Introducing the Geocortex Energy team
For over half a decade, more than 120 oil & gas companies and pipeline operators have implemented Geocortex Essentials; our intuitive web mapping solution helps them automate and streamline business processes, and they leverage its framework to integrate spatial data with other critical business systems. Our team has supported the unique demands of energy organizations by tailoring their implementations through professional services and product development, extending the core Geocortex Essentials suite.
The last five years have been an exciting and transformative time for Latitude Geographics, for our clients, and for the industry. Through this time, a few notable things have happened:
- Geocortex implementations have been proven, and these implementations are providing substantial value and benefits to the organization. Whether it be processes that have been streamlined and simplified through Geocortex Workflow technology, the ease of administration of the ecosystem of sites organizations apply, or the intuitive interface of Geocortex, operators have been able grow the number of users through the organization. Because of this, our solutions have become more deeply embedded, and are becoming crucial decision making tools, saving some customers hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
- The global oil & gas economy has forced energy organizations to be more efficient and uncover new ways to use the systems and tools they already have in place. Due to the rapid development nature, ease of implementation, and scalability of Geocortex technology, many organizations are finding they can operate more efficiently through their investment in Geocortex.
- Client implementations have matured, the user-base has grown, and advanced users are looking to extend Geocortex with distinct and powerful functionality. Whether it’s integration with asset management, work order management, or other key business systems, Geocortex is being pushed further to do more.
- As we have worked through these advancements with our clients, our subject matter expertise has expanded significantly. Whether the expertise has grown from the work we have done alongside our clients, or through hiring individuals with industry experience, we have developed a deep understanding of the complexities of industry data standards and regulatory requirements. This positions us to provide far better advice and guidance to our customers.
Introducing the Geocortex Energy team
In response to the rapid adoption of Geocortex, the ever-changing industry landscape, and a desire to better serve our customers, we are excited to introduce you to our dedicated Geocortex Energy team! We are focused on leveraging industry and client experience, coupled with the Geocortex framework, to build solutions and services that will continue to redefine how energy users engage with spatial data.
The Geocortex Energy team is comprised of two groups: Business Development and Solutions. Our Business Development team, Rob Lenarcic and Quinn Abbey (familiar names for many of our clients) continue to drive new business, support our energy customers, ensure continuity in the services we provide, and showcase our newest offerings.
The Solutions team consists of several individuals that continue the tradition of crafting best-in-breed solutions and services - with a dedicated focus on workflows that address the specific challenges of oil & gas organizations. Led by me, Sam Acheson (Energy Solutions Manager), the team also includes Tom Kasmer (Project Manager and Business Analyst), and Software Engineers Yongzhi Zhu, Colin Aspinall, and Christian Morin (our resident Software Architect).
The team has already started collaborating with clients to develop new and exciting technology solutions built with Geocortex, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve come up with!
In the coming months, we will be sharing more information with you via this blog; if you’d like to hear more about our latest solutions – and learn how the Geocortex Energy team is continuing to help oil & gas organizations – be sure to connect with us at these upcoming 2017 events:
- Esri Petroleum GIS Conference, April 12-13: Houston, TX
- Esri International User Conference, July 10-14: San Diego, CA
- Pipeline Week, October 3-5: Houston, TX
(You can also catch a webinar I recently hosted here.)
GIS Day 2016
Tomorrow is GIS Day! Latitude will be taking part in events with our customers and celebrating the hard work they do with GIS to make a difference in our society.
If you’re in any of the cities below on Wednesday, November 16 and want to join us, we’d love to see you.
- Cobb County GIS Day: 8:00 AM – Noon, Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta, GA
- Connecticut GIS Day: 8:45 AM – 4:00 PM, Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent St., New Haven, CT
- LA County GIS Day: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Los Angeles County Grand Park, Olive Court, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA
2016 Geocortex Business Partner Summit
Thank you to all of our partners who attended this year’s 2016 Geocortex Business Partner Summit! This was our biggest Summit yet, and we hope the attendees benefited from the presentations, discussions, brainstorming and networking. Our partners are the ones who really make this event, and we’d like to thank you for your contributions.
If you aren’t a Geocortex customer, yet, and are outside the United States, there’s a strong chance we have a partner in your region who is ready to help!
The 2008 ESRI Southwest Users Group Conference
Laramie, WY October 22-24, 2008
For the last six years, Latitude Geographics has attended every Southwest Users Group (SWUG) conference. From Jackson Hole in 2003 through to Laramie in 2008, the SWUG conference brings together GIS users from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. This year’s high plains geospatial roundup offered up blowing snow and chilly temperatures – a big departure for a guy like me accustomed to Victoria’s moderate climate. But the warmth of the SWUG organizers (kudos to the entire organizing committee for an awesome job!) allowed the attendees to quickly forget about the cold temperatures, and settle into a dose (actually, many, many doses) of Wyoming hospitality!
The SWUG event is not your regular, regional GIS conference. John Calkins, ESRI’s “Corporate Technical Evangelist” kicked things off with an interactive keynote session that engaged the group in a geographic approach to problem solving. Plenty of great user and vendor presentations followed, topped off with an evening keynote by Wyoming historian Bruce Blevins. Aside from all the interesting work-related stuff, I’d have to say that the highlight of the conference was the BBQ, Bluegrass, and Broncs event (disclosure: we were also a sponsor). This was not my first rodeo - but it was undoubtedly one of the most unique I’ve seen. The University of Wyoming Rodeo Team put on a presentation just for us, and we got to enjoy steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing and bull-riding. Yee-Haw! Later in the evening, we two-stepped to music served up by the Zarks, a local country-western band. I reckon the user sessions were a little subdued the next morning, but attendees (AKA SWUG-uhs) seemed to be wearing a collective grin.
It’s events like these that make me appreciate the industry we work in, given its great mix of knowledge sharing, professionalism, and appreciation for local cultural activities!
Buenos dias, parlez vous Ingles?
Unlike my older sister who is fluent in six or seven languages, learning other languages has never been my thing. French in high school and introductory Spanish in university tarnished my GPA, but I had enough of each to get by overseas. However, on our honeymoon in Costa Rica a couple years ago, my wife and I discovered that my brain had, over the years, somehow blended my already marginal French and Spanish into a truly useless hybrid language.
I depart shortly for the ESRI Latin American User Conference in Santiago, Chile and I hauled out my old Spanish textbooks a few weeks ago to prepare. It appears the hybridization may be permanent. Last night, I finally conceded substantive improvement was extremely unlikely and decided to resort to simply memorizing as many phrases as possible.
I’m grateful I’ll be delivering a presentation alongside Fernando Basurto, COO of our business partner ESIMEX, as he’ll be able to translate my words properly--and in the correct language.
The first Geocortex user group
Our customers and partners have long asked us to kickstart Geocortex user groups where there were a concentration of users around them. A combination of busyness (building the technology) and platform penetration have hindered this before, but no longer...
We (and more importantly, our users) are pleased to announce the first Geocortex user group - California. The Golden State is home to the largest pool of Geocortex users anywhere, and based on ongoing interest, its time to bring them together.
Our first meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 16, 2008 in Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County has generously offered to host this event. So far, our draft agenda includes introductions, a "Geocortex Technology Update" section (courtesy of me!), user presentations, Q&A and more.
If you're a customer or partner and think you should be home to user group #2, contact your account manager!
For more information about the California User Group, please contact me. Hope to see you there.
Our training team has become overtaxed of late given the significant amount of things our clients want to learn! This is great from the perspective that our clients are looking to become self-enabled (we do every thing we can to make our users self-sufficient); bad when you consider the amount of travel and overhead this involves as we try to manage our growth.
We're announcing three dates and locations to start; a pair of workshops in the United States and one in Europe. Our goal is to see what kind of response we get and go from there. Things are looking positive so far; early feedback seems to suggest we need to add some more rooms and dates!
To learn more and to register, visit our new training page.
I'm sitting at Heathrow right now waiting for a connection after spending a week in the United Arab Emirates. I was at GISWORX (which is GISTEC's annual user conference). I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and was happy to have GISTEC programmers there when the Q&A session at the end of my presentation on our ArcGIS Server-generation solutions got into some in-depth technical questions.
I'm really impressed with the work people are doing in the region, and a few attendees have promised to send screenshots for my opening presentations of some cool projects (including an underwater inventory of coral reefs in Abu Dhabi--complete with video).
Stepping Back and Looking Back
Steady, gradual change is easy to underestimate when you're up close to something.
While working on my GISWORX (Dubai) keynote for next week, I opened a few of my 2003-2004 PowerPoint presentations that examine the significance/future of web-based GIS technology on society and decision-making. Despite the fact that I don't feel like the fundamentals change all that much day-to-day, I was struck by the fact that most of my forward-looking presentation content from 2003-2004 is now happening. Core aspects of the "road ahead" sections from these presentations have arrived and I can replace my slides with real-world examples that are mainstream (if not yet ubiquitous).
Surprises as I look back? I didn't forsee the incredible shift from Java towards .NET that we've observed, I overestimated the probable future influence of WMS/WFS, and Google entering the spatial realm wasn't on our radar screen (it hadn't happened yet).
Though we sometimes make major strides forward overnight (e.g. leveraging new capabilities possible with ArcGIS Server), as I cobbled together examples of innovative developments from the last couple years I noticed that many of the "breakthroughs" happened incrementally through innovative pilot projects and the addition of relatively minor new capabilities. When examined together, it becomes clear the technology is actually evolving very quickly.
2008 IMF/Geocortex User Conference wraps (mostly)
It sure has been a busy few days. Although there are all-day technical workshops happening today and tomorrow, the main sessions of our 3rd annual user conference are now over. Based on initial feedback from staff and attendees (we haven't read all the evaluation forms yet), I'd say it was another successful event. The weather held out, and except for a digital projector dying mid-way through a presentation, everything went pretty smoothly. Even after the Road Ahead/Conference Recap Session, the audience went easy on us during the Q&A. I concluded the day with a pre-dinner paddle in the company kayaks with one of our International Distributors.
It's cool to see how people are actually using our stuff. I'm continually impressed by the creativity and zeal of our customers, and they always have lots of awesome ideas for new features and product enhancements.
In the coming weeks, we'll make presentations available for attendees to download. This year we also videotaped some presentations, which we might post on the web for folks to check out. But first, we've got our conference wrap party for staff on Friday night.