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table of contents - Abacus Datagraphics
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Overview.......................................................................................................................... 4
Abacus Website............................................................................................................... 5
About Us ................................................................................................................... 5
Products & Services ................................................................................................... 5
FAQs ........................................................................................................................ 5
Client Forum.............................................................................................................. 5
News & Events .......................................................................................................... 6
Careers ..................................................................................................................... 6
Contacts ................................................................................................................... 6
AbaData Page ................................................................................................................. 7
Installing MapGuide Viewer......................................................................................... 7
Other Available Downloads ....................................................................................... 11
Adobe Acrobat Reader ........................................................................................ 11
AbaData GPS Reader ......................................................................................... 11
AbaData DataLinks ............................................................................................. 11
AutoDesk DWF Viewer ........................................................................................ 11
Login To AbaData .................................................................................................... 12
Using AbaData .............................................................................................................. 13
Location Boxes ........................................................................................................ 14
Company Filter ........................................................................................................ 15
Map Display ............................................................................................................ 16
Pipelines .......................................................................................................... 16
Wells ............................................................................................................... 22
Culture ............................................................................................................. 38
Spills/Complaints................................................................................................ 42
Facilities ........................................................................................................... 44
Parcel Mapping .................................................................................................. 46
Disposition Mapping............................................................................................ 46
Title Mapping .................................................................................................... 46
Waypoints ........................................................................................................ 46
Aerial Photos ..................................................................................................... 46
Satellite Photos .................................................................................................. 47
Crown Mineral Text (Deeper Rights) ...................................................................................... 47
Crown Mineral Text (Shallow Rights) ..................................................................................... 47
Crown Mineral Agreements .................................................................................................... 47
WCSS Area Boundaries ......................................................................................................... 48
WCSS Control Points .............................................................................................................. 48
County Map ............................................................................................................................. 49
Telus Trenches ....................................................................................................................... 49
Save Map ........................................................................................................................ 51
Reports ................................................................................................................... 52
High Pressure Labeling ............................................................................................ 66
Create Single .................................................................................................... 66
Create Group .................................................................................................... 66
Move ............................................................................................................... 67
Delete .............................................................................................................. 67
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Draw Leader ..................................................................................................... 67
Details .................................................................................................................... 68
Create ............................................................................................................. 68
Remove ........................................................................................................... 68
Remove All ....................................................................................................... 69
GPS Tools............................................................................................................... 70
GPS Receiver Settings ........................................................................................ 70
Installing GpsGate Software ................................................................................. 70
Installing Garmin GPS Driver ................................................................................ 72
Start Tracking .................................................................................................... 72
Pause .............................................................................................................. 73
Stop ................................................................................................................ 73
Zoom to Coordinates........................................................................................... 73
Get Coordinates ................................................................................................. 74
Clear Points ...................................................................................................... 74
Waypoints ............................................................................................................... 75
Add Waypoint .................................................................................................... 75
Add Waypoint Sign ................................................................................................................. 76
Add Inspection ........................................................................................................................ 78
Delete .............................................................................................................. 78
Export to File ..................................................................................................... 78
Import from File.................................................................................................. 78
Import from GPS ................................................................................................ 79
User Water Wells ..................................................................................................... 80
Add Well .......................................................................................................... 80
Add Quarter............................................................................................................................. 81
Delete .............................................................................................................. 82
Distance Markers ..................................................................................................... 82
From Point ........................................................................................................ 82
From Line ......................................................................................................... 82
Remove Markers ................................................................................................ 82
Create Dimension Label ...................................................................................... 83
Measure Long Distance .......................................................................................................... 83
Create Buffer Area Label ..................................................................................... 84
Drawing .................................................................................................................. 85
Defaults ............................................................................................................ 85
Toggle ..................................................................................................................................... 85
Draw Line ......................................................................................................... 85
Draw Polygon .......................................................................................................................... 86
Add Text .......................................................................................................... 87
Add Road Label ................................................................................................. 87
Edit ................................................................................................................. 88
Move ............................................................................................................... 88
Remove ........................................................................................................... 88
Add Approximate Work Area .................................................................................................. 88
Export Polygon ........................................................................................................................ 88
Import Polygon ........................................................................................................................ 88
Direction Map .......................................................................................................... 90
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Crown Mineral Agreements Search ................................................................................. 95
Toolbar ................................................................................................................... 96
Print Map .......................................................................................................... 96
Copy Map to Clipboard ........................................................................................ 97
Select Map Object .............................................................................................. 97
Pan Around Map ................................................................................................ 98
Zoom In ........................................................................................................... 98
Zoom Out ......................................................................................................... 98
Zoom Previous .................................................................................................. 98
Zoom to Pipeline/Well/Other Location ..................................................................... 98
Show Information ............................................................................................. 100
Enlarge/Shrink Label Text .................................................................................. 100
Measure Distance ............................................................................................ 100
Remove Saved Distances .................................................................................. 101
Change Measuring Units .................................................................................... 101
Highlight Pipelines/Wells .................................................................................... 101
Un-Highlight Pipelines/Wells ............................................................................... 102
View/Download Company’s Facilities .................................................................... 102
Export DXF File ............................................................................................... 103
Open Map Legend ............................................................................................ 103
Stop/Clear Map ................................................................................................ 103
Begin Timeout Timer............................................................................................................ 103
Help .............................................................................................................. 103
Log-Out of AbaData .......................................................................................... 103
Administer your Account .................................................................................... 103
Display Options Sections ........................................................................................ 105
Map Display Window .............................................................................................. 106
AbaData Legend .................................................................................................... 107
Appendix A – ERCB Codes ......................................................................................... 108
Pipeline Facility Codes ........................................................................................... 108
Pipeline Status Codes ............................................................................................ 108
Pipeline Substance Codes ...................................................................................... 108
Pipeline Material Codes .......................................................................................... 109
Pipeline Joint Codes............................................................................................... 109
Pipeline Internal Coating Codes .............................................................................. 109
Well Status Codes ................................................................................................. 110
Appendix B – Map Data ............................................................................................... 111
Appendix C – Glossary ................................................................................................ 111
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OVERVIEW & OTHER RESOURCES
This document is designed to guide you through the setup and general use of AbaData.
AbaData is a Web-based oilfield mapping program that uses current information to
graphically display the location of oilfield facilities within Alberta. Additionally,
information relative to these facilities can be easily accessed and printed.
For a complete list of the datasets available, please refer to the AbaData product page
on the Abacus Datagraphics Ltd. Website: www.abacusdatagraphics.com/abadata.asp.
This document provides a description of each selection tool and information layer in
AbaData. However, there are other help documents available on the Abacus
Datagraphics website, or within the program itself that provide step-by-step usage
instructions.
Check the following Websites for help documents or video tutorials for more help with
AbaData’s many features and functions:
www.abacusdatagraphics.com/help.asp
www.abacusdatagraphics.com/video.asp
While logged in to AbaData, hover the cursor over the question mark icons to view
available help material as in the image below:
Alternatively, click the Help button in the AbaData toolbar to view support options:
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ABACUS WEBSITE
Abacus Datagraphics’s website address is www.abacusdatagraphics.com. When this
Website is entered in Internet Explorer you will come to the following page:
The website offers information on Abacus Datagraphics Ltd. and our various products
and services.
This area contains general information about Abacus Datagraphics Ltd.
This area provides information about the products and services we provide, including
AbaData, AbaData Lite, AbaData GPS, AbaData Direction Map, Equipment
Management and Pipeline Signs.
This section includes information about the various AbaData training opportunities
available, including lunch and learn sessions, demonstrations and training sessions.
This area contains information on the various AbaData support options, including
contact information and site search. This menu also includes links to the Video and
Help pages, where video tutorials and help files in PDF format are available.
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This area contains company news and developments, including information on the
various trade shows we attend. This menu includes a link to the AbaData
Developments Web page, where recent AbaData modifications and new features are
listed.
This area provides information on the various career possibilities at Abacus
Datagraphics Ltd.
This section contains our contact information and a map of downtown Red Deer.
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ABADATA PAGE
The AbaData Page, accessible through the Products & Services menu, contains the
information necessary to use the AbaData program.
This page has links to AbaData required software and available downloads.
The most important aspect of this page is the reference to MapGuide Viewer, which is a
program that allows you to view the AbaData maps. MapGuide Viewer must be
downloaded and installed on your computer before you can use AbaData.
INSTALLING MAPGUIDE VIEWER:
1) Click on the MapGuide Viewer icon.
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2) The File Download screen will appear. Clicking on the Run button will begin the
installation automatically. Clicking on the Save button means you will have to
save the file on your computer, then browse to it and double-click on the
mgcontrol6.5SP1.exe file to begin the installation.
3) The MapGuide Viewer program will begin to download. This should only take a
few seconds (on a high-speed connection).
4) Once the download is complete, a warning will appear from Microsoft indicating
the publisher of the program could not be verified, click the Run button to
continue with the installation.
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5) The Setup screen will appear. Click Next to begin the installation.
6) On this screen, you must choose where to install the MapGuide Viewer. You can
click on the Browse button to select a different location, or you can accept the
default. Click the Next button to continue.
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7) On this screen, simply click the Next button to continue, the Back button to
change any previous settings, or the Cancel button to stop the installation.
8) Once the installation is complete, the following screen will appear. Click the
Finish button to the close the installer.
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REQUIRED SOFTWARE AND OTHER AVAILABLE DOWNLOADS:
Other downloads are available from the AbaData Page. You may or may not need
them, depending on the areas of AbaData that you use.
Adobe Acrobat Reader: This is a free program used to view PDF documents. You
will need this program to view the on-line AbaData User’s Guide and the wellsite
survey plans (see Page 23). To download this program, click on the Adobe Acrobat
Reader logo and follow Adobe’s instructions to install.
AutoDesk DWF Viewer: This program allows our Dedicated Mapping clients to view
customized maps, which are the property of those clients. An authorized username
and password are required to access the drawings on the site.
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LOGIN TO ABADATA:
Once all the necessary installations have been completed, enter your username and
password in the fields under Client Login on the Abacus Datagraphics Ltd. Home
page.
If you’d like AbaData to remember your username and password for future logins,
ensure the settings in Internet Explorer are configured to remember passwords. For
example, in Internet Explorer 7, click on Internet Options then on the Content tab,
then on AutoComplete Settings. You can then check the boxes next to “User names
and passwords on forms” and “Prompt me to save passwords.”
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USING ABADATA:
If you have logged in with a valid username and password and MapGuide Viewer has
been successfully installed, you will see the following page when AbaData starts.
The following sections will outline and explain the functions and options available along
the left-hand side of the screen.
LOCATION BOXES:
The Location Boxes are used to zoom the map to the area you are interested in
viewing. The location is made up of four parts.
Enter the section number you would like to view in this box. This box can be left
empty if you wish to view the entire township. If a two-digit number is entered,
the cursor will automatically jump to the township box.
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Enter the township number you would like to view in this box. If a three-digit
number is entered, the cursor will automatically jump to the range box.
Enter the range number you would like to view in this box. If a two-digit number
is entered, the cursor will automatically jump to the meridian box.
Enter the meridian number (west of) you would like to view in this box.
Clicking on the BC button will bring up the window above, and you’ll be able to
enter locations in British Columbia.
Once the necessary location boxes are filled in, click on the GO button. The map will
then change to display the area specified.
ERCB PLATS:
Once you have a location typed in the location boxes, you may view the applicable
ERCB Pipeline Plat. To do this, click on the ERCB PLATS text located just above
and right of the GO button. A list of all the available ERCB Plats associated with the
location typed in the location boxes will open. Click on the plat you wish to view and
it will open in PDF format. The ERCB Plats available in AbaData are updated in the
middle of every month.
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COMPANY FILTER:
The optional Filter by Company function is used to highlight the selected company’s
facilities on the map. When a company is selected in this filter, all wells that are
licenced to that company appear in red and all pipelines that are licenced to that
company appear in the color corresponding to the substance of the line. All wells
and pipelines not licenced to the selected company (termed foreign) are shown in
black.
To use the filter, you can either simply scroll down until you find the desired company
or you can start to type the company name in the box. Please type slowly to give the
page an opportunity to refresh after each letter. The company list will then change
according to what you enter.
Example:
Typing the letters “enc” into the box will change the contents of the company list
to those company names starting with “enc.” In this example, facilities licenced to
EnCana Corporation or EnCana Oil & Gas Co. Ltd. will be shown in colour.
To select multiple companies, simply hold down the CTRL key while clicking on the
company names. If the top line “----Select one or more of the following----” is
selected, all pipelines will be in color and all wells will be black.
Click the Company Code link in the heading to enter a company’s Business
Associate Code number (as determined by the ERCB), if known.
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MAP DISPLAY:
The Map Display options are used to change the appearance of the map, and to add
or remove objects or layers from the display. The changes will take place as soon as
the box has been checked or unchecked.
The checkbox shown above turns on and off all pipelines on the map. Clicking on
the Options text opens the Pipeline Options window (pictured on the next page)
to allow more specific pipeline changes.
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The High Pressure checkbox turns on and off the ERCB high-pressure pipelines.
When the pipelines are turned on, you can double-click on a pipeline graphic to
open the Pipeline Information window, which shows the ERCB information
associated with the pipeline as pictured below.
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ATTACHED FILES:
Users are able to attach files directly to a pipeline licence and line number.
When this is done, the file is saved on the Abacus Datagraphics server,
and is accessible to any user logging in with the same username and
password the person who attached the file used. The files can be of any
type (Word document, spreadsheet, image etc.) and can also be organized
in groups to aid in keeping track of them.
OPTIONS:
View Company Info: This function will open the Company Information
window showing the company’s contact information.
View Installation Info: This function will open the Pipeline Installation
window showing all pipeline installations for the specific licence number
being viewed.
View Entire Licence: This function will generate a Pipeline Report (see
Page 52) for all pipelines with the same licence number as the pipeline
being viewed.
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View Licence Ticket: This function will open a printable report of the
pipeline’s licence information in ticket format.
View Spill Incidents: This function will open a spill report window showing
all ERCB spills and complaints associated with the selected pipeline’s
licence number.
Highlight Line: This function will highlight the selected pipeline.
Highlight Entire Licence: This function will highlight all pipelines with the
same licence number as the selected pipeline.
Print Screen: This function will print the ERCB Pipeline Information screen
(this function exists is on all information screens).
Close Screen: This function will close the ERCB Pipeline Information
screen (this function exists on all information screens).
The User-Defined Labels checkbox turns on and off the user-defined ERCB
high-pressure pipeline labels. These labels can be used when the default
labels are not sufficient or the area is too crowded. For information on
creating user-defined labels see Page 64.
The Default Labels With checkbox pictured above turns on and off the default
ERCB high-pressure pipeline labels. The program will automatically create a
label for each pipeline, placing it in on the longest segment of the line.
The information shown in both the default and user-defined labels depend on
the options selected. All selected information will display in the labels.
Note: To avoid creating lengthy, illegible pipeline labels, limit the selections
above to required information only.
The Filter by Licence Date options shown above allows you to filter ERCB
high-pressure pipelines by specific pipeline licence dates. For example, if you
wish to see only pipelines licenced in January of 2006 you would enter the
dates as in the image above.
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The Filter by Substance options shown above allows you to filter ERCB highpressure pipelines by specific pipeline substances. You can select one or
more of the substances in the image, and only the pipelines containing those
substances will display on the map.
This checkbox allows you to filter ERCB high-pressure pipelines by a range of
pipeline outside diameters (OD). For example, if you wish to see only
pipelines with an outside diameter between 88.9 and 114.3, you would enter
the numbers as in the image above.
The Filter by Status checkbox shown above lets the user filter ERCB highpressure pipelines according to the status of the pipeline. When using this
filter you may select one or more status boxes.
The Low Pressure checkbox turns on and off low-pressure pipelines. These
pipelines that belong to the many gas co-ops in Alberta. When the pipelines
are turned on, you can double-click on a pipeline to open the Low Pressure
Pipeline Contact Information window, which shows the contact information of
the gas co-op that owns the pipeline as shown on the next page.
This checkbox turns on and off the low-pressure pipeline labels. The
labels show the name of the co-op that owns the pipeline. A label will be
placed on each line segment.
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This checkbox turns on and off the user-defined low-pressure pipeline
labels. These labels can be used when the default labels are too crowded.
For information on creating user-defined labels see Page 65.
This checkbox turns on and off the irrigation pipelines and canals. The map
shows irrigation facilities owned by the 13 irrigation districts in the province,
provided by the provincial government.
This checkbox turns on and off the irrigation pipeline labels. A label will be
placed on each line segment.
This checkbox turns on and off the user-defined irrigation pipeline labels.
These labels can be used when the default labels are too crowded. For
information on creating user-defined labels see Page 65.
This checkbox turns on and off the pipelines owned by Alberta Water Co-Ops.
This checkbox turns on and off the irrigation pipeline labels. A label will be
placed on each line segment.
This checkbox turns on and off the user-defined irrigation pipeline labels.
These labels can be used when the default labels are too crowded. For
information on creating user-defined labels see Page 65.
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This checkbox turns on and off all ERCB wells, including new wells licenced each
day. Clicking on the Options text opens the Well Options window, which allows
the user to more selectively view ERCB well data.
This checkbox will turn on and off those wells that are newly licenced and/or
spudded. These wells are updated daily.
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This checkbox turns on and off the ERCB wells. For horizontal wells, the
down-hole line and bottom-hole locations are also shown on the map. When
the wells are turned on, you can double-click on a well to open the Well
Information window, which shows the ERCB information associated with the
well.
Wells can have one or more events (revisions). To view a different event
for a well, simply change the number in the Event drop-down list.
ATTACHED FILES:
As with pipelines, users can attach documents to the well information
screen, saving the files on the Abacus server to be accessed by others
using the same username and password.
OPTIONS:
Open Well Plat: This function will open the survey plat (or wellsite survey
drawing) for the selected well. Note: More than 300,000 wellsite survey
plans are accessible in AbaData, but some are not available at this time.
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Request Divestco Log: For more information about Divestco Logs please
contact Abacus Datagraphics Ltd.
Create CBM Report: This function will create a CBM Well report from the
well location. See CBM well report option for more information.
Add To Custom Well List: This function will add the specific well to a
Custom Well List category. See the custom well list options for more
information.
View DST Files: This function will only appear for wells that have DST files.
(.pdf, .pas) This function allows you to view all the DST Files for this well.
MORE INFO:
The following options are available from the More Info drop-down list.
Licencee Info: This function will open the Company Information window
showing the licencee’s contact information.
Production Data: This function will open the Well Production Data window
showing the production data for the well being viewed.
Simply select the year and month of interest from the drop-down lists
and the production data will be updated on the screen.
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OPTIONS:
View Yearly Trend: This function will open a window showing the
production data for the selected year in a bar graph format.
View Production/Injection Graph: This function will open a window
showing both the production and injection data for the complete life of
the selected well in a line graph format. You can change the graph by
selecting only the substances you wish to view. Clicking on a specific
month within the graph will display all the monthly production and
injection data.
View Production Graph: This function will open a window showing the
production data for the complete life of the selected well in a line graph
format.
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View Injection Graph: This function will open a window showing the
injection data for the complete life of the selected well in a line graph
format.
View Annual Production Totals: This function will open a report
displaying the annual production totals for the complete life of the
selected well.
Licensing Data: This function will open the Well Licensing Data window
showing more detailed licensing information for the well.
Drilling Occurrence Data: This function will open the Well Drilling
Occurrence Data window.
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Tops & Markers Data: This function will open the Well Tops & Markers
Data window.
Log Data: This function will open the Well Log Data window.
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DST / Wireline / CR Sampler Data: This function will open the Well DST
Data window.
Tour – Occurrence Data: This function will open the Well Tour –
Occurrence Data window.
Tour – Direction Drilling Data: This function will open the Well Tour –
Direction Drilling Data window.
Tour – Casing Data: This function will open the Well Tour – Casing Data
window.
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Tour – Cementing Data: This function will open the Well Tour – Cementing
Data window.
Tour – Cores Cut Data: This function will open the Well Tour – Cores Cut
Data window.
Tour – Perforation / Treatment Data: This function will open the Well Tour
– Perforation / Treatment Data window.
Tour – Initial Production Data: This function will open the Well Tour – Initial
Production Data window.
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Tour – Plug Back / Abandonment Data: This function will open the Well
Tour – Plug Back / Abandonment Data window.
Well Status History Data: This function will open the Well Status History
Data window.
Well Completion Data: This function will open the Well Completion Data
window.
Production Control Data: This function will open the Production Control
Data window.
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All Data: This function will open the Well Data window, which contains all
data for the selected well.
The Label checkbox turns on and off the ERCB Well labels. These labels
contain the LSD and section information. The With Company checkbox will
modify the ERCB well labels. If the box is checked, a shortened version of
the company name will be added to the labels.
This checkbox turns on and off the ERCB well down-hole lines and
bottom-hole locations.
This option will display the wellhead symbol at either the surface or the
downhole position, depending on which is selected. This only affects the
directional wells.
This option will display the wellhead label at either the surface or the
downhole position, depending on which is selected.
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This option will determine which event is shown by default on the well
double-click screen, depending on which is selected.
This checkbox will turn on and off the symbols you have chosen to
represent specific unique well identifiers (UWID numbers). To add unique
well identifiers represented by a symbol to the custom well list, click on
Manage.
You can add unique well identifiers to the custom well list either by
entering each one manually or adding a whole file of them at once.
To add a file containing unique well identifiers click on Upload File, then
select the file you would like to add to your list. The file you select must be
in .txt format and follow this format:
EE/LL-SS-TTT-RRWX/R,CATEGORY NAME
ie.
00/01-18-039-03W5/0,test
00/02-33-039-03W5/2,test
02/02-33-039-03W5/0,test
00/04-30-039-03W5/0,meter
00/04-32-039-03W5/0,meter
00/04-33-039-03W5/0,meter
03/04-04-039-03W5/0,abacus
00/04-08-039-03W5/0,abacus
02/04-08-039-03W5/0,abacus
Once your file is uploaded you are able to customize your information.
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You can select which categories will be shown on your map by clicking the
checkbox under Show either on or off. Clicking on View Wells will allow
you to see a list of wells in the specific category and from there you may
choose to add more wells to the list or remove existing ones. To delete an
entire category from your list, click Delete beside the category you want to
remove.
Each category in your file will automatically be given a symbol. To change
these symbols, simply click on the ones you would like to change one at a
time. The following box will appear allowing you to choose a symbol:
To add a category of unique well identifiers to your list manually instead of
through a file, click on Add Category. Once you have given your category
a name it will appear in your custom well list.
At this point you do not yet have any wells in your category. To add wells
to your category, click View Wells. You now have the choice to upload a
file containing unique well identifiers for that specific category by clicking
Upload file. You may add each well manually by clicking Add Well and
entering in the location or you can add all the wells from a land location by
clicking on Add Wells in Quarter and entering in the locations. Remember
if you are uploading a file it must be in .txt formation and follow this format:
EE/LL-SS-TTT-RRWX/R
ie.
00/01-18-039-03W5/0
00/01-18-039-03W5/2
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Now that you have your categories with their unique well identifiers, you
can customize your information the same way you would with information
uploaded from a file.
The Filter by Status options allow you to filter ERCB wells by specific
statuses. You can select one or more of the statuses shown above,
resulting in only the wells with those statuses showing on the map.
This checkbox allows you to filter to show only wells which have been
indicated by the ERCB to have H2S content.
These options allow you to filter both the ERCB and newly-licenced wells
by specific licence dates. For example, if you wish to see only wells
licenced in January of 2005 you would enter the dates as shown above.
In the same manner, you can filter wells by spud date, rig-release date or
on-production date.
This checkbox will turn on and off water wells. When the wells are turned
on, you can double-click on a well to open the Water Well Information
window (shown below) to view information associated with the well.
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OPTIONS:
Well Lithology: This function will open lithology information about the well.
Well Chemistry: This function will open chemistry information about the well.
Well Comments: This function will open comments about the well.
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Production Tests: This function will open the production tests for the well.
This checkbox will turn on and off user water wells. When the wells are turned
on, you can double-click on a well to open the User Water Well Information
window, which shows information associated with the well.
This checkbox will turn on and off the Alberta Environment monitoring wells.
When the wells are turned on, you can double-click on a well to open the
Monitor Well Information window to view information associated with the well.
These checkboxes will turn on and off the labels for water wells or user water
wells. The water well labels show the Alberta Environment water well number,
and the user water well labels show the latitude and longitude of the well on
the map.
This checkbox will turn on and off the distance lines on your map when
creating CBM reports. See the CBM well report option for more information.
Use this checkbox to remove water wells from the map screen that do not
have chemistry data available.
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The Control Wells checkbox will turn on the CBM Control Wells layer. There
is also an option to choose either desorption control wells or pressure and
flow control wells by making the selection as above.
Control wells can be filtered by zone by selecting a zone in the dropdown list
pictured below:
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This checkbox turns on and off the culture layers. Clicking on the Options link
opens the Culture Options window to allow more specific culture changes. For
more detailed descriptions and images of each layer, refer to the Culture help
documents at www.abacusdatagraphics.com/help.asp.
Default Layers:
Checkbox
Activates
Layer Type
All roads, including
Line
paved highways and
gravel roads
Bridge icons
Point
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Related Data
Available On
Hover (major roads
only)
Double-click
City and Town
boundaries
Water bodies
Polygon
N/A
Polygon
Indian Reserves
Polygon
Hover (major water
bodies only)
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Parks, recreation
areas, forest
reserves, wildlife
reserves
Township, section,
quarter-section grid
Township, section,
quarter-section text
Polygon
N/A
Line
N/A
Text
N/A
Environmental Data:
Checkbox
Activates
Layer Type
Historical sites
and areas
Explorationrestricted areas
Natural subregion
boundaries
Seed zone
boundaries
Wildlife zone
boundaries
Provincial ESA
boundaries
Rocky Mountain
Natural Region
ESA boundaries
Environment
Canada weather
stations
Polygon
Related Data
Available On
Hover
Polygon
Hover
Polygon
Hover
Polygon
Hover
Polygon
Hover
Polygon
Hover
Polygon
Hover
Point
Double-click
Canada Land Inventory Data:
Checkbox
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Layer Type
CLI Agriculture
Polygon
Related Data
Available On
Hover
CLI Forestry
Polygon
Hover
CLI Ungulates
Polygon
Hover
CLI Recreation
Polygon
Hover
CLI Waterfowl
Polygon
Hover
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Alberta Geological Survey Data:
Checkbox
Activates
Layer Type
AGS Bedrock
Geology
AGS Stream
Sediment
Chemistry
AGS Sand and
Gravel Deposits
AGS Waste
Disposal Siting
AGS Drift
Thickness
AGS Kimberlite
Pipes
AGS Fault Lines
Polygon
Related Data
Available On
Hover
Point
Double-click
Polygon
Double-click
Polygon
Hover
Line
Hover
Point
Hover
Line
Double-click
Surface and Soil Data:
Checkbox
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Activates
Layer Type
AGRASID Soil
Data
Contour lines
Polygon
Line
Related Data
Available On
Hover/Doubleclick
Hover
Trapline
boundaries and
text
Crown Land
Line/Text
N/A
Polygon
N/A
County
boundaries and
labels
Township and
Range road
labels
User-defined
road labels (see
P. 71)
Wildlife Unit
boundaries
Line/Text
N/A
Text
N/A
Text
N/A
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Agreement
boundaries
Forest
Management
Unit boundaries
Non-Permit Area
boundaries
Forest Protection
Area boundaries
Cutlines
Polygon
Hover
Polygon
Hover
Polygon
N/A
Polygon
N/A
Line
N/A
Water Crossing
Restriction lines
Line
Hover
Other Data:
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Layer Type
Groundwater
Protection
Drilling Spacing
Units
Airstrip sites
Text
Related data
Available On
N/A
Line/Text
Hover
Point
Double-Click
Hospital sites
Point
Hover
Coal Mines
Point
Double-Click
Coal Holes
Point
Double-Click
Alberta Survey
Control Markers
GPS Photos
Point
Double-Click
Point
Landfill sites
Point
Hover/DoubleClick
Double-Click
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This checkbox turns on and off the ERCB Spills and Complaints. All spills and
complaints reported to the ERCB are shown on the map, in the LSD where the
incident occurred.
Clicking on the Filter text opens the Spills / Complaints Filter screen, which allows
you to filter by year, licence number, company, complaint type or release type.
Click on the white letters in the heading to navigate to the section of spill or
complaint types that begin with that letter.
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When the Spills/Complaints are turned on, you can double-click on a symbol to
open the Spill/Complaint Information window, which contains all spill and
complaint incidents in the specified LSD as shown below.
OPTIONS:
View Licensee Info: This function will open the Company Information window
showing the contact information for each licensee reporting a spill or
complaint.
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This checkbox turns on and off the facilities, such as gas plants, compressors,
etc. A facility symbol is placed in the center of each LSD that has a licenced or
non-licenced facility.
Clicking on the Filter text opens the Facilities Filter screen, which allows you to
filter by operator, licencee, facility type or battery type. Click on the white letters in
the heading to navigate to the section of facility types that begin with that letter.
You can double-click on the facility symbol to open the Facility Information
window, which contains the ERCB information for each facility in the LSD.
Certain licenced batteries also show the flaring, venting, and production data.
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OPTIONS:
View Licencee/Operator Info: This function will open the Company Information
window showing the contact information for each licencee.
This checkbox turns on and off the parcel mapping. The parcel mapping shows
the boundaries of all of the registered plans of survey in the province, including
Federal land.
Selecting the Report text opens a window that gives you the option of viewing
plan numbers for a specific location and particular date fields as illustrated in the
image below.
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Turning on the dispositions layer will show all available boundaries of surface
dispositions registered on Crown land throughout Alberta, along with the
associated Activity ID number.
Clicking on the Filter link opens the Disposition Filter window, which allows you to
selectively display Crown Surface Disposition boundaries on the map. Where the
dispositions are available, you can filter for clients and disposition types.
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This checkbox turns on and off the title mapping. The title mapping is a layer of
polygons containing the Alberta Land Titles LINC Number.
This checkbox turns on and off the waypoints you have created or imported. For
information on creating waypoints see Page 74.
This checkbox turns on and off the aerial photography provided by Valtus.
Accessing these photos is charged to users on a per-request basis. Each
request for an aerial photo is 50¢. An aerial photo request is made every time
that the map view is changed. This includes the following functions:
•
•
•
•
•
Checking the Aerial Photos checkbox
Zooming into the map (with the photos turned on)
Zooming out of the map (with the photos turned on)
Panning around the map (with the photos turned on)
Un-checking and re-checking the Aerial Photos checkbox
Clicking on the Aerial Photos link will change the checkbox to the above and
change the photo to a SPOT satellite image. These photos are invoiced in the
same manner as the Valtus aerial photos. Clicking on the Satellite Photos text
will change the image back to a Valtus aerial photo.
Clicking the Check Usage link opens the Check Photography Usage window,
which contains a list of the user’s satellite and aerial photography requests.
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This checkbox turns on and off text that identifies Crown Mineral agreement
holders for deeper pools.
This checkbox turns on and off text that identifies Crown Mineral agreement
holders for shallow pools.
This checkbox turns on and off the Crown Mineral agreement boundaries. When
the agreements are turned on you can double-click on an agreement to open the
Crown Mineral Agreements Detail Report, which shows the details of the
agreement.
Clicking on the Filter text opens the Crown Mineral Agreements Filter screen,
which allows you to filter the agreements by their expiry year and zone.
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This checkbox turns on and off the WCSS (Western Canadian Spill Services)
area boundaries. When the areas are turned on you can double-click on a
specific area to open the WCSS Area Information window, which shows the area
contact and equipment information.
This checkbox turns on and off the WCSS control points. When the control points
are turned on you can double-click on a control point to open the WCSS Control
Point Information window shown below.
From this window, you can also open the Control Point map (in PDF format),
which shows a direction map to the control point and more detailed information.
Clicking the Search link opens the Search for WCSS Control Point window, which
allows you to search for a specific control point.
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On this screen you can either enter the control point name or click on the link
to view and choose from a list of all control points. You can then either zoom
the map to the control point or open the PDF control point map directly.
This checkbox turns on and off the maps of rural municipalities where available.
These include counties, municipal districts and special areas. The county map
layer appears in the map window, and line or point-based layers (e.g. pipelines,
wells) will appear over the county map image. This dataset includes the most
recent county maps available.
When you check the County Map checkbox, the county map for the area in your
map window will appear if the map is available. Clicking on the Set County text
opens up a window that allows you to change which map is selected from the list
of available maps, but does not zoom the map window to the selected county.
This checkbox turns on and off the TELUS Trench lines. Clicking on the Options
text opens the Telus Options window to allow you to turn on and off the labels for
the trenches. Not all users will have the Telus checkbox available. Telus
charges the trench information at $15 per month per licence of AbaData.
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SAVE MAP:
This feature is designed to allow a user to save the current view of a map, in order to
open and view it at a later time. All objects within the map window will be saved
including default and user-defined labels, map details, distance markers, drawn
objects, etc.
In order to save a map, simply click the Save Map link. This will open the Save Map
window where you must enter a unique description for the map. You also have the
options of creating groups in the save map category or sharing the saved map with
other AbaData users.
You can view your maps by clicking on the View Saved Maps for this User text. This
will open the View Saved Files window, which displays all maps and groups saved
for the current user.
To view a map, select the file you wish to view and click the Open button.
By clicking once on a group name, all the maps saved within that group will show up
in the right column.
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To delete a map, select the file you wish to delete and click the Delete button.
Clicking the View Saved Maps shared from other Users link will open a list of all
maps shared with you from other users.
REPORTS:
Reports are designed to retrieve and print the data attached to the map objects.
There are three ways to access these reports.
1) The first method is to select one or more objects on the map and then click on the
type of report that you wish to generate. Selecting objects can be done by
creating a window containing the objects or selecting them one at a time while
holding down the SHIFT key.
2) The second method is to select one or more quarter sections and then click on
the type of report that you wish to generate. This will create a report of all the
requested map objects (e.g. pipelines, wells) that are within the selected quarter
sections.
3) Some reports can be generated at a provincial level. In order to access
information for the entire Alberta database from the reports section, do not select
any objects or land area from the map. Instead, select the report you wish to
generate. If the report item you select is not available at a provincial level, an
alert will appear indicating you must select an item off the map in order to
proceed.
Clicking the Options text opens the Report Options window and allows you to
customize some of the reports.
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Currently, users are only able to make changes to the pipeline, well and well
production reports. Simply check the boxes to select fields that you would like to
display on the report. Any reports generated will only contain the selected fields.
The following report format would be generated by selecting pipeline graphics
displayed on the map screen, then clicking the Pipelines link in the Reports section.
Note: This report gives you the option to select any pipeline licence and line number
on the report to highlight that segment on the map screen.
If the user has no pipeline graphics selected on the map screen, and clicks the
Pipelines link in the Reports section, an options screen will appear as shown on the
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The following report format is generated when the user selects well icons or an area
containing wells on the map screen.
The following option screen opens when the user clicks the Wells link in the Reports
section when no wells are selected on the map screen, and the report data is pulled
from the entire Alberta database.
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Water well reports as shown below can only be created when an area containing
water wells (or one or more water well icons) is selected on the map screen.
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The following report format is be generated when the user selects an area on the
map screen and clicks on the Companies link in the Reports section.
The options screen below opens when the user clicks the Companies link in the
Reports section when no selection had been made on the map screen, and the
report includes data from the entire Alberta database.
The following report format is generated when the user has selected facility icons or
an area containing facilities on the map screen.
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The following options screen opens when the user has not selected an area or
facility icons on the map screen, and the report includes data from the entire Alberta
database.
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The following report is generated when the user has selected an area containing
Spills/Complaints icons on the map screen.
The following options screen opens when the user clicks the Spills/Complaints link in
the reports section when no selection is made on the map screen. The report
contains data from the entire Alberta database.
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Clicking on the Land Status link when no selection has been made on the map
screen will open the window below, allowing the user to search data from the entire
Alberta database.
The following land status report format is generated when an area is selected on the
map screen.
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Well production reports can only be generated when a selection is made on the map
screen.
Crown Mineral Agreement reports are generated when at least one quarter section is
selected on the map screen. The user must also select an agreement number to
view details as shown below.
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Title Mapping reports are generated when an area containing at least one title is
selected on the map screen. The report is a .txt file containing all selected Alberta
Land Titles LINC Numbers. This file can then be used to perform a search of the
Alberta government Spin 2 database at:
https://alta.registries.gov.ab.ca/spinii/logon.aspx
For more information about Divestco Logs please contact Abacus Datagraphics Ltd.
(ERCB Strike Area/Field/Pool)
Board Order reports are generated when at least one quarter section is selected on
the map screen.
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Clicking on this report option will open the following screen:
From this screen you may choose to create your CBM Well report by either typing in the
Coordinates of the center of the location you are interested in or by selecting a specific
point on the map with your cursor.
Once you have specified your location your CBM well report will be created.
You will also find a diagram on your map with radius lines colour-coded according to the
distance from the selected well or point.
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This checkbox will allow you to see how far away each water well is from the centre
location you have selected for your report. Distance lines running from the center
location to the water wells will appear on your map clearly labeling the distance from the
selected point or well.
CBM Well Reports can also be created by double-clicking on an ERCB well symbol then
selecting the Create CBM Report option.
This report contains the nearest airstrips, hospitals or CBM control wells. If airstrips or
hospitals are selected, the report will contain the five nearest airstrips or hospitals from
the centre of the current map screen. If CBM Control Wells is selected, the report will
contain the two nearest control wells for each zone.
If you have an area selected on the map, this will generate a report of all waypoints
within the selected area. If you do not have an area selected, the following window will
open, allowing you to specify which waypoints and waypoint signs appear in the report.
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This report allows you to see newly-licenced wells at a provincial scale for selected
companies or for a date range, using the options screen shown below. Newly-licenced
wells are updated in AbaData on a daily basis.
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You may choose to see the newly-licenced wells on the map, or have the wells listed in
report format.
This tool creates a list of all files attached to the selected map objects. The options
available are shown below. For more details on attaching files, please refer to Page 18.
Landfill reports are generated when a selection is made on the map screen containing
one or more landfill symbols. The report will appear as in the image below.
With the exception of Title Mapping reports, all AbaData reports can be viewed in a
Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Clicking on the View in Excel button will open an Excel
spreadsheet with the report data in it. You then have the option to save this
spreadsheet to your computer so that it can be manipulated.
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HIGH PRESSURE LABELING:
High Pressure Labeling is used to create custom labels for ERCB high-pressure
pipeline graphics, when the default labels are not sufficient.
This function allows you to create a single pipeline label. To do this, click on the
Create Single function and then click on the pipeline you would like to label. This will
change the cursor to a pointing hand. Next, click on the point that you would like to
be the center of the label. The label will automatically take the same rotation as the
pipeline selected.
This function allows you to create labels for multiple pipelines. It was designed for
groups of lines that run parallel to each other. To create a group label, first click on
the Select button on the toolbar. Next, click on the pipelines (and press the SHIFT
key) in the order that you want the labels to appear. When all the lines are selected,
click on the Create Group function. This will change the cursor to a line and plus
symbol. Next, click on the point that you would like to be the start of the labels.
Then, click on a second point creating a line, the rotation of which will be the rotation
of the label.
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This function allows you to change the location of any label (default or user-defined).
To do this, click on the Move function, and then click on the label you would like to
move. This will change the cursor to a pointing hand. Finally, click on the location
you would like the label moved to.
This function allows you to delete one or more labels (default or user-defined). To do
this, simply click on the Delete function and then select the labels you would like to
delete.
This function allows you to create a leader, which associates a group label with a
group of pipelines. To do this, click on the Draw Leader function. Then, click on one
side of the group of pipelines and again on the other side. Finally, double-click on
the group label. To delete a leader, use the Delete function following the same
procedures as deleting a label.
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DETAILS:
Details are useful in extremely congested areas where it is impossible to have all the
pipelines labeled visibly. When a detail is created, it will automatically be assigned a
number that will be used to reference between the detail and the main map. Detail
information is not saved, so when you log out of AbaData, all details will be lost and
will need to be recreated if you require them again.
Click the Create function to create a detail. This will change the cursor to a
rectangle. Click and hold the point that will become the top-left corner of the detail,
then drag the cursor to the point that will become the bottom-right corner of the
detail. Release the mouse button and the detail will open in a new window.
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On the Map Detail window, you have the option to turn on or off the map labels
and to modify the contents of the high-pressure labels (by clicking on the Options
text).
There is also the option to create user-defined high- pressure labels by using the
functions under the High Pressure Labeling heading. These functions work
exactly the same as on the main map (see Page 65).
The Print and Select buttons on the toolbar work the same as those described in
the Toolbar section (see Page 95 and Page 96).
A box will be drawn around the detail area on the main map and a label added
identifying the detail.
When the detail is printed from the detail window, a title will appear that corresponds
to the label shown on the main map. This allows you to print multiple details of the
same area, without confusing the different prints. You can re-open the detail window
by double-clicking anywhere in the detail box on the main map.
This function is used to remove details from the map one at a time. Simply click on
the detail you wish to remove then click on the Remove function.
This function is used to remove all details from the map. Simply click on the Remove
All function and all details will be erased.
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GPS TOOLS:
The GPS Tools are designed for use with a laptop computer and a GPS receiver in
the field. However, some of the tools are applicable to an office environment. An
Internet connection is required in order to use AbaData on a laptop computer.
GPS Receiver Settings:
The following lists the procedures used to install a Garmin GPS 18 receiver or other
Garmin GPS with a USB cable and Franson GPS Gate.
Install GpsGate:
GpsGate is a program that takes the Garmin USB signal from a Garmin GPS and
translates it into a signal that can be used by AbaData to show user locations on the
map. Contact Abacus Datagraphics to set up a GPS Gate licence.
Once you have received a copy of GpsGate, double-click on the GpsGate.exe file
and follow the prompts to install the program on your computer.
You should now have this icon on the desktop:
Double-click on the icon. The following window should open:
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Click on the Advanced Setup button to open this window:
Under the Set input box, click on the arrow and select Garmin USB. Then click on
the Open button to the right. Then click on the Output tab.
Click on the arrow to the right of the top window to bring up a directory and select
Virtual Com Port. Click on the Add button. Select GPS in Browser and click OK. The
window should now look like the one above.
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Close the Settings window and click once on the GpsGate icon in the lower right
menu bar of your computer. Choose License Key. The following window should
appear:
Cut and paste the e-mail and license key information supplied by Abacus into the two
boxes exactly as it appears in the document provided. You should see a message
indicating your licence key is OK.
Install the Garmin GPS Driver:
Using the file provided to you by Abacus, or one that has been downloaded from the
www.garmin.com Website, double click on the Garmin USB Drivers icon that looks
like the one below:
.
Follow the prompts to install the driver on your system, plugging in your GPS unit
when prompted.
This function is used to start the GPS Tracking utility. When this function is started,
the GPS Tracking Options window will open.
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On this screen you may either enter your destination or center the map on your
current location.
If you choose to enter a destination, the map will change to show your current
position as an arrow, and the destination as a star. As you get closer to your
destination, the map will zoom in and re-center.
If you choose to center the map on your location, the width of the map will be
determined by the option selected in the View section.
This function pauses the tracking function once it has started. When the tracking first
starts, there are some changes made to the map. All layers are turned off except for
the culture and the waypoints. If you wish to turn on other layers or change the view,
you must pause the tracking. Once you have made your changes to the map, click
the Start Tracking function to restart tracking.
This function stops GPS tracking.
This function is used to center the map at specified coordinates. The Zoom to
Coordinates screen will open for you to enter the desired coordinates.
You have the option to enter the coordinates in either latitude/longitude or meters.
You also have the option to change the width that the map will be zoomed to.
Clicking OK will zoom the map to the coordinates entered, marking it with an X. You
can double-click on the X symbol to view the coordinates again.
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This function allows you to view the coordinates for a specific point on the map.
Clicking on the function will change the cursor to a pointing hand. Click on the point
of interest on the map and the Get Coordinates screen will open, showing the
coordinates in both latitude/longitude and meters.
The point clicked will be marked with an X. You can double-click on the X symbol to
view the coordinates again.
This function will remove both the GPS tracking symbol and any X symbols that have
been added to the map through the Zoom to Coordinates and Get Coordinates
functions.
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WAYPOINTS:
Waypoints allow you to add and save information attached to user-defined symbols
on the map. Each Waypoint contains a waypoint number, latitude/longitude
coordinates and comments.
This function adds a waypoint to the map. Clicking on the function will open the Add
Waypoint screen below. From there you may enter in the coordinates of the
waypoint, or click on the Select Point From Map button and click the point on the
map where you would like to add the waypoint.
Once you have selected a waypoint location, the Waypoint information screen will
open.
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The Waypoint information box is split into five tabs, which display different
information and allow different functions to occur.
This tab displays general information on the waypoint, including comments, the
waypoint symbol selected, waypoint number, date added and what group the
waypoint is in.
The latitude and longitude values are populated from the point entered or clicked on
the map and displayed under the coordinates tab. The program calculates and
displays the information in four different coordinate systems.
Under attached files you may attach any file saved on your computer to the
waypoint. That file can then be accessed from the waypoint from any computer
logged in with the same username and password.
Add users under the Share With tab to make the waypoint viewable to other users
who have usernames in the AbaData system.
Using the waypoint alert feature allows you to enter a time-sensitive message into
the system. When the selected alert time arrives, you will be notified when you log in
to the program.
This function adds a waypoint sign to the map. Clicking on the function will open the
Add Waypoint Sign screen. You may enter coordinates, or click on the Select Point
From Map button and click the point on the map where you would like to add the
waypoint sign.
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Once you have selected a point or entered the coordinates, the Add Waypoint Sign
screen will open.
This tab shows the waypoint sign symbol type, comments, the date the sign was
approved, erected, or removed and in which group the sign is included.
The latitude and longitude values are populated from the point entered or clicked on
the map and displayed under the coordinates tab. The program calculates and
displays the information in four different coordinate systems.
Add users under the Share With tab to make the waypoint viewable to other users
who have usernames in the AbaData system.
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Double-clicking on a waypoint sign symbol on the map screen will open the Edit
Waypoint Sign window.
This screen allows you to update or edit the Waypoint Sign information. While in this
screen the following can be done:
Clicking on this button will allow you to add a New Inspection record for the sign.
This function can be used to edit an existing Inspection record.
Under the Waypoints menu on the left side of the AbaData Screen, you can work
with your waypoints and waypoint signs. You may:
This function is used to delete one or more selected Waypoints or Waypoint Signs.
This function is used to export all Waypoints or Waypoint Signs to an ASCII text file,
containing the waypoint #, coordinates, grouping information and comments. You
may wish to use this file in your company’s own GIS system.
This function is used to import waypoints into the mapping from an ASCII text file.
The import file for Waypoints must be a comma-delimited file with the following
format:
[Waypoint #],[Latitude decimal degrees],[Longitude decimal degrees],[Latitude
degrees],[Latitude minutes],[Latitude seconds],[Longitude degrees],[Longitude
minutes],[Longitude seconds],[10TM northing],[10TM easting],[UTM northing],[UTM
easting],[UTM zone],[Symbol #],"[Date Added]","[Group Name]","[Waypoint
Comments]"
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The import file for Waypoint Signs must be a comma-delimited file with the following
format:
[Waypoint #],[Latitude decimal degrees],[Longitude decimal degrees],[Latitude
degrees],[Latitude minutes],[Latitude seconds],[Longitude degrees],[Longitude
minutes],[Longitude seconds],[10TM northing],[10TM easting],[UTM northing],[UTM
easting],[UTM zone],[Symbol #],[MM/DD/YYYY],[MM/DD/YYYY],[MM/DD/YYYY],
"[Group Name]","[Waypoint Comments]"
Once a file in the correct format has been specified, the waypoints will be drawn and
saved on the map.
This allows you to import waypoints directly from a Garmin GPS into the AbaData
program. In order to do this, you first need to download the Garmin Communicator
Plugin, which can be accessed on the Garmin website:
http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/
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USER WATER WELLS:
User water wells are designed to allow you to add and save water well locations to
the map. Each user water well consists of a water well number, a latitude/longitude
location, and comments.
This function allows you to add new user water wells to the map. Clicking on the
function will open a window giving you the option of adding the new well by entering
the coordinates or by selecting a point on the map, which will open the Add Well
screen.
The Owner Name box is where you enter the name of the owner of the well. You
must enter a value in this box.
The Well # box will automatically contain the next available number. This number is
used to label the well.
The Date Proofed box will automatically contain the current date. However, you are
able to change it to any valid date if you wish.
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You can add any other relevant details in the Comments box.
The Test/Not Tested option is meant to denote whether the well has been tested.
Once all the necessary information is entered, click the OK button to save the well.
The well can then be accessed whenever the User Water Well layer is turned on.
Double-clicking on the purple user water well symbol will open the well information,
and allow you to upload a file attachment.
This function allows you to designate a quarter-section that contains no water wells
on the map. First select the quarter-section(s) that you wish to add then click Add
Quarter. This will open the Add Quarter screen.
The date proofed will automatically appear as the current date, however you are able
to change it to any valid date if you wish.
The Entered By box is where you enter your name.
You can add any other relevant details in the Comments box.
Once all the necessary information is entered, click the OK button to save the
quarter(s). The quarter(s) can then be accessed whenever the User Water Well
layer is turned on.
This function is used to delete one or more selected quarter sections. To do this,
simply click on the Delete function and then click on the quarters you would like to
delete.
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DISTANCE MARKERS:
Distance markers allow you to show a set distance buffer around a specified point or
pipeline on the map.
This function is one way to add a distance marker to the map. The distance marker
will be a circle around the specified point. Clicking on this function will open the
Enter Distance screen, where you specify the desired distance.
The default unit of measure is meters. However, you can change the units.
Once the distance is entered, click the OK button. This will change the cursor to a
pointing hand. Next, click the point on the map around which you would like the
distance marked. A circle is then drawn on the map with the radius equal to the
distance entered.
This function is another way to add a distance marker to the map. The marker is a
buffer around a specified pipeline or line drawing. Before clicking this function, you
must first select the desired pipeline (or line drawing) on the map. Then, click on
From Line, which will open the Enter Distance screen as above. Once the distance
is entered, click the OK button and a buffer will be drawn around the selected
pipeline. The buffer will extend on either side of the pipeline equal to the distance
entered.
This function is used to remove all distance markers and dimension labels from the
map.
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This function allows you to create a label for a distance marker. This function will
always create the label for the distance marker that was last created. Clicking on the
function will change your cursor to a line. First, click on the center of the distance
marker. Then, click on the outside edge of the distance marker where you would like
the label to be drawn. This will draw the label as shown below.
This function allows you to measure a long distance on the map. This distance
usually stretches across more than one screen. Clicking on this function will open
the Measure Long Distance window.
To determine the segment start point, latitude and longitude values can be
entered in the text boxes or the Pick Point button can be clicked and the user can
select a point on the map. The segment end point can then be entered in the same
manner.
The segment length and total distance length will be displayed. The user can then
click the Next Point button and the end point of the last segment will become the next
segment’s start point. The user can also start fresh by clicking the Clear button.
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If you have created a buffer around a line, you may select it on the map and then
label it with the total area of the buffer zone. The area will be brought up in the Add
Text window, and you will be able to choose how you want it displayed on the map.
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DRAWING:
The Drawing function allows you to draw objects on the map.
Clicking on the Defaults link will open up a window allowing you to create new default
settings for drawing objects. Once the defaults are set, those settings will be
reflected when you open one of the drawing options.
This allows the user to toggle on and off any drawing that has been done on the map
screen.
This function is used to draw a line on the map. Clicking on the function will open the
Draw Line Options screen, where you can specify the style, color, and thickness of
the line.
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Once your options have been selected, click the OK button. This will change your
cursor to a line. Next, click on the desired points on the map where you would like
the line to be drawn. Double-click to end the draw function.
All lines will remain on the map only until the session is ended.
This function is used to draw a polygon on the map. Clicking on the function will
open the Draw Polygon Options screen, where you can specify the polygon type,
label, style and color.
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Once your options have been selected, click the OK button. This will change your
cursor to either a polygon or a circle (depending on the shape type selected). Next,
click the desired points on the map where you would like the polygon to be drawn.
All polygons will remain on the map only until the session is ended.
This function is used to add text to the map. Clicking on the function will open the
Add Text Options screen, where you can specify the text to add, the size, style, text
colour, background colour and borders.
Once all values have been entered, click the OK button. This will change your cursor
to a line. Next, click two points on the map, which will form the text’s location and
rotation.
All text drawn will only remain on the map for the current session of the program.
This function is used to add user-defined road labels to the map. These labels will
be saved and will be visible during future sessions.
The User Road Labels option must be turned on (see Page 40) to add new labels.
To add a label, first click on the Add Road Label function. This will change your
cursor to a line. Next, click on two points on the map, which will form the location
and rotation of the label. This will open the Road Labels window where you will enter
the label text.
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Once the desired text is entered, click the OK button to add the label to the map.
This function is used to edit the attributes of a drawing object. First, select the object
you wish to edit. Then, click on the Edit link, which will open the object’s options
screen. Make your desired changes and click the OK button, which will re-draw the
object.
This function is used to either re-draw or move a drawing object on the map. First,
select the object you wish to move. Then, click the Move link. Your cursor will
change and you’ll be able to re-draw the object.
This function is used to remove one or more drawing objects from the map.
This function allows you to export the coordinates of a polygon into a text file. Simply
select the polygon you wish to export and click on the Export Polygon function. This
will open the File Download screen allowing you to either open the file directly or
save it to your computer.
This function is used to import a polygon to the map from an ASCII text file. The
import file must be a comma-delimited file with the following format:
[point #], [longitude], [latitude], “[label]”
Once a file in the correct format has been specified, the polygon will be drawn on the
map.
This function is used to add an approximate work area label to the map. You can
mark the work area with either a box or a circle and then add a label with an arrow
identifying it.
This function is used to draw a box on the map identifying a work area. Clicking
on this function will change your cursor to a box, allowing you to draw a box on
the map.
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This function is used to draw a circle on the map identifying a work area. Clicking
on this function will change your cursor to a circle, allowing you to draw a circle
on the map.
This function is used to add a label to the map identifying the work area drawn.
Clicking on this function will change your cursor to a line, allowing you to click the
starting and ending points of the arrow. The text “Approx Work Area” will be
added to the end of the label.
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DIRECTION MAP:
This function is used to create a road map to a specific location. Direction maps can
be created to a legal land description, city or locality, lake, park, or reserve in Alberta
or Saskatchewan. Clicking on the Direction Map function will open the Create
Direction Map window.
There are several options available on this screen.
This option controls whether or not the yellow background color will display on the
direction map.
This option controls whether or not the township and range road labels will
display on the direction map.
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This option controls whether or not the township and section grid lines will display
on the direction map.
This option controls whether or not the ERCB wells will display on the direction
map. You also have the option to turn on or off the well labels and add the
company name to the labels.
This option controls whether or not a user’s waypoints will display on the direction
map.
This checkbox controls whether or not the latitude and longitude values of the first
location will appear in the title when the direction map is printed.
You can enter as many as 30 legal land description numbers. Simply enter the
desired number in the # of Locations box. This will change the screen to allow
you to enter that number of locations.
You have the choice to enter a name for the location (facility) if you wish. This
name will appear in the label of the location on the direction map. The LSD,
section, township, range, and meridian must be entered for each location.
You can also choose to create the direction map using one of the options above.
Simply select the desired option and the drop-down list on the right will be
populated with all locations relevant to the type (city/locality, lake, park or
reserve) selected.
You can also create a map based on the last reported location of a tracked
vehicle, if you are a VTA user. Select a vehicle in the drop-down menu to do so.
This is an optional component of Direction Map.
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Once all options have been set, click the Create button. Your direction map will open
in a new window.
The map title on this screen will also appear on the printed map. You have the
option to change this title if you wish.
There are several options on the toolbar that allow you to change the appearance of
the direction map.
This button is used to print the direction map. Clicking on the Print button opens
a print dialog window, where you can pick the desired printer and paper options.
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Clicking the OK button on this screen will print the map.
This button is used to copy the current view of the map to the computer’s
clipboard. It works in the same manner as the Copy Map button described in
the Toolbar section (see Page 96).
This button is used to navigate around the direction map. It works in the same
manner as the Pan button described in the Toolbar section (see Page 97).
This button is used to zoom into an area of the direction map. It works in the
same manner as the Zoom In button described in the Toolbar section (see
Page 97).
This button is used to zoom out of the direction map. It works in the same
manner as the Zoom Out button described in the Toolbar section (see Page
97).
This button is used to restore the previous view of the direction map. It works
in the same manner as the Zoom Previous button described in the Toolbar
section (see Page 97).
This button is used to enlarge the Well labels. It works in the same manner as
the Enlarge Label Text button described in the Toolbar section (see Page 99).
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This button is used to measure distances on the map. It works in the same
manner as the Measure Distance button described in the Toolbar section (see
Page 99).
This button is used to remove saved distances from the map. It works in the
same manner as the Remove Saved Distances button described in the
Toolbar section (see Page 100).
This button is used to switch the measuring units. It works in the same
manner as the Change Measuring Units button described in the Toolbar
section (see Page 100).
This button is used to show the aerial photography from Valtus on the
direction map. It works in the same manner as the Aerial Photos checkbox in
the Map Display section (see Page 46).
This button is used to show the satellite photography on the direction map. It
works in the same manner as the Satellite Photos checkbox in the Map
Display section (see Page 46).
This button is used to open the Map Legend screen. The legend shows what
the various wellhead symbols mean.
Vehicle Tracking Interface
Click this icon to open the Abacus VTA Interface, which allows the user to
track or follow tracking units on the map screen. This is an optional
component of Direction map.
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CROWN MINERAL AGREEMENTS SEARCH:
This function allows you to search Crown Mineral agreements for specific
companies. Clicking on this function will open the Crown Mineral Search window.
This window lists all companies that have Crown Mineral agreements. Simply select
one or more companies from the list and click the ‘Search’ button. This will open the
Crown Mineral Search Results window, which lists all the townships within which the
selected companies hold Crown Mineral rights.
Clicking on one of the townships will zoom the map to the selected township and
show the boundaries of the Crown Mineral agreements for the specified company.
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TOOLBAR:
The toolbar is used to perform various tasks on the map display window.
Print Map
This button is used to print the map. Clicking on the Print Map button opens the Map
Print Setup screen.
This screen allows you to enter a title for the map and set the following print options:
1) Color or Black & White – This option controls whether pipelines are printed in
color (as shown on map) or all in black.
2) Background Color – This option controls whether or not the yellow
background of the map will be printed.
3) Title Block – This option controls whether or not the map is printed inside of a
title block. The title block includes a black border, north arrow and legend.
4) Label Legend and ERCB Dates – This checkbox controls whether a legend for
pipeline labels and the ERCB data current-to date displays on the map.
5) Print to Scale – This option controls whether or not the map is printed to scale.
If so, you must specify the print scale you wish to use.
6) Defined Sizes – These options allow the user to select a defined paper size
and print a scaled map. Map symbols and graphics will scale to the selected
size as well.
Once the desired options are set, click the OK button. This will open a print dialog
box, where you can pick the desired printer and paper options.
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Clicking the OK button on this screen will print the map.
Copy Map to Clipboard
This button is used to copy the current view of the map to the computer’s clipboard.
You can then open a program like Microsoft Paint and paste the image from the
clipboard. This would allow you to then create an image file of the map. Clicking on
the Copy Map to Clipboard button opens the Map Copy Setup screen.
This screen allows you to set the following options:
1) Color or Black & White – This option controls whether pipelines are shown in
color (as shown on map) or all in black.
2) Background Color – This option controls whether or not the yellow
background of the map will be shown.
3) Label Legend and ERCB Dates – This checkbox controls whether a legend for
pipeline labels and the ERCB data current-to date displays on the map.
Once the desired options are set, click the OK button, which will send the map to the
clipboard.
Select Map Object
This button has two main purposes.
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1) The first is to obtain quick information on certain objects on the map. If you click
the Select button and then hover the cursor over a map object (i.e. high pressure
pipeline), information about the object will appear in a pop-up window.
2) The second purpose is to select map objects. There are two ways to select
objects. The first is to click the Select button, then move the cursor over the
object and left click (or double-click). To add more objects to the selection, hold
down the SHIFT key and click on another object. The second way to select is to
click the Select button, then click and drag the cursor to draw a window. All
objects within this window will be selected.
Pan Around Map
This button is used to navigate around the map. First, click the Pan button, then click
and hold on the map. Then, drag the cursor in the direction that you want to slide the
map. Release the mouse button and the map will regenerate to show the new area.
Zoom In
This button is used to focus in on an area of the map. There are two ways to do this.
The first way is to click on the Zoom In button, then click anywhere on the map. This
will zoom in the map by a preset amount and center it on the location that the cursor
was clicked. The second way is to click the Zoom In button, then click and drag the
cursor to draw a window. This will zoom in the map to the area that was windowed.
Zoom Out
This button is used to reveal areas outside of the current map view. To do this click
on the Zoom Out button then click anywhere on the map. This will zoom out the map
by a preset amount and center it on the location that the cursor was clicked.
Zoom Previous
This button is used to restore the previous view of the map. It will undo the last pan
or zoom operation. To do this, simply click on the Zoom Previous button.
Zoom to Pipeline/Well/Other Location
This button is used to zoom the map to a specific high-pressure pipeline, well, field,
location, waypoint or LINC number. Clicking on the button opens the Zoom Options
window.
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First select what type of map item you wish to zoom to. Following the instruction
below will prompt the program to zoom to the map area and in some cases highlight
the item you zoomed to.
If Zoom to Pipeline is selected, the licence number and line number (or just the
licence number) of the desired high-pressure pipeline must be entered. Click OK
and the line or lines will be highlighted on the map.
To zoom to a well enter the licence number of the desired well. Click OK and the
map screen will adjust and the well will be highlighted.
If Zoom to Field/Pool is selected, first select a Field from the dropdown, and a
then select a Pool once that list has been populated. Click OK and all the wells
drawing from the specified Field and Pool will be highlighted.
If Zoom to Location is selected, a location type and name must be entered. Click
the OK button and the map will zoom to the specified location. If the Culture is
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not turned on under Map Display, the location may not be labelled on the map.
To zoom to a Waypoint, Waypoints must be checked on under ‘Map Display’. On
the left side, select a group and then the waypoints box will be populated will all
the waypoints available in that group. Click OK and the map will zoom to that
waypoint.
To zoom to a Title LINC No., Title Mapping must be checked in the Map Display
section. Type a known LINC number and the map will zoom to and centre on the
specified title. This function can take a few minutes to complete.
Show Information
This button is used to open the Information screens associated with certain map
objects. To do this, first select a map object and then click on the Show Information
button. Using this button has the same function as double-clicking on a map object.
Enlarge Label Text
This button is used to enlarge the pipeline and well label text to make the labels
more readable.
Shrink Label Text
This button will allow you to shrink the label text back to its original size.
Measure Distance
This button is used to measure distances on the map. Clicking on this button will
open the Measure Distance dialog box. From this screen you have the option to
either save the distance measured on the map or simply have it display in a fly-over.
If you select Yes, your cursor will change to a line. Click on the point that you would
like to begin measuring from. Next, drag the cursor to the next point and continue
clicking on as many points as you would like. To end the measure command,
double-click on the map. This will draw the line on the map with each segment
distance and total distance shown.
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If you select No, your cursor will change to a pointer. Click on the point that you
would like to begin measuring from. Next, drag the cursor to the next point and
continue clicking on as many points as you would like. The measure command will
keep track of two distances, the distance from the last click to the current cursor
position, and the overall distance. To end the measure command, double-click on
the map.
Remove Saved Measurements
This button will remove all distances saved on the map. To do this, simply click on
the Remove Saved Distances button.
Change Measuring Units
This button is used to switch the measuring units between USA units (feet) and
Metric units (meters). Clicking this button will open the map Preferences screen.
All areas that are shaded out should be ignored on this screen.
Highlight Pipelines/Wells
This button is used to highlight pipelines and well sites. To do this, first click on the
Highlight button and the cursor will change to the pointer. Then, click on the pipeline
or well that you wish to highlight. To highlight multiple objects, simply continue
clicking on pipelines or wells. To exit highlight mode, click on any other map
function, like the Select button.
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Un-Highlight Pipelines/Wells
This button is used to un-highlight pipelines and well sites. To do this, simply click
the Un-Highlight button and all pipelines and wells that were highlighted will be unhighlighted.
View/Download Company's Facilities
This button is used to view all pipelines, wells and licenced or operated facilities for a
particular company – or to download a company’s pipeline, well or production data
from the entire Alberta database. Clicking on this button will open the View
Company’s Facilities window.
Simply select the desired company from the drop-down list and choose whether you
would like to view pipeline and/or wells and/or licenced facilities and/or operated
facilities. To view the facilities, click the Zoom to Province link in the View Options
list. You can then add the Alberta township grid if needed.
Clicking the Download Pipeline Info function will open the File Download screen
allowing you to download an Excel spreadsheet containing ERCB pipeline
information for the selected company.
Clicking the Download Well Info function will open the File Download screen allowing
you to download an Excel spreadsheet containing ERCB Well Information for the
selected company.
Clicking on the Clear All function will clear all pipelines, wells, and township grid lines
from the map screen.
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Export DXF File
This button is used to create and download an AutoCAD DXF file of the map data.
This function will export the current map view. To use this function, first zoom the
map to the view you wish to export, then simply click the Export DXF File button.
This will open the File Download screen allowing you to either open the file directly or
save it to your computer.
Note: The only layers available to download are the pipelines (including labels),
wells, roads, waypoints, and township/section grid lines and text.
Open Map Legend
This button is used to open the Map Legend screen. The legend defines the various
pipeline, wellhead and culture layer symbols. The legend also contains links to
documents containing information on environmental datasets and Canada Land
Inventory classes and codes. The environmental and CLI layers are found in the
Culture section.
Stop/Clear Map
This button is used to perform two tasks. The first is to cancel any function that is
currently processing on the map. The second purpose is to clear any selections. If
there are any objects selected, clicking this button will unselect the objects.
Begin Timeout Timer
This button is used to designate how long (in minutes) you would like your session to
stay active while it is idle. If not designated, your session will stay active for 20
minutes.
View AbaData Support Options
Click this button to access AbaData support information, or to open the AbaData
User’s Guide in PDF format. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader (see Page 11)
installed on your computer to access this document.
Log Out of AbaData
This button is used to end your session of AbaData. If you do not use the Log Out
button, your AbaData session will be active until it times out, which will block other
users from logging in with the same username and password.
Administer Your Account
This button is used to view and change the default settings of AbaData. Clicking this
button will open the Default Display Options window, which has several options that
you can set as defaults. The values entered on this window will become the default
values when AbaData first opens.
Once all settings have been entered, click on the Save button to save them as
defaults. The default changes will take affect the next time you login to AbaData.
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If at any time, when making changes, you would like to go back to the previously
saved defaults, click the Reset button.
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MAP DISPLAY OPTION SECTIONS:
The sections containing display options along the left-hand side of the screen can be
expanded or collapsed to reduce scrolling. To collapse a section, click the minus sign in
the right-hand corner of the heading.
The section will collapse, but the heading will remain visible as in the images below.
The sections can also be expanded or closed by default. To adjust these settings,
choose the Sections tab on the Default Display Options screen, then select Open or
Closed for each section and click the Save button. You’ll need to log out of AbaData and
log in for the saved selections to take effect.
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MAP DISPLAY WINDOW:
The Map Display window is the section of the screen where the map is displayed. In
order to view the map, you must have first installed the Autodesk Mapguide Viewer
(see Page 7).
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THE ABADATA LEGEND:
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APPENDIX A – ERCB CODES
PIPELINE FACILITY CODES:
Code
B
BE
CP
CS
CO
CK
ES
GP
IP
LA
LH
LR
MR
MS
PP
PL
PS
PT
RE
RI
RF
RS
S
SC
ST
TF
WE
Description
Battery
Blind End
Chemical Plant
Compressor Station
Consumer
Creek
Experimental Station
Gas Processing Plant
Injection / Disposal Facility
Lake
Line Heater (Category C or D)
Oil Loading and Unloading Terminal
Meter / Regulation Station
Meter Station
Petrochemical Plant
Pipeline
Pump Station
Pipeline Terminal
Reservoir
River
Refinery
Regulator Station
Satellite
Storage Cavern
Storage Tank
Tank Farm
Well
PIPELINE STATUS CODES:
Code
A
D
O
P
R
Description
Abandoned
Discontinued
Operating
To Be Constructed
Removed
PIPELINE SUBSTANCE CODES:
Code
CO
FG
FW
HV
LV
Category
Crude Oil
Fuel Gas
Fresh Water
HVP Products
LVP Products
MG
Miscellaneous Gases
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Description
Blended crude bitumen, crude oil, synthetic crude oil
Fuel gas
Potable water, surface water
Butane, ethylene, propane, pentanes, liquid ethane
Condensate, diesel fuel, gasoline, heating oil,
hydrocarbon diluents, kerosene, solvents
Air, ammonia, carbon dioxide, ethane, helium, hydrogen,
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Miscellaneous Liquids
NG
OE
SG
SW
Natural Gas
Oil Well Effluent
Sour Natural Gas
Salt Water
nitrogen, steam
Ammonia, caustic, glycol, methanol, polymer, sulphur,
carbon dioxide
Methane, natural gas with < 10 mol/kmol of H 2 S content
Multiphase fluids
Natural gas with > 10 mol/kmol of H 2 S content
Produced water
PIPELINE MATERIAL CODES:
Code
A
F
G
P
S
V
Description
Aluminum
Fibreglass
Composite
Polyethylene
Steel
Polyvinyl chloride
PIPELINE JOINT CODES:
Code
A
B
C
E
F
G
H
K
L
M
P
R
S
T
W
Z
Description
Thru-Kote Welded
Butt Fusion
Bonded
Twin Lock
Flanged
Solvent Welded
High Energy Welded
Crimp Kote
Sure Lok
Mechanical Coupling
Pronto Lock
Triple Seal
Socket Fusion
Threaded
Welded
Zap-Lok
PIPELINE INTERNAL COATING CODES:
Code
C
E
G
L
P
T
U
Description
Cement
Expanded Polyethylene
Grouted
Free Standing
Polyvinyl Chloride
Thin Film
Uncoated
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WELL STATUS CODES:
Code
2Z
3Z
4Z
ABD
ABREE
ABDWHP
ABZONE
ACID-G
AIR
BRINE
CAPPED
CLOSED
CO2
COMM
CR-BIT
CR-OIL
CYCL
DISP
DRAIN
DRL&C
EX
FARM
FLOW
G-W
GAS
GASLFT
INDUS
INJ
J&A
LPG
N2
OBSERV
OIL
POLYM
POT
PUMP
REPRO
SOLVENT
SOURCE
STEAM
STOR
SUSP
SWSAGD
SYN-CR
TEST
TRAING
UND
WASTE
WATER
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Description
Dual Zone
Triple Zone
Four Zone
Abandoned
Abandoned & Re-entered
Abandoned & Whipstock
Abandoned Zone
Acid Gas
Air
Brine
Capped
Closed
Carbon Dioxide
Commingled
Crude Bitumen
Crude Oil
Cyclical
Disposal
Drain
Drilled & Cased
Experimental
Farm
Flowing
Gas – Water
Gas
Gas Lift
Industrial
Injection
Junked & Abandoned
Liquid Petroleum Gas
Nitrogen
Observation
Oil
Polymer
Potential
Pumping
Reproducer
Solvent
Source
Steam
Storage
Suspended
SW Steam Assis Gravity Drain
Synthetic Crude
Testing
Training
Undesignated
Waste
Water
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APPENDIX B – MAP DATA
PROJECTION:
The AbaData map is in 10TM NAD83 Centered on 115.
PIPELINE & WELL DATA:
All pipeline and well data comes from the ERCB and locations as shown on AbaData
are to be considered approximate.
APPENDIX C – GLOSSARY
ERCB – The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board. Government agency
responsible for regulating the Alberta oil and gas industry.
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