Case Studies

 

Chaparral Energy

Using GIS Search Software To Boost Productivity

As a new member of Chaparral Energy’s GIS Department, the first thing the company’s Director Paul Morrison did four years ago was to try to get a handle on exactly how much data the company had. But, that was easier said than done. Like most companies these days, Chaparral Energy had collected huge amounts of data over its 25-plus year history. Data that its employees needed to easily access in order to do their jobs efficiently and successfully. With different people managing that data at different times, storing it in different places, and labeling it under different systems, employees were finding it difficult to locate and access the data they needed, when they needed it. This included things like lease files, oil and gas contracts, technical oil and gas files (also known as well files), and geologic documents – all imperative to Chaparral’s business. Morrison knew he needed to figure out a way to confirm how much data Chaparral had, and along with that, he hoped he could organize, index and make that data searchable, too. But how?

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York Region, Canada

Fresh Approach to Portals

The York Region, just north of Toronto, Canada, is home to approximately 1.1 million residents and is made up of nine local municipalities. York Region has a two-tier government structure with services provided by Regional government and nine local area municipalities, similar to county and local governments in the United States. York Region is considered a leader in public sector GIS.

York Region’s GIS Group needed to address three separate but common problems around finding and accessing GIS data. Research by staff indicated that Voyager would be a great tool for indexing map documents to make data readily accessible to other GIS experts in the Region. As they focused on capabilities, it became clear that Voyager could solve the search problems with minimal alterations. By making small changes, Voyager could be configured to provide solutions to the metadata, data discovery and open data problems.

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Problem: Data Not Found

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is the primary source of geospatial intelligence for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Intelligence Community. Making this data available and accessible to nearly 16,000 employees and contractors while keeping it secure is a big challenge. NGA director Letitia A. Long made it one of her top priorities to make the right information available at the right time to the right people.

As with other large organizations, enterprise content is growing by 80 percent every year, and this content explosion is overloading knowledge workers. Even when search is implemented, some of the data is tucked away on a “shadow” intranet — the desktop computer, someone’s laptop, or an old hard drive.

Analysts, like the ones that NGA supports, are fighting these challenges, along with one unique to their field: The information they need is often specialized geospatial data, and therefore not optimized for search in traditional enterprise search engines.

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