Leading the sharing of international experience and good practice, advocating for risk-based decommissioning policy and guidance
Geo-information (which includes location, coordinate and geo-code) accounts for about 80% of exploration and production data. Much of this information is stored in a variety of applications, databases and formats, including the widely used Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
Common geography provides an extremely powerful means to integrate E&P information in support of business decision-making for exploration, new business, construction, field development and decommissioning – in fact every aspect of the upstream life-cycle. We develop industry guidelines, good practices and specifications regarding the use of this data.
Common Operating Picture in Oil Spill Response
Responding to an oil spill requires access to and understanding of many types of information. Effective, coordinated operations for the response are based on a shared, common picture of the situation. Interoperability provides shared situational awareness of the crisis and the response activities. What is needed is a common picture of reality for different organizations that have different views of the spill so that they all can deal with it collectively. The video below (courtesy of Shell) explains the concept of the Common Operating Picture (COP).
To support implementation of an effective COP and the requisite data management by the response community, the IOGP and IPIECA published Recommended practice for Common Operating Picture architecture for oil spill response. The report has also been approved as an OGC Best Practice.
Shell Standard legend
Maps are one the industry’s most important communication tools and cartographic symbols standards are essential for their intuitive and consistent interpretation and understanding. Many symbols are universally understood, such as blue for river and green for vegetation, others must be explained.
Shell has developed a comprehensive cartographic symbol set to support hydrocarbon exploration and petroleum engineering, the so-called ‘Shell Standard Legend’ (SSL). Its origin can be traced back some 95 years and since 2014 it is publicly available for sharing with industry and academia.
The SSL is published in two version, one supporting the convention “oil=red”, and one “oil=green”, recognizing that these two mapping conventions are in use around the world by different operators and governments. Each publication consistently uses one of these color conventions throughout the document and categorizes the symbols according to:
- Hydrocarbons (such as fields, prospects and shows)
- Topography (control points, markers, offshore structures, contours, road symbols)
- Geology (morphology, lithology, faults, chronostratigraphy)
- Geochemistry (source rock, maturity)
- Geophysics (seismic stratigraphy)
- Wells (well symbols by hydrocarbon type and status)
- IOGP Data Models symbology (incl. Seabed Survey Data Model)
IOGP has welcomed Shell’s offer to release these documents to industry and is pleased to make them available for download:
In addition to the standard documents Shell also makes available files to support the Shell Standard Legend. These are available from the Esri Style gallery:
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