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Andrea Chiappe has joined Caesar Systems as product manager. Chiappe was previously with Pioneer Natural Resources.

According to a study by IHS’ Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) unit, staff shortages will delay large oil and gas production projects worldwide. A 10-15% ‘people deficit’ is expected through 2010.

INT’s Wellbore Viewer and Geologix’ Geo Suite are in the process of WITSML certification by Energistics.

RPS Energy MD Mick Cook is the inaugural chairman of the new International Energy Consultants Organisation (IECO) which is to offer geoscience, survey and HSE consultancy services.

Infoweb has published an introduction ( to the ISO 15926 oil and gas plant data standard and its representation in RDF/OWL.

Invensys is to resell and support the full suite of Innotec’s Comos engineering lifecycle management modules.

Following the retirement of Jan Erik Korssjøen, Walter Qvam has been named Kongsberg’s CEO. Qvam was previously with Bene Agere, a Norwegian strategic consultancy.

Eugene Nosal is to head up MicroSeismic’s new Middle East office in Dubai.

Ali Ferling now heads-up Microsoft’s Oil and Gas practice. Ferling was previously with HP.

BP Americas Production Co and Marathon Oil are two of the latest joiners of the Public Petroleum Data Model Association (PPDM).

BJ Services has promoted Henri Niewold to country manager of its Netherlands Well Services Division.

Geoinfo SRL is to represent OpenSpirit Corp. for Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.

Ola Bøsterud is now head of communications with Norwegian oil services group Aibel. Bøsterud was previously with PGS.

Dave Wallis, EU representative for OFS Portal is now chair of the PIDX Classification Work Group. Paul Mayer of SparesFinder is vice-chair.

Jack Angel has been named VP sales and marketing for fiber optic specialist, Sabeus. Angel was previously with Baker Hughes’ Pipeline Management Group.

Resolve GeoSciences has announced representative agreements with Houston-based processing boutiques SeisLink and Texseis.

Resolute Natural Resources has joined the OFS Portal community. Resolute is a brown-field development with a a primary area of activity in the Paradox Basin of south eastern Utah.

Predictive analytics specialist SmartSignal has appointed Stacey Kacek as VP product development. Kacek hails from Motorola.

Craig Tamlin has been named CEO of SpectrumData replacing Guy Holmes who is now Director of oil and gas operations. Tamlin was previously country manager for tape specialist Quantum.

Pentti Heikkinen has steped down as President and CEO of TietoEnator following disappointing financial results. The TietoEnator board has started a search for a replacement. Meanwhile Åke Plyhm is interim CEO.

George Mathewson is now non-executive chairman of Wood Mackenzie. Stephen Halliday has been named CEO as Paul Gregory moves to non-executive deputy chairman.

Autodesk is to donate its coordinate system and map projection technology, acquired from Mentor Software, to the geospatial open source community.

Maxeler Technologies and the Stanford Center for Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES) report a 48 fold speed up in a seismic algorithm using Maxeler’s MAX-1 card with a single Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGA over a single AMD Opteron node.

Helge Tveit is to head-up Norwegian VC Energy Ventures’ new Houston office. He is seconded by Bob Schwartz, previously president of energy at the Houston Technology Center.

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