Petroleum Professionals Can Learn Both GIS Fundamentals and Advanced Concepts at PUG 2010

20th Petroleum User Group Conference to Equip Oil and Gas Operations to Launch and Grow Any ArcGIS Software Project

Redlands, California—February 2, 2010—Petroleum and pipeline professionals using geographic information system (GIS) technology will gather for the 2010 ESRI Petroleum User Group (PUG) Conference February 22–24 at the Houston Marriott Westchase in Texas. The PUG Conference is the best place for oil and gas GIS users to find everything they need to fully leverage the technology in their business, staying up-to-date on capabilities and training, and return to work able to teach their colleagues and advance their GIS projects.

 "It’s the combination of technical workflow-oriented content and the opportunity to interact with your community peers that makes the PUG Conference so successful and valuable," says ESRI’s natural resources industries team lead Geoff Wade. "It’s of utmost importance to offer fundamental and advanced concepts in an environment conducive to collaboration. Plus, with this being the event’s 20th anniversary, we’ll revisit some of the GIS achievements over the years and look at plans to continue to serve the community."

The agenda is designed for all levels of GIS experience and positions including managers; teams; consultants; and those who work in the information technology, exploration, production, pipeline, health, safety/security, and environmental domains. There will be an ESRI GIS Solutions EXPO, where attendees can meet with ESRI business partners and evaluate GIS-driven solutions for their organizations. There will also be user presentations and technical workshops where participants can hear about case studies and learn technical approaches on topics such as data management, enterprise GIS, and risk assessment. Additionally, the conference Map Gallery will display real-world industry applications of GIS.

"I always walk away from this conference with increased knowledge, whether it relates to analysis or mapmaking," says Vicky Mercer, exploration technologist, Cobalt International Energy, Inc. "I like the wide variety of workshops and user presentations."

Attending the PUG Conference will be a great way to find out about the latest best practices proven to widen the scope of a GIS investment including addressing trends, lowering costs, and gaining efficiency. From one-on-one time with ESRI staff and industry thought leaders to the social gatherings and hosted lunches to sessions explaining newly developed geospatial tools, there will be numerous resources for attendees to come away equipped and ready to launch and grow any ArcGIS software project.

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