IM Experts in E&P

E&P Data Management Innovation | Spatial IM in E&P Engineering

Date: 22/9/2011

GIS in Engineering is used to show engineers where the pipeline is.

CAD models represent the physical facilities in great detail.


But they can do rather more than that if you care to scrape below the surface and perhaps too few people do.

Each technology enables a means of presenting information in a geographical/spatial context and as such they are immensely powerful methods of communicating and providing data/information to the decision making process. In other words, providing the right information to the right people at the right time with the right context, a phrase I’m sure many recognise as a basic tenet of E&P Information Management

In the engineering world they are also instrumental in creating and aligning much of the information that is required throughout the asset lifecycle, from early appraisal and concept selection to operational maintenance and modification and ultimately disposal or cessation.

So, if the information provided is so important shouldn’t it be managed using Information Management best practice?

The answer must be YES and that is just what we are doing to assist our client’s major capital project with a lifecycle approach to Geospatial Information Management.

We have developed a framework that will embed information management practice as a standard activity for managing geospatial data within the project. Initially the focus has been on the management of the survey data that supports facilities and pipeline engineering. Work continues to embed the information management processes such that the practice follows through to Operations.

Our initial experiences have thrown up a number of debates some of which are listed below. There’ll be further musings on them later.

Why is it still common practice to abandon CAD and geospatial information after its initial use in the project stage? Information generated is routinely neglected to the point where it becomes unfit for use in future activities such as plant modifications

Is enough done to ensure that the spatial attributes of all pipeline and equipment data and documentation are captured and maintained as well as established tag and pipeline data?

How do the different working practices and relationships, such as contracting strategies, impact the different disciplines’ and teams’ readiness to exploit the benefits of better IM?

What good practices can be learned from disciplines where spatial IM is the established norm? 

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