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News from Halliburton, IAGC, BGS, CatSites, CGG, ESI, Petris, POSC, UKOOA, ESRI, Kelman etc..

The London Petrophysical Society has put its North Sea Rw water resistivity catalog online at Andrew Lane is now COO of Halliburton. He replaces John Gibson. Both are former presidents of Landmark Graphics.

The International Association of Geophysical Contractors has released a web-based Invitation to Tender Form. This can be used to request services from IAGC consultant members.

According to the American Petroleum Institute, profit margins of oil and gas companies averaged 6.9% in the second quarter of 2004 (compared to a 6.3% average percent for all US industry). Banks did a lot better with a 20.8% margin. Software companies made 16%.

The British Geological Survey has just released the Sigma Toolbox, a digital field data capture system consisting of an HP iPAQ, Bluetooth GPS, digital camera and ESRI ArcPad-based software.

CatSites has released a new version of its CD-ROM—based ‘Oil and Gas on the Internet - Upstream’ resource—now in PDF format. CatSites holds 800 pages with 5,628 upstream Internet listings. CGG’s Geocluster seismic processing software is now available on both 32-bit and 64-bit cluster platforms.

Speaking to analysts last month ConocoPhillips CEO Jim Mulva reported ‘good progress’ on the company’s plans to grow its E&P segment to 65-70% of capital employed.

Energy Solutions International has appointed Jonathan Mefferd as General Counsel. Mefferd previously held the same post with Aspen Technology.

Bernie Fields has joined Petris as VP of Professional Services. Fields was previously with BearingPoint.

The following were recently elected to the board of POSC: Peter Breunig (ChevronTexaco), Herb Yuan (Shell), Peter Bernard (Landmark) and Stewart Robinson (UK DTI).

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) has appointed the following to its Advisory Board for 2005: Alan Booth (Nexen) Paul Blakeley (Talisman) and Ian Hewitt (BG).

ESRI has just launched a Surveying Special Interest Group (S-SIG) to give surveyors and GIS professionals a collaborative forum for the integration of surveying and GIS technology. More from

David Richard has resigned his position of president and CEO of Kelman Technologies. The Kelman board has commenced an international executive search to fill Richard’s post. Chairman Seymour Epstein will assume the interim presidency.

Barton Payne has joined Paradigm’s Asia Pacific office as Leader of the Visualization Team. Payne was previously with Saudi Aramco.

Landmark has discontinued the Magic Earth brand. GeoProbe continues as one of Landmark’s flagship interpretation products.

RPS Group has consolidated its US operations in new offices in Houston. The management team includes Peter Fearn (president) John Morse (VP business development) and Susan Rice (Business Development Manager).

Seitel has appointed Rob Monson as CEO, president, and director. Monson was previously CFO of the company.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has just published Vol. 1 of its definitive Architecture of the World Wide Web. The publication is designed to ‘preserve the relatively simple technologies […] that have resulted in a remarkable information space of interrelated resources.’

Research and Markets has just published the World Energy Atlas 2004 with 128 maps and 264 color pages. The paper and CD-ROM based resource covers major oil and gas fields and pipelines, processing and storage facilities, deepwater fields, refineries and LNG facilities.

Ukraine-based AVIS Corp is seeking to leverage work done with Argonne National Laboratory and DOE US in the nuclear sector for use in oil and gas reserve forecasting. Avis applies data mining and artificial intelligence (AI) to solve complex problems by deriving regularities from huge information sets.


ExxonMobil and its employees are contributing $5 million to the Southeast Asia tsunami relief effort. Shell and BP are both donating $3million. ChevronTexaco is also giving financial aid and Unocal Thailand has contributed 1 million baht. Many companies are also providing in-kind assistance.

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