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  • 17 Jul 2013 2:19 PM | Alma Alling
    Dr. Jan Van Sickle announces the Geospatial Education and Research program courses offered at the College of Engineering and Applied Science at University of Colorado Denver.
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    APSG Members,

    I want to thank you very much indeed for responding to the request for letters of support for the Geospatial Education and Research program in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at University of Colorado Denver. Your input made a difference!  The program has been given the green light and a start has been made.

    The following courses will be offered online starting August 19, 2013 and will also be taught in the classroom on this schedule:

    Course Name
     Course Number
      Course Dates
    GPS/GNSS  CVEN 5800
    3:30 P.M. - 6:15 P.M.
    Practical High Definition Surveying (HDS)  LiDAR for Engineers and Architects  CVEN 5800
    1:00 P.M.  - 3:45 P.M.
    Intro to Building Information Modeling  (BIM)   
    4:00 P.M. - 6:45 P.M.
     Introduction to GEOINT  CVEN 5800
    4:00 P.M. - 6:45 P.M.
    GIS Spatial Database Development  CVEN 5382
     Tuesday / Thursday
    6:30 P.M. - 7:45 P.M.
    GIS Laboratory
     CVEN 5386
    9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
    Geomatics for GIS  CVEN 5800-015
    5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.m.

    These courses will be taught by
    Dr. Jacek Grodecki, Senior Director, Research and Development at GeoEye

    Dr. Apostol Panayotov, University of Colorado Denver

    Dr. Delmar (Andy) Anderson, Independent Consultant at Del Consulting

    Dr. Jan Van Sickle, Van Sickle LLC

    If you, or anyone you know, wants to sign up for these classes appropriate information will be found by clicking the links below for credit and non-credit admissions.


    Any questions can be directed to Ms. Heidi Utt, Academic Services Program Manager Continuing Engineering Education Program University of Colorado Denver PO Box 173364, Campus Box #115 Denver, Colo. 80217-3364
    Office: North Classroom Bldg. Room #3024
    Phone: 303-556-4907
    Fax: 303-556-6688
    Cell: 720-935-3057
    Thank you again for your valuable input.

    Best Regards,


    Mr. Jan Van Sickle, Ph.D.
    GPS, GNSS and GIS
    303 915 4669

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  • 10 Jul 2013 7:47 AM | Alma Alling
    Dave Byrne, the APSG Chair, announces Jay Hollingsworth's new position as Chief Technology Officer at Energistics.
    A Letter From The Chair
    July 10, 2013
    Dear Members & Guests,

    If you did not see the recent announcement, Jay Hollingsworth, one of our past APSG Chairs, is the new Chief Technology Officer at Energistics.  This is very exciting news!  With Jay’s new appointment with this energy industry standards group, the APSG looks forward to having an experienced and knowledgeable voice in a great position in which to raise industry awareness of geomatics, geodetics, geospatial data, and mapping sciences.  See the entire announcement at


    Dave Byrne
    2012-2013 APSG Chair
    Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics

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  • 09 Jul 2013 2:38 PM | Alma Alling
      The US West Chapter 04 Summer 2013 Meeting will be held Friday, 19 Jul 2013 at Herschner Room, Wells Fargo Center, 1700 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203.
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    US West Chapter Summer Meeting
    Friday 19 Jul 2013 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Wells Fargo Center, Herschner Rm., 1700 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO

    Register Here

    Strategies for Maintaining Geospatial Data Integrity and Accessibility Downstream
    APSG US West: Summer Meeting is a conference featuring presentations from experts in Geomatics, Surveying, Positioning, Geospatial Data and Mapping Sciences. The topic at this year's Summer Meeting is "Strategies for maintaining geospatial data integrity and accessibility downstream" and the presentation topics for this meeting include:
    • Finding Public Land Survey Monuments in the Field - An Update and Implications for GIS Datasets
    • Improving Pipeline In-Ditch As-Builting with a Photogrammetric Solution
    • Do it Right the First Time, or Don't Do It At All
    • Geospatial Data Delivery Standards
    • Production Site Surveys

    The agenda for this meeting can be downloaded by clicking here.
    Event Location
    The event will be held at {Event_Location}. Please note that the meeting will be held in the Herschner Room.

    Information regarding event parking can be found at the event page by clicking here.
    Social Location
    After the meeting, the APSG will hold a Social at Katie Mullen's Irish Pub & Restaurant (Sheraton Hotel) at 1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202 . 
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  • 19 Jun 2013 7:48 AM | Alma Alling
      Presentations, Meeting Minutes & Photos from the Spring APSG Canada Chapter Meeting are available for viewing.
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    Spring Canada Chapter Meeting
    Many thanks to those that attended the Spring Canada Chapter Meeting. Presentations, Meeting Minutes and Photos from this meeting are available for download.
    Presentations from the Canada Chapter Meeting can be viewed on the APSG website or you can simply click the links below.

    Mark Dumka - O&G Spatial Data Management

    Dean Mikkelsen - Seismic P Formats

    John Brigden - Directional Drilling

    Chris Tucker / Robert Radovanovic - 3D Laser Data from Airborne to Handheld

    Roger W. Leeman - The Bow Project
    Meeting Minutes
    To view the meeting minutes, please click here.
    Photos taken at the APSG Canada Chapter Meeting can be found on the website under Photo Gallery / Canada Chapter Photo Gallery / Photo Gallery (June 2013) or you can visit our Facebook Page by clicking here.
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  • 13 Jun 2013 9:03 AM | Alma Alling
    Ken Turnbull announces the nominations for the upcoming year for the APSG US West Chapter.
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    Dear ASPG Members;

    I am pleased to announce we have members willing to step forward and accept the nominations for the upcoming year for the APSG US West Chapter.

    They are:
    Chairperson -  Natalie Cutsforth
    Secretary/Treasurer -  Andy Anderson

    John Farrell would like to remain as Vice Chair.
    Bill Emison would like to remain as Membership Chair.

    A broad request for nominations was circulated, but this brought no volunteers. Andy and Natalie were personally contacted by me, because I thought they had the necessary credentials and experience, and both have accepted.

    The nominated individuals will be presented at the July 19th meeting for approval by the membership.

    Thank you for your support.

    Ken Turnbull
    Nomination Committee – APSG West Chapter

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  • 03 May 2013 9:40 AM | Alma Alling
    The APSG Executive Committee withdraws proposed amendment to Articles of Association.

    Message to the APSG membership from Barry Barrs, Chair of STAC

    Re: Proposed Amendment to Articles of Association Being Withdrawn

    Since the recent email announcement concerning the proposed amendment to the APSG Articles of Association, numerous emails have been received, in addition to one phone call, voicing concerns that the amendment is not specific enough as currently written. After discussing this further with a spokesperson for the group opposed to the amendment it was mutually agreed that the amendment would be withdrawn and STAC will continue to meet and work on both organizational structure changes needed to incorporate Chapters and the establishment of more specifics around the STAC. To ensure that the APSG membership are engaged in and informed of these proposed changes well in advance, the plan is to make every effort to have the proposed Articles of Association changes ready for review by the full membership approximately three months prior to the fall 2013 meeting.  This will provide ample time to obtain feedback from the members for due consideration and make any additional adjustments well in advance of the fall meeting.

    The time currently set aside on the agenda at the spring meeting for “Amendments to Articles of Association” will be used to engage the membership on ideas for consideration for the organizational structure changes to incorporate Chapters and put more specifics around STAC.  Looking forward to seeing you all at the meeting

    For more info on the spring meeting, click here.

    If you have any questions concerning the information in this email, please contact Barry Barrs - Chair of the STAC.
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  • 02 May 2013 10:39 AM | Alma Alling
      APSG 29: Spring 2013 Meeting will be held Friday, May 10, 2013 at Chevron in Downtown Houston.  Our Theme is "Getting Back to our Geodetic Roots".
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    APSG29: Spring 2013 Meeting
    Friday,  May 10, 2013 from 08:00 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.
    at Chevron Corporation, 1500 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77002

    Reminder Registration for APSG29 Ends Thursday, May 9 at Noon C.S.T.
    Our theme for the US Central Chapter Spring Meeting is "Getting Back to Our Geodetic Roots". The agenda for this event can be downloaded here.
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  • 26 Apr 2013 10:16 AM | Alma Alling
    Mark Dumka, the APSG Canada Interim Chapter Chair, announces the new Canada Chapter
    leadership and speaks about the upcoming APSG Canada Chapter Summer Meeting.
    A Letter From The
    Canada Chapter
    April 26, 2013
    Dear Members & Guests,

    The Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics Canada Chapter is pleased to announce recent additions to the Leadership Committee. Please join us in welcoming Dean Mikkelsen (Conoco) and Matthew Tait (Worley Parsons). They join John Spreen (Paladin Positioning), Richard Andrews (Spatial Technologies), and Mark Dumka (Anadarko).

    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.

    There has been some informal interest expressed in the open position, and so we'd like to invite all interested members to submit a note to Mark Dumka ( if you're interested. Please include a brief paragraph or two on your background, as well as why you're interested.

    Mark Dumka will continue to serve as Interim Chair until the Canada Chapter Fall Meeting, at which time we hope to pass the Chair to the best candidate. We are targeting late October / early November for this meeting.

    We'd also like to announce our Spring meeting June 5, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM in Calgary, Alberta (limit 50 members), followed by a social. The Theme is generally (but not restricted to) O&G Spatial Data Management. We are still working on various details. We have presentations that warrant an afternoon but not a whole day. That could change based on presenters who step forward, so we are keeping the Call for Presentations open until May 14. At that time we will provide an Agenda and other meeting details. Please let us know if we are overlooking a major conflict on June 5. Please submit a note to Mark Dumka ( if you're interested in making a presentation.


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

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  • 25 Apr 2013 4:47 PM | Alma Alling
    APSG is sponsoring the annual Esri Petroleum GIS Conference Map Gallery Competition.
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    Enter Your Map in a Contest

    The Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics (APSG) is sponsoring the annual Esri Petroleum GIS Conference Map Gallery competition.

    Hang your map poster in the conference Map Gallery. Maybe you will win glory. Maybe you will win fame. Or maybe you will win a one-year APSG membership and a Garmin nüvi GPS device or a Pentax WG 2 GPS camera. Check out the guidelines, prizes, and dates.

    Individuals or groups should enter their maps into the contest under their own name(s) and, if desired, under the banner of the company, school, or agency to which they are affiliated, but map entries should NOT be submitted under the banner of the APSG since we are the ones judging and awarding the submissions.

    Map Gallery

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  • 17 Apr 2013 9:22 AM | Alma Alling
    Dave Byrne, the APSG Chair, speaks about the upcoming APSG spring meeting.
    A Letter From The Chair
    April 17, 2013
    Dear Members & Guests,

    It’s April and that means that our annual APSG Spring Meeting is just around the corner! This spring we’re getting back to basics by focusing on how we got where we are today in geodesy and why it matters greatly to every one of us. Plan now to join us on Friday, May 10, for a valuable and much anticipated series of presentations by industry experts from around the world on the topic of “Getting Back to Our Geodetic Roots.”

    This spring’s meeting features six outstanding talks that will examine and explain the full historic impact of geodesy in chronological sequence up to and including our present “reality”. Have you ever asked the following fundamental questions?
    • Why I am not working in just WGS 84?
    • How and why were datums and map projections created?
    • Why are there so many geodetic datums?
    • Where does height figure in all this?
    • What and why is the geoid important?
    • How were measurements made before satellite technologies?
    Many historic events do influence today’s handling of geodetic data in our business so it’s instructive to reflect on that history and understand how to correctly evaluate and integrate historical data with our current day spatial data. Come to the spring meeting and get the answers to all of these questions and more.

    Register for this meeting TODAY and then come join us on May 10th for a great day of reflection, insight, learning, networking, and just plain fun! See the agenda and check out the Upcoming Events section of the APSG website home page for all the details of the APSG29 Spring 2013 Meeting.

    If you have any comments or concerns, please contact the APSG Webmaster at

    I look forward to seeing you at the meeting!


    Dave Byrne
    2012-2013 APSG Chair
    Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics

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