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Q: Google Maps Satellite photos: pinpoint rural locations using legal descriptions ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: Google Maps Satellite photos: pinpoint rural locations using legal descriptions
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: efstathios-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 06 Feb 2006 15:04 PST
Expires: 08 Mar 2006 15:04 PST
Question ID: 442331
I work in oil and gas exploration in Lea County, New Mexico.  I desire
to use the satellite photos in Google Maps (or a comparable online
service)to visually locate and identify rural oilfield locations.  I
hope to see well sites, drilling rigs, tank batteries and dirt
oilfield roads in this semi-desert
area.  These typically do not appear on maps, and are being built
constantly.  I have the precise legal descriptions of the wells by section,
township, and range.  I have detailed oilfield ownership maps
organized the same way. I have USGS topographical maps, and of course
standard road maps.  I need you to tell me a technique which will
enable me to enter section, township, range, etc. (or perhaps some
other type of coordinates from my maps) so that I can match what is
visible on the online satellite photos with my other maps in an
expeditious and accurate manner.  My goal is to create timely maps for
selected areas showing details needed by those of us who work in these
oilfields.  It will be a major advantage to me to see new drilling
locations and dirt roads as soon as possible.  If you know of a online
service which will provide more frequently updated and/or more
detailed satellite photos or maps than Google, let me know, along with
how to use them.  Likewise, if someone else is already providing the
service I need for Lea County, New Mexico, give me their contact info.
 I don't need to reinvent the wheel, so to speak.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Google Maps Satellite photos: pinpoint rural locations using legal descriptions
From: ballu7-ga on 11 Feb 2006 10:43 PST
Google seems to be using an 'open source' forum service here.  This
service may not exist, we may find.     I accessed this site by
googling, "satellite photos by legal description".
Cutting edge mapping tech we can expect to be obscure since
information dissemination as a function of marketing is non existent. 
Is there any standardization of legal descritpions world wide?  I
suspect not because the Eastern seaboard states have meets and bounds
descriptions, unlike the western system of Range, Township, Sec.  So
it certainly seems that the only system that can be used for
standardization is the GPS system of nautical coordinates.  Without
being on the ground for a reading and data base entries, we may have
to assume that such a system is years out.  Imagine the time when
houses are sold by legal descritpion set by surveyor's grade GPS
instruments (now in common use).  Then we will see commercialization
of the myriad possibilities for business.  We can see, for example if
we covet a neighbors's wife, a, that can get into
anyone's bedroom!  Well, at least it will make it easier for Bush,
Inc. to spy on us.  One man's convenience is another man's loss of
privacy, no?  Please excuse the social commentary, but this mitosis
would indeed be a great tool for land managment.
Subject: Re: Google Maps Satellite photos: pinpoint rural locations using legal descripti
From: myoarin-ga on 11 Feb 2006 18:54 PST
I am surprised that new drilling sites are not recorded somewhere,
don't have to be registered.  Apparently not; you would know.
I see that the county is about three times as large as Rhode Island,
but perhaps exploration is more localized.  Would it be an idea (cost
acceptable) to make monthly flights with a GPS device and your maps
and locate new sites?
It seems very unlikely that aerial photos would be available more often.

Good luck, Myoarin

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