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This project was driven by the needs of the oil & gas industry with regards to meeting the challenges of onshore exploration and production, health and safety, and compliance with national and international regulations. The goal was to understand industry needs and to identify new technologies that support industry across all phases of oil and gas lifecycle. Our team worked closely with the oil & gas industry and key service providers to define expectations and information requirements for geospatial data and services.

Our project team focused on the following emerging areas for oil and gas exploration and production:

  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei
  • Kenya
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • Poland

Project Team Members

Hatfield Consultants

Provided environmental services to industry and government for 40 years, with more than 2500 projects completed in Canada, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa. Hatfield helps Oil and Gas clients improve their environmental programs. Hatfield's geographic focus is western and northern Canada, Southeast Asia, and Southern and Western Africa.

Key contacts: Dr. Andy Dean ( and Jeff Clark (


An international engineering consultancy with over 10,000 staff in 90 offices in 37 countries. Served Oil and Gas clients for over 30 years, operating from skills bases in Houston, London and Perth
Projects in more than 160 countries. Wide range of service areas during all phases of project lifecyle in a wide range of geographies and environments.

Key contact: Jason Manning (

RPS Group

Consultancy employing over 5,000 professionals with major regional offices in North America, Europe, Middle East, Australia and South East Asia . RPS Group helps clients develop natural energy resources across the complete asset life cycle. Clients include governments, National Oil Companies, International Oil Companies, independents, financial institutions, and companies in the broader energy industry.

Key contacts: Ron Larson ( and Paul Nolan (


Not-for-profit research and development corporation that undertakes applied research and development. Multi-disciplinary organization with world-leading capability in Remote Sensing, Ice Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering. Hosts LOOKNorth, a Canadian Centre of Excellence for remote sensing innovation to support northern resource development, and the Centre for Arctic Resource Development (CARD) – a long term R&D initiative in partnership with the oil and gas industry.

Key contacts: Des Power and Paul Adlakha

Space Research Centre

Part of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Space Research Centre Earth Observation Group is dedicated to satellite image processing and to GIS applications. Involved in several European Copernicus projects and related services. Specialized in land cover and land use classification using object-oriented tools, change detection (optical and SAR data), advanced GIS analysis, programming, internet and mobile applications.

Key contacts: Sebastian Aleksandrowicz ( and Aleksandra Grzegorczyk (


Hatfield Consultants has now completed our component of this EO4OG project. We welcome comments or questions, and will continue to work with OGEO and ESA to support the Oil and Gas Industry.

EO4OG Onshore Geo-Information Requirements

Hatfield's team has published its EO4OG Onshore Geo-Information Requirements report that documents the challenges posed by conventional and unconventional oil and gas development. The document establishes a standard set of geo-information requirements in seismic planning, surface geology mapping, subsidence monitoring, environmental monitoring, and logistic operations and survey planning. The challenges and geo-information requirements documented are those identified based on consultation with the oil and gas industry and key service providers.

The geo-information requirements were used in the next phase of the EO4OG project to assess existing mature and available EO-based products and services that can address industry requirements. The project evaluated the current gap between requirements and EO capabilities, including technologies that are expected to become operational within five years. The EO4OG project findings were presented at an EO4OG Industry Workshop on November 18, 2014, in London.

• The Geo-Information Requirements report is available here (link to the PDF document).

EO4OG Geo-Information Challenges

Across the oil and gas project lifecycle and within the range of environments around the globe where the oil and gas industry operates, the challenges faced are generally consistent and ultimately focused on obtaining information needed to reduce environmental, health and safety, and economic risks. Reliable information can help industry make better informed and timelier decisions regarding oil and gas development.

• Hatfield's complete list of industry challenges is available by clicking on the 'Challenges' tab to view the list.

• Feedback is encouraged and can be submitted for each challenge. Simply click on a link for a geo-information challenge then add your comments at the bottom of the page. Thanks!




The goal of Earth Observation solutions support for the Oil and Gas industry was approached by first defining industry challenges. Based on the typical life-cycle of Oil and Gas projects, five top-level categories were defined to organise and encompass the range of industry information needs to address these challenges. Sub-categories were also been defined to further refine the industry challenges. We encourage comments - thanks! The five top-level categories are:

  1. Seismic Planning

  2. Surface Geology Mapping

  3. Subsidence Monitoring

  4. Environmental Monitoring

  5. Logistics, Planning and Operations


The hierarchy of challenges arranged by theme are depicted graphically in a Challenge Tree Diagramme.


Seismic Planning

1.1 Areas of poor coupling

1.2 Identification of adverse terrain for trafficability

1.3 Identification of environmentally sensitive areas

Surface Geology Mapping

2.1 Mapping Geological features

2.2 Structural interpretation

2.3 Lithological discrimination

2.4 Terrain evaluation and Geomorphology characterization

2.5 Engineering geological evaluation

Subsidence Monitoring

3.1 Land motion relating to fault lines or other causes

3.2 Infrastructure monitoring

3.3 Reservoir management

Environmental Monitoring

4.1 Baseline historic mapping of environment and ecosystems

4.2 Continuous monitoring of changes throughout the lifecycle

4.3 Natural Hazard Risk Analysis

Logistics, Planning and Operations

5.1 Baseline mapping of terrain and infrastructure

5.2 Support to surveying crews for planning surveys and H&S

5.3 Facility siting, pipeline routing and roads development

5.4 Monitoring of assets



Participants to discussions

Kick-off7th March 2014ESA, Frascati, Rome  
Progress ReviewKO+2 months   
Oil & Gas Industry Workshop18th November 2014

Arup Conference Facility, 13 Fitzroy Street
London W1T 4BQ

EO4OG Workshop summary report (final).pdfThe workshop was open to OGEO members and other selected partners who participated in the EO4OG project.

This is the area to show published documents for review or for use. Documents in preparation by the team should be kept on the project team page.





Kick-off Presentation


7th March 2014

Outline of the project and planning

Project BrochureHatfield & OTM7 April 2014Project overview
ESA6503_Deliverable 1_information_Requirements_v2_OGEO.pdfHatfield31 July 2014EO4OG D1 - Geo-Information Requirements
Hatfield Challenge Tree.pdfHatfield8 January 2015Diagram of Oil and Gas EO Challenges
ESA6503_Deliverable 2.1_Current_EO_Capabilities_and_Use 20150130_v2.pdfHatfield30 January 2015EO4OG D2.1 - EO Capabilities Report
ESA6503_Deliverable 2.2_Gap-Analysis-Synthesis-Report_v1.0.pdfHatfield19 December 2014EO4OG D2.2 - Gap Analysis Report
ESA6503_Deliverable 3.1_Roadmap-Report_v1.pdfHatfield23 January 2015EO4OG D3 - Roadmap for Development