Monday, November 5, 2012

3 New Videos: Setting up Good and Accurate Map Projects

The need for spatial data is moving faster. People now demand immediate and accurate data. Learn how to meet these demands in minutes with these instructional videos.
Landgrid Video

Acquiring, setting up and testing your Landgrid

Our complete guide on how to acquire, setup and test your landgrid within 10 minutes. If you need it instantly, make sure your using good stuff. We will show you how by bringing in external sources to test the quality of our landgrid.

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Tax Parcel Video

Acquiring, setting up and testing your Tax Parcels

Our complete guide on how to acquire, setup and test your tax parcel data. We will instantly download and import our data into Esri's Arcmap, then bring in some free external sources to test the spatial quality.

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PDF Print Maps Video

Acquiring, setting up and printing your Maps

Our complete guide on how to acquire, setup and print your large wall map. This guide shows you how to instantly download and setup for printing 42" by 48+" wall maps - all under 5 minutes.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Our GIS Catalog is stacked!

US Land Grid, Inc. ( has just made available for instant download our 2,700 GIS data product. Ready for instant download is the Texas and PLSS Land Grid, over 300 Tax Parcels, and countless counties of PDF maps. No more waiting for your different datasets, get one of the 2,700 GIS datasets or PDF maps that you need instantly and without any hassle.
Our land grid ( data has been ready for a few months now. Apart from offering multple datums at no charge, our data comes with the lots, the quarters and the surveys. We don’t separate layers that belong to the land grid, we give you everything. Without a doubt a largest live, ready to download, GIS dataset with over 1,100 products, our land grid data and texas survey data is the largest online GIS catalog for instant download.
Matching the vastness of land with tax parcels (sometimes referred to as surface parcels, parcels, or surface ownership) completes the picture between land allotment and land ownership. Tax parcels ( become the meat in the sandwich between the land grid and surface leases. With over 300 counties of tax parcels ready for download online, our tax parcel dataset is largely focused on oil and gas plays – and from that perspective is very complete.
A new introduction, US Land Grid PDF Maps ( provide 42 inch x 42+ inch maps that are beautifully designed and perfect for printing on plotters. Large scale and high detail, these maps are perfect for those of us that don’t have or use mapping software, or if we just want to print a quick map that can be marked up for presentation purposes. Oklahoma PDF Land Grid Maps are now complete. Texas is under construction. Watch this space, as we complete other states.
Our oil and gas data data is taking some time. We are working towards proving another excellent dataset that is tied to an industry leading data model and povides the consistency and accuracy in data you expect from US Land Grid. We hope to have our oil and gas GIS data release in early 2013.
In total, this means we now have over 2,700 products ready for instant download now available at US Land Grid. This is a huge number! As we continue to grow we expect this number to reach 5,000+ product ready for immediately delivery to your mapping program or PDF viewer. As we grow are datasets and offerings, we will also be growing our formats and delivery methods. If there is a GIS dataset that you would like to see, please let us know and we will do our best to make it work for you and US Land Grid.
From a GIS and mapping perspective, we hope you enjoy the intant delivery and service that we provide at US Land Grid – your new online source for Oil and Gas Data! We never close, and we never disappoint! Our industry leading guarantee makes any customer happy every single time. Please stop by and say hello.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Importance of Tax Parcel Data

Importance of Tax Parcels

US Land Grid, Inc. - has just released the parcels dataset - tax parcel / surface ownership - covering twelve of the more popular oil and gas counties. The inventory of parcels includes over 300 tax parcels, the polygons, and the standard tax roll / attribute data such as parcel id, parcel address, legal description, value, owner name, owner address, acreage, etc.
Parcel is a single cadastral unit, which is the spatial extent of the past, present, and future rights and interests in real property. Combined with the tax roll information (tax roll: a breakdown of all property within a given jurisdiction, such as a city or county, that can be taxed.) for that unit, the tax parcel information provided by US Land Grid gives customers the most complete property information possible within a spatial context. This information is particularly useful for industry that with land interest at heart, such as Oil and Gas, the Real Estate Industry, and anyone looking to lease or buy a piece of land.
Tax Parcel ID are important because the city assessor gives the ID to a particular piece of property. That number then appears in the tax rolls for your city and identifies an individual piece of property as to its ownership, assessed valuation, exemptions and tax amount. The tax id number is the starting point within the tax parcel attribute table at US Land Grid.
The polygons relating to each parcel of land follow county lines, street lines - the polygons line up with imagery. Visually, it presents the end user with a real view both spatially and in a tabular like format. Within the 25 or so attributes included within each parcel of land, information such as property value, zip etc. enable unique ways to symbolize the data within any mapping program. More detailed information such as owner address and name, legal description, parcel id, etc make it easy to contact the relevant sources and get the extra information needed to make informed decisions.
Within each parcel, the legal description ties directly back to the land grid - references lots, quarters, subdivisions, etc. By directly relating the land grid the user of the parcel data can easily see land ownership spatially within the extents of the public or Texas land survey system. It truly is a win win for anyone interested in a true depiction of land ownership within a specified area of interest.
 Tax Parcels / Surface Ownership
Sometimes called land ownership maps, or surface ownership maps, the tax parcels or parcels at US Land Grid cover off a large part of the oil and gas base. We believe the pricing system of $250 per county is among the lowest, if not the lowest in the industry. Updates for all counties are available, and with over 300 counties now available for instant download chances are that your county is in stock on the website.
For more information please contact US Land Grid - Like some of the best airlines, that's the best way to get our GIS data instantly and a GIS Guru helping you - instantly!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

PDF Land Maps

US Land Grid ( has released it's first set of PDF maps ready for instant download. The PDF land grid maps are high resoultion, with a set print resolution of 42 x 50+ inches. The current states include Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado - with display layers including section, township, quarters, abstract, block, survey, sub survey and lots. For more information - please go here
The maps have been hand made and are ready to use - virtually printable in any format and size - but with a set resolution of 42 x 50+ inchs for ultimate results with plotters. By enabling 42 inch printing the PDF land grid maps produce high quality, great looking wall maps that can be marked up in accurate detail.
In the PLSS states these large PDF maps produce high detail section township range maps that include lots and surveys. Adding the nice looking cartography by layering the land grid are the major roads, cities and water areas.
In Texas, the PDF maps include high details representations of abstracts, blocks, surveys, sections and sub surveys. Once again, the major roads, cities and water areas layer the land grid.
The appearance of the maps make for perfect basemaps that can printed in large scale and used for presetation and analysis. The land grid on the maps is smooth but not overbearing. All labels and references are appropriately marked.
Please see example here -
 PDF Maps
PDF Maps
These ready to use maps are a great addition to anyone interested in using and studying land data in their area of interest. With no mapping sogtware required it makes it easy to everyone to have a clean looking and ready to print map for any situation or presentation.
Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado is now being posted to our catalog of instantly downloadable products. As per our other products, land grid - tax parcels - oil and gas wells - PDF maps, you get your downloads instantly when you use US Land Grid.
Thanks again to everyone's support - we will keep you tuned to our next gis data release.
Contact: US Land Grid, Inc.
Phone: (877) 870 8872

Friday, September 28, 2012

Oklahoma Tax Parcels and Surface Ownership - All Counties

You now have a good source for the complete list of Oklahoma Tax Parcels and Surface Ownership data! At US Land Grid, each county of tax ownership data includes the polygon, and a set of attributes that include PIN, Owner Name and Property Value.

Oklahoma tax parcels are updated yearly.

As with all our data, and specifically what makes our GIS data so special, our surface ownership attributes follow the US Land Grid Data Model. This means that the attribute table follows and is populated by the same attirbutes you will find in our land grid data and our oil and gas wells - making it easier for you to work with all our datasets.

Our tax parcel data costs $250 for a one time purchase.

Surface Ownership / Tax Parcels GIS Data includes:

Market Value

Tax Parcel County List:


State County Vintage State County Vintage State County Vintage

CO Larimer 2011 OK Cotton 2010 OK Pittsburg 2010
CO Rio Blanco 2011 OK Craig 2010 OK Pontotoc 2010
LA Ascension 2009 OK Creek 2010 OK Pottawatomie 2010
LA Bienville 2009 OK Custer 2010 OK Pushmataha 2010
LA Red River 2008 OK Delaware 2010 OK Roger Mills 2010
LA Sabine 2009 OK Dewey 2010 OK Rogers 2010
LA Saint James 2009 OK Ellis 2010 OK Seminole 2010
LA Terrebonne 2009 OK Garfield 2010 OK Sequoyah 2010
ND McKenzie 2010 OK Garvin 2010 OK Stephens 2010
NJ Union 2011 OK Grady 2010 OK Texas 2010
NM Chaves 2011 OK Grant 2010 OK Tillman 2010
NM Eddy 2011 OK Greer 2010 OK Tulsa 2010
OH Belmont 2012 OK Harmon 2010 OK Wagoner 2010
OH Carroll 2012 OK Harper 2010 OK Washington 2010
OH Coshocton 2012 OK Haskell 2010 OK Washita 2010
OH Harrison 2011 OK Hughes 2010 OK Woods 2010
OH Holmes 2012 OK Jackson 2010 OK Woodward 2010
OH Jefferson 2012 OK Jefferson 2010 PA Allegheny 2010
OH Licking 2012 OK Johnston 2010 PA Centre 2012
OH Mahoning 2010 OK Kay 2010 PA Clearfield 2012
OH Monroe 2012 OK Kingfisher 2010 PA Clinton 2012
OH Morgan 2012 OK Kiowa 2010 PA Delaware 2011
OH Muskingum 2012 OK Latimer 2010 PA Greene 2009
OH Noble 2012 OK Le Flore 2010 PA Lycoming 2012
OH Stark 2012 OK Lincoln 2010 PA Sullivan 2012
OH Tuscarawas 2012 OK Logan 2010 PA Tioga 2012
OH Washington 2012 OK Love 2010 PA Wyoming 2012
OH Wayne 2012 OK McClain 2010 TX Andrews 2010
OK Adair 2010 OK McCurtain 2010 TX Angelina 2010
OK Alfalfa 2010 OK McIntosh 2010 TX Aransas 2010
OK Atoka 2010 OK Major 2010 TX Atascosa 2010
OK Beaver 2010 OK Marshall 2010 TX Austin 2010
OK Beckham 2010 OK Mayes 2010 TX Bandera 2010
OK Blaine 2010 OK Murray 2010 TX Bastrop 2010
OK Bryan 2010 OK Muskogee 2010 TX Bee 2012
OK Caddo 2010 OK Noble 2010 TX Bell 2010
OK Canadian 2010 OK Nowata 2010 TX Bexar 2010
OK Carter 2010 OK Okfuskee 2010 TX Bosque 2010
OK Cherokee 2010 OK Oklahoma 2010 TX Brazoria 2012
OK Choctaw 2010 OK Okmulgee 2010 TX Brazos 2012
OK Cimarron 2010 OK Osage 2010 TX Brewster 2010
OK Cleveland 2010 OK Ottawa 2010 TX Brown 2010
OK Coal 2010 OK Pawnee 2010 TX Burnet 2010
OK Comanche 2010 OK Payne 2010 TX Caldwell 2010
TX Calhoun 2010 TX Kaufman 2010 TX Taylor 2010
TX Cameron 2010 TX Kendall 2010 TX Titus 2010
TX Chambers 2010 TX Kerr 2010 TX Tom Green 2010
TX Cherokee 2010 TX Kinney 2010 TX Travis 2010
TX Collin 2010 TX Kleberg 2010 TX Tyler 2010
TX Colorado 2010 TX Lamar 2010 TX Upshur 2010
TX Comal 2010 TX Lamb 2010 TX Upton 2011
TX Comanche 2010 TX Lampasas 2010 TX Uvalde 2010
TX Cooke 2010 TX La Salle 2012 TX Val Verde 2010
TX Coryell 2010 TX Lavaca 2010 TX Victoria 2010
TX Dallas 2008 TX Lee 2010 TX Walker 2011
TX Deaf Smith 2012 TX Liberty 2010 TX Waller 2010
TX Delta 2010 TX Llano 2010 TX Ward 2012
TX Denton 2010 TX Lubbock 2010 TX Washington 2010
TX DeWitt 2010 TX McLennan 2010 TX Webb 2012
TX Dimmit 2012 TX McMullen 2011 TX Wichita 2010
TX Duval 2010 TX Madison 2010 TX Williamson 2010
TX Ector 2010 TX Maverick 2012 TX Wilson 2011
TX Edwards 2010 TX Midland 2010 TX Wise 2010
TX Ellis 2010 TX Milam 2010 WV Barbour 2011
TX El Paso 2010 TX Montague 2010 WV Boone 2011
TX Erath 2010 TX Montgomery 2010 WV Braxton 2011
TX Falls 2009 TX Newton 2012 WV Brooke 2011
TX Fayette 2010 TX Nueces 2010 WV Cabell 2011
TX Floyd 2010 TX Orange 2010 WV Clay 2011
TX Fort Bend 2009 TX Palo Pinto 2010 WV Doddridge 2011
TX Freestone 2012 TX Panola 2012 WV Fayette 2011
TX Gaines 2010 TX Parker 2010 WV Gilmer 2011
TX Galveston 2010 TX Potter 2010 WV Hampshire 2011
TX Gillespie 2010 TX Rains 2010 WV Hancock 2011
TX Grayson 2010 TX Randall 2010 WV Harrison 2011
TX Gregg 2012 TX Reagan 2011 WV Kanawha 2011
TX Guadalupe 2010 TX Refugio 2010 WV Lewis 2011
TX Hale 2010 TX Robertson 2012 WV Lincoln 2011
TX Hamilton 2010 TX Rockwall 2010 WV Logan 2011
TX Hardin 2010 TX Rusk 2012 WV McDowell 2011
TX Harris 2010 TX Sabine 2010 WV Marion 2011
TX Harrison 2010 TX San Augustine 2010 WV Marshall 2011
TX Hidalgo 2010 TX San Jacinto 2010 WV Mineral 2011
TX Hill 2010 TX San Patricio 2010 WV Mingo 2011
TX Hockley 2010 TX Scurry 2010 WV Monongalia 2011
TX Hood 2010 TX Shelby 2010 WV Morgan 2011
TX Howard 2010 TX Smith 2010 WV Nicholas 2011
TX Hunt 2011 TX Somervell 2010 WV Preston 2011
TX Jasper 2012 TX Sutton 2010 WV Putnam 2011
TX Jefferson 2010 TX Swisher 2011 WV Raleigh 2011
TX Johnson 2010 TX Tarrant 2010 WV Randolph 2011

State County Vintage WV Summers 2011 WV Taylor 2011 WV Tucker 2011 WV Upshur 2011 WV Webster 2011 WV Wetzel 2011 WV Wyoming 2011 WY Albany 2009 WY Goshen 2011 WY Laramie 2012 WY Sweetwater 2010 WY Uinta 2011 WY Weston 2011

Saturday, August 18, 2012

GIS data based on an Oil & Gas Data model

Creating GIS data based on a standard data model across the spectrum of data offerings is a challenging job. Over the last few months we, at US Land Grid, have been working hard to produce a standard data model for our GIS datasets. This means that our landgrid, our Texas Survey data, our tax parcels or surface ownership data, and our Oil and Gas wells all inherently belong to that standard data model. This is going to make it easier for you, the GIS consumer, to use and relate our data within just your software platform, or multiple GIS / mapping platforms. 

Providing useful GIS data that is easy to use and manipulate - without having to rework the data - is important to us at US Land Grid. The data we provide has been built by Oil and Gas professionals who understand the data models and needs of organizations that want accurate on-demand data.
We also believe that land grid is just that - land grid. We provide the full story of the land. This includes sections, townships, quarters, surveys, lots, abstracts, blocks, surveys and sub-surveys. In Texas, you get the comprehensive Texas land survey. In the PLSS states, you get the comprehensive public and blm land survey. We don't leave any GIS data out - especially when you look at our Texas Survey our our section township range data.
The same goes for our Tax Parcels and Surface Ownership data. It's based on the same data model allowing for easy integration and relational abilities. Currrently, we have 300+ county tax parcels, focused on Oil and Gas producing areas. One last point... we get our Tax Parcel data directly from each county assessor helps us rest easy that you will enjoy the quality and updates provided with our Surface OWnership GIS Data.
Our Oil and Gas wells are taking some time as we confirm to the standards of our multiple data GIS data model. Each state provides US Land Grid the well data, permit data and production data in different formats and different data models. This makes it challenging for us, but easpecially for GIS professionals who are trying to make the data work within organizations. Our Oil and Gas wells will be ready for release before year end, but they will be complete with consistency across our other datasets, with a full menu of attributes from completion dates to directionals. We excited to bring this special GIS dataset to you, and we think it will be enjoyed by oil and gas GIS professionals US wide.
It's hard not to focus on our data... I think one of the things that makes US Land Grid different from the others is price, and the fact that the data is delivered immediately. If you need to speak to someone you can, but you don't need to. You can buy the GIS data (which is affordable) and download it within seconds. For the oil and gas community, it's the first services focused on them that provides anything similar to this.
The story doesn't end there. Within the next twelve months you will see new offerings, both paid and complimentary, coming from US Land Grid.
The focus will remain - complete - easy to use - updated - GIS data.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Understanding the Texas Land Survey System

Understanding where land grid comes from is important. Below are some definitions to help you understand Texas land grid data a little better.

Texas does not use the Public Land Survey System. Texas has its own survey based on original Spanish Land Grants. Land grants from the State of Texas to railroad companies were often patented in blocks and sections. Some of the land transferred from the public domain by the state of Texas was surveyed and patented in units of square miles. The Texas General Land Office officially considers these units sections.
County patent survey lines from Texas General Land Office maps were interpreted as accurately as possible. In Texas, the highest level of land subdivision is the boundary of the state itself. The next level of subdivision is the Texas Railroad Districts which cover the entire state. These Spanish grants were surveyed on the metes and bounds system of measurement and are of irregular size and shape. Tracts are identified within a block by a unique number. Blocks and their associated tracts are not rectangular surveys but irregular metes and bounds surveys. Blocks do not conform to county boundaries and may span several counties since many were surveyed before county boundaries were established. Blocks are given the name of the person or institution that first conducted the survey. Labors can be subdivided into lots. These surveys are not always rectangular. Leagues can exist without labors but labors cannot exist without a league. Unlike the Congressional survey system that assigns a new abstract number each time a tract of land is sold in Texas the abstract number is assigned in perpetuity. Most of the Public School Lands are Leagues.
The Spanish encouraged ownership of the land as ameans of exploiting natural and human resources for the benefit of spreading Catholicism through the mission system. The early land grants were to native Americans with the understanding that they maintain the land under cultivation and production. The fact that Texas had its own national government and owned the public domain within its territory makes it different from any other state in the Union. The metes and bounds survey system made things more difficult.
The Texas General Land Office Abstracts Index shows the chronology of lands granted in each county.
Surveying Texas has resulted in numerous overlaps and unrecognized surveys. The GLO began to approve or disapprove the work done by surveyors via correspondence and issue land certificates to individuals qualifying under various acts. These individuals could locate onany vacant land within the State.
Examples of property descriptions and parcel plats are available. The user may turn on or off any level as required in a topographic file when it is used as a reference file.