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WhiteStar Legal Mapper Released

Louise White


We are pleased to announce new software for mapping your land and lease project data.  WhiteStar Legal Mapper (WLM) is now available as a cloud based “Software as a Service.”  WLM calculates land polygons and well locations based upon legal descriptions in the Public Land Survey System. Quarters, quarter-quarter, and lot descriptions are supported.   Automated metes and bounds mapping and workflow capabilities via the cloud are also under development for release later this year.

Land descriptions can be mapped either singly on WhiteStar Cloud or singly using an add-on button inside ArcMap or  ArcGIS Pro.  WhiteStar Cloud or a Safe Software FME transformer can be used for batch mode calculations.


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All four methods reference our pre-loaded data libraries to generate the land polygons. Push a single button inside ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap to plot single polygons on your map.   No pre-existing local land grid installation or loading process is required.  You may map an unlimited number of descriptions without incurring additional fees.

The WLM Plus version adds WhiteStar Streaming Grid and is supported by popular software applications.  The “full meal deal”  WLM Pro version adds streaming access to WhiteStar Lots, Tracts and Quarter Quarter data for one user specified state as well as an API that can be incorporated into your intranet or accessed from another program.  Additional WhiteStar Lot, Tract and Quarter-Quarter  states are also available for licensing.  These states include many states available nowhere else including CO, NM, UT, OK, KS, WY, MT, AR,  ND, LA, MS, and AL.

WhiteStar offers all the software and data necessary to create your business critical, strategic GIS land database for any project.   We have done just this sort of thing for a variety of companies including the Forbes Fortune 200 companies.  WhiteStar will help you to accurately convert land title deeds into maps. We have an internal team of expert mappers capable of mapping even the most complex legal descriptions to help drive your project to completion.

To support the GIS land database creation efforts, WhiteStar offers the most accurate base mapping data including WhiteStar Grid, WhiteStar Lots, Tracts and Quarter-Quarters, WhiteStar Parcels, and imagery.


The Houston GIS Petroleum User Group Social sponsored by WhiteStar, is on Wednesday, January 17th! Click here for more information.

The Power of Streams

Louise White


Let’s face it.  Running data into and out of your GIS or exploration applications takes considerable time, money and effort.  First you have to identify the area of interest to obtain or to expand, then download that area from the source, specify a destination coordinate system and format, and then repeat this process periodically whenever an update is required.  Once the data have been downloaded, it exists for better or for worse, in a static form.  Compound this problem with multiple applications to support and you can quickly have a maintenance black hole.
For some applications, this may be exactly what you want, and we provide WhiteStar Cloud to provide exactly those type of traditional zip-clip-and-ship services.   Downloaded data remains static allowing superimposed data, such as lease boundaries built on top of the land grid, to remain in sync with the underlying land grid.  This joy comes at a cost, however.  Time moves on, new surveys are conducted, and your project remains blissfully unaware that it is out-of-date. 
Streaming data comes to the rescue!   If utmost data currency, simplicity, and lack of desire to manage boatloads of data are important to you, you can simply add a URL to your project to obtain the latest and greatest data streams. 


WhiteStar offers various types of data streams from the popular Open GIS Consortium (OGC)’s  WMS streams that are basically streamed image formats to ArcGIS Web Server Services providing access to not only the geometry but also to all of the underlying data attributes.  Which one you use depends upon the degree you want to customize the look, the speed of your Internet connection, and the degree you need to analyze the attribute data.
WhiteStar offers a variety of streaming data and cloud based data packages for each of our data products including WhiteStar Grid, WhiteStar Lots Tracts and Quarter Quarters, WhiteStar Wells, WhiteStar Parcels, and WhiteStar Culture.  A new product, WhiteStar Plats, has just been completed for Oklahoma, but is planned for many additional PLSS states.  This streaming service consists of WhiteStar georeferenced BLM plat maps, GLO plats, and Master Title plats that can be added for reference to your projects.  Call or email us for more details.
At the close of another year, we gratefully pause to wish you a warm and happy Holiday Season.

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The Houston GIS Petroleum User Group Social sponsored by WhiteStar, is on Wednesday, January 17th! Click here for more information. Now with Live Chat

Louise White


There is nothing like having a problem or a question about a software or data product and then having to send emails or make calls, wait for answers, and repeat.  To improve your experience, and to return you to productivity as quickly as possible, we have added online chatting to our website experience.  

If you go to , you will see a text box that says “Welcome to LiveChat.”  To begin a session, simply click on “Chat Now” and you will begin a conversation with a WhiteStar staff member.


A real human being will answer your chat.  We don’t believe in robotic scripting. Our experienced people will either answer your query directly or find the resource (technical or sales) who can.  Our staff will make sure you get everything you need during the session including follow-up steps and further research.

What sorts of questions might you ask in live chat?  Perhaps you have questions about the content,  geographical coverage, or currency of one our data libraries.  Perhaps you’d like some further information on how to use our free WhiteStar Wizard App for iOS or how to properly map a land legal description.  

The sky's the limit and instant gratification is here now.

The market is changing.  Clients have come to expect instant interaction and easier and better tools for answering questions.  We are dedicated to staying ahead of the competition in terms of both the customer experience, quality of information provided, and of course the excellence of our data products.