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How to Load Custom Shape Files into DI Desktop


Have you ever wanted to visualize your in-house data within DI Desktop?

Would you like an easy way to see how your wells stack up against the wells around you?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, you’ll be happy to know you can load your own custom shape files directly into DI Desktop.

Here’s how it’s done.

Part 1 – Adding your Layer

First, export your desired area to a NAD 1927 or NAD 1983 geodetic lat/long Shape file. Then, send all of the exported files to a saved location on your computer. Now, open DI Desktop and follow the steps below to import your outline:

  1. Click the Production module.
  2. Click the “Map” button in the lower right.
  3. Use the “Minimize/Maximize” button to open a fullscreen map view.
  4. Open the Map Attributes (blue A) window via the toolbar.
  5. Click “Add/Edit Custom Layer”
  6. Click “Add.”
  7. Browse to the desired file location.
  8. Select the correct .shp file. In this example, we’re working with a shape file generated by DI Analytics that outlines the US extents of the Bakken.
  9. Input a Layer Name, Color and Outline.
  10. Select the correct Datum.
  11. After selecting your preferences, choose “Add Layer.”
  12. Select the desired layer from the “Show Objects” list in the Map Attributes menu.
  13. Click “OK” to add the layer to your map.

Part 2 – Loading your Data

Now that you have successfully added the layer to your map, use the Selection (the blue arrow in the toolbar) to load data within your highlighted area. Open the Selection tool menu and choose the “Select in Object” feature to Select, Deselect or Select-All. Here is a breakdown of each choice:

  • Select – Selects only the wells/leases from your previous query located within the shape’s outline.
  • Deselect – Deselects only the wells from your previous query located within the shape’s outline while actively selecting your other results located outside of the outline.
  • Select-All – Ignores any previous query and loads and selects all data within the shape’s outline.

Here is what my map looked like after opening my “Bakken_US” layer and choosing “Select-All.”

Part 3 – Refining your Results

Once your data is loaded into the map, navigate to the Selections tab to further refine your results. For example, you might enter a Reservoir, select a Field and/or choose a Drill Type and Well Status. I chose to enter Bakken in the Reservoir field and then selected all Active wells.

Lastly, click “Map” to view an updated map. Use the Color Code tool to color the map by your criteria. I chose to color by Operator.

Shape files are an important tool in any E&P professional’s toolbox. Combining your own layers with the plethora of information in DI Desktop is a powerful way to get even more value out of your in-house information.

Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite way to integrate in-house data into DI Desktop? Leave a comment below.

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