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  • 26 Apr 2013 10:16 AM | Anonymous
    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 | Anonymous
    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 | Anonymous
    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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  • 15 Apr 2013 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    You are cordially invited to the inaugural "interest meeting" of the US East Chapter of APSG.
    The meeting will be held at the Marriott Courtyard in Downtown Pittsburgh on May 22, 2013.
    Wednesday May 22, 2013
    held at the
    Marriott Courtyard in Downtown 
    Join us!
      Register Here  
    Announcing the
    US East Chapter Interest Meeting
    You are cordially invited to the inaugural "interest meeting" of the US East Chapter of APSG.

    The cost to attend is free for members and guest.

    The primary focus of APSG remains socializing, education, and networking for that part of the geomatics industry that specializes in supporting oil and gas exploration and production.

    This e-mail serves as an invitation to meet and get more information about APSG and to try and answer any questions you may have.  If there is enough interest shown, we will start the process of creating a US East chapter. You are under no obligation to join anything or spend any money at this point in time.

    Call for Papers
    Please submit your abstract to Mr. Patrick Cunningham by April 22, 2013.

    Seeking Sponsors

    If you would like to sponsor the after-meeting Social there are two ways of paying. You can either go online by clicking here to pay for your sponsorship or you can mail a check to Jose Alvarenga at:
    P.O. Box 7504
    Houston, Texas 77270
    Please make checks payable to APSG.
    How To Get There
    Courtyard Pittsburgh Downtown
    945 Penn Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    Driving Directions, Bus Station, Subway Station & Train Station information can be found at the hotel's website at:
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  • 08 Apr 2013 3:19 PM | Anonymous
    The APSG Executive Committee submits proposed changes to the Articles of Association. It is available for review and voting will be held at the Spring Meeting in Houston, Texas.

    Voting held at
    Spring Meeting
    Proposed Addition to the APSG Articles of Association
    The Executive Committee makes the following resolution of changes to the Articles of Association available for review by the members of the APSG 30+ days in advance of the APSG Spring Meeting:

    Add this item to Article 5 - Governing, Section 1 Executive Committee
    ​ D.​ The Executive Committee shall maintain a Strategic & Technical Advisory Council for organizational strategy and oversight. The Strategic & Technical Advisory Council will evaluate and advise the APSG Executive Committee with direction and initiatives that should be considered by APSG.
    The Executive Committee wanted the STAC to be formally recognized in order that they may begin the work necessary to address changes to the organization structure of the APSG.

    Voting for this amendment change will be held at the Spring Meeting in Houston, Texas. For more info on the Spring Meeting, click here.

    If you have any questions concerning the above proposed changes please contact either Barry Barrs - Chair of the STAC or Dave Byrne - Chair Executive Committee.
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  • 02 Apr 2013 4:44 PM | Anonymous
    We are currently seeking after meeting social sponsors for the Spring Meeting.
    If you are interested, please contact Alma Alling at to sign up. 
    Seeking Sponsors
    APSG29: Spring 2013 Meeting

    Friday, May 10th, 2013
    8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Chevron, 1500 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77002

    We are currently seeking after meeting social sponsors for the Spring Meeting. If you are interested, please contact Alma Alling at to sign up.
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  • 18 Mar 2013 12:30 PM | Anonymous
    APSG would like to announce and encourage members to attend the 2013 GeoGathering conference. It will be held at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO from August 21 - 22, 2013.

    - Data Collection and Sharing -

    August 21 - 22, 2013

    Cheyenne Mountain Resort
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
    APSG & GeoGathering
    APSG encourages our membership to exchange geodetic, cartographic, and spatial data management knowledge and best practices to advance survey technology relating to worldwide petroleum development.  The upcoming GeoGathering conference will provide a great forum in which you can do this!

    Please consider attending and/or being a speaker at GeoGathering and representing the APSG.  You may also take an active participatory role in one of the interactive networking sessions, helping clarify the need to possess and employ sound geodetic knowledge and practices in both the field and office, and in between.

    If you would like to attend or present at GeoGathering then please submit your abstract by March 29 via their
    website or email Victoria Skogman directly.
    About GeoGathering
    GeoGathering will take place in beautiful Colorado Springs at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort on August 21-22, 2013. This year’s theme, Developing a Data Strategy: Data Collection and Sharing, focuses on the need for efficient and effective strategies around data collection and integrity, sharing, management, analysis, and accessibility…all topics into which rigorous geodetic policies and application need to be interjected to enhance operational safety and effective decision making.

    Acquisitions and fast growth in the gathering industry are forcing operators to take a hard look at their data, from its collection through its provision to the decision makers.  It means looking at data from a much different perspective than before.

    GeoGathering provides a collaborative venue for oil & gas gathering system and upstream operators to share their experiences and learn from others.
    - Call for Abstracts is Open! -

    If you are interested in participating in this year’s conference, please submit a presentation abstract at the GeoGathering website today. Deadline for submissions is March 29, 2013. Recommended topics include:

    • PHMSA MAOP Strategies
    • Collection Methods to Meet Requirements
    • Data Sharing: GIS as an Enterprise
    • Organizing Data for Decision-Makers
    • MAOP & Collecting the Right Data
    • Acquisitions & Validating the Data
    • Environmental Permitting: Collection & Management of the Data
    • Data Security and the Cloud
    • Field & Office Data Strategies
    • What Makes Gathering Systems Unique
    • Developing a Data Sharing Strategy
    • Collecting & Sharing Information to Help Enhance Pipeline Safety
      Submit Abstract
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  • 22 Feb 2013 2:25 PM | Anonymous
    The APSG Canada Chapter is looking for members to join the Leadership Committee
    and is considering a Spring Meeting.
    A Letter From The
    Canada Chapter

    February 22, 2013
    Dear Members,

    The Association of Petroleum Surveying & Geomatics Canada Chapter is looking for members to join the Leadership Committee. We have open positions including Chair. Mark Dumka will serve as Interim Chair on a temporary basis. Roman Abdoullaev and Sean Callaghan are no longer with the Leadership Committee.

    The Canada Chapter is also considering a Spring meeting in the May - June time frame. We have an open Call for Papers and are looking for presenters. We are also looking for sponsors for an after meeting social. We'll decide March 29 if we have enough participation to hold a Spring meeting.

    Please contact Mark Dumka ( if you are interested.


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

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  • 12 Feb 2013 9:18 AM | Anonymous
      The Winter APSG US West Chapter Meeting presentations and meeting minutes are now available.
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    Winter US West Chapter Meeting

    To view/download a presentation, please click on the presenter's name to download a PDF of their presentation.

    Robert White
    Improving Well and Section Corner Coordinates: Ramification for GIS

    Elizabeth Crawley
    Improving Well & GIS Coordinates

    James Stolle
    Improving State Submission Requirements for Directional Surveys Will Improve the Geospatial Data Management of Newly Submitted Survey Data

    Brian Timoney
    How Something for Nothing May be the Key to Unlocking the Value of Your Data

    Noel Zinn
    Earth-Centered Earth-Fixed: A Geodetic Approach to Scalable Visualization without Cartographic Distortion

    Anatoly Panaytov
    How the HDS Can Influence Oil & Gas Geospatial Data

    Randy Bloom
    A Short Lists of Useful Things to Know About the Bureau of Land Management Geographic Coordinate Data Base

    Jan Van Sickle
    North American Datums

    Meeting Minutes
    To download the meeting minutes from the APSG US West Chapter: Winter 2013 Meeting, please click here. To view other meeting minutes, visit:
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  • 07 Feb 2013 7:23 AM | Anonymous
    APSG was featured in the December issue of XYZ, the quarterly journal of AFT. I would like to thank Bernard Flacelière, for having presented APSG in their December issue. For more info on the publication visit:

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