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 fulfil 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.

  • 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 business...so..I do not undertand these terms.
    – XtianGIS
    Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 16:02
  • Actually I would follow the Shell guidelines now that I look more closely(ogp.org.uk/files/4713/9081/4569/…) They have a better standard and the types are explained better.
    – pvdev
    Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 16:19

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