In July, the US West Chapter held its Summer Meeting and brought forth some exciting new changes to the organization of the US West Chapter. Please welcome the West Chapter leaders and its volunteers.
Message from the West Chapter Chair
"This summer began a new annual cycle for the US West APSG chapter. Our chapter continues to grow and we have the goal in the coming year of increasing participation from Operators. We will continue to have two formal meetings a year that cover topics related to geodetic information critical in the oil and gas industry."
Meet the West Chapter Leadership
CHAIR - Natalie Cutsforth with Idea + Astadia
Natalie has 18 years of experience in the Geographic Information Systems industry. Her technology expertise ranges from software to data requirements, with a vision for application of geospatial technologies for oil and gas, commercial and government clients. Based in Denver, Colorado she manages relationships with a diverse set of clients for Astadia (Idea Integration). Natalie began her career in the data side of mapping technology with satellite remote sensing and aerial photography. Then added an understanding of GIS software for creating and managing spatial data while working for ESRI. Natalie served on the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Geographic Information Technology Association (GITA) from 2008-2010, as president in 2009. She has participated on the Denver Petroleum User Group (DPUG), Microsoft's Upstream Reference Architecture partner group and actively participates in the information technology community in both Denver and Houston. In addition, she has published several technology articles in Imaging Notes magazine.
VICE CHAIR-John Farrell with Fidelity Exploration & Production Co.
John Farrell, GISP has worked as a software engineer for Lockheed Martin, Computer Sciences Corporation, IHS, and PetroWEB. For the past 18 years he has developed GIS Applications for the Oil and Gas Industry and is currently managing the GIS and GPS operations for Fidelity Exploration & Production Co. in Denver. In addition to being the Vice Chair for the West Chapter of the APSG, John is currently the chairman of the Denver Petroleum User Group (DPUG), and an active AAPG Member. John's educational achievements include: B.S. in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and Masters in Computer Information Systems from the University of Denver.
SECRETARY - TREASURER - Delmar "Andy" Anderson with Del Consulting
Dr. Anderson, an Independent Consultant, Del Consulting, provides expertise in remote sensing applications. As such, Dr. Anderson has provided consulting services in remote sensing to the Intelligence Community and U.S. corporations to include: Exploitation of Ikonos satellite imagery for Space Imaging/GeoEye; Imagery product conceptualization for Raytheon; GIS needs assessment for the Massachusetts Highway Department; and Imagery analysis pilot studies for Wal-Mart and Flying J (truck plazas). He worked in the intelligence field for forty years…including tactical and strategic intelligence collection and production of assessments for policy and decision makers. He served in numerous assignments domestically and internationally. As a USAF officer, he held positions in the Air Force Intelligence Agency, the 1381st Geodetic Squadron, the U.S. Military Assistance Command, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Overseas tours were mainly in the Pacific Rim. Policy issues included energy security, food security, water security, and other non-military issues…along with concerns relevant to political and military implications for U.S. security. Dr. Anderson’s educational achievement in geography include: BS, Kansas State University; MS, Northwestern University, and Ph.D., the University of Kansas.
MEMBERSHIP CHAIR - Bill Emison with Merrick & Company
Bill Emison currently serves as a Senior Account Manager and MARS® Product Manager for the GeoSpatial Solutions division of Merrick & Company, a professional engineering services firm based in Greenwood Village, Colorado. In this position, Bill is responsible for the sales and marketing efforts to the commercial markets, including oil and gas, utilities, and related infrastructure organizations. Bill earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisville (Kentucky) and a Master’s degree in GIS (City Planning) from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. He has been involved in the geospatial industry since 1993.