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News from Midland Valley, AspenTech, ER Mapper, Deloittes, Chevron, Geotrace, GuildOne, Kadme, Invensys, K-Reservoir, Alliance Geophysical, POSC, TrollTech, Volant, BGS, Microsoft, OGIS and HP.

Structural geology PhD students Heather Campbell (Otago), Deirdre Duggan (Galway), Anne Have Rasmussen (Aarhus) and Zsolt Schléder (Aachen) are the first beneficiaries of Midland Valley’s ‘Challenge Group’, a fast track training program for new hires.

AspenTech has just opened a sales and R&D center with 70 employees in the Zhangjiang high-tech zone in Shanghai.

Guy Perkins has been appointed CEO of ER Mapper’s global operations. Perkins was previously with ESRI and MapInfo.

Deloittes’ Petroleum Services group has appointed Catherine Horseman to its London-based MEA team.
Chevron is to standardize global refining operations on AspenTech’s AspenOne Process Control for Petroleum.

Geotrace has promoted Denby Auble to COO and hired Patrick Ng as VP Reservoir Imaging and Gary Fair to manage its reservoir seismic operations.

Data specialist GuildOne is the first Canadian client for the Houston Technology Center, a business incubator.

Michael Parker has joined the Invensys board. He was previously with British Nuclear Fuels.

Vasily Borisov is the new director of business development for Kadme AS. He was previously with Landmark.

Alberto Mezzatesta is director of production solutions with Knowledge Reservoir. He was previously with Baker Hughes.

Maurice Boutéca has been appointed deputy director of the French Petroleum Institute’s (IFP) exploration and production technology business unit.

Alliance Geotechnical Services, Indonesia, now represents OpenSpirit in the Asia Pacific region.

Jerry Hubbard has joined POSC as VP business development. Hubbard was previously with SparesFinder and has served on API/PIDX UNSPSC committees.

Silicon Graphics has filed a voluntary petition under chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code. Non-US subsidiaries are not included in the filing.

Trolltech has filed an application for listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Betsy Palkowsky is VP product delivery with Volant Solutions. Palkowsky was previously with MetaCarta.

John Campbell has retired from the board of Paras Consulting where he has served as Chairman since 1994.

John Ludden is the next director of the British Geological Survey. He succeeds David Falvey, who retires next October.

Bill Gates presented the first Beta 2 versions of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 to Chevron’s GM of IT and Strategy, Alan Nunns, at the 15th annual Windows Hardware and Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Seattle this month. Nunns said, ‘Chevron employees in over 180 countries use a standard set of Microsoft products for business productivity. The new platform is an important part of our plan to improve IM across the enterprise.’

The Open GIS Consortium is sponsoring a new standard for geo-enabling RSS feeds. GeoRSS embeds location into RSS feeds which can be mapped by a GeoRSS-enabled client. More from

HP is to close most all of its data centers around the world cutting 15,000 jobs. Only three, highly automated centers will remain, all in the USA.

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