Did you know, in the early days of oil transportation, the barrels were specifically built to account for about a 5% loss in transit? Oil barrels were meant to transport 42 gallons but were built to hold 44 gallons. Talk about inefficiency.

Today, most oil, natural gas and other hydrocarbon products are transported via pipelines. Pipelines are the safest, efficient, and most economical method to connect producing areas to refineries and the end consumers. …


Given its wide range of applications, Geographic Information System is full of terms derived from different industries. Some terms are more common in a given field than others.

The following is a list of the most common GIS terms in the oil and gas industry. They are so common that some managers bring them up during interviews to test candidates’ knowledge of the industry’s jargon.

Being familiar with these terms will help your day-to-day communications with your colleagues.


Shapefile is the old most common format for storing non-topological data used by a lot of GIS systems. A single shapefile is…

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Selecting Best Site For Your Next Store

Location intelligence: Involvement of people and technology to visualize spatial data, identifying trends and relationships that result in actionable information. It builds on Geographic Information System (GIS) tools to empower data-driven insights and decision-making.

Gone are the days where businesses would open stores hoping they would perform sufficiently. A very costly approach both in terms of investment and time, should you enter the wrong market. Nowadays, businesses are incorporating GIS analysis of demographics, market potential and existing competition in the process of prospecting for their next store sites.

Target audience sampling in market research

Expanding a business is a major decision, especially if it involves a…

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My first paid gig got published last month. It’s a case study I ghostwrote for a remote desktop software company. The piece is about a new (Saas) startup. It offers virtual studios as a service for filmmakers, animators, and other creatives.

To be perfectly honest, this was not the first paid gig. It was my first paid gig that was public. My very first gig was an executive bio that I wrote for this guy who owns/runs about 5 companies.

The first thing I learned was not to sell myself short. Before this gig, I had done zero case studies…

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GIS technology is enjoying steady growth. According to a market research group study, global revenue generated by GIS will be worth $25.6 billion by 2030. This is owed, in part, to the advancement in cloud technology and surging demand for location-as-a-service solutions.

The growth attracts many people to the field. Especially people who want more than just collecting a paycheck. People who:

  • Are fascinated by data
  • Want to empower local communities
  • Are curious about the world
  • Want to work outside

Many GIS professionals start as GIS Technicians and work their way up.


Whether you’ll be working with ESRI…

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For utility companies, providing high-quality service is priority number one. These companies also tend to have a very high number of assets (vehicles, meters, towers, just to name a few). Asset managers want to minimize the cost of owning and operating their assets while maintaining the quality of their service.

GIS technology plays a very important role in the field of asset management. It’s so important that many EAM (Enterprise Asset Management) systems come with built-in GIS extensions.

Workorder management (which entails the repair, maintenance, and operations of the physical asset) is integrated with GIS spatial data. Work orders are…

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In the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), where ESRI is the king, these GIS suites are also used for storing, analyzing, and displaying spatial data. The following list contains some free and low-cost alternatives to the ArcMap suite.

GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) is a free GIS developed in the early 1980s by the US Army. Originally developed for military applications, it’s is still in use today by other agencies as well (NASA, USDA). It’s available for Mac, Linux, and Windows operating systems.

This is a full-featured GIS system with data management, analysis, visualization, and image processing capabilities…

Hindsight is 2020.

Having said that, this is one of those things I would do differently, given the chance.

In the summer of 2007, I took an unpaid internship position at The Institute for Marine Research in St. Pete Florida. At the time, I lived in Sacramento California.

I had just completed my Geographic Information System certificate and thought getting internship work would be a great boost to my resume. I did not have any GIS experience or any office work experience for that matter. …

Geospatial technology is growing rapidly. This has resulted in many new opportunities in far-ranging fields. From the street lights in your city to using satellite imagery to observe changes on earth.

Now, what is Geographic Information Systems? Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a robust package made up of computer systems designed to capture, analyze and display data related to the earth’s surface position. Different kinds of data ranging from maps, streets, vegetation, and buildings can be displayed on the GIS.

The GIS data has diverse roles in different business sectors and our everyday life. Some of the uses of Geographic…

A look at Oil and Gas Industry

Pipelines are the safest and most economical method to transport petroleum and natural gas. According to NTSB, in the US alone, over 200,000 miles of pipeline transport over 700 million gallons of petroleum products each day.

Geographic Information System(GIS) plays many roles in construction and maintenance of pipelines for the oil and gas industry.

After a prospect area has been analyzed and determined to be suitable as a source, Commercial departments of pipeline companies would use simple GIS viewers to get a general picture of possible routes the new pipeline can take. These viewers have measurement capabilities to get an…

Ally Fumo

Former GIS Analyst in Oil and Gas industry turned Copywriter.

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