Folks, facts and orgs ...

News this month from Aker Kvaerner, GE, Chevron, CDA, Deloitte, Energistics, Geosoft, IBM, IFP, OpenSpirit, Techsia, SpectrumData, Baker Donelson, Madagascar, Pinnacle, Paradigm, PODS, FIATECH, IEA, IASC, Isilon.

Pål Helsing is now Executive VP of Aker Kvaerner’s field development unit.

GE Oil & Gas has signed a pipeline inspection alliance with AGR Pipetech of Norway.

Paradigm has appointed John Allen as executive VP and general counsel, Clay Miller as VP and CIO and Andrew Stein as chief marketing officer. Allen was previously with Halliburton, Miller with AMD and Stein with Geomagic.

Divestco has acquired Spectrum Seismic Processing and iLand Data for C$2.45 million.

Allen Nfonsam has joined Techsia’s US support team.

Advanced Resources has promoted James Caballero to VP.

After one year of existence, Madagascar, the open source seismic processing package, has seen over 1,200 copies downloaded.

SpectrumData has appointed Tony Duffy operations manager in New Zealand.

Chevron’s Oilfield Ontology Repository project (OITJ June 07) now has a website—

Pinnacle Technologies has acquired reservoir monitoring boutique Applied Geomechanics.

A new website, is a shop window for Baker Donelson’s IP group.

UK Common Data Access has issued RFIs for seismic and scanned image repositories. CDA has also hired Raye McRitchie to its data team.

Chevron’s Energy Technology unit has awarded a $5 million grant to UT’s Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at Austin for EOR research.

Deloitte Petroleum Services has hired Craig Foot to its PetroView as GIS/ IT specialist and Markus Fischer who joins as a PetroScope developer.

Schlumberger VP marketing Mike Benjamin has been elected chairman of the Energistics board. Benjamin succeeds Halliburton’s Jonathan Lewis.

Geosoft has appointed Chris Berry and Nick Burchell to its Professional Services group.

ExxonMobil has joined the Pipeline Open Data Standards organization, PODS.

Sharon Bickford has joined FIATECH as project manager.

Schlumberger has acquired Italian electromagnetics specialist Geosystem.

Didier Houssin has been appointed Director at OECD’s International Energy Agency.

Marc Nathan is now IT development director at the Houston Technology Center.

The International Accounting Standards Committee is seeking candidates for the new XBRL Advisory Council and Quality Review team.

Jamey Webster is the new CEO of Knowledge Systems replacing Jim Bridges who is now chairman. Webster was previously COO.

‘Cost and complexity’ has caused PGS to delist from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

French EPC Technip has likewise opted to delist from the NYSE. Technip’s accounts conform to the International Financial Reporting Standards and the company ‘no longer considers it necessary to publish its accounts under two accounting standards.’

John Kelly is now senior VP of IBM Research, replacing Paul Horn who is retiring. Horn was, inter alia, responsible for development of the Deep Blue and Blue Gene supercomputers.

The French Petroleum Institute (IFP) has signed an R&D and training agreement with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

Randall Luthi is the new director of the US Minerals Management Service. Luthi comes from the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Baker Hughes’ Inteq division is to commercialise Grant Prideco’s Intelliserv wired drill pipe telemetry system.

Michael Lamach has been appointed to Iron Mountain’s board of directors.

The ISA standards body is to kick-off the ISA Security Compliance Institute for testing and certification of industrial control systems.

Isilon has named Paul Rutherford to VP engineering and Steve Fitz as senior VP worldwide sales. Fitz hails from EMC Corp. Rutherford’s is an internal promotion.

James Calaway has been appointed to the OpenSpirit board.

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