An Introduction to the Use of Geographic Information System (GIS) in Upstream Oil and Gas Operations


The objective of this course is to provide a first introduction to GIS for non-technical persons so that they may understand what this technology offers and how it can be used to improve operational efficiencies in managing oil and gas information, assets and people.

Anticipated Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of and active participation in this one-day course, attendees should understand the uses for and scope of GIS systems, how to organize information for input into a GIS and how to extract and summarize useful maps and summary reports from a GIS.

The course will encompass the use of ESRI ArcGIS Explorer (a non-cost, downloadable GIS "viewer" program as a means to help attendees become intelligent users of GIS maps, data and reports prepared and provided by technical GIS specialists. This will be an interactive course, with students having access to their own computer system to follow the topics and to complete a few simple assignments. This course will serve to prepare students to take more technically oriented courses offered by ESRI and other GIS software companies and institutions.

Course Topics: (Each topic will be covered in a time frame of approximately 50 minutes)

  • What is GIS and what can it do?
  • Preliminary decisions: objectives, people, and software.
  • Sources of data and information.
  • Creating base maps and adding layers. Putting your dots on the map and making it yours.
  • Preparing maps and summary reports.
  • Pushing GIS out to the field ... and pulling information in from it.
  • Managing people, assets and responsibilities using GIS.
  • GIS as the meeting point and the organizational portal for ... everything.

Erich S. Fowler
L. Peter (Pete) Galusky, Jr. Ph.D., P.E.

Erich is responsible for GIS development, water resource analysis and environmental compliance support for Texerra's clients. Erich holds a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver, a Bachelor's of Arts in Philosophy and French from Fort Lewis College in Durango and a Paralegal Certificate from the Denver Paralegal Institute. Erich joined Texerra in 2012 and serves as a senior environmental specialist.

Pete serves as the principal environmental engineer with Texerra LLC, and environmental consulting company he founded in Midland in 2005. His work over the last fifteen years has focused on environmental compliance engineering in the oil and gas industry, encompassing air compliance, water resource management and information management. Pete holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland.

G041131Q Nov 11 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon  $325.00
($350.00 out-of-state)
Midland College PPDC Building
Registered: 0 The class will be rescheduled sometime in the Spring 2014. 8.0 Hours

Course Canceled!

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