Remote Sensing

Example Project: Earth Observation for Oil and Gas (EO4OG)

Over the past 20 years, oil and gas companies have used satellite earth observation technology, through the entire project lifecycle from pre-acquisition to full operations and decommissioning. The European Space Agency (ESA) began working progressively with the oil and gas industry to demonstrate how new developments in earth observation services might be used by the sector and to enhance industry understanding of the benefits of earth observation technology on an operational basis.

Hatfield led a consortium of four companies providing services to the onshore oil and gas sector, including earth observation services, to implement the Earth Observation for Oil and Gas (EO4OG) project. The project aimed to provide a base for the potential development of EO guidelines for the on-shore and offshore oil and gas sector.


The Hatfield EO4OG project team engaged with the oil and gas industry, notably through the International Oil and Gas Producers Association (IOGP) (EO Sub-committee of the Geomatics Committee).

First, we assessed the oil and gas industry geo-information requirements and challenges within seismic planning, surface geology mapping, subsidence monitoring, environmental monitoring, and logistic operations and survey planning. This included the project lifecycle from pre-license acquisition, exploration, development, production phases, through to the decommissioning phase. This information was compiled based on an industry consultation and expert review.

Subsequently, we assessed the capabilities of earth observation to address these challenges and needs. Capabilities were documented in the form of earth observation “product sheets” and case studies of applications in the oil and gas sector. A gap analysis was conducted to evaluate earth observation capabilities in relation to industry requirements.


Representatives of leading oil and gas companies came together for a workshop in London in November, 2014, to learn about the findings and outputs of the EO4OG project, which include:

  • Report on oil and gas industry challenges and geospatial information requirements
  • Report on earth observation capabilities for onshore oil and gas – 60 earth observation product sheets and several case studies
  • Gap analysis, including assessment of developments in earth observation technology over the next five years to address current gaps
  • Roadmap to provide a high level framework for short and longer term action to continue to advance: standards, guidelines, and training; platforms and tools; and technology.
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All  the project outputs are available in the OGEO Portal (, a web-based oil and gas sector communication platform to facilitate opportunities for information exchange and an interface for organisations between the IOGP, earth observation service providers, and the oil and gas sector. Reports, product sheets, and case studies are also available on request from Hatfield.

Funding and Partners

The EO4OG Project was funded by the European Space Agency under the Earth Observation Envelope Programme. To implement the project, Hatfield worked with RPS Energy, Arup, C-CORE, and the Polish Space Research Centre. Hatfield team collaborated in the generation of the earth observation product sheets and gap analysis with another EO4OG Project consortium led by OTM Consulting.

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