June 6, 2016

Recent Projects: Highlights Of Our Work On The Website and Blog

We’ve recently added a new website section that summarizes client projects into mini case studies. 

The mini case studies are aimed at providing insight into the business and technical challenges facing your peers, the industry and our team. Each one will highlight the challenge, the solution, current project status and any realized benefits.

We’ll be covering the updates on our website under Recent Projects as well as on the blog. Keep an eye out and reach out with any questions.

ArcSDE is Esri's technology for accessing and managing geospatial data within relational databases. ArcSDE geodatabases allow you to use other Esri products, such as ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server, as well as custom applications to store, use, and manage all your GIS data in one database management system.
Recently our team led a global ArcSDE upgrade effort for a major oil and gas company. Over the course of the project, our team worked with dozens of offices around the world to remotely upgrade and test the involved databases using a mix of scripts and test plans.
As a result of collaborative planning and clear communication, the upgrade was completed with no hiccups or unexpected issues. Our client quickly regained use of ArcSDE to fulfill day-to-day needs with some additional features delivered by the upgrade. 

Our client manages an enormous amount of data. Ingesting, synthesizing and distributing data are the responsibilities of the Data Management team. Our team worked with the client to understand their goals, systems and data functions.
Enter Safe Software’s FME, which allows for the automated flow of data between applications. From there, we helped them build out a robust Extract, Transform and Load architecture that leverages Esri’s ArcGIS Platform, Python, SQL and FME suite in order to meet their daily data needs.   
The development of spatial data management workflows has allowed the large E&P to automate many data transfers, improve quality and enrich data for improved business function. The workflows are taking care of those data tasks we all face each day and is still operating while the team gets some much needed sleep – we are talking lifesaver status!
So far, automated workflows have been applied to:
·       IHS
·       Drillinginfo
·       P2/Tobin
·       Rextag/HART
·       Internal databases

This project included the need to optimize a smaller Portal for AcrGIS environment, and to provide a custom Portal Theme with an advanced selection and filtering tool. The result was a solution which stabilizes and adds advanced features to Esri Table Control, giving it more functional power.
The custom Esri Theme allows our client to easily spin up new Web Applications via Web AppBuilder.  

Some benefits of the new environment include:
·       Stable ArcGIS for Portal environment (no more random error messages)
·       Advanced filtering of data on map
·       Advanced visualization choice of the data
·       Ease of Web Application authoring and deployment

The LOGIC team led a geospatial data management assessment for an international integrated Super Major. The project began by analyzing the current spatial and related data management environment and resulted in providing a roadmap to move their GIS efforts forward.
The main focus of the assessment was Upstream, however with any comprehensive roadmap, Midstream and Downstream were taken into account. 
Here are a few highlights of the strategic assessment areas that were addressed.
A detailed implementation roadmap including timeline and budget were delivered at the completion of the assessment. 
·       Geospatial data governance:
o   Governance structure, processes and procedures
o   Roles and responsibility
o   Data standards
·       Geospatial data architecture:
o   Data classification framework
o   Data architecture
o   Physical architecture
o   Security

Please contact LOGIC today for further questions on any of the projects mentioned.

February 24, 2016

Hello World - 2016 is off to the races!

Written by: Todd Buehlman, LOGIC Solutions Group

Hello World (tip of the hat to our coders out there). 2016 is officially off to the races! Of course, at near $30 oil and much indication it is going to get worse before it gets better, maybe some want to slink back to 2015…or better yet, 2014. 

Well, only time will tell.  Many think we may be able to clear the glut by early summer and some are hopeful that movement from Saudi Arabia and OPEC will speed a recovery along but that all remains to be seen.

Even while we in the O&G industry are looking for steady ground underneath us, Esri is moving forward with new WebApps, widgets, data types, administration tools and functionality on “The Platform”. ArcGIS Online continues to grow in terms of administrative and map making control.  In addition, as ArcGIS Online evolves, so does Portal and the rest of the WebApps and widgets we all want and need. All of which is good news. 

The LOGIC team is working towards our second widgets release (read more on our first release if you missed it). Our focus on GIS has not waned as our clients (you!) are busier than ever and trying to do more with less.  Enterprise GIS, Portal, Widgets and Safesofts’s FME will be our focus this year as we work to establish or stabilize our client’s environments, expand their capabilities with Portal and Widgets and help save time while improving data quality and richness with FME.

No one can see into the future, but as is always the case, this too shall pass. Hang tight, let’s get efficient and have a good time doing it!

Have a great 2016 from the LOGIC crew.  More blogs to come this year as we dive deeper into FME, Spotfire, more widgets and other hopefully salient topics.  Feedback or requests are always appreciated.

November 17, 2015

LOGIC’s Widget Library and The End of Platform “Bolt-Ons”

Without in-house expertise or ever tightening bandwidth, an enterprise Esri setup and configuration can be daunting.  The push to possibly shorten time-to-market, increase out of the box functionality or to manage lag time between major Esri releases for a company’s first Web Map can result in the purchase of 3rd party products that advertise to be a bolt-on and accelerator to the Esri framework.

Although the 3rd party tool may have done the trick for a particular instance, the environment now has an added layer of complexity that still needs to be maintained… and paid for.

Why not start managing Esri with Esri. Publishing powerful WebApps with Esri tools makes managing Esri from within the Platform free and easy. With ArcGIS for Server, Portal for ArcGIS 10.3+ and Web AppBuilder, you can leave behind those 3rd party tools. Setting up and maintaining the Esri tools for specific functions within your organization is now a breeze for in-house GIS departments or outside experts.

In addition to Esri’s pre-made tools, LOGIC is happy to debut our LOGIC Widget Library. Today, we released the first phase of cost effective widgets for the Oil & Gas market. Saving time on repetitive or multi-click tasks in a map in order to access business critical information lets geoscientists and Land Men make better and quicker decisions.

Our widgets are designed to take complicated or multi-step tasks and streamline them. We've done the legwork to make daily tasks for GIS departments and users easy and integrated. 

Our widgets include:
  • Energy IQ Trusted Data Manager Integrator
  • Zoom To Land Grid
  • Advanced Elevation Profile
  • Advanced Production Summary
  • Tibco Spotfire Integrator
  • Tibco OpenSpirit Integrator  

Dig into the individual features and functions here

Now more than ever, the fact that companies continue to manage expensive bolt-ons that add layers of intricacy and overhead is coming under fire. The time has come to take the power of the Esri Platform into your own hands and start utilizing the innate capabilities of Web AppBuilder, Collector, Operations Dashboard, Navigator, ArcGIS Pro and the LOGIC Widgets.