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  • 11 May 2020 12:06 PM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)

    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 https://www.apsg.info/page-1855243 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 | Jennifer Still (Administrator)

    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 | Jennifer Still (Administrator)

    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 chair@apsg.info.


    Regards,

    Chris Echols
    APSG Chair
    chair@apsg.info

  • 17 Feb 2020 10:12 AM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)

    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 chair@apsg.info.

  • 29 Jan 2020 1:28 PM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)


    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‚Äôs 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 chair@apsg.info by Friday, February 28, 2020.




  • 20 Nov 2019 3:25 PM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)

    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.

    Regards,

    Chris Echols
    APSG Chair
    chair@apsg.info 

  • 01 Nov 2019 8:22 AM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)

    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 https://houston.mtsociety.org/events/annual-bbq/.

  • 29 Oct 2019 2:27 PM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)

    Thank you to all those who attended the APSG 42 + Joint Industry Day meeting on Thursday, October 24! The group of APSG members, IOGP members, and guests who participated in lively discussions on the topic of Dynamic Datums made this event a great success.

    Copies of the presentations given at this meeting are now available for download on the APSG website. Note that this resource is only available for APSG members. If you registered for the event as a guest or IOGP member and would like access to these resources, please contact Jennifer Still at communications@apsg.info.

  • 25 Sep 2019 10:22 AM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    We are happy to announce a revamp to the way our organization is represented on LinkedIn. As many of you know, we have had a closed group for our members for some time now. This has been a useful space for sharing organization and industry news, posting announcements, and providing a platform where members can interact with one another. It has served us well in this regard.

    Due to recent changes in LinkedIn's policies that make handing off ownership of this closed group to new committee members difficult, we have decided to establish an open group for the APSG organization. Not only will this better streamline our own processes when changing the guard, but it will also offer a platform better suited to showcasing the work we do and knowledge we share with those who may not have heard of our organization. After all, we are a group founded on education and knowledge sharing.

    For those who are part of the closed group found here, this group will not be deleted or removed so that we can preserve any information you regularly visit there. This group will no longer be maintained by APSG and will feature no new posts on behalf of our committee in the future.

    We invite you to join our new open group here or by searching the name of our group on LinkedIn. We also invite you to like and share our new organization page on LinkedIn. 

    Moving forward, these two resources will be the primary outlets that our Communications committee will utilize for sharing news and important updates with you on this platform.


    Regards,

    Kelly Kore
    APSG Chair
  • 24 Sep 2019 9:17 AM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)

    The APSG 42 Fall Meeting + Industry Day with IOGP boasts an agenda unlike one our committee has seen at recent events. This coming meeting we will introduce panel discussions - allowing us to bring together professionals in the industry for lively talks on the issues that matter to you most.

    To ensure members from APSG and IOGP as well as any guests are able to ask panelists the questions they care about most, we are providing a portal for attendees to submit them ahead of time.

    How Will This Work?

    Attendees will use the links below to submit questions and topics for discussion ahead of October 24th event. No log-in is required - simply follow the links to submit your question and leave your name (recommended). 

    The event links will also be open day-of for any last minute submissions.

    At the time of the panel discussion, the moderator will run through the questions provided with the panelists. 

    Submit Your Questions

    There are two panel discussions at the upcoming meeting. Please submit your questions through the following event links. Note that you will be redirected to the sli.do app website upon click.

    Event #1 - APSG42_DyanmicDatums - https://app.sli.do/event/hqghm7xg

    This panel discussion will be held in the morning (11:15 AM to 12:00 PM CT). The discussion focuses on dynamic datums led by experts from the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the industry. They will answer questions on the topic and address concerns of our organizations on implementation and utilization of dynamic datums in our industry.

    Event #2 - APSG42_SoftwarePanel - https://app.sli.do/event/l1tcs6tt 

    This panel will be held in the afternoon (3:15 PM to 4:00 PM CT). The discussion focuses on software applications with three primary participants: experts from Geomatics Solutions, Blue Marble Geographics, and ESRI. They will answer questions with respect to how their applications are handling the integration of dynamic datums and other geodesy-related questions.

    Once your question(s) has been submitted, they will appear in the applicable event page on sli.do. It is recommended to include your name for entries should the panelists wish to direct any follow-up to you directly during the discussion.

    For any concerns or issues, please contact Jennifer Still at communications@apsg.info.

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