The importance of GIS
A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a tool used to store, create, display, manipulate, analyse and output data within its geographical context. By visualising data spatially, geographic patterns, trends and sequences can be easily identified.
The foundation of any GIS project is ensuring the geographic accuracy of the data. It is vital that the Coordinate Reference System (CRS) of the project and all incoming datasets are aligned. Merlin has dealt with numerous projects where this is not the case. If mispositioned datasets are not identified and repositioned, it can lead to serious financial implications further down the line.
Merlin also makes use of the powerful analytical tools available through GIS. By analysing and overlaying data types, Merlin can identify areas of interest for further evaluation. The relative positions of these target areas can be compared to other datasets, for example surface infrastructure, human population centres or competing activities. Merlin can source and load satellite imagery to analyse topography, surface geology or human activity and use GIS to integrate the results of various geographical surveys.
Merlin Geoscience and Geochem utilise more advanced data analysis for the evaluation of potential energy assets, such as creating ‘Common Risk Segment’ (CRS), or Resource Density maps. This facilitates the full integration of sub-surface studies with surface mapping, allowing engineering and HSE scenarios to be evaluated for new energy projects and the best economic case identified. It also forms the corner stone of acreage evaluation, allowing the identification of the best value area for asset acquisition or relinquishment.
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