Oil and gas companies have been using GIS to help explore for resources for over 20 years. Geoscientists are constantly challenged with managing and analyzing substantial amounts of data to help pinpoint where to drill. With the ArcGIS system, organizations are able to manage large volumes of data, analysis and plan future projects and report findings to other team member or management. GIS is applied in seismic methods, gravitational methods, and even magnetic methods to locate geologic structures that could accumulate oil.
Visualizing your data as digital terrain models of the surface and 3D models of the subsurface with Esri's GIS software lets you analyze
- Seismic surveys
- Surface geologic studies
- Subsurface and cross section interpretations
- Profiling maps
Use of GIS in exploration can also be applied to