this basin is fragmented and lacks a clear stratigraphic and tectonic framework. Using ArcGIS Pro we interpolated stratigraphic inconsistencies and created a basin development model from the Vendian to the Cambrian time period from a variety of historic and current datasets. The results of this work were published onto Wood Mackenzie's GIS platform to share this insight on petroleum potential of the basin across our research business.


An Analytic-Geospatial Approach for Identifying Cratonic Basins
Equinor, Sofia Campo

Wednesday, October 31, 11:30-12:00, Premium Suite 2

This project describes the use of spatial tools for supporting the analysis of key large-scale characteristics of cratonic basins at worldwide level. Main global spatial datasets used include lithospheric, crustal, and sedimentary thickness, and heat flow and geothermal gradient. These were combined with specific basin geological parameters and with development and exploration statistics to identify differences and similarities in cratonic basins. Subsequently, a new classification system was developed for which a combination of GIS and analytics tools played a key role.

Pipeline Asset Management - User Sessions

Managing and Analyzing ILI Data with APR and Enterprise Geodatabases
ROSEN (Germany), Otto Huisman

Wednesday, October 31, 10:00-10:30, Premium Suite 3

The ongoing development of better inspection tools and higher resolution sensors are creating increasingly challenging data sets. At the same time we are seeing improved functionality for spatial and linear referencing of integrity-related data. The result of both of these is a more general demand for more robust and flexible tools to manage the data and provide decision-support. This presentation will focus on the management of inspection and survey related data within an enterprise GIS environment.


Lessons Learnt: Creating the Digital Twin Concurrently for Pipeline Projects
Pipeline Data Solutions Ltd., Keith Winning

Wednesday, October 31, 11:00-11:30, Premium Suite 3

This paper reviews the lessons learnt in the early adoption of the pipeline data modelling for a major pipeline project.  It addresses the challenges and enumerates the benefits of undertaking the data modelling concurrent with the design and construction phases of the project. Potential solutions to some of the challenges are also presented, using a combination of revised process, procedures and the adoption of emerging technology. 



Pipeline Analytics - User Sessions

Accurate Subsea Infrastructures Discretization
GALP, Frederico Henriques 

Wednesday, October 31, 13:30-14:00, Premium Suite 3

A methodology to improve discretized data accuracy in subsea infrastructure design projects, with geoprocessed seafloor from high-resolution seismic, was implemented to benefit flow assurance engineers workflow with efficient georeferenced products. An interactive pipeline elevation profile tool for analysis was included as well as adjustable tridimensional coordinates resolution, providing an optimized discretized elevation model as input in multiphase flow simulation models.


Trial of a Process for the Identification of Reduced Depth of Cover on Buried Pipelines
Rosen (UK), Daniel Finley

Wednesday, October 31, 14:00-14:30, Premium Suite 3

Third-party interference is widely documented as being a major cause of damage to buried pipelines. In addition to routine surveillance, maintaining a minimum depth of cover is recognized as a key means of mitigation against third-party interference. A UK Innovation project completed for National Grid Gas Transmission has successfully demonstrated a methodology to identify reduced depth of cover over an entire pipeline. This paper describes the key project steps associated with planning, data collection, data processing, and the validation of results to demonstrate that pipeline depth of cover over an entire pipeline can be accurately determined using the proposed approach.


Integration of New Platforms, Digitalization of Process
EDP Gestão da Produção de Energia SA, David Fernandes

Wednesday, October 31, 14:30-15:00, Premium Suite 3

EDP Produção manages 80 large dams in Portugal, CCGT power plants, biomass and a coal plant. We handle a big volume of data, like hydrologic, flooding, environmental, land use, cartography, Emergency Plans, etc. The creation of Enterprise GIS benefits: 1) the easy access to information, 2) helping add value and 3) sharing. The implementation of GeoPro (Portal for ArcGIS) is being supported by the multidisciplinary areas of the business including a corporate program that aims to accelerate de digitalization of processes in EDP, the EDPx.       

Esri Technical Update Sessions

Arc GIS for Pipelines, Jeff Allen

Wednesday, October 31, 09:00-10:00, Premium Suite 3

This presentation will provide a first-hand look at the latest Esri technology for pipeline operator specific workflows. During this session we will cover 1.) Maintaining a Pipeline System of Record – Collect and maintain an authoritative detailed representation of your pipelines utilizing both linear referencing and network representations; 2.) Supporting Everyday Workflows – Standardize and improve daily processes such as asset inspections and operational surveillance: share the data anywhere, anytime; 3.) Gaining Business Insights – Enrich enterprise systems with location-based information to gain new business insight that improves analysis and decision-making.

ArcGIS for Field Mobility, Jeff Shaner

Wednesday, October 30, 10:30-11:30, Premium Suite 1

Mapping asset locations, completing regulatory inspections, navigating to the well pad, knowing where your field workforce is and where they have been. Organizations are using Esri’s mobile apps to improve the efficiency of their field operations and the accuracy of their data. During this session, we will provide an overview of Esri’s mobile apps strategy and present a road map for Workforce, Navigator, Collector, Survey123, Explorer and Location Tracking.


ArcGIS Indoors, David Jacobs

Wednesday, October 30, 11:30-12:00, Premium Suite 1

Interested in a system of systems for your workplace, campus, facility or installation? ArcGIS Indoors is a complete indoor mapping system for assembling, managing and sharing building and campus information. Use ArcGIS Indoors for location discovery and wayfinding, asset management, operational data analysis, and crowdsource reporting to keep the indoor environment functional. This session will cover how to assemble indoor data, add business value, and share it with web and mobile clients to support a wide range of workflows. We will briefly discuss indoor positioning, and identify primary roles and workflows to implement the latest indoor visualizations and mappings solutions.


ArcGIS Enterprise, David Jacob

Wednesday, October 30, 13:30-14:30, Premium Suite 1

Modern technology has ushered in an era of unprecedented data volume and today’s tech-savvy users expect to have access to this information at their fingertips. The technology and analytics required to process, analyze, and ultimately serve this kind of high volume, high demand data is what ArcGIS Enterprise was engineered to do out of the box. Learn about ArcGIS Enterprise, its various server roles, what's new in the product, additional real-time and big data capabilities, and more.  The session will also highlight how ArcGIS Enterprise can help you manage rapidly increasing volumes of remotely sensed imagery, with a full range of image processing, cataloging, and delivery options that provide access to both image archives and imagery streaming in from many sensors.


Insights for ArcGIS, Dal Hunter 

Wednesday, October 30, 14:30-15:00, Premium Suite 1

Insights for ArcGIS is available as part of ArcGIS Enterprise and Online and provides a new user experience for analysis that focuses on simpler ways to work with your data in order to answer questions and share results—including visualization, drag and drop analytics, and on-the-fly filtering and aggregations. Insights for ArcGIS is designed to make interactive and exploratory analysis fast and intuitive so that you can gain understanding from your data in a spatial context. You will learn how to get started with Insights for ArcGIS, including adding data from numerous sources, exploring some of the available analyses, and seeing how to share results and models, as we work through some analysis examples.

Digitalization, Analytics & Integration - User Sessions

How does GIS Fit with Digitalization and Data Liberation?
Aker BP, Jostein Bjerkan

Wednesday, October 31, 13:30-14:00, Premium Suite 2

A new world of technology and software is opening up within Aker BP. How do we adjust the way we work with GIS and how do we cater for growth within our discipline? An Insight into Aker BP's Spatial Services and how we foresee the road ahead.


New Insights from Spatial, Maintaining the Competitive Advantage of Spatial in the Analytics Era
Shell, Mark Jones 

Wednesday, October 31, 14:00-14:30, Premium Suite 2

The application of advanced analytics is transforming the way we work across the Energy Sector, the companies that leverage data and advanced analytics to enhance business processes will be the companies that dominate in the energy transition. For the Oil and Gas industry, spatial is fundamental and leveraging spatial, and spatio-temporal, provides a critical dimension to data analytics. At Shell, as part of the drive to unlock the power of spatial analytics, we are on a journey with Insights for ArcGIS to discover where new insights can add value to our existing processes and how we might use Insights for ArcGIS to provide the advanced spatial, temporal, and non-spatial, analytics functionality in a simple way to our users. Some examples of where we see Insights for ArcGIS adding value are in Business/Commercial Intelligence, asset, and integrity, management and in portfolio management.


Integrating Spatial Features and E-Documents for Efficient Asset Management Workflows.
Igas and M-Files, Chris Holly and Antony Biondi 

Wednesday, October 31, 14:30-15:00, Premium Suite 2

We work with both Utility and Oil and Gas business to provide all the relevant information and data that underpins all your mapping and analytical requirements. If you're looking to understand the engineering drawings associated to a well or understand the previous service of a pipeline and all its associated documentation, our Information Management platform enables you to begin processes using workflows, retrieve relevant drawings and documentation alongside full compliance.

Closing Panel Session

Moderated Discussion on Major Conference Themes
Thierry Gregorius

There’s a LOT happening with spatial technology and how it is applied in O&G at present! We will solicit input from attendees throughout the conference on trends, techniques, workflows, challenges, opportunities, etc – and plan to stage a lively debate at the end to openly discuss the most important themes raised and resulting from our time together.