Luncheon – February 7, 2003

Title: COGCC GIS Online – A Quick and Easy Tool for Researching Colorado’s Oil and Gas Information
Speaker: James Milne, GIS Administrator for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Date: February 7, 2003
Publication: The Outcrop, February 2003, p. 4

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) maintains an Internet map that allows users to view approximately 60,000 oil and gas well spots, along with several other geographic features such as: sections/townships, municipal boundaries, rivers, lakes, and roads. The Internet map is built upon geographic information systems (GIS) technology, with more than 30 map layers. Internet GIS technology allows the COGCC to display selected layer attributes as map labels, and allows for live queries to the COGCC database via the map interface. Once the user has accessed the database, information about well construction, completions, production, and formation tops can be viewed and downloaded. Images of the official well files and well logs can also be accessed from the map and/or database.

In addition to the database query capabilities, several mapping tools are built into the application. The user can measure distance, view coordinates, create buffers from map features, add redline notes to the map, and save their customized version of the map for future use. All map views can be printed as a paper map, or copied to other applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

The COGCC map is maintained on a daily basis. When a new Application for Permit-to-Drill is approved by the COGCC, it is immediately added to the Permits layer. The COGCC continues to develop new map layers and new functionality for GIS Online. Currently, the COGCC is working on a Spacing Order Index map layer, and is exploring new image compression software that will allow COGCC to display the 1:24,000 USGS topographic maps as a backdrop to the other COGCC GIS Online map layers.