How GIS is Empowering The Growth of Oil & Gas Industry

Oil and gas industry is a vital part of the global economy as an industry that fuels progress, development and basic human needs. Being one of the most capital intensive business, revenues are large and so are the cost. The ever changing dynamics of this industry drives sustained efforts for increased efficiencies and risk mitigation. The Oil and Gas industry is driven by an estimated 80% data that has a spatial component. This is the only industry that harnesses spatial information at every stage of the life-cycle, beginning with opportunity analysis and exploration, through appraisal and production, right up to the abandonment phase. The applications of GIS in oil and gas industry can improve the cost-efficiency and deliver timely information. There are different techniques how GIS can be applied in oil and gas related sectors.

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Land Management

GIS makes it possible to centralize land management data so that generating reports required by regulators is enhanced and made easy.

Pipeline Routing and Vehicle / Fleet Tracking

A GIS ecosystem supports tracking of valuable assets in a capital intensive sector. The precise location of vehicles and ships ensures timely delivery of goods and services, as well as efficient emergency response.


Field data from earlier phases of the oil field life cycle centralized in Enterprise GIS help to remove infrastructure and assets, and recover the site for land use.

Facilities management

3D GIS with field layout helps accurate monitoring of associated environmental changes in near real time for HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) and emergency response during oil spills, leaks or explosions.

Field Operations

GIS supports drilling around surface and geologic constraints, improved field production efficiencies for whole reservoirs /basins, data integration and visualization in real time for production dashboards, coordinated workflows and personnel across rig sites, Dynamic Hazard modelling for resource allocation, asset tracking in real time, updated DEMs to help detect subsidence caused by extraction and much more.

Seamless management

with a real-time mapping visualization and analysis of remote /offshore sites, operations and assets, the entire process is managed seamlessly.

Geographical Information Collection and Storage in Databases

A geodatabase can be used to store, collect and visualize the physical location of pipelines, wells and spatial data. Non-spatial information such as leases, date of installation and pipe material can also be added in attribute data. This can be useful to better understand when pipelines are in need of maintenance or repair.


GIS enables users to make use of UAVs and sensors to monitor an area for any unwanted activity and perform analysis as per need.


GIS offers higher management to see the actual picture in terms of reports generated out of the data collected from the field and mapped on GIS. The representation in GIS matters the most in bringing out the conclusion such that decision makers can perform further action.

VizExperts is a technology development firm in the realm of Geospatial intelligence driven decision making. We at VizExperts believe in transforming data to decisions through a highly sophisticated and superior visual computing technology. In line with the objectives of Government of India, to accelerate indigenization of technology, our products have all been developed in-house, setting standards of excellence comparable and beyond what is offered elsewhere. VizExperts corporate philosophy is to provide unique and differentiated value to its clients resulting in interactive engagements and mutual partnership opportunities. Our list of clients includes various reputed Indian Government Organizations with whom we have worked on multiple projects using our 3D GIS technology and Digital Sand Model technology. Our R&D teams based out of Gurgaon and Bangalore have some of the best 3D GIS and visual computing talent in the country.

                One of our principal focus areas has been GeorbIS®, our flagship 3D GIS technology, which enables geospatial intelligence driven decision making at organizations functioning in multiple domains. VizExperts GeorbIS has been certified compliant for WMS, WCS, WFS, WFS(T) services by the OGC® (Open Geospatial Consortium), the GeorbIS® platform now offers a unified platform for 3D geospatial data visualization, GIS analysis and multi-data fusion. GeorbIS comes with options for stand-alone desktop based systems and server based enterprise level systems. The platform also offers modular extensions called CartridGIS that offer advanced functionality and customized features, offering out-of-the-box usability. Custom interfaces are included for enabling real-time sensor data integration from the field.

                GeorbIS Enterprise offers a centralized mechanism for collection and dissemination of data and information. It offers integration of distributed data sources and utilizing information made available through different channels. The entire data resides on the server hosted in-house and can be accessed easily through any web browser within the network and through internet. Enterprise solution is based on GIS framework which follows standard three tier architecture with separate user interface, computation and data management layers. It allows publishing of all standard 2D & 3D GIS data formats and multiple non-spatial data formats, viewing, support for data management and offers a high level of security for user and data access. Enterprise solution offers the liberty of visualizing the action plan from anywhere without physical presence as the plans are updated on the map throughout in near real-time. VizExperts offers functionality to customize end solution as its indigenous and well supported and developed by a local technology provider.

                Digital Sand Model solution has been VizExperts oldest and the most sought after product by various defense, police, paramilitary, forest, disaster management, mining, municipal corporations and etc. establishments. DSM is a cutting-edge 3D GIS based solution for operation planning, briefing and training. The DSM technology is powered by the OGC certified GeorbIS® 3D GIS platform for GIS data ingestion. DSM offers true 3D visualization of all terrains including urban, rural, forest, mountainous and desert areas for operation planning. The Digital Sand Model software integrates organization specific workflows for training and operation planning, and includes built-in tools for creating a 3D geodatabase of an organization’s area of interest.

                Intel is a Business Intelligence Cartridge which enables decision making through MIS data by visualization and analysis on a GIS map with the option to generate reports. It allows connecting and merging of spatial and non-spatial databases to fetch data through a single unified database. It offers one of its kind functionality to query data based on multiple parameters & time series and represent them on the terrain in the form of a bar graph on the GIS map which would help decision makers in making timely and accurate decisions and accordingly planning the actions.

                Footprint provides live and offline sensor data integration such as GPS and communication, live weather sensors data, GPS tracking etc. at the same time offers functionality to integrate live video feeds coming in from a UAVs. VizExperts offers a highly intuitive user interface through its web application UAV management and video feed analysis. Multiple analysis can be performed on the snapshots captured from the live video feed coming from the UAV such as geo-location, distance and area measurement, annotations, etc. It includes functionality of sending emergency alerts as and when required.

                Strategem is a module which aids in operation planning, analysis and training. It is a highly robust tool which helps in deployment and mobilization of resources at the same time provides analysis tools to capture range of sight for human eye, cameras, etc. The entire evacuation and mitigation plan can be prepared and animated such that the teams have a better understanding of the challenges on the ground and can move accordingly.