Carlos Salman
Director General
Sistemas de Información Geográfica (SIGSA)

Data Management for More Efficient Oil Operations

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:33

In today’s world, obtaining information is becoming increasingly easy, but the challenge lies in using the right information and integrating it into processes. Companies seeking to enter Mexico to become operators or suppliers will have to face precisely this challenge. Carlos Salman, Director General of Sistemas de Información Geográfica (SIGSA), recounts how his company, created over 35 years ago, has done just that. It all began with a project from the Mexican government that created a mapping agency in order to develop a comprehensive resource inventory of the country. Unfortunately, as a result of economic difficulties at the time, the project was ultimately shot down. However, Salman became convinced that Mexico needed this project to go ahead, and that mapping was the only way to develop the country’s natural resources while protecting its ecosystems. “Maps alone were not enough, since databases are also needed to be used along with them in order to track the most efficient uses of the land. Additionally, to integrate these two aspects, we had to make sure our processes were right,” says Salman.

“SIGSA’s mapping tools link the technical, operational, and administrative applications used in the oil sector by utilizing the power of Geographic Information System (GIS) tools. We also offer collaboration instruments where all available knowledge is integrated within a geographic environment, allowing the user to visualize the data in 2D and 3D, as well as to generate reports and maps in order to help rapid and objective decision-making in different areas of the oil industry. To help the oil industry, SIGSA has focused on developing platforms to optimize processes through geographical information. It is vital for us to understand these processes and optimize them with the assistance of SIGSA’s maps. SIGSA’s services will certainly be valuable for other companies intending to break into the Mexican market,” says Salman.

According to Salman, when executives have access to the right information, it is often not in real-time or integrated. SIGSA collects and updates this information in real-time and turns it into easy-to-handle visual formats divided between upstream, midstream, and downstream processes. “The main thing to take into consideration is the customer’s workflow. In order to optimize production and reduce the risk of costly accidents happening, companies must optimize their processes by having the right key performance indicators at hand,” explains Salman.

SIGSA has had a strategic alliance with ESRI, a leading company for geographic information systems and technology, for 27 years. ESRI’s various programs can process geographic and geospatial imaging, combine these with up-to-date spectral images, analyze them, and present the most significant findings on an intuitive interface. Despite this heavyweight partner, SIGSA has had to fend off rivalries from the likes of Schlumberger and Halliburton. “Competition of this caliber has enabled SIGSA to become faster and more efficient. We have also had to develop the right tools to stay ahead of our competitors in terms of technology. Our advantage lies not only in the quantity of data, but in the management of this data,” explains Salman.