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  • 12 Feb 2019 11:31 AM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)



    Dear Members,

    We are excited to announce the date for our Spring 2019 meeting! This meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Oceaneering (Corporate Office) in Houston, TX.

    Our theme for this meeting is Looking to the Future: Future-Proofing Data, Services, and Beyond.

    We are an organization built on innovation and technology. The industries in which we operate and the fields on which we focus have been altered dramatically since their founding as a result of discoveries and innovations in technology. We are keen to acknowledge the ways these industries have grown and the technologies that have helped pave the way for the efficiencies we know today. However, we must continue to look forward, visualizing how the current state is evolving and developing strategies for a smooth transition into the future. We much discern how our products and services need to advance to continue to be of value over time. By future-proofing our data and services, we can maintain relevancy and mitigate disruptions.

    For APSG 41, we invite you to share your knowledge, experiences, and thoughts on Looking to the Future. Some guiding questions that are not meant to limit your creativity in topics, but to merely help you to reflect are:

    • How are we, do we or should we as professionals cope with an every-changing environment?
    • Are there steps we can take to ensure we remain relevant in the future?
    • What is being done to guarantee you have data that can still be referenced with newer technology?
    • What are your clients not asking for that they should be?

    An extension of this may include topics like:

    • Aspects of the changing industry that have the most impact on the development
    • Cases for adopting new methodologies to ensure growth and expansion
    • Struggles with preparing data for new environments rather than just backing it up


    Are you interested in presenting? Please send the title and abstract of your topic to chair@apsg.info by Friday, March 29.

    We look forward to seeing you there!


    Best Regards,

    Kelly Kore
    APSG Central Chapter Chair

  • 09 Jan 2019 7:00 AM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)

    This month brings a fresh start for the year and the beginning of 2019's APSG events. View the details below for information on those events on the horizon as well as ways you can become more involved within the APSG community.

    CALL FOR COMMITTEE CHAIRS & VOLUNTEERS

    There are currently two opportunities for Committee Chairs within the Executive Committee that governs APSG. We are currently accepting nominations for these positions - as well as volunteers for members willing to contribute their time to specific committees.

    Open positions include:

    • Membership Committee Chair
    • Education Committee Chair
    • Education Committee Members*

    Please submit applications and/or nominations to the APSG Chair at chair@apsg.info.

    Membership Committee Chair

    The Chair is responsible for managing new applications for membership as well as existing memberships. He or she will also have a hand in organizing APSG's Spring and Fall events.

    Education Committee Chair
    The Chair is responsible for maintaining connections with the organization's affiliated student chapter(s), providing them guidance and instruction where needed. He or she also has the goal of establishing initiatives to help both members and soon-to-be members alike gain more knowledge of APSG and its founding principles (e.g., geodetics, surveying, Petroleum technology, CEU, etc.) through events like the Esri Petroleum GIS Conference and GIS Day.

    Education Committee Members*
    To better support the the Education Committee and its efforts, members are needed to reach out to current students and members within APSG to further the committee's initiatives. 

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    The following events are now available on the Events Calendar. Learn more below or explore them here.

    • Happy Hour Socials - Networking events scheduled for January, April, July, September, and December 2019. View this month's event now.
    • THSOA US Hydro 2019 Conference - Join us March 18 - 20 in Biloxi, MS as we support THSOA's latest event. APSG will have an exhibit at this event; let us know if you are interested in volunteering your time with us there.
    • Esri Petroleum GIS Conference - Held from May 15 - 16, a call for volunteers and papers will be released soon for the APSG session at Esri PUG.
    • APSG 41 Spring Meeting - Official date TBA.


    Download PDF version of these details for distribution.

  • 07 Jan 2019 11:59 AM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)


    APSG Supports The US Hydro 2019 Conference Organized By THSOA

    The Hydrographic Society of America Inc. (THSOA) is a non-profit organization committed to promoting education in hydrography, inshore surveying, inland waters surveying, offshore surveying, positioning and mapping/charting, including related earth sciences.

    One way in which this organization realizes its mission of increasing education and relevancy within these fields is with its annual US Hydro Conference. This year's conference will be held at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi from March 18 to March 21, 2019.

    The theme of the event is "Our Changing Oceans and Coasts: Driving Innovation in Charting", featuring keynote speakers Rear Admiral Shepard Smith [Director, Office of Coast Survey, NOAA] and Rear Admiral John A. Okon [Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Oceanographer and Navigator of the US Navy].

    Workshops will be held on March 18, 2019. Technical sessions will take place March 19 - 21, 2019. Learn more about the US Hydro 2019 Conference, including registration and agenda, here.

    Plan to attend this event - and while there, visit representatives from APSG in the exhibit area.


  • 19 Dec 2018 9:35 AM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)


    APSG would like to wish all members and their family and friends alike kind regards and blessings this holiday season. Our organization sincerely thanks you for your membership and involvement this year and look forward to your continued support in the coming year.

    Happy Holidays and Best Wishes!

  • 15 Nov 2018 8:32 AM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)

    Message from Chair

    Dear Members,

    Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Chair for 2019. I promise you I will do my best to preserve the mission of APSG by challenging our committees to make valuable improvements to enhance your membership experience.

    I would like to thank our outgoing Chair, Jason Humber, for his hard work and contributions to the organization and wish him the best in future endeavors. I would also like to thank Greg Pilgrim for all of his contributions as Membership Chair over the past three years. He has decided to move on to other opportunities and will be greatly missed.

    On the other hand, I would like to welcome Chris Echols to the Executive Committee in the position of Vice Chair. Chris has always been a strong supporter of APSG, and we look forward to his help in moving this organization forward. I want to express my gratitude to Bobby Saleh, our Treasurer, and Jennifer Still, our Communications Chair, who are remaining on our team this year. Both bring critical skills to the organization and will ensure the success of APSG.

    Going into the new year and a new term, we have set specific goals that I would like to take a moment to share with you. First and foremost, we strive to continue hosting successful biannual meetings and supporting student chapters. These are essential to maintaining connections as APSG members and are foundations on which this organization was built. Beyond those immediate goals, we also plan to strive for efficiency when it comes to our own efforts as an Executive Committee. This will include organizing and creating easy-to-execute processes for the various committees to ensure we consistently deliver to you as promised. Other areas on which we will focus this year are partnership and participation. We want to seek alignment with the APSG Education Foundation to better define our relationship and help ensure their success. We retain the goal of increasing our membership. Having more members is beneficial to APSG because it creates more diversity in the organization which leads to greater networking opportunities, educational opportunities, and increase the pool of volunteers for events like GIS and Esri PUG.

    On that note, we would like to encourage our members to participate in the committees within APSG. With such a variety of backgrounds, roles, and expertise represented in this organization, we want to ensure these unique qualities are reflected in our committees as well as the education we provide others. If you have interest in getting involved, please reach out to me or anyone else on the Executive Committee so that when opportunities present themselves, we know you are interested.

    We do have specific needs for volunteers, including:

    • Membership Chair
    • Education Chair
    • Speakers to discuss their careers at the Student Chapter meetings
    Thank you for your continuing support and participation in APSG. From the entire Executive Committee, we wish you and your family Happy and Safe Holidays!


    Best Regards,

    Kelly R. Kore, APSG Chair

  • 10 Oct 2018 8:46 AM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)

    The agenda for the upcoming fall meeting at Anadarko is now live! Thank you to all those members who put forward abstracts for consideration.

    Go to the Event details to see what is in store for APSG 40. Stay tuned for more information about each talk, including those vendors and sponsors available, as well as the social to be held following the closing remarks!



  • 31 Jul 2018 1:00 PM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)



    Dear Members,

    APSG is pleased to announce details for APSG 40, our Fall meeting to be held on Friday, November 9 at the Anadarko campus in The Woodlands.

    We invite you to submerge yourself in Advancements in Offshore Positioning - Evolution and Revolution, exploring Offshore technology that is improving the effectiveness and efficiency of obtaining first oil and sustaining production as well as reducing operational risks and improving safety across the board. 

    This meeting will feature a keynote presentation by Ed Saade, president of Fugro USA, as well as talks by APSG members throughout the day. Examples of topics that may fall in this theme include:

    • Remote services to reduce offshore personnel
    • Risks and rewards of adopting new and innovative technologies
    • Expectations from Operators on new technologies and efficiencies
    • Crowd sourcing and collaboration across industries - collecting knowledge for global consumption

    Interested in presenting? Please send the title and abstract of your topic to chair@apsg.info by Friday, September 28.

    We hope to see you there!

    Thanks,
    Jason Humber
    APSG Central Chapter Chair

  • 27 Jul 2018 8:52 AM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)


    Message from Chair

    Dear Members,

    Many of you may have noticed, but for those who have not - Here is an official introduction to the new www.apsg.info!

    This past month APSG began rolling out the new website, updated to offer members a way to better access the information you need and better represent the organization as a whole. We believe this is a step in the right direction.

    The Member's Only content such as Presentations, Publications, and Member's Directory are accessible using your usual log-in details.

    Please report any issues or offer ideas for new features by contacting me at chair@apsg.info or Jennifer Still at education@apsg.info. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for new content.

    Best,

    Jason Humber
    APSG Central Chapter Chair

  • 14 May 2018 1:00 PM | Jennifer Still (Administrator)

    Did you have the chance to attend this year's Esri Petroleum GIS Conference - better known in the Oil and Gas community as Esri PUG - in Houston, TX this month? We were able to catch up with APSG professionals and student members alike - such a great turn out!

    For those who missed the presentations that our members gave this year, they are available to current APSG members in the Presentations section as are photos in our Photo Gallery online.

  • 28 Apr 2016 10:00 PM | Bobby Saleh (Administrator)

    APSG presented a series of three informative presentations at this year's Esri Petroleum User Group Conference.  The title of the series was called: "Basic Geodetics - What Every GIS User Should Know".

    Click on the links below to view the presentation slide sets:

    ESRI_PUG_Conference_2016_APSG_Workshop_Basic_Geodetics - Steve Long.pdf

    ESRI_PUG_Conference_2016_APSG_Workshop_Map_Projections - Michael Barnes.pdf

    ESRI_PUG_Conference_2016_APSG_Workshop_Coordinate_Reference_Systems - Phil Summerfield.pdf


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