Ghana GIS Initiative Project: Using GIS to Analyze Distribution and Demand of Petroleum Products

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Committee Chair

Karen K. Kemp, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Maxwell Apiagyei Gyamfi, Ph.D.
Andrew Zolnai


This report outlines some methods used in analyzing petroleum data by the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Most analyzing methods are based on sales territories and volume distribution of petroleum products. The current involvement of “where” through enterprise-wide GIS has helped to solve business problems, automate business processes and also provide new ways to analyze business and spatial data. The power of geography is needed in the oil industry for analyzing and making decisions; a good understanding is required in every step of the petroleum industry from the locating of drilling wells, pipeline routing and siting of refinery plants. This report details techniques that state governments can adopt to improve and monitor petroleum products.

The study area for this project includes the entire Accra metropolitan area and Tema district in Ghana. The study demonstrates the use of the powerful tools in ArcGIS for site suitability and volume distribution mapping.

Full text is available at the University of Redlands


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