Lakewood, Colo., 17 July 2008 – WhiteStar Corp. unveiled its Enhanced Unlimited Grid Access (UGA) mapping product, which supplements the Standard UGA map database by filling in land boundary gaps in the U.S. Public Land Survey. WhiteStar will offer new and renewed subscriptions to Enhanced UGA at the original Standard UGA rate until Sept. 30, 2008.
WhiteStar introduced UGA in 2006 to provide mapping speed
and flexibility to oil & gas, pipeline, utility, forestry and insurance
companies that have infrastructure operations covering a few square miles or an
entire region. The Standard UGA provides a seamless digital mosaic of land
survey and fitted state and county boundaries covering all public land survey
states, including Texas and Offshore State
and Federal Water in the Gulf of Mexico.
WhiteStar created the UGA database product manually by digitizing
1:24,000-scale USGS topographic maps. It is delivered on DVDs as a nationwide
database so that clients have complete U.S. coverage on their desktops at
WhiteStar developed the new Enhanced UGA at the request of
clients from the energy industry with extensive operations in western states,
where gaps exist in the Public Land Survey.
“When the Public Land Survey was established, it excluded
national parks, wildlife refuges and other existing land grants that had
already been deeded,” said WhiteStar CEO Robert White. “This created holes in
the land survey grid, which causes mapping problems in many western states.”
To rectify this situation, WhiteStar produced the Enhanced
UGA database product by filling in the grid gaps with township/section/range
boundaries from other data sources. For many western states, including Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico, WhiteStar
has obtained the additional data from the Geodetic Cadastral Database (GCDB)
developed and maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
WhiteStar has filled in land survey gaps with data from the California Division
of Oil & Gas. Marshland areas in Louisiana
that are considered neither on- nor offshore have been included in Cambe survey
maps, which WhiteStar has acquired to supplement that section of the UGA grid.
Before the end of 2008, WhiteStar plans to include Utah and Nevada
in the Enhanced UGA offering. Also scheduled for inclusion are Montana, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
New pricing for Enhanced UGA will go into effect on Oct. 1,
2008, but WhiteStar is offering both new and renewed subscriptions at the
original UGA rate of $500 per month, or $6000 per year, if the order is placed
by September 30. For renewals, the special rate applies regardless of the
renewal date. Starting on Oct. 1, the price of the Enhanced UGA product will be
$750 per month, or $9000 per year.
UGA is one of several nationwide subscription map database
products offered by WhiteStar. The others are Unlimited Basemap Access (UBA)
and Unlimited Well Access (UWA). Each product includes built-in functionality
that allows users to cookie cut their area of interest in any shape or size
from the appropriate map data layers and export the data to nearly any
commercial GIS-based mapping application.
WhiteStar includes regular quarterly updates as part of the UGA
product and eliminates costly customer data management problems. Instead of
trying to track the vintage and the location of “postage-stamp-sized areas” of
previously purchased datasets, the customer has all of the latest update
information for the nation available right at their fingertips. Liberal
WhiteStar licensing policies for all WhiteStar products and services allow for
data interchange among business partners, and licenses are available for
posting the data on internet or intranet web sites.
For details on an UGA subscription, call WhiteStar Customer
Service at 1-800-736-MAPS. Ask for Anthony Ford.
Learn more about WhiteStar Corp., atwww.whitestar.com.
WhiteStar Unveils Enhanced Unlimited Grid Access (UGA) Product
July 17, 2008