KOC project to implement GIS system, cut time for map charting

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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 2: Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) is constantly striving to develop its tools and keep pace with modern technologies by enhancing the quality and accuracy of the data used for daily planning to support production operations and the decision-making process for the implementation of current and future projects in order to consolidate its pioneering role regionally and globally, reports Al-Anba daily. Within this framework, KOC succeeded in updating the infrastructure plans in all of Kuwait’s oil fields with the aim of achieving the highest possible efficiency in the interface systems and collecting geographical data through a high-quality and accurate aerial survey project which was implemented in all Kuwaiti fields with a total area estimated at more than 8,000 square kilometers.

This was done by contracting with one of the international companies specialized in this field. This project, for the first time since its inception, helped to possess three-dimensional maps of all terrain of the oil fields, and capture high-quality aerial photographs with an accuracy of 10 centimeters. The project aims to integrate with Geographic Information System (GIS), which are widely used in the operations of KOC.

The project also aims to apply modern technologies for the development and marketing of information and materials management. Digital images resulting from aerial surveys are used to update the company’s data and to work in remote and rugged areas and inaccessible sites due to their danger without the need to expose individuals to risks. In addition, the data allows high-resolution images, which are monitored for new details of all services and facilities of the company, and the plans are updated.

Opportunity
Therefore, the production of 3D data and laser ranging provides a full opportunity to be used in spatial analysis and hydraulic simulation and to contribute to the application of health, safety and environmental measures. This achievement serves many of the pillars on which the New Kuwait 2035 vision depends, and on which the oil sector is based.

It should be noted that geographic information systems work to improve the work mechanism, determine the locations of wells, classify the types of water wells in the fields according to different scales, transfer them to enhance quality, save time, effort and cost, and save lives during the pipeline construction process.

In regard to the benefits of GIS, it reduces the time for preparing maps. In the past, a single map needed several days and sometimes up to a month in order to be prepared and drawn, to define the lines and terrain in it, and to name the places within it. At present, with the use of geographic information systems, the preparation of the map takes just a few hours to be ready.

It also reduces the number of manpower. The procedures for drawing maps included large numbers of workers, but with the technological development and the use of geographic information systems that carried out the function of drawing, preparing and adding colors to maps, the number of workers was reduced. In addition, it reduces the financial cost. Geographic Information System contributed to reducing the financial cost that was spent on providing mapping paper, drawing pens and colors. Even though high basic costs are often paid to establish the geographic information systems, they contribute to saving money afterwards because it is a one-time payment.

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