Technology and Innovation

Drive digital transformation with GIS

Digital technologies and trends are transforming the way we live, work and interact. During this transformation, petroleum company leaders are researching, developing and deploying technologies that help provide more efficient and cleaner energy in a changing energy ecosystem. For the petroleum industry, digital transformation is driving cost efficiencies, enabling safer operations, providing new revenue opportunities, changing business models and helping to redefine the industry. 

GIS enables oil and gas industry innovation

Digital transformation

Location data—the "where" factor—is especially valuable for businesses and organisations today. In an era when people are connecting billions of data-producing products, assets, buildings and devices to the internet, each with a unique location, there is a growing need to use location intelligence technology to discover hidden value in oil and gas data.

Intelligent operations

Intelligent operations transform your business through technology innovation, process improvement and stakeholder involvement. This approach takes a data-driven strategy, leverages the latest AI/ML techniques, scales via the cloud, includes strategic partnerships and relies on the right talent. GIS supports all aspects of this journey—use it to integrate data from disparate sources and gain better context to make informed decisions.


Energy companies are using robots in the air, on the ground and even subsea to achieve safer, more efficient operations. Robots can scan for inventory, collect highly detailed surveys and even navigate complex equipment in difficult terrains. GIS provides location capabilities for these robots and the collected data often benefits a wide range of business workflows.

Research and development

Esri is an innovative, user-centric, research-driven organisation, spending more than 30 percent of its annual revenue on research and development (R&D)—one of the highest percentages in the tech industry. We frequently partner with organisations to advance and shape the future of location intelligence and determine how it can drive innovation.

Related industries and resources

Geographic data and analytics are often common across industries. Explore how other industries and initiatives are applying Esri technology to solve complex problems. Leverage their innovation and ideas to help drive new solutions in support of the technology and innovation segment.

Digital Twin

Digital twins abstract and model everything to improve business processes, reduce risk, optimise operational efficiencies and enhance decision-making. Discover relationships that provide greater context when solving business challenges and predicting outcomes.

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Machine Learning and AI

Use machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to train and inference using tools designed to solve the complex spatial problems you face. Use location data as the connective thread to reveal hidden patterns, improve predictive modelling and create a competitive edge.

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Operational Efficiency

Business leaders can use location intelligence to quickly manage and streamline hundreds of projects. Smart maps, analysis and dashboards give real-time views of multiple locations and help identify business processes that need improvement.

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