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Migrating Your Land Grid System

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Migrating Your Land Grid System

  • Manage and Store

    We instill process improvements that help you manage and store your land grid data across the enterprise and within desktop environments effectively and efficiently.

  • Spatial Adjust

    With our smart processes and hard work, we spatially adjust all your internal polygons to the land grid, both in the PLSS states and in Texas.

  • Find and Replace

    Our tools find all installs of your land grid and removes / replaces with our land grid

    The provided report is a management tool showing usage and users

  • Exiting the Contract

    Notify end date to current vendor

    We supply the new land grid at no cost and proceed to create a sandbox environment for testing


(Click on arrows to view the steps) 

White Paper: Beware of that data contract

The trick behind auto-renewing data contracts

There are a few things to watch for when signing data contracts. First, is leasing or renting the data versus owning the data. Second, is having to remove that data after the end of the term. Third, some data contracts have long term auto-renew clauses. Usually, you will find that all three of the above can be found in the same contract.

Lease versus Own

It's generally better to own data than to lease data. By owning data you own an asset that doesn't burn the back pocket year after year. It also gives you the freedom to manipulate and change the product to suit your individual needs. Lastly, owning the data removes any worry of having to remove the data at the end of a term. 

Exiting and Migrating Gracefully

It's important to have a plan before deciding to move off of your current land grid. Being able to identify land grid data, the employees accessing that data and how many times that data is referenced in individual maps is going to be an important step in finding, replacing and removing the old data. Lastly, you will need to spatially adjust internal polygons to the new land grid system.   

Setting up and testing a staging environment with the new land grid while waiting for the historic contract to end will allow for a smoother transition. 


White Paper: Beware of that data contract
White Paper: Best practice land grid migration

Before migrating any land grid, there are some important questions that need to be asked.

Does the land grid data you use provide you with the full picture - including lots and quarters? Or does your land grid give you just the sections and townships? Other important questions that may have arisen include: Is the data easy to implement into company projects? Is the data seamless and contiguous? How much does the data cost your organization? Is the data leased or owned? How is the data delivered and in what formats?

There should be no mystery behind your spatial data. If you remember the science behind that point or polygon, you will always be able to check the source and accuracy. Apart from possibly saving you large amounts of money from bad habits, the land grid provides the backbone to accurate and complete map projects. The best part is that you will have confidence in your data and, most importantly, your maps.

Below are some tips you can use to make sure you are getting the full picture from your land grid data:

» Check the accuracy using streaming USGS topos (+-40 feet accuracy, this is what most vendors use in the PLSS states).

» Check the accuracy using streaming imagery.

» Are you getting all the layers (lots, surveys, quarters, etc - headers, bottom holes, formations, etc)?

» Is it seamless and contiguous (run a dissolve across the states for polygons)?

» When was it last updated?

» Does it have a common data model within its own dataset and across the other related datasets?

» Is it easy to integrate?

» Don't be fooled by claims that one is better than the other - compare each to the source.

Some important things to remember:

» A ground survey is always more accurate than digital data provided by data vendors. This type of data should always be treated as the primary.

» Some data vendors lease their data. Once subscription is cancelled, they may ask you to remove the data.

» Most subscription datasets are set on auto-renew. Don't be caught out paying for something you don't need.

Once you have determined your current state of affairs, it's time to consider what it is actually going to take to make the move to another vendor. 

Do you have a plan for removing the old datasets (if required)? Do you have a plan for migrating the new land grid data to the server and desktop level? Are you going to re-fit your internal polygons to the new land grid? If so, how?

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