WhiteStar Introduces Streaming Imagery for Oil & Gas Exploration


LAKEWOOD, Colo., 14 January 2010 – WhiteStar Corp., a supplier of cartographic data products and services to the energy industry, today introduced the WhiteStar Streaming Imagery product. Available by subscription, WhiteStar Streaming Imagery enables customers to view and stream high-resolution imagery directly into their digital mapping projects.

“WhiteStar Streaming Imagery is delivered online in the standard web mapping service [WMS] format,” said WhiteStar President Robert White. “This means oil & gas companies using ArcMap, PETRA or GeoGraphix for their mapping projects can access the imagery without leaving the software environment.”

WhiteStar introduced the Streaming Imagery product to facilitate the use of high-resolution aerial photography and satellite imagery in hydrocarbon exploration and production projects. The WMS-compatible streaming format eliminates the time-consuming process of importing, balancing and mosaicking large image files. The data can be accessed in any WMS-compatible mapping software including ESRI ArcMap and ArcView, Halliburton GeoGraphix and IHS PETRA,

Data included in the Streaming Imagery product is recent aerial and satellite imagery collected since 2003. The entire online database has been orthorectified, tonally balanced, edge matched and stitched together to create a seamless nationwide mosaic. Spatial resolution is 0.5 meters in urban centers and one meter in most rural areas. Customers can pan out or zoom into any area of interest in the country to a level of 1:2000 map scale, which is equivalent to a USGS quad map.

“Streaming Imagery data sets will be constantly updated with new images, so the data will never be more than a few years old,” said White.

The WhiteStar Streaming Imagery solution includes access to nationwide road network and topographic contour datasets that overlay on the images.

For clients with existing storehouses of raster imagery, the WhiteStar solution provides the option of archiving their own GeoTIFF files into the secure Streaming Imagery database for their exclusive use. This will give them on-demand access to their digital mapping data along with the WhiteStar imagery in the same easy-to-use WMS format.

To learn more, call WhiteStar’s Steve Pickett at 303-781-5182.

About WhiteStar Corp.
Headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado, WhiteStar Corp. has supplied digital cartographic data products, services and consulting since 1990 to the oil and gas, pipeline, natural resource, and engineering industries. As a purveyor of geospatial data products, WhiteStar takes a customized approach to every implementation project. The WhiteStar client base now includes more than 1600 companies ranging in size from local consulting firms to integrated multi-national corporations. Learn more at www.whitestar.com.



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