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Shell International Deploys Enterprise GIS for Exploration and Production Operations

Spatial information is key to any petroleum venture, from initial exploration through acquisition and production to final divestiture--this includes, respectively, well bore and seismic shot points, land parcels, production/distribution facilities, and all surrounding features such as culture, infrastructure, and topography. After extensive review and evaluation, Shell International Exploration and Production (SIEP) has selected Esri software as its standard suite of Intranet and desktop GIS products.

SIEP's enterprise GIS solution comprises Esri's full suite of software, including the ArcGIS family of desktop (ArcView, ArcInfo, and ArcEditor) and server (ArcIMS and ArcSDE) software, closely integrated with a spatially enabled object-relational database management system. The global agreement between Esri and SIEP allows Shell Operating Units and Affiliates to deploy Esri software throughout the Business. Global support will be provided by dedicated Shell and Affiliates staff and a network of regionalized Esri distributor technical support centers to cover the multiple time zones of Shell's global Business.

Jerry Larthe de Langladure of the SIEP Geosciences leadership team comments, "The selection of Esri software as a common standard reflects our long-term strategy to adopt universal server technology, through strategic global partnerships, utilizing commercially available off-the-shelf GIS products that integrate seamlessly with enterprise database management systems."

GIS-enabled projects are already under way in a variety of Business areas including an asset management system, biodiversity mapping, southern North Sea exploration, United Kingdom continental shelf opportunity mapping, and a variety of new ventures worldwide.

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