Geographic Information Systems in Petroleum

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This publication takes an informative look at the use of computer-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the energy industry. This excellent volume is particularly timely in light of the rapidly growing numbers and types of applications of GIS technology. The book's thoroughly illustrated chapters address the full range of GIS topics, approaches, and philosophies, with special emphasis on the petroleum industry; there is a good mix of theory, applications, resources, and practical advice. Case studies include a regional study, conceptual geological modeling, a field study, reservoir characterization, and more. A general historical overview of GIS technology, trends, and predictions is included. This book will be an invaluable guide to GIS resources and applications for individuals and companies, beginners and specialists. Properly used and integrated, Geographic Information Systems technology can help geoscientists achieve greater success in all aspects of petroleum exploration and development.

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A broad view of how the computer technology is being used in the petroleum industry, incorporating many products, applications, geological settings, approaches, philosophies, and operational aspects. Within sections on technological foundations, practical realities, case studies, supporting roles and applications, geographical information system resources, and looking ahead, the 22 studies consider such aspects as geoscientific modeling in the past, present, and future; issues and perspectives on implementing systems; building a regional study; hydrocarbon resource assessment and opportunity analysis; characterizing the reservoir of a stratigraphically and structurally complex Gulf of Suez oil field using three-dimensional modeling and GIS technologies; using the World Wide Web to manage exploration and production team data; public-domain and inexpensive software; and bibliographic resources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891817031
  • Publisher: American Association Of Petroleum Geologists
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Series: Computer Applications in Geology Ser.
  • Pages: 315
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface iii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Geographic Information Systems in Petroleum Exploration and Development: An Introductory Essay 3
Technological Foundations 7
Chapter 2 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology: A Brief History, Trends, and Probable Future 9
Chapter 3 An Overview of GIS in the Geosciences 17
Chapter 4 Geoscientific Modeling: Past, Present, and Future 27
Chapter 5 GIS Technology--A Vendor Perspective of its History and Prospects in Petroleum Exploration and Production 37
Practical Realities 47
Chapter 6 A Conversation with Petroleum Information 49
Chapter 7 On the Implementation of GIS for Petroleum Exploration and Development: Issues and Perspectives 61
Case Studies 69
Chapter 8 Building a Regional Study in GIS 71
Chapter 9 GIS-Based Analysis of Fluid Migration in Sedimentary Basins 121
Chapter 10 The Gap Mountain Prospect: A New Approach to Conceptual Geological Modeling 137
Chapter 11 Evaluating International Acquisitions Using a Spatial Database System--A Low-Cost Approach 151
Chapter 12 Use of Geographic Information Systems in Hydrocarbon Resource Assessment and Opportunity Analysis 173
Chapter 13 Conducting a Field Study with GIS: Port Hudson Field, The Tuscaloosa Trend, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana 187
Chapter 14 Waterflood Optimization Using GIS Techniques in Citronelle Field, Mobile County, Alabama, U.S.A. 195
Chapter 15 Reservoir Characterization of a Stratigraphically and Structurally Complex Gulf of Suez Oil Field Using Three-Dimensional Modeling and GIS Techniques 205
Supporting Roles and Applications 213
Chapter 16 Integrated Geo-Systems--A Computational Environment for Integrated Management, Analysis, and Presentation of Petroleum Industry Data 215
Chapter 17 Using the World Wide Web to Manage Exploration and Production Team Data 227
Chapter 18 GIS--The Exploration and Exploitation Tool 237
Chapter 19 The USGS GeoExplorer Project: Using New GIS Technology for Scientific Data Publishing 249
Gis Resources 261
Chapter 20 GIS--Public Domain and Inexpensive Software 263
Chapter 21 Bibliographic Resources for GIS in Petroleum Exploration and Development 281
Looking Ahead 293
Chapter 22 GIS and Geostatistics--A Marriage of Technologies 295
Appendices 299
Index 309
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