This morning we were delighted to find ourselves surrounded by some of the top geoprofessionals and executives of Denver’s oil and gas community. There was a fantastic turnout at the first of a series of WhiteStar-sponsored GIS educational seminars to hear our guest speaker Jason Williams, GIS Business Analyst with SM Energy, talk about his experience building an enterprise GIS system.
Jason has managed to do what many wish they could – deliver enterprise-wide spatial data, seamlessly, in the multitude of forms that his internal customers need. The end users are scattered across geographic locations, and have functional requirements that range from presentation-quality print output to web mapping services. Most impressive of all? He managed to execute this in a matter of months.
Some key components to the success of the project emerged during Jason’s presentation. Accurate data is fundamental to quality output, and SM Energy chose both WhiteStar and seminar co-sponsor Hart Energy as data providers. With good content in place, the technological challenges were tackled with a combination of Esri and Microsoft Silverlight, with template code as a starting point.
In short order, Jason added new functionality such as coordinate display and land mapping, effectively showing land positions including expiring leases. As a good system is no good if your data is stale, FME from Safe Software was the last piece of the puzzle, keeping the land data updated nightly.
On the delivery end, SM Energy’s custom-built spatial data portal meets their users’ needs by providing a selection of data delivery options. Users can create high quality print-ready wall maps (both PDF and PNG), export current shapefiles for use in a variety of applications, or connect to web mapping services for dynamic streaming results.
Apart from being an impressive demonstration of what innovative thinking can produce when you combine the right technologies with the right data, this project has tangible benefits every day. Across the organization, users are making decisions based on common - and current – knowledge. It’s easy to access, and knowing that the foundation data is WhiteStar quality helps make those decisions with confidence.
Special thanks go out to Reinold Tagle of Hart Energy, our co-sponsor, who joined us from Houston. We’re looking forward to our next gathering! In the meantime, if you’re looking at building out your enterprise GIS, you know that WhiteStar can start you out with the right foundation.