Esri Honors Royal Dutch Shell with Enterprise GIS Award

Shell Recognized for Providing Spatial Data and Maps Across the Organization

San Diego, California—July 15, 2014— Esri awarded Royal Dutch Shell with the Enterprise GIS Award during the opening session of the Esri User Conference (Esri UC) on Monday in San Diego. Shell was acknowledged for its advanced use of geographic information system (GIS) technology, notably its centrally managed deployment of Esri’s ArcGIS platform to all subsidiary companies around the globe.

“Geo-information and GIS have become a key foundation layer in our global enterprise,” said Jack Verouden, chief surveyor for Shell International Exploration and Production. “GIS plays a crucial role in the creation of new business insights, reduction of risk in business, health, safety, and environment, as well as saving costs.

“Great examples of our implementation of Esri’s ArcGIS include MyMaps, which provides our staff around the world easy access to integrated global data, and the Common Operation Picture, which is essential in Incident Command System implementation for emergency response,” continued Verouden. “We are proud to receive this recognition at the Esri User Conference, witnessed by 16,000 GIS professionals.”

Shell uses ArcGIS to deliver integrated geo-information assets to a broad and diverse user community beyond the traditional technical users in exploration, development, and production. As a result, even novice GIS users at Shell can access current, accurate, and authoritative geo-information. Now, many people throughout the organization are able to make decisions related to a broad variety of business opportunities and challenges such as seismic lines and site planning, surface geology mapping, facilities engineering, emergency preparedness and response, pipeline routing, and retail.

"Shell was one of our very first users in the petroleum industry," said Esri president Jack Dangermond. "In the past few years they have dramatically expanded GIS across the whole organization, and are continually proving to be at the forefront of innovation.”

Shell, a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies operating in more than 70 countries, is known for its use of advanced technologies and innovative approach to helping build a sustainable energy future.

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