Press Release: Oil & Gas Industry Adopts the Universal Address System
August 27, 2004 - Toronto, Canada
NAC Geographic Products Inc. and
Zeitgeist Data Management, Inc. (ZDM) of United States have reached an agreement
to license NAC Technology for ZDM's wellActivity.com - a well activity information
system for the entire United States. This represents the start of NAC Technology
deployed in the petroleum industry.
wellActivity.com provides an online searching service of a real time updated well
permits database of the United States. The service allows users to search well permits
by date, areas and business names, and provides maps and driving directions to the found
wells. This service gives many businesses serving the petroleum industry the instant
access of the information of the newly issued well permits. However, there is a challenge
faced by ZDM: all wells are in the rural areas where there are no addresses; how can people
identify and locate these individual wells? "We originally planned to use longitude/latitude
coordinates to represent the locations of wells, but the long character strings of these
coordinates are really difficult for people to remember and communicate. The variations in
representing longitude and latitude add even more complexities in dealing with the user
input," said Mr. Don Cayce - the Chief Technical Officer of ZDM, "The Universal Address
System seems to provide a perfect solution to this problem. It makes the long geographic
coordinates represented by codes as simple as postal codes. An eight character Universal
Address can uniquely specify the location of any well in the world without the needs of
country name, state name, and county name." As the licensing agreement is signed, ZDM will
use Universal Addresses as well identifiers in its database and as addresses for users to
specify locations for driving directions. ZDM will also implement the capability for users
to use Natural Area Codes (NAC) to specify areas for location based searches.
NAC Technology introduces a highly efficient universal representation called Natural Area
Code to unify the representations of all area codes, geographic coordinates, map grids,
street addresses, postal codes and property identifiers of the world. An eight or ten
character NAC (also called Universal Address) can uniquely specify every building, house,
bus stop, parking meter, fire hydrant, street light, sewage exit, etc anywhere in the world.
A six character NAC can specify every square kilometre area on the earth. A four character
NAC can be used to represent every city size area in the world. Using NAC instead of street
addresses and place names to specify locations and areas in all location applications can
reduce 80% of input characters, avoid difficulties in inputting addresses with foreign
characters, eliminate errors from address databases and extend geographic coverage to all
locations and areas no matter whether there are addresses or not. Universal Addresses can
also be directly displayed on GPS receivers, pinpointed on all maps , and can even be used
as Global Postal Codes to sort all mail from the world level to final mailboxes automatically.
They will be shown on all watches - time-space watches and become as important as accurate
time for all human activities.
"It's another breakthrough for NAC Technology," said Xinhang Shen, President of NAC Geographic
Products Inc., "and the first time that NAC Technology is to be implemented in petroleum
industry. Enhanced with NAC Technology, ZDM's wellActivity.com will immediately become the
leading information system in oil industry of the world with its universal interface, high
efficiency, high reliability and complete coverage. It is another milestone for NAC Technology
to be widely deployed in the commercial products and services."
About ZDM, Inc.
With the birth of wellActivity.com (ZDM's web presence) over two years ago our subscribers
have discovered the convenience of "interactive web content". ZDM personnel, using high speed
scanners, generate reports for Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Kansas, Arkansas, Federal Offshore,
Montana, Mississippi, Wyoming, Colorado & Oklahoma the same day the information is released.
Our series of reports answer the following important questions for our clients
The wellActivity set of reports allow our clients to follow drilling activities in their
area-of-interest and leverage that knowledge with their experience to build a more profitable
- Who is drilling, What they are drilling for & Where they are drilling
- Who are the newly registered operators
- Who are the most active operators
- What are the hottest areas
- How to get to the well site with complete and accurate directions
CEO of ZDM, Inc.
Austin & Ft Worth Texas
About NAC Geographic Products Inc.
NAC Geographic Products Inc. is a leading company in geographic technologies including
GIS, GPS, Internet and wireless software development. In addition to the revolutionary
NAC Technology, the company also has a variety of products and services including: WEBGIS,
NACMAP, NACDRAW, MLBS.NET, TravelGIS.com, and NAC Real-Time Geocoding Service, NAC Real-Time
Mapping Service, etc.
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