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  • 07 Feb 2013 7:23 AM | Alma Alling
    APSG was featured in the December issue of XYZ, the quarterly journal of AFT. I would like to thank Bernard Flacelière, for having presented APSG in their December issue. For more info on the publication visit: www.aftopo.org.


  • 04 Feb 2013 8:11 AM | Alma Alling
    Dave Byrne, the APSG Chair, speaks about upcoming APSG events,
    community awareness and education opportunities
     
    A Letter From The Chair
    February 4, 2013
     
    Dear Members,

    Greetings!  I hope your 2013 is off to a great start. The APSG is certainly looking forward to an active 2013 and I want to draw your attention to some upcoming activities in which I hope you can find time to participate. As always, the success of all our events depends on your contribution, promotion, and support.
     
    APSG Participation in ESRI PUG
    The ESRI Petroleum Users Group meeting will be held in Houston this year on May 7-9.  As we have for the last eight years, APSG plans to sponsor a geodetics awareness workshop.  As a new initiative for the second year, APSG will facilitate and judge a map competition as part of our Education Outreach.  If you are interested in contributing to the workshop presentations please contact our Education Chair, Ashok Wadwani.  We also strongly encourage each of you to consider delivering a presentation at the conference outside of the workshop track, but under the APSG banner, to further educate on and promote geodetic awareness, knowledge, and best practices.  This is a great venue for reaching geospatial data users and decision makers across in our adjacent disciplines and areas of expertise.  Details for presentation submission can be found at http://www.esri.com/events/petroleum-energy/get-involved/presentations.html.  Note that the drop-dead deadline for abstract submissions is February 8 so don’t delay!

    APSG 29 Spring Meeting
    We will hold our APSG spring meeting on Friday, May 10, at the Chevron auditorium in downtown Houston.  The meeting theme is “Getting Back to Our Geodetic Roots”.  If you are interested in delivering a 30 to 40 minute presentation relevant to this foundational topic then please contact Jim Cain.  Abstract submissions will be accepted until April 10, 2013.  Our key note speaker will be Roger Lott, a well-respected geodesy leader in our industry

    APSG 30 Fall Meeting
    The fall meeting of the APSG will take place on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. The venue and theme for this meeting are not yet finalized, but both will be unveiled soon.

    Applied Mapping Seminar
    It’s coming back!  Plans are underway to offer the popular Applied Mapping Seminar on Thursday, September 26, 2013, for mappers, geotechs, land techs, data loaders, data managers…and anyone else that works with geospatial data.  Seminar details will be provided on the APSG website soon.

    Community Awareness and Education Opportunities
    The APSG has been asked to provide presenters at various college and university campuses and GIS Day activities in Texas and Oklahoma in 2013. This is an outstanding opportunity for us to reach beyond our local venues and our petroleum-centric base to expose the next generation of mappers and spatial data managers and manipulators to the importance and immeasurable value of possessing a sound understanding of fundamental geodesy and geodetic principles.  Contact our Education Chair, Ashok Wadwani, if you can assist with one of these opportunities.  This will build on our recent successful outreach through Houston Area GIS day and the PPDM Winter Seminar in Houston.

    We are also working with the Geological Society of America to support them at their 125th annual conference in Denver. If you are interested in attending or presenting, please contact Ashok Wadwani.

     
    APSG Status Report
    More details will be given at APSG 29 meeting hosted by Chevron in the Fall.  Here is the summary:
    • 425 total members, of which
      • 22 are life time
      • 33 are full time students
      • 193 are past due for 2013 subscriptions, so please help APSG by paying right away
    • Chapters are operating in Houston, Denver, and Calgary
    • Chapters are in planning in Kuala Lumpur, Europe, Australia, and Middle East
    • Retained acronym of APSG and rebranded from Americas Petroleum Survey Group to Association of Petroleum Surveying and Geomatics
    • Our education program continues to be our core competency and “silverware”
    We are all about elevating awareness, educating, and promoting implementation of foundational geodesy principles and practices across the many facets of the petroleum industry.  As such, I want to encourage each of you to create opportunities to bring friends, coworkers, or business associates to at least one of our many events in 2013 and helping them become actively involved in our mission, too.  I look forward to seeing you at one or more of our events this year!

    Regards,

    Dave Byrne
    2012-2013 APSG Chair
    Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics

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  • 28 Jan 2013 8:45 AM | Alma Alling
      The APSG 29: Spring 2013 Meeting will be held Friday, May 10, 2013 at Chevron in Downtown Houston.  Our Theme is "Getting Back to our Geodetic Roots". Abstracts should be submitted to jim.cain@cain-barnes.com.
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    APSG29: Spring 2013 Meeting
    Friday,  May 10, 2012 from 08:00 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.
    at Chevron Corporation, 1500 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77002


     
     
    Getting Back to Our Geodetic Roots
    Our theme for the US Central Chapter Spring Meeting is "Getting Back to Our Geodetic Roots". The overarching concepts of our geodetic roots are:
    • Terminology
    • The Basics
    • Critical Changes Through Time
    • Collection and Storage Practices & Standards
    • Significance and Value
    • Evangelism
    If you are interested in speaking, please submit your abstract to Mr. Jim Cain <jim.cain@cain-barnes.com> by April 10, 2013. Presentations must be 45 minutes or less.
     
     
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  • 02 Jan 2013 5:16 PM | Alma Alling
      The Winter APSG US West Chapter Meeting will be held Friday, January 18, 2013 at Merrick and Company in Aurora, CO USA.
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    Winter US West Chapter Meeting
    Friday, January 18, 2013 from 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.
    at Merrick and Company, 2450 South Peoria Street, Aurora, CO USA


    Register Here
    Registration for this event will close Monday January 14th at 12:00 PM C.S.T.

     
    What Are The Practical Methods and Procedures That Will Improve Geospatial Data Management In Oil and Gas?
    APSG US West: Winter Meeting is a conference featuring presentations from experts in Geomatics, Surveying, Positioning, Geospatial Data and Mapping Sciences. The topic at this year's Winter Meeting is "What Are The Practical Methods and Procedures That Will Improve Geospatial Data Management In Oil and Gas?" and the presentation topics for this meeting include:
    • Earth-Centered Earth-Fixed: A Geodetic Approach to Scalable Visualization without Cartographic Distortion
    • Improving Well and Section Corner Coordinates: Ramifications for GIS
    • How Something for Nothing May Be the Key to Unlocking the Value of Your Data
    • How the HDS can influence Oil & Gas geospatial data

    Unable to attend? Please send your apologies to our US West Chapter Secretary-Treasurer Robert White at rcwhitejr@mac.com.
    Event Location
    The event will be held at Merrick and Company at 2450 South Peoria Street, Aurora, CO 80014-5475. Please note that Merrick’s building is about one (1) block south of E. Iliff Avenue on the east side of Peoria Street.
    Social Location
    After the meeting, the APSG will hold a Social at Noonan's Tavern at 13521 E. Iliff Avenue, Aurora, CO 80014. 
     
     
     
  • 19 Sep 2012 8:06 AM | Alma Alling
    Our Fall 2012 events will be held in Houston TX on October 11, 2012 and in Calgary, AB October 19, 2012.
    For more information, visit our website at www.apsg.info.
     
     
     
    Upcoming Events
    September 19, 2012
     
     
     
     
     
    Fall is almost here
    The end of the year brings many things; beautiful weather, holidays, family gatherings, and APSG's Fall meetings among many other things.

    This Fall, we are excited to announce that we have two meetings; the APSG US Central Chapter Fall Meeting in Houston on October 11, 2012 and the Canada Chapter Fall Meeting in Calgary on October 19, 2012.

    Our theme for the US Central Chapter Fall Meeting will be "New Positioning Technologies" and our theme for  the Canada Chapter Fall Meeting will be
    "Geospatial Integrity." Feel free to join us for a day full of topics that are not only interesting and educational, but also important and necessary to our industry.

    Please read below for all information regarding our upcoming events or visit our website at www.apsg.info for more information.  We hope to see you
    there.

    If you have any comments or concerns, please contact me at
    apsgwebmaster@gmail.com.

    Regards,

    Alma Ayala
    Communications Chair of APSG
    E-mail: APSGWebmaster@gmail.com
    Mobile: +1 832-630-0375
    Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/almaayala
     
     
    UPCOMING EVENTS
     
    US Central Chapter
    Fall 2012 Meeting

    Thursday October 11, 2012 @ 08:oo am
    Petrosys, 8 Greenway Plaza, Houston, Texas
     
    Canada Chapter
    Fall 2012 Meeting

    Friday October 19, 2012 at 09:00 a.m.
    Tower Centre, 115 - 9 Ave. SE Calgary, AB
    Our theme for the US Central Chapter fall meeting "New Positioning Technologies" will discuss technology available for the different positioning methods such as; land, satellite, marine, and other types of surveying that can help reduce cost, while increasing productivity, efficiency and overall profits.


    AGENDA
    The agenda for this event can be downloaded by clicking here.



    REGISTRATION
    Please register for the US Central Chapter Fall 2012 Meeting by clicking here. To add this event to your calendar, please click here.

    Our theme for the Canada Chapter fall meeting "Geospatial Integrity" will discuss proper ways to process and maintain data accuracy, and ways to ensure good governance on spatial data processes; these are discussions that can help reduce cost, while increasing productivity, efficiency and overall profits.


    CALL FOR PAPERS
    Submit your abstract to Mr. Roman Abdoullaev <rabdoullaev@talisman-energy.com> by October 12, 2012.


    REGISTRATION
    Please register for the Canada Chapter Fall 2012 Meeting by clicking here. To add this event to your calendar, please click here.


    Currently Seeking Event Sponsorship
     
    We are currently seeking sponsors for the US Central and Canada Chapter Fall Meetings. If you wish to sponsor, please contact Mr. Jose R. Alvarenga, our Secretary-Treasurer for US Central <jalvarenga@ensoco.com> and Mr. John Spreen, our Secretary-Treasurer for our Canada Chapter <jspreen@paladinpositioning.com>.
     
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  • 10 Aug 2012 8:57 AM | Alma Alling
     
    Save the Date for the Fall 2012 APSG Meeting in Houston Texas.
    The meeting theme is "New Positioning Technologies".

     
     
    New Positioning Technologies
     
     
     
    Thursday, October 11, 2012
    APSG28: Fall 2012 Meeting
    Back 2 School
    As the end of summer is around the corner and kids are heading back to school, it is time to begin to focus on our next meeting on October 11, 2012.

    Our theme for the fall meeting "New Positioning Technologies" will discuss technology available for the different positioning methods such as; land, satellite, marine, and other types of surveying that can help reduce cost, while increasing productivity, efficiency and overall profits.

    Please read below for all information regarding APSG28 or visit our website www.apsg.info for more information.  We hope to see you there.

    If you have any comments or concerns, please contact me at apsgwebmaster@gmail.com.


    Regards,

    Alma Ayala
    Communications Chair of APSG
    E-mail: APSGWebmaster@gmail.com
    Mobile: +1 832-630-0375
    Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/almaayala
     
     
     
    Call for Papers
    Send an email to Kevin Crozier
    Please consider sharing your knowledge and subjects of interest to you by giving a talk to the membership on Thursday October 11, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Houston location of Petrosys USA Inc. by giving a talk.  If interested, submit your abstract to Mr. Kevin Crozier <Kevin.Crozier@dvn.com> by September 3, 2012.  Our theme for the meeting is “New Positioning Technologies”. We are looking for topics on all positioning disciplines and any topics related to this are encouraged, but the presentation team will consider any papers of interest to the membership. Presentations must be 45 minutes or less.
    Social Sponsorships
    Send an email to Jose Alvarenga
    We always appreciate sponsorships and are interested in sponsorships for the social. If you care to sponsor, please contact Mr. Jose R. Alvarenga, our Secretary-Treasurer <jalvarenga@ensoco.com>. Our host, breakfast, break and lunch sponsor is Petrosys USA Inc. Out current social sponsor is USA Santos Inc.
    Registration
    Register online at www.apsg.info/ViewEvent.ashx?eventId=384297
    Registration for the Fall 2012 Meeting is now open. In order to register early for this event, please visit the APSG website at www.apsg.info. To add this event to your calendar, please click here.
     
     
     
             
       
     
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  • 15 May 2012 10:45 AM | Alma Alling

    Below you will find information regarding important documents from the APSG27 Spring Meeting.


    PRESENTATIONS
    The presentations from the Spring Meeting are available on our website at APSG 27 (May 2012) under the Presentations / APSG Houston tab. There are only three missing presentation. We have emailed the presenters and will have their presentations on our website shortly.


    MEETING MINUTES
    The meeting minutes from the Spring Meeting are available on our website at Meeting Minutes under the New & Events tab.


    PHOTOS
    Photos from our APSG27: Spring 2012 Meeting are available on our website and on our Facebook Page. I would like to once again thank Peter Moreau with Anadarko Petroleum for being our official photographer at APSG27.

    To view the photos from last weeks meeting visit the links below:

    APSG Website- http://www.apsg.info/Default.aspx?pageId=1304593

    APSG Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/APSGWeb


    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at apsgwebmaster@gmail.com or +1 832 630 0375.

    Regards,

    Alma Ayala
    Communications Chair of APSG
    E-Mail: APSGWebmaster@gmail.com
    Mobile: +1 (832) 630-0375
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/almaayala
  • 09 Apr 2012 8:32 AM | Alma Alling
    "Championed by our Education Chair, Ashok Wadwani, APSG presented basic and applied geodesy to the GIS certification class of 18 students.  Ashok reports that the class was a mixture of mature and experienced, and young high school graduates.  However, they had one common goal; to improve their knowledge of mapping sciences and learn about the job prospects. Thanks to Michael Barnes for his expert knowledge and engaging presentation manner, the professor and students now have a better understanding of the role of geodesy in mapmaking, and in particular GIS.  We hope to recruit a few new APSG student members from this effort.  The presentation is available at Lone Star College (April 2012)


  • 19 Mar 2012 10:09 PM | Alma Alling
    After having a first successful inaugural meeting in Calgary. The APSG Canada Chapter is proud to announce its leadership:
     
    Chair:  Roman Abdoullaev, Talisman Energy
    Vice-Chair: Mark Dumka, Dumka Consulting Inc.
    Secretary/Treasurer: John Spreen, Paladin Positioning
    Membership:  Sean Callaghan, Surveyza Consulting Ltd.

    Please welcome the new leaders of APSG Canada. To contact APSG Canada, please visit: Canada Officers & Committees



  • 11 Mar 2012 2:17 PM | Alma Alling
    APSG presents at PPDM Data Management Symposium in Houston. The Professional Petroleum Data Management Association (PPDM) expressed appreciation after the presentation of “Geodetic Integrity: The Essential Basics for Data Managers and Users”.  This presentation was part of APSG’s industry education outreach initiative. Said APSG presenter, Michael Barnes, “PPDM staff and members have a keen interest in geodetic integrity since it is key element of their data management. I am pleased that APSG were able to raise awareness at this meeting. Also, it was good to learn from PPDM and I commend their interesting document “What is a Well?” to all members of APSG.” The presentation is available at PPDM Presentation (March 2012).


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