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Joshua Fredberg has joined Ansys as VP marketing. Fredberg was formerly VP of Parametric Technology Corporation.

Martin Durbin is the new Executive VP of Government Affairs of the American Petroleum Institute (API).

Rand unit ImaginIT is now a reseller for the AutoCAD Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) package in Canada.

Jeff Heggedahl is now president and CEO of Advantage IQ unit Avista Corp. Heggedahl hails from Scantron.

Ken Blott has joined Caesar Systems as Chief Strategy Officer. Blott was previously VP at Shell’s Unconventional Resource Energy unit (SURE).

The University of Texas at Austin is getting a three-year $1 million grant from the Department of Energy to create a ‘skilled workforce’ for the emerging carbon capture and storage industry.

Seismic Image Processing has joined CDA as an associate member.

Jean-Georges Malcor, currently Senior VP at Thales, is joining CGGVeritas and will be CEO next July. Robert Brunck continues as Chairman of the Board.

Bill Barrett from the US Environmental Protection Agency has been designated leader for the CO-LaN Methods & Tools SIG. The Vishwamitra Research Institute of Illinois is now a CO-LaN member.

Keith Garza (ConocoPhillips) has joined the CygNet Board of Customer Advisors.

dGB Earth Sciences has announced the ‘Open Seismic Repository’ of free, public datasets at

Lord Jenkin of Roding is appointed the first President of the UK-based Energy Industries Council (EIC).

Steve Hunt has joined Ikon Science as VP EAME. Hunt hails from Offshore Hydrocarbon Mapping. Ikon has also opened new offices in Kuala Lumpur and has named Brett Farquhar as Asia Pacific business development manager.

ION Geophysical is trialing ‘crowd sourcing’ via a Virtual Trade Fair platform—

McLaren Software has teamed with eSolutions for sales and support of Enterprise Engineer in the Middle East.

Peter Chouquette has joined Moblize as Director of Global Product Management.

Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano has just opened the new National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. The Center is an ‘integrated incident response facility’ for cyber infrastructure risks.

OSIsoft has announced the opening of a sales and support office in Moscow.

The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) has elected Iraj Ershaghi to its Board of Directors.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) have signed an ‘intersociety cooperation’ agreement ‘to work more closely together on the operation of conferences’ although the release in unclear as to a possible combination of the societies’ annual tradeshows.

Rick Luke has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Seismic Equipment Solutions. He comes from WellDynamics. SES has also named Jose Medina Senior VP, Technical Solutions and Gustavo Solorzano as VP, New Business Ventures.

SCM has released ‘Tips for writing [Petrel] Workflows*’.

Brian Grainger is now VP worldwide sales with Spectra Logic.

Zurich-based Spectraseis has launched a Joint Industry Project for low frequency seismic R&D. Participants include Cairn, Chevron, ExxonMobil, GDF Suez and Pemex.

Arne Helland is to resign his position as CFO of TGS-Nopec next May to pursue other opportunities.


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