“We put production of the CartoBase North Dakota database on the fast track because there is so much interest in the Bakken Formation of the Williston Basin right now” said Robert White, CEO of WhiteStar. The CartoBase product line is designed to help oil and gas companies manage their leases more efficiently and with less publicity.
WhiteStar offers the CartoBase products on a subscription basis whereby clients receive quarterly updates of key data layers for two or three years following the initial purchase. Each CartoBase product contains up to 24 seamless layers of geospatial data covering the entire state and delivered on DVDs equipped with the CartoBase software application that allows users to export data in their choice of mapping formats. Popular software formats supported include Petra, AutoCAD, Kingdom, GeoGraphix, ArcGIS and ArcView.
“The CartoBase subscription enables oil and gas companies to operate more quickly and effectively, whether they are considering options on new leases or managing existing ones,” said Steve Pickett, WhiteStar Director of Business Development. Each CartoBase data set includes state-wide coverage of numerous mapping layers, and the subscription service provides periodic updates on well and pipeline details in the state.
The CartoBase product contains high-resolution statewide data coverage from WhiteStar's most popular National Database products, including:
- Public Land Survey Grid containing the 1:24,000 land base derived from U.S. topographic maps;
- Pipeline Database of the location and attribute details for oil, gas and petroleum pipelines operating in the state;
- Well Location File including the location and attribute information for oil, gas and coal-bed methane well heads.
CartoBase clients say that confidentiality is another major benefit of the subscription product. When an energy company buys a CartoBase product from WhiteStar, the operator obtains all of the cartographic and well information needed to plan and implement activities, without fear that a local county clerk will accidentally reveal its intentions to a competitor. With CartoBase, the client buys the entire state without focusing on any specific location.
For details on the content of specific CartoBase state products and to receive a subscription price quote, call WhiteStar Customer Service at 1-800-736-MAPS.