GIS and Geology
GIS technology provides support and answers for resource exploration companies. Data can be displayed spatially to improve visualization and analysis. GIS and GPS technology have also proven critical in geologic mapping, an increasingly important attribute in a world of decreasing resources. The oil, gas and exploration industries rely heavily on geographic technology.
Following are recent examples of how GIS is integrated into various aspects of the field of Geology:
- GIS is used to create online geologic mapping templates to publish surface and bedrock geological maps
- MIR, a natural resources consulting firm in Quebec, used GIS and remotely sensed data to search for hydrocarbon reservoirs
- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management uses GIS to study and create inventories of onshore oil and gas resources on federally allocated lands
- Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary researchers are using GIS to study the impacts to seagrass beds caused by vessels, in the hope of recovering the local ecosystem
- BCG Engineering Inc. uses ArcGIS to simplify cross-sectioning processes and model detailed multisurface views