Folks, facts and orgs…

News this month from OpenSpirit, GeoSeis, HP, MMS, Intervera, API, Halliburton, Paras, Microsoft, SMT, PGS, Paradigm, Hampson-Russel, Invensys and a clarification from Labrador.

OpenSpirit Corp. is to team with Calgary-based E&P technology specialists GeoSeis Inc. to help Canadian clients with their deployment of the OpenSpirit application and data management solutions.

The Minerals Management Service of the US Department of the Interior has just published its ‘Green Book’ guide to ‘Leasing oil and natural gas resources on the outer continental shelf.’ The 63 page guide is a free download from

Calgary data specialist Intervera has appointed Ian King as Director of Client Services. King was previously manager of Schlumberger’s Calgary Data Centre and is on the Board of Directors for the Public Petroleum Data Model Association.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has named Bob Greco to the post of Group Director, Industry Operations and Upstream. Greco will be responsible for managing oil and natural gas issues pertaining to exploration, production, marine and related industry operations. Greco is currently API Director for Policy Analysis. Before joining API, Greco was an environmental engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Halliburton unit Landmark has been awarded a two-year ‘Global Purchase Order’ by Petrobras for support, training and consulting on software and IT services.

UK-based consultants Paras is expanding, hiring John Packer, Katerina Gunningham and Olivier van Belle to its team of consultants. Marketing executive Jodie Gillespie has left the company, she is replaced by Tracey Dancy. Gillespie has joined Australian oil executive search specialists Gerard Daniels.

Microsoft’s Worldwide Oil and Gas unit has appointed Craig Hodges as director, oil and gas sales. Hodges was previously with Dell Computer.

Richard Weindel is the manager of Seismic Micro Technology’s (SMT) newly opened office in Singapore.

Charlie Har is to head-up PGS’ new data processing center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Paradigm has appointed Elijio Serrano as CFO. Serrano hails from EGL Inc. Prior to his stint with EGL, Serrano spent 17 years with Schlumberger.

Quorum Business Solutions has appointed Ken Sauers as Senior Project Manager with its Midstream Products Practice.

HP has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Alberta government for $8 million worth of IT R&D. The University of Calgary is to investigate advanced data center operations. The University of Alberta (UA) will work on 3D videoconferencing. Pierre Boulanger, UA iCORE industrial research chair is to join with HP’s Palo Alto R&D effort.

We’re hiring!

Hampson Russel is looking for a Senior Geophysicist’s role in Jakarta. Invensys is looking for a new CFO following the departure of Adrian Hennah. Paras is seeking consultants to support and develop its global client base. OpenSpirit is looking for experienced software engineers for its development effort.


Following our lead in last month’s issue, Labrador Technologies wishes to clarify that, ‘We have not made or claimed to have made any arrangements with Microsoft for ad-free commercial use of Virtual Earth. We are making use of Virtual Earth according to Microsoft’s standard terms of use policy, which by our understanding allows us to use it in a commercial application with ‘What’ and ‘Where’ fields present with the map, which does constitute a form of advertising.’.’

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