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DEAR PEOPLE FROM THE FUTURE: Here's what we've figured out so far…

To develop a map for specific public is recommended using some special symbology. I am in charge to develop a map for an audience in oil pipeline business, I would like to produce my map using a standard symbology, but so far I have not found any. I just read some post here that led me to the INSPIRE documentation, but it does not fulfill my requirements. Does anyone have information about this topic?

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ESRI has a standard for Petroleum related symbology:

Shell has also just released its 'industry standard' symbology:

I work with a slightly different symbology for pipelines but I think the general rule is:

  • Oil - Green
  • Gas - Red
  • Water - Blue
  • Service - Black

Obviously there are tonnes of variations and pipeline types but there's some info there to get you started.

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Thanks for your answer!!!, could you lead me with some terminology? i get lost when I read "Gravity Main" "Force Main/Purge Line/Stub Out"...I'm not so quite educated in the petroleum do not undertand these terms. – XtianGIS Feb 21 '14 at 16:02
Actually I would follow the Shell guidelines now that I look more closely(…) They have a better standard and the types are explained better. – pvdev Feb 21 '14 at 16:19
Thanks again, i going for the oil=green specification. – XtianGIS Feb 21 '14 at 16:24

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