WhiteStar Adds Oil & Gas Pipeline Layer to Basemap Product

September 25, 2009  - By
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WhiteStar Corp. announced it’s added a new layer of oil and gas pipeline data to its Unlimited Basemap Access (UBA) product. The new WhiteStar Oil & Gas Pipeline Layer will be a nationwide, georeferenced shapefile showing the locations of all lateral and transmission pipelines in the United States.

The Company said existing subscribers to the WhiteStar UBA product will begin receiving segments of the oil and gas layer at no extra charge with their regular third-quarter UBA update in October. The first segment of the layer will include pipelines in Texas, Oklahoma and the Gulf of Mexico. The layer includes attribute information, such as owner and operator data, for each pipeline.

WhiteStar said they are creating the new UBA layer primarily from a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) pipeline map that is available in PDF format on the DOE Energy Information Administration’s website (www.eia.doe.gov). A rich source of pipeline information, this map has frustrated hydrocarbon companies for years because it can be downloaded only in a non-GIS compatible PDF format.

“We’ve converted the PDF to a shapefile and georeferenced it to align with all of the other cultural-feature layers in the UBA product, which is fully GIS compatible,” said WhiteStar President and CEO Robert White. “This new layer allows UBA clients to easily integrate pipeline maps and attribute details into their digital mapping projects.”

According to the company, the UBA product is a seamless nationwide digital mosaic of basemap information layers from U.S. Census Bureau TIGER Files (with optional TeleAtlas upgrades). Designed for any geospatial mapping project that requires an accurate digital base map, UBA contains 42 layers of cultural features – such as political boundaries, roads, water bodies, and environmentally sensitive areas – that can be ‘cookie cut’ according to a user-selected area of interest and downloaded into most popular digital mapping package.

WhiteStar said they developed UBA with an interface that lets the user select layers with a few mouse clicks and then delineate the area of interest by choosing a specific county, outlining the project area onscreen or entering its latitude/longitude corner points. UBA users can then export the data into a variety of popular mapping formats, including ESRI, MapInfo, GeoGraphix, Petra, AutoCAD, SMT Kingdom and Golden software. In addition, the data can be projected in either NAD27 or NAD83 coordinate systems, including all related state planes and UTM zones.

“Our clients use UBA to populate their maps with cultural features for investor presentations, exploration & production logistics planning, infrastructure siting, and permit submissions,” said White. “The new pipeline layer will enable operators to quickly determine which lateral and transmission lines run near their leases.”

WhiteStar said they will roll out regional segments of the UBA Oil & Gas Pipeline Layer until the seamless nationwide data set is completed. Following delivery of the Texas, Oklahoma, and Gulf Coast segment, WhiteStar will deliver the region of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia that is producing from the Marcellus Shale formation. UBA clients can expect that one to ship in early 2010.

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