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  • 01 Apr 2014 12:19 PM | Anonymous
     
       
     

    The APSG31 US Central Chapter Spring Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 22 from 8:30am to 4:30pm immediately followed by a social at The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 705 Main Street, Houston, TX, 77002. We intentionally scheduled the meeting prior to the ESRI PUG Conference being held that same week in Houston so that members can plan to attend both events. The meeting will be hosted at the Hess Conference Center, 1501 McKinney Street, Houston Texas 77010, 4th Floor, rooms 4C and 4D.

    CLICK HERE for Event Details

    The Agenda will be sent out shortly - But don't miss your chance to see this great line-up of talks!

    REGISTER TODAY!

    IMPORTANT: We are still seeking sponsors for the APSG Spring Meeting Lunch and Social. Sponsors will receive recognition in email communications, website pages, on signage at the event, and will also be thanked as part of the meeting agenda. The APSG relies on a slate of volunteers to organize these events, and on sponsors to ensure the success of our semi-annual meeting. Every little bit helps - so please consider sponsoring the event today!

     

    If you are interested in sponsoring the event  you can make a donation directly by CLICKING HERE or you can mail payment to the attention of Robert Edwards:

     

    APSG
    P.O. Box 7504
    Houston, Texas, 77270
    *Please make checks payable to APSG

                     
     
     
    APSG Central Chapter Spring Meeting Talks Listing of Talks/Speakers (Official Agenda to Follow)  
     
     Future U.S. Datums

    PRESENTED BY: Denis Riordan, NOAA/National Geodetic Survey (NGS).

     

    The official geometric datum (horizontal) for the United States is the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83).  This national datum has had three major updates since it was first published, with the last one being the NAD83 (2011) national adjustment.  The official U.S. vertical datum is the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) and is referenced through bench marks that are subject to change over time.  This network of passive control has associated inaccuracies, and is deteriorating daily through various types of construction, crustal movement, lack of re-observations, etc.  The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is currently working to define and adopt a geocentric reference datum for the United States to replace NAD 83.  At the same time, NGS is working to compute an accurate geoid model which will serve as the defining surface of a new vertical datum that will be accessed through GNSS technology.  Access to orthometric heights will be determined through future high accuracy geoid models, replacing NAVD 88 as the defining vertical datum.  These two changes are dependent upon one another in a variety of ways and are currently planned to occur simultaneously. 


    This presentation will provide a brief history of datums for the U.S., discuss why we need more modern datums, and how NGS is working to develop these new national datums.  As time allows, information will be provided on two other NGS products, the Online Positioning User Service (OPUS) with emphasis on OPUS Projects and the control mark search program, DSWorld.

     

     
    Nightmare on GIS Street: Accuracy, Datums, and Geospatial Data

    PRESENTED BY: Eric Gakstatter, Editor of Geospatial Solutions, Contributing Editor to GPS World Magazine.

     

    I'm not a trained geodesist. I'm not a mathematician. I know enough to be dangerous, and enough to know this subject is going to be a nightmare for people managing geospatial databases. The only reason it’s not a nightmare today is because most of you don't know it’s even a problem. Or, you know it’s a problem, but let it slide because dealing with it is not easy. It’s going to get worse in the future, much worse. It’s going to get worse because sensors (GPS, GNSS, imagery, etc.) are getting much more accurate. The cost of acquiring high-precision (centimeter-level) data, whether it’s via GNSS, scanning or?? is falling hard and fast. High-precision GNSS receivers are getting much cheaper. Geodata 2.0 is coming, and it is making existing geospatial databases look like my kids’ coloring books. Join me in a discussion about GNSS, horizontal datums, and geospatial data.

     

                                      

     North American Horizontal Datums
    PRESENTED BY: Jan Van Sickle, Van Sickle LLC

     

    This talk concerns the evolution of the North American Datum from inception to NAD83(2011) epoch 2010 and on to the planned movement away from NAD to a New Geometric Datum (NGD) to support improved GNSS positioning . The NGS 10-Year plan states "NGS [will redefine] the national horizontal datum to remove gross disagreements with the ITRF"

     
    GIS Skills Shortage - So What Are You Doing About it?

    PRESENTED BY: Ashok Wadwani, Applied Field Data Systems Inc.


    The Worldwide GIS Industry is anticipated to grow from US $4.4 billion in 2010 to US$ 10.6 billion by 2015 driven by growth of Tablets and Smart phones with built in GPS, increased awareness and various compliance requirements. To find new employees, most of the companies no longer offer apprentice/intern programs due to cost and time constraints. Companies are looking for "just in time employees -trained and ready to go". They want fully trained workers but want some others to train them.
     

    Due to various reasons, colleges and educators are not offering proper curriculum/ courses to future GIS graduates. How often has a educator contacted a business person to see how their curriculum fits their needs?  How often has a business person contacted a college to offer any advice? There is very little communication between colleges and potential employers. To put it bluntly "before you build a better mouse trap make sure you have mice around. Here we are producing graduates but do we know if they have the right skills or employable?


    The presentation will offer suggestions we all can use to improve the upcoming shortage of "Qualified GIS professionals".

                                                            

     
    Stories from the Data Wars

    PRESENTED BY: Ellen West Nodwell,  Integrashare Solutioneering, Inc.

    From about the year 1939 AD through time came the Ships (short for shipments) loaded with more and more bits and bytes of data in boxes (tapes, all sorts of disks, USB sticks, hard drives, Bernoulli, ROM, the list is long).  The people who had to manage this data came to be known as the “data management people”.  They wore funny glasses so that they could see the Lines and rows of characters and numbers on the dark screens.  They grew gnarly over time and more cantankerous, as they became virtual curmudgeons, sticklers for accuracy and quality against a world full of defective inaccurate bytes of data.  It became a virtual war to be fought through future times by many brave men and women who call themselves soldiers in these data wars.  On “The Streets of Fire”, they call them the “data wranglers”.  There is more to the story…lots more.

     
    Case Study of Integrating the Area of Use Polygons from the EPSG Geodetic Parameter Dataset

    PRESENTED BY: Kris Berglund, Blue Marble Geographics

     

    Going from theory to practice always presents unique challenges.  As Blue Marble implemented functionality around the EPSG Dataset’s Area of Use Polygons into the Geographic Calculator, some fairly unique challenges arose in the process.  What can be described in fairly simple terms as “limiting choices of coordinate systems and transformations based on geography” turns out to be a fairly complex problem when thousands of polygons and millions of data points enter the mix.  Issues such as data formatting, geography based searching, and processing speed all appeared in this unique development that required a bridge between simple database lookup, and true geospatial analysis.  This talk will explore both the challenges as well as some of the solutions that were arrived upon.

     
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    We hope to see you there!

    Best Regards,

    Jackie Portsmouth
    2013-2014 APSG US Central Chapter Chair
    Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics
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    O: +1 214-389-7058
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  • 08 Mar 2014 9:15 AM | Anonymous
     
    APSG US EAST CHAPTER Spring 2014 Meeting Details   
     
     
    APSG US East Chapter: Spring 2014 Meeting
     
     
     
    Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
    6-8pm

    REGISTER TODAY!

    Must register by March 14th
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    APSG EAST CHAPTER SPRING MEETING DETAILS:

    The APSG East Coast Chapter is teaming up with The Appalachia Petroleum User Group (APUG) Spring Meeting.  Please join us for what will be a great educational networking session will featuring two presentations, the first of which will be Jacob Boyle from Seneca Resources. The second presentation is from the Association of Petroleum Survey & Geomatics (APSG) and will feature Sam Knight of Blue Marble Geographics.

    We invite you to come spend an evening with other industry professionals generously sponsored by URS Corporation.

    Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014                                

    Time: 6 - 8 PM

    Location: The Bronze Hood, 5920 Steubenville Pike, McKees Rocks, PA 15136, 412/787-7240, http://www.bronzehood.com/

     CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    RSVP: Please register by Friday, March 14th if you are interested in attending.

     

    If this invitation has missed the mark in your organization, please forward it along.

     

    Hope to see you there,

     

    Patrick Cunningham APSG East Coast Chair                                

    Thomas Mueller APSG East Coast Vice Chair

    Appalachia PUG Steering Committee (appalachiapug@gmail.com)

    Michael Mirobelli, Cabot Oil & Gas                                

    Seth Rodriguez, MarkWest Energy Partners

    Ryan Rudzik, Atlas Resources Partners                               
     
     
     
       
     
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  • 04 Mar 2014 1:54 PM | Anonymous

     Announcement from the Canada Chapter

    Spring Meeting and Call for Papers

     
    APSG Canada Chapter Spring 2014 Meeting
    March 4, 2014
     
    Dear Members,
                                                   
                             

    The Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics Canada Chapter is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for our Spring Meeting on April 3, 2014.

     

    This is a Call for Papers to present during the meeting, which is open until March 14, 2014. We are currently planning for a Full Day event. There will be two themes at this event this year.

     

    Due to the success of the presentations about Oil & Gas Web Map Development at our last meeting, we are asking for more companies to demonstrate their applications to the membership.  Please submit a note to Dean Mikkelsen (dcmikkelsen@gmail.com) if you are interested in making a presentation.

     

     

    In the afternoon, we are looking at discussing an issue of importance to our members here in Calgary: NAD27/NAD83 Conversions and how we handle them from a software perspective, mapping, geology and geophysics, acquisition, pipelines, and what various organizations are doing to accommodate either datum or both datums. We would like to hear from Operators, Pipeline, Service and Government and Regulatory agencies about NAD27/NAD83 and to share your learning and experiences. Again, please submit a note to Dean Mikkelsen (dcmikkelsen@gmail.com) if you are interested in making a presentation about this topic.

     

     

    As with all events we will also be looking for sponsors for the Lunch and Social afterwards. If you are interested please contact Dean Mikkelsen (dcmikkelsen@gmail.com).

     

    If there are more members interested in joining the leadership committee and helping to build the APSG here in Calgary, please feel free to contact Dean Mikkelsen (dcmikkelsen@gmail.com). We would like to become active in presenting the APSG and sharing and educating other professional organizations here in Calgary about the importance of geodesy, mapping, and how the importance of knowing your location can help the corporate bottom line.

                           

    Thanks,
                           
     Dean Mikkelsen, Mark Dumka, John Spreen, Richard Andrews
                           
    Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics
    Canada Chapter Leadership Committee

            
     
     
  • 14 Feb 2014 9:54 AM | Anonymous

     Invitation to Attend the APSG Spring 2014 Meeting

    Register Online TODAY!

     
    APSG Spring 2014 Meeting
    February 14, 2014
     
    Dear Members & Guests,
                                                   
    The APSG is pleased to announce the details for the Spring 2014 Meeting. The APSG31
    US Central Chapter Spring Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 22 from 8:30am to 4:30pm immediately followed by a social. We intentionally scheduled the meeting prior to the ESRI PUG Conference being held that same week in Houston so that members can plan to attend both events. The meeting will be hosted at the Hess Conference Center, 1501 McKinney Street, Houston Texas 77010, 4th Floor, rooms 4C and 4D.
     
    The theme of this meeting is “Geospatial Data Nightmares - How to deal with Datum & Accuracy Issues”. Dennis Riordan from the NGS will be the keynote speaker and will be providing an update on the new horizontal datum the NGS is implementing. We are looking for 3-4 additional speakers who are passionate about all things Geospatial to deliver presentations on datum and accuracy issues as it relates to the petroleum industry.
     
     
    Interested in Speaking? Please submit your presentation title and abstract to John Conner jconner@ensoco.com  by March 7th.       

                    

    For event details or to Register CLICK HERE

     

    Whether you are a new, recent, or veteran member of APSG I encourage you to join us for a great day of learning, discussion, networking, and fun. 

     


    Best regards,

    Jackie Portsmouth

    2013-2014 APSG Houston Chapter Chair

    Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics

    W: www.apsg.info

    O: +1 214 389 7058

    M: +1 972 854 1625

    E: jackiep@santosinc.com                       
                         
     
     
  • 19 Dec 2013 10:52 AM | Anonymous
     
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    Wishing APGS Members, Family, and Friends every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year. 
    Our sincerest thanks for your membership and support this past year. We wish for the safe travel of anyone visiting family and friends. We appreciate the opportunity to serve our members and thank you for your continued support - Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2014.

    Jackie Portsmouth
    APGS Chair - Houston Chapter
    jackiep@santosinc.com
    (O) 214-389-7058
    (M) 972-854-1625

  • 18 Dec 2013 9:25 AM | Anonymous
      The Canadian Geodetic Vertical Datum of 2013 is now available.
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    Dear APSG Members,

    Please see the news release sent out by Natural Resources Canada in regards to the new Canadian Geodetic Vertical Datum of 2013 being released:

    The Canadian Geodetic Vertical Datum of 2013 (CGVD2013) is now available!

    Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is pleased to announce the release of the Canadian Geodetic Vertical Datum of 2013 (CGVD2013), which is now the reference standard for heights across Canada. This new height reference system replaces the Canadian Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1928 (CGVD28).

    The chosen reference height of CGVD2013 derives from collaborative work and is formalized in an agreement between Geodetic organizations in United States of America and Canada. The vertical datum is now compatible with Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as GPS.

    The height of benchmarks is also now available in CGVD2013. These heights come from a readjustment of the entire existing federal first-order levelling network. Please note that the age of the benchmarks and the impact of regional instability since they were last observed may render them unreliable.  Re-observation is always recommended for critical applications requiring utmost accuracy.

    NRCan is maintaining the publication of heights at benchmarks in CGVD28 for those who prefer to continue using the old reference and to assure a smooth and gradual transition period to the new height reference system.

    More information is available at the web site of the Canadian Geodetic Survey, Surveyor General Branch, Geomatics Canada.

     

    Jackie Portsmouth
    APSG Chair-Houston Chapter
    jackiep@santosinc.com
    (O) 214-389-7058
    (M) 972-854-1625


  • 01 Dec 2013 10:27 PM | Anonymous
     
       
     
     
    Further Details in Remembrance of Jim Cain       December 1, 2013  
     

    On behalf of the APSG Committee we would like to relay further details in regards to the sudden passing of our Dear Friend and Colleague Jim Cain.


    Dear APSG Family,
                                                                                    

    Jim Cain was a man of legendary integrity, good humor, and reliability.  We all feel an emptiness and he will be greatly missed.  His obituary will be published in the Houston Chronicle on Monday, December 2nd, and Tuesday, December 3rd.

    Visitation will be at Dettling Funeral Home, 14094 Memorial Drive, Houston, on Tuesday December 3rd, from 6pm to 8 pm. The Funeral is Wednesday, December 4th at 10am at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 15015 Memorial Drive, Houston. The Right Reverend C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Texas A&M Alumni Association.

     

    Sincerely,

    Michael Barnes
    APSG Foundation Chair 2010-2011
    APSG Past Chair 2008-2009
    APSG Strategic and Technical Advisor (STAC)

    Association of Petroleum Surveying and Geomatics                              

    W: www.apsg.info                                        
    M: +1 713 409 8747
    E: michael.barnes@cain-barnes.com

      

    Jackie Portsmouth
    APSG Chair
    jackiep@santosinc.com
    972-854-1625

  • 30 Nov 2013 11:00 PM | Anonymous
     
       
     
     
    In Remembrance of Jim Cain       November 30, 2013  
     

    On behalf of the APSG Committee we would like to relay some sad news from Michael Barnes, Dear Friend and Business Partner of Jim Cain.


    Dear APSG Family,

    The Cain Family has asked me to communicate the very sad news that Jim Cain died today, Saturday 30th of November, at 5 pm.  He was a man of legendary integrity, good humor, and reliability.  Jim was 70 years young while intellectually and physically still very active.  We will all miss Jim Cain enormously.

    He died of cardiac arrest with no prior indication of serious illness.  In fact, we spoke at noon today and he was in great spirits and looking forward to his next business trip to Europe.

    Liz and Jim had just returned from family Thanksgiving in Wyoming and he was preparing to travel to Rijswijk (OGP geodesy subcommittee) and London (PetroSkills geomatics class). 

    Personally, I am in shock by the loss of my close friend of many years and business partner of ten years.  I know that all receiving this message will feel the same emptiness. 

    Please feel free to write a note of condolence to Liz Cain at 12418 Stafford Springs Drive, Houston TX 77077-3910, USA.

    Details of his funeral will be communicated when available.

    Sincerely,

    Michael Barnes

    APSG Foundation Chair 2010-2011
    APSG Past Chair 2008-2009
    APSG Strategic and Technical Advisor (STAC)

    Association of Petroleum Surveying and Geomatics                              

    W: www.apsg.info                                        
    M: +1 713 409 8747
    E: michael.barnes@cain-barnes.com

      

    Jackie Portsmouth
    APSG Chair
    jackiep@santosinc.com
    972-854-1625

  • 22 Oct 2013 12:54 PM | Anonymous

     Agenda is available for Canada Chapter Fall Meeting - October 30th, 2013

     
    APSG Canada Chapter Fall 2013 Meeting
    October 22, 2013
     
    Dear Members,
                                                   
    The Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics Canada Chapter is pleased to announce the details for our Fall meeting October 30, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM in Calgary, Alberta, followed by a social. The Theme is "Examples of Oil & Gas Web Map Development". There is one spot left for registration - once the spot is filled the registration link will be disabled. Please visit the event details page to register.
     
                           
    Web mapping is a very interesting topic and almost everyone in our industry does or may benefit from it. We will review different kinds of implementations and the various business needs that resulted in the development. We can also expect to see a variety of technologies used. Those experienced in this area will recognize and benefit by comparing to the work others have done, and those not experienced will see a way forward to exploit this exciting technology.
     
    Click Here for the Fall Meeting Agenda
     
    Click Here for Event Details
                           
     
    We still have an open position for the Chair. The Chair is responsible for delegating any/all tasks to members of the Leadership Committee. Besides that, the Chair typically organizes meetings and communicates with Houston APSG Leadership and other organizations. The Chair also provides leadership, helps set the Canada Chapter agenda and goals, and assists the Membership coordinator with various membership tasks. If you’re interested, please submit a note to Mark. Please include a brief paragraph or two on your background and why you're interested.
                           
    Mark will continue to serve as Interim Chair until the Canada Chapter Fall Meeting, at which time we will pass the Chair position to the best candidate. Mark will continue with the Leadership Committee.

    Thanks,
                           
    Mark Dumka, John Spreen, Richard Andrews, Dean Mikkelsen, Matthew Tait
                           
    Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics
    Canada Chapter Leadership Committee

            
     
     
  • 21 Oct 2013 12:57 PM | Anonymous

     APSG East Chapter Fall 2013 Meeting and Call for Papers

     
    APSG East Chapter Fall 2013 Meeting
    October 21, 2013
     
    Dear Members & Guests,
                           

     

    The APSG East Chapter is pleased to announce it's Fall Meeting on November 15th, 2013, from 1:00-4:00pm at the California University of Pennsylvania Southpointe Center, located at 135 Technology Drive, Room 315, Canonsburg, PA, 15317. The meeting will be followed by a social from 4:00-5:00pm at BLVD Sports Bar, located at 114 Southpointe Blvd., Canonsburg, PA, 15317.

     

    In preparation for a great meeting we are looking for speakers with a passion for geomatics and an exciting, noteworthy presentation to deliver on any type of positioning, precision or accuracy challenges in relation to survey or GIS and Oil and Gas work.

     

    Please submit your presentation title and abstract to Patrick Cunningham, at patrickc@bluemarblegeo.com , for consideration.  

     

    If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the meeting please contact me at your earliest opportunity.

      


    Warmest Regards,

    Patrick Cunnigham
    2012-2013 APSG East Chapter Chair
    Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics

    W: www.apsg.info
    O: +1 207 622 4622 ex. 115
    E: patrickc@bluemarblegeo.com
     
     
     


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