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  • 18 Nov 2020 8:27 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you to everyone who attended the APSG 44: Embracing the Digital Reach webinar on November 10, 2020!

    For those interested in reviewing presentations given by our speakers, these are now available for download online. Go to Education > Presentations > APSG US Central Chapter > November 2020 for the event page or navigate directly to to view. These resources have been made public due to the nature of this meeting. An APSG member log-in is not required to view. 

  • 26 Oct 2020 9:36 AM | Anonymous

    It's nearly here! The APSG 44 Fall Meeting is right around the corner on November 10, 2020 - and the schedule is now available online. View the agenda below or go to the Events page to download the full Meeting Packet detailing the abstracts and descriptions for each talk.

    APSG 44 Webinar | Embracing the Digital Reach: Challenges, Lessons Learned, & Moving Forward

  • 02 Sep 2020 8:12 AM | Anonymous

    APSG is continuing the digital trend for our APSG 44 Fall Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, 2020! See information below about this webinar's theme. Please submit papers to Chris Echols at by September 31, 2020.


    Deadline: September 31, 2020


    There is no denying 2020 has been a wake-up call for our industry. From oil prices plunging into the negatives to operations and international travel being ground to a halt and entire workforces relocated to their homes, we have quickly learned that by embracing technology, we can persevere.

    The term “digital reach” is synonymous with marketing agencies and how they utilize social media to engage audiences and enhance visibility. This term is no longer reserved solely for this industry. Rather, 2020 has proven to be a period for the unlikeliest of sectors to extend their digital reach in effort to engage with customers and staff alike. The petroleum industry is one such division that has embraced this head-on by applying remote capabilities, digitization, analytics, software, and satellite comms/bandwidth to its advantage to overcome our present challenges and remote-capability hurdles. AUVs are already deployed for extended periods, with remote data download and charging stations in development. Many drill floors are being monitored remotely with oversight from the beach. The “digital reach” continues to grow as remote and autonomous operations are stimulated by the recent challenges.

    For APSG 44, we are looking for papers where companies in our industry have embraced the ‘digital reach’ and are willing to discuss the hardships fought, lessons learned, and advancements for the future amongst your peers.

    We ask that you submit abstracts to Chris Echols at by Monday, September 31, 2020. If you have any questions as to the context of this theme or if your idea falls in line, please reach out.

  • 11 May 2020 12:06 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to everyone who attended the APSG 43: The Impact Of Automation On The Geodetic Workflow Webinar on Friday, May 8, 2020! We had a great turnout with 100+ registered for the event.

    For anyone interested in reviewing those presentations given by our speakers, these are now available for download online. Go to Education > Presentations > APSG US Central Chapter > May 2020 for the event page or navigate directly to to view. These resources have been made public due to the nature of this meeting. An APSG member log-in is not required to view.

  • 17 Apr 2020 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    Are you looking forward to APSG's first virtual webinar? We know we are! The schedule for the APSG 43: The Impact Of Automation On The Geodetic Workflow is now available online. View the agenda below or go to the Events page to download the full Meeting Packet detailing the abstracts and descriptions for each talk.


    Details about connecting to the webinar will be emailed our prior to the event. Our committee asks that you register for this event on the Events page to ensure you do not miss any valuable updates.

  • 24 Mar 2020 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members & Community,


    In recent weeks, our community has faced challenges on a global scale unlike any we have ever known with the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Out of uncertainty for how long this crisis will continue as well as concern for the health of individuals, many conferences and trade-shows have started the process of cancelling upcoming events and rescheduling for dates later in the year. This past week, the APSG Executive Committee had this conversation to decide the fate of our APSG 43 Spring Meeting.

    Our verdict? Rather than cancel our meeting, we have decided to use this as an opportunity to share our industry knowledge with a wider audience and in a way we have not explored in the past. We are going virtual! 

    Rather than hold this event in-person at the Lakehouse at Towne Lake in Cypress, TX as we had originally planned, we will be bringing it online as a webinar. Our committee is still ironing out the details of the schedule, the platform on which it will be hosted (for instance, Zoom), and the timing of the event. The webinar will be scheduled for May 8, 2020 in line with our original event date so no need to cross it off your calendar!

    Because these are trying times in the industry and we are genuinely excited about the papers that will be presented, we have decided to wave the attendance fee for any guests and non-APSG members. 

    Our committee will keep you posted over the coming weeks when we are ready to announce the schedule and have more information on how to access the webinar. We hope you are just as excited as we are to shake things up and really put our technology to the test.

    We hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy. Should you have any questions about this announcement, please message me directly at


    Chris Echols
    APSG Chair

  • 17 Feb 2020 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    Are you interested in getting more involved with the Association of Petroleum Surveying and Geomatics (APSG) and the committee that governs it? Now is your chance!

    Our Executive Committee is currently seeking members to join our Membership Committee as the Membership Chair.

    This is a volunteer position with the Membership Chair responsible for managing new applications for membership as well as existing memberships. He or she will make this role their own, hopefully bringing with them their passion for this organization and the drive to increase engagement.

    The Membership Chair will have a hand in organizing APSG's Spring and Fall Meetings as well as helping to check in members during these events.

    The Executive Committee meets once a month via only call (e.g., Skype, Google Chat) with more frequent meetings as our Spring and Fall meetings approach. The time commitment for this role is minimal, but we ask that you commit to remaining on board for at least one term (e.g., 1 year) to minimize any disruption in turnover. The Membership Chair must be an active member of APSG and/or willing to become a member.

    Please submit applications and/or nominations to the APSG Chair at

  • 29 Jan 2020 1:28 PM | Anonymous

    As an industry based on innovation, our businesses have evolved so that the job title of a Data Scientist is as common as Geodesist or GIS Technician. Within these new and old roles alike, we are responsible for automating processes and utilizing all available data to make analytical decisions. We have graduated from the days of writing basic programming scripts to fulfill a small, specific task in our daily duties. Now, we embrace emerging technologies to make a more lasting and scalable impact on the most complex tasks within the geodetic workflow. These technologies include computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), building information modeling (BIM), augmented reality (AR), machine learning, blockchain, digital twins, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and the list goes on. 

    With this new automation methodology at our disposal, how can it be used to innovate geodesy and our workflow?

    The key to our efficiencies is the sharing and mastery of knowledge and skills. As we begin to understand how it is being used in real-world scenarios, we can better determine how we can use it for our own workflows and processes. For APSG 43, we are seeking presentations that share enterprising automated geodesy workflows geared toward helping our industry ensure safety and reduce impact on the Earth while bringing Energy resources to the masses. Whether small or large, tell us how this data modernization is streamlining your daily workflow.

    To help guide you in brainstorming a topic, we have provided several guiding questions below. They are not intended to limit your creativity but instead offer a sense of what we are hoping to achieve from this meeting: 

    • As a data scientist, what methods, processes, algorithms, and systems are you using in your day to day operations in Geodesy?

    • What creative uses for fusing of CAD/GIS/BIM have you accomplished? (Show and Tell)

    • Tell us about Intelligence, referring to People, Business, and Earth.

    • Cybersecurity is an extremely vital part of today’s business world. Are there preferences between cloud-based technology vs server-based?

    • Who owns the data that is collected in the field, and does that data become a company asset?

    Please submit topics to Chris Echols at by Friday, February 28, 2020.

  • 20 Nov 2019 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    The Association of Petroleum Surveying and Geomatics (APSG) is a great organization, and I am humbled yet honored to take the helm for the remainder of this year and into 2020.

    Having seen the prior year as Vice Chair, I have developed a new appreciation for what an organization like our provides - from the advancement of survey technology and software, providing education to students and professionals alike. Building upon existing networks and gaining new industry connections, it all culminates into the core of what APSG is all about.

    The oil and gas industry has seen its share of ups and downs over the years. Through industry organizations such as ourselves, we maintain a constant in an otherwise cyclic business.

    I want to thank both Kelly Kore (Chair) and Bobby Saleh (Treasurer) for their incredible work and dedication they have provided throughout their tenure with our committee - and especially this year, as their terms expired following APSG 42. We wish you both well in the future.

    With that, a big welcome to Aidan Thirsk (Vice Chair) and Ryan Brown (Treasurer) for the coming year.

    Our committee will hold our first meeting as the newly elected board in December and set a course for both APSG 43 and 44. In the meantime, we invite you to join us on December 5, 2019 for our final Happy Hour social and networking event of the year. 

    I look forward to serving as Chairperson alongside you as we strive together to make APSG an exemplary organization for the surveying and geomatics disciplines in the petroleum industry.


    Chris Echols
    APSG Chair 

  • 01 Nov 2019 8:22 AM | Anonymous

    APSG is excited to extend its support for the Houston Section of the Marine Technology Society (MTS), the largest section of the society, and its Annual Barbecue Social and Fundraiser on November 7, 2019. This annual event has become a much anticipated tradition along the Gulf Coast, attracting around 600+ offshore industry professionals and their guests.

    This year's event will be hosted by Ashtead Technology Offshore at their facility in NW Houston. View the event on our Events Calendar or go directly to the MTS website for more information.

    Members of the Executive Committee of APSG will be hosting a booth in the exhibitors area at the event, and we welcome you to drop by to chat!

    The cost is $35.00 for MTS members and non-members with online registration by COB November 4, 2019. The cost of walk-in tickets is $50.00 at the door. To reserve your ticket today, register at

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