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.