Geomatics Committee

Geomatics_Committees.jpgSurveying, positioning and spatial data management activities affect virtually all stages of the exploration & production lifecycle.

Managing these activities in a timely and accurate manner is essential. Spatial data integrity is vital to ensure, for example:


  • The safety of operational activities and the protection of the environment
  • The validity of business decisions that dictate the areas for exploration & production activities
  • Licence agreements, relinquishments, unitisations and activities adjacent to international boundaries

Comprised of leading specialists in the areas of surveying, geodesy, cartography and spatial data management, OGP’s Geomatics Committee aims to help members by:

  • Developing and disseminating best practice
  • Providing a forum for exchanging experiences and knowledge
  • Influencing regulators and standards organisations
  • Maintaining international positioning exchange formats and a geodetic parameter database (EPSG)
  • Liaison with industry associations

Current major activities and resources of the Geomatics Committee include:

  • The EPSG Geodetic Parameter Dataset, which is the de-facto standard for geodetic parameters worldwide
  • Published guidance notes and data models
  • Revision and replacement of the former UKOOA and SEG positioning data exchange formats – now transferred to OGP ownership

Geospatial Integrity of Geoscience Software (GIGS) – Guidance and Software Review utilising standard GIGS test dataset

To find out more, visit the Geomatics 'mini-site'.

Subcommittees & Task Forces

  • Geodesy Subcommittee
  • Geo-Information Subcommittee
  • Earth Observation Subcommittee
  • 3D Seismic BinGrid (P6) Task Force
  • P1/P2 Task Force
  • Well Bore Survey Data (P7) Task Force
  • Drilling Hazard Site Survey (DHSS) Task Force
  • Seabed Survey Data Model (SSDM) Task Force