WhiteStar Corp. introduced an optional upgrade to the Wyoming land survey grid coverage in its popular Unlimited Grid Access (UGA) product. The upgrade, known as UGA Plus – Wyoming Edition, provides a more detailed land survey grid that includes lots and tracts and quarter-quarter sections in Wyoming.
“The UGA Plus product will facilitate the permitting process for
oil and gas companies seeking to drill new wells in Wyoming,” said WhiteStar
CEO, Robert White. “Lot and tract information will add detail to any map that is
being made for a Wyoming project.”
WhiteStar initiated the UGA Plus
optional upgrade with Wyoming data because lot and tract information is
exceedingly important there right now. Many townships in the state are still
undergoing re-surveying that will last years, and WhiteStar continuously updates
Perhaps more importantly, Wyoming is experiencing a
boom in hydrocarbon exploration right now, and the state is inundated with
drilling permits. Because so much of this proposed drilling is targeting federal
lands under the auspices of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Wyoming Oil
and Gas Commission is encouraging drilling lease applications to be defined down
to the lot and tract. BLM maps are typically the only ones containing this
degree of detail, which can slow the permitting process for operators that use
other base maps.
“The regulatory pressure to use BLM lots and tracts in
legal documents is increasing in Wyoming, and operators are using this map
information to spot wells,” said White. “The UGA Plus offering will speed the
permitting process and make it easier for operating companies to determine lease
boundaries in Wyoming, where lease descriptions can be very
It is important to note that WhiteStar has added value to
the BLM source maps by cleaning up the lot and tract data. This data massaging
ensures that no land ‘slivers’ or ‘overlaps’ will be created between lease
boundaries on the maps created with the UGA Plus product. Users of ArcView will
be especially relieved that WhiteStar has eliminated the problem with slivers
between polygons that can result when trying to map Wyoming leases in that GIS
software package. UGA users can ‘cookie cut’ a lease of any size or shape from
the lot and tract file using tools embedded in the grid data set.
UGA Plus product will include both the standard USGS grid and the BLM grid,
allowing clients to toggle back and forth between data layers, as
UGA Plus is available immediately for Wyoming and will soon be
introduced for other states where lot and tract descriptions are necessary for
regulatory filings. These include Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, and Utah. All
of the data manipulation functionality found in the standard UGA product is
fully available in the UGA Plus version.
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 all times.
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.
details on an UGA subscription or the cost of upgrading to UGA Plus, call
WhiteStar Customer Service at 1-800-736-MAPS. Ask for Steve
Learn more atwww.whitestar.com.
WhiteStar Introduces Wyoming Upgrade for Unlimited Grid Access Product
January 26, 2009