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Remote sensing data has been exploited for oil, gas and mineral exploration since the first Landsat imagery in 1975. Since then, the evolution of satellite data sensors has seen the use of multispectral and radar data to support the activities of some of the largest global exploration companies. 

ERDAS IMAGINE and ERDAS ER Mapper have evolved to enable data users and interpreters to manage this expanding information stack. The simple ability to ingest the latest data format and utilise a new sensor model has long been at the heart of image processing software, as the market demands faster, more accurate and increased granularity in the information being produced.

Sterling Geo has been at the forefront of this activity, being able to bridge the gap between data providers and data users in the oil, gas and mineral market. The Sterling Geo team has a wealth of experience in remote sensing, geology and exploration and therefore the utilisation of ERDAS IMAGINE and ERDAS ER Mapper has grown with the business itself.

Remote sensing applications include:

  • Habitat Analysis - To monitor vegetation activity, and therefore mineral potential, has been a long term capability of imagery analysis. The areas designated for exploration in Africa, the Middle East and Far East are opening up regions never previously considered,  that need to be assessed in an intelligent and focused way to allow for field-based exploration by geologists
  • Change Detection - As more sophisticated algorithms evolve, the ever changing state of land cover and ocean activity means oil, gas and mineral organisations can assess change such as iceberg monitoring, clean sea assessment, infrastructure activities and environmental impact assessments
  • Site Planning - Requires the assessment of new locations globally, taking into account the terrain variation from digital terrain models, vegetation clearing for new communication links and mapping for all related logistical and planning required for a new refinery or exploration site

In each of these areas the software that provides the leading tool for geo-data ingestion, satellite and aerial imagery analysis is ERDAS.

Enterprise Level Data Management

ERDAS APOLLO provides the backbone to organisations working with and wanting to make informed business decisions through the use of geographic data.

The challenge – growing volumes of geographic information and intelligence is seeing the need for larger storage and development of systems to deliver not only the raw data, but also the interpretation and resulting decisions between data users, data analysts and decision makers.

The ability to deliver mapping data is a fundamental requirement within this and, for exploration companies in particular, this is crucial to ensure accurate and informed decisions are made.

ERDAS APOLLO enables the delivery of gigabytes, even terabytes, of geographical information via a connected, or intermittently connected, network. The raster Web Mapping Service (WMS), Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) and Enhanced Compression Wavelet Protocol (ECWP), or Web Feature Service (WFS) for vectors, are enabling clients to access mapping and geographic information.

ECWP and WMTS aid data streaming and delivery over thin band connections, allowing customers and colleagues access to up to date datasets without the need to take copies into the field. Alternatively, ERDAS APOLLO allows data managers to upload spatial models produced in ERDAS IMAGINE to the cloud and for these models to be run by customers and colleagues over the web utilising the OGC Web Processing Service (WPS). This allows remote sensors to share their models with non-exports and to run these models from offsite locations.