With over 1,600 registered users attending the Petroleum User Group (PUG) conference in Houston, all waiting to be inspired by the latest and greatest technologies and practices the Petroleum community has to offer, none of us were disappointed. These were my top 5 inspiring moments:

1. The Esri Plenary Session

Gathering up the best and the brightest, the stories, and the demonstrations of the latest and greatest technologies; these always seem to get everyone's thoughts racing and drive creative ways to solve problems. The introduction focused on what users really want:

  • No limitations
  • One corporate system
  • Uniform maps
  • Easy to use
  • Information at their fingertips in 3 clicks or less

2. Presentation on Innovative Use of Technology – Google Glass

What an attention-grabber! An Esri partner provided a presentation on how they have leveraged Google Glass technologies with mapping. Wearable technologies continue to enter the enterprise and consumer markets at an ever increasing rate. Google Glass can be leveraged to provide users with more efficient and better ways to interact with the data around us, such as the collection of structures that fall in a pipeline right of way. Data can be captured, transmitted and displayed in 3d visualizations.

The screen capture below shows the identification of a structure in the field by an operator wearing Google Glass and how it interacts with the mapping application.


3. Web Applications for ArcGIS Demonstration

Web applications leveraged in ArcGIS were demonstrated throughout the conference. One demonstration highlighted applications that can be leveraged within the petroleum industry but also, if you're thinking outside the box, outside of the industry.

Web Apps, Maps, Templates and App Builder demonstrated by an Esri partner showed how easy it is to customize solutions to specific industry and businesses. Customized capabilities such as summary viewers, incident management and oil spill analysis applications as well as the advantages that can be leveraged with web maps allowed the attendees to visualize ‘what could be’ for their unique need and business venture.


4. An Overview on Managing Geospatial Data as an Enterprise-wide Asset

BP provided an overview of their efforts towards enterprise-wide geospatial data management. BP enterprise acknowledges how critical geospatial data is to its business and how BP makes decisions and handles risk. How BP manages the relationships between geospatial and non-geospatial data has changed the views of how this data is managed throughout its life cycle.

5. The PUG Social at the House of Blues

This was a great networking opportunity to meet the attendees and hear their inspiring stories of how GIS has improved operations and made significant changes to their company’s business. As new Pipeline Open Data Standard (PODS™) Association members, it was especially beneficial to hear about the ‘grass roots’ and the future efforts of PODS from current members.

The opportunity to speak with Janet Sinclair as she transitions out of her role as Executive Director was especially enlightening as she spoke about her history, challenges, and successes during her tenure at PODS.

The theme commonly heard among those mingling at the House of Blues? GIS is facilitating the abilities of the petroleum industry and it’s only scratched the surface of what is possible.

Tammy McCracken serves as a Sr. Technical Architect for GISi, supporting our Private Industry team and the work they do in Energy Industries.

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