Friday, June 15, 2012

For Newbies: Satellite Views Of Your Wells


After the original note below, a reader sent me this note:
On the NDIC GIS map server, one can click on "NAIP 2009" under "imagery" at the sidebar to the right of the map.  The reader says the imagery may not be as recent as Google's and having just looked at it, it seems not to be as clear. However, the topography seems to be better visualized. Anyway, at least two options.
The instructions below seem a bit complicated, but once you do it, you will see how fast it is: a) center your cursor; b) click on "rect identify'; c) cut and paste the "lat" and "lon" at google maps. You don't have to clean up the "lat" and "lon" before pasting.

Original Post
Easy as pie.

1. NDIC website.

2. Click on "GIS Map Server" on left sidebar, about the eleventh button down.

3. At the map, at the sidebar on the left, near the bottom, click on find well.

4. Type in one word of the well's name.  Locate the name of the well you are looking for.

5. Click on that well. It will be highlighted on the GIS map server.

6. Again, on the sidebar at the left of the map, click on the eleventh button down, "Rect Identify."

7. Nothing will happen. Drag the cross-hairs over the well you are interested in. Click on that well.

8. At the bottom of the GIS map are the coordinates of the well; you will have to scroll to the right.

9. Do you see "lat," and "lon"?  Highlight the "lat" and "lon" with your curser.  "Copy."

10. Go to Google maps.

11.  Paste "lat" and "lon" into the white rectangle/search box at the top of Google maps.

12. Hit search, and voila -- there you are. Make sure you are in "satellite" mode on Google maps and you can drill down to see the well.


  1. how often is google maps updated as my well is 16 mos. old and still cannot be seen on google maps

    1. It varies from geographic area to geographic area.

      For readers in general: the blog is much more interesting to fellow readers if the permit number/well number is provided. It is amazing how much information some folks are willing to share if "we" have a file number. I generally won't look up information based on the name of the well, and often not even if given the location: too many typos and too many wells now have similar names. In addition, a lot of folks (including drillers) use shorthand when referring to a specific well.

  2. Did you know that by selecting NAIP 2009 under "imagery" on the layers/Legend section of the GIS map server that you will get a satellite image as well?

    The downside is that these images appear to be more out of date than the current Google images.

    1. I did not know that.

      It seems I vaguely remember clicking on "imagery" some time ago, but then I must have forgotten about it.

      Thank you for taking time to comment; I will move your note to the body of the post so folks don't miss it.