April 27, 2017

Good Vibes at the 2017 Esri Petroleum GIS Conference

The Esri Petroleum Conference (formerly known as “PUG”) has always been our staple industry event during the year, although due to external circumstances, the past few years have been quiet. This year, however, was one of the best local GIS events in recent history. Our own Mitchell Atwood summed it up nicely in his LinkedIn post:

“On behalf of LOGIC Solutions Group, thank you for a great Esri Petroleum Conference 2017 in Houston this week; always good to catch up with long term relationships and establish new ones. There is a nice vibe in the O&G industry and you can see the optimism in people’s faces. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of it.”

LOGIC highlights from the conference include solid presentations, fun times at the expo and overall, a great job by the Esri events team. Check out the finer points below. 

Solid presentations from some locals.
There were a lot of sessions with valuable information and innovative ideas presented. We were specifically excited about the Green Field Enterprise Web GIS Implementation at EnerVest - Value Created and Lessons Learned. Bill Keller led this session by highlighting the value of Enterprise GIS and the role LOGIC played in making it happen.

As a Chief Geophysicist, Bill brings a ton of credibility and spoke to the value Enterprise GIS delivers to business like no other.
We also all unanimously enjoyed the plenary. It is extremely fascinating to see how well choreographed these events are. Obviously, lots of practice goes into the event.

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High attendance made for a really fun Expo.
This was our 5th year at the conference and this year we had a lot of fun at our booth. Thanks to everyone that stopped by to chat widgets, learn more about our project with EnerVest or just say hi!

We had lots of cool swag but the crowd favorite (by far) was the LOGIC t-shirts –they went like hot cakes.  Hope you got one!

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The Esri team put on a great event!
From stellar sessions and solid hands on labs – the Esri team rocked the conference. One change that our team noted was moving the social to the last day of the conference. The turnout for the social was remarkable even though this was the first time the gathering was on the last day of the conference. This speaks directly to this year’s attendee energy level.

Our time at the Grove was a lot of fun as always. The weather was perfect and the food was delicious.

We weren't the only ones with smiles on, the George R. Brown Convention Center has had a delightful face lift since the last time we were there. Check out this neat sculpture that sits right outside the doors:

Not to be outdone by the George Brown, the new Marriott next door has a Texas shaped lazy river. Not bad Marriott, the LOGIC team co-signs on this!


Always a good conference, looking forward to next year! The plenary videos and presentations should be released by Esri soon, until then, check out the photos!

2017 Esri Petroleum GIS Conference

April 12, 2017

FME World Tour 2017

Thursday, April 7th was the 2017 FME World Tour in Houston. Safe Software’s yearly road trip aims to promote and educate on the FME platform. We’ve been looking forward to the 2017 edition since last year’s FME WT! In addition to the LOGICians there (thanks Lisa), it was great to see so many local energy firms in attendance.

Here are some of our observations from the 2017 FME World Tour Houston.

Safe Software is continuing to invest in FME
FME is such a powerful tool for ETL (Extract > Transform > Load), data enrichment and data conflation for oil and gas companies, so I was happy to hear Safe Software is continuing to invest in their tool by growing the number of out-of-the-box connectors. They are also updating their already solid user interfaces, including the FME Server experience.

FME fosters a collaborative community
Safe Software continues to build upon the community aspect of FME through interactive and fun learning opportunities. This year, they asked folks to huddle into teams to answer technical questions in the hope of winning swag – something all conference attendees (including myself) love.  This activity definitely got everyone engaged and thinking about FME. The LOGIC team came home with a few topics to brainstorm.

LOGIC and FME in 2017
This week we’ll be presenting a paper at the 2017 Esri Petroleum GIS Conference, focusing on an FME implementation with our client, EnerVest. The Green Field Enterprise Web GIS Implementation at EnerVest allowed the GIS team to automate data downloading, cleanup, conflation, spatialization and loading into ArcSDE.  This type of FME engagement helps oil and gas companies focus on finding or producing oil and gas instead of manual data massaging or script writing.

To further our FME knowledge, two of our team members will be attending the FME User Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, May 24-26th. The FME UC, is focused on technical “how-tos”, learning tips for your data, and getting answers to your trickiest integration questions. Let us know if you have any technical questions you want answered and we’ll do our best to get the info for you at the UC. Submit your questions to Todd. (todd.buehlman[at]logicsolutionsgroup.com)

If you haven’t been to an FME World Tour, make plans to join us next year, the event and accompanying community are awesome. Going forward, we have plans to continue utilizing and promoting FME as a powerful (and cost effective) ETL platform. Please let us know if you have any related FME questions.