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IBM’s Lotus unit made an enigmatic release this month announcing the ‘most important announcement of its history’ for 2007. IBM is to ‘wrestle the workstation from Microsoft’s hegemony, leveraging Web 2 and open standards.’

Schlumberger has acquired Norwegian i-well specialists, Reslink.

UK-based Exprodat Consulting is inviting sponsors to a multi-client study of GIS in E&P.

CGG has appointed Thierry Le Roux president and COO, reporting to the chairman and CEO Robert Brunck.

Computer Modeling Group’s R&D project with Shell and Petrobras to develop a ‘next generation’ reservoir simulator will mobilize 25 CMG employees and represent a $2 million commitment by CMG over the next five years.

CompuPrint is changing its name to Terra Energy & Resource Technologies (TERT). TERT unit Terra Insight’s satellite-based Sub-Terrain Prospecting (STeP) ‘predicts and locates commercially viable deposits of hydrocarbons, gold, diamonds, and other natural resources’!

Decision Dynamics (formerly Malibu) has promoted its COO Justin Zinke to president and CEO, succeeding Cecil Shewchuk.

ER Mapper has appointed Andrew Compson as Manager Africa and Middle East and Gus Dominguez Manager, East Coast, Australia.

GeoFields has appointed Jeff Amason as VP professional services.

Halliburton has named Milton Carroll to its board of directors. Carroll is founder and chairman of Instrument Products, a Houston-based oil field equipment manufacturer.

Tore Torvund (Hydro) has been re-elected chairman of the board at the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF).

Nobuo Tanaka will succeed Claude Mandil as Executive Director of the International Energy Agency in September 2007.

The Norwegian Institute for Energy Technology has appointed Dag Thomassen director of petroleum R&D.

Venture capital groups Texas Pacific and Hellman & Friedman have acquired Intergraph Corp. in a $1.3 billion transaction.

Emerson and OSI Software report that to date, 7,000 plants leverage their joint PI System/PlantWeb solution.

Knowledge Systems has named Morris Covington MD of its new London office and Russell Smith MD of its Asia/Pacific center in Perth, Australia.

Panasas has appointed Mark Mertens Regional Sales Manager, Benelux & Southern Europe. Mertens was latterly with Hitachi Data Systems.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers has posted revised reserves and resources guidelines on its website ( ) and is inviting comments through February 1st 2007.

Tim Doel is to head up Venture Information Management’s new Solutions Group which is to market Venture’s solutions to the energy industry.

Energy software house SolArc has acquired Trinity Apex Solutions of Dallas, a developer of natural gas production and trading solutions.


We wrongly stated that Kjell Trommestad works for PGS in last month’s Journal. Trommestad works for TGS-NOPEC. Our apologies to all concerned.. Our apologies to all concerned.

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