Onward and upward

As of June 27th, 2014, I am no longer the PUG Chairman, and my decision to step down of course comes with mixed feelings.  I made the decision to “retire” at the time of the 2014 Esri Petroleum GIS Conference, when I was handed a new opportunity at work to lead a bigger team and take on new areas of responsibility.  At Nexen USA, the GIS team at is still within my remit, however so too are all aspects of data and information management for our division including wells, seismic, records, documents and files.  With the new job comes much more responsibility (aka time commitment), thus I realized a change for both me and the PUG was required.  I was not comfortable continuing as the Chairman of the PUG, knowing that I would not be able to devote as much time and energy as is required for the role.

I feel like my departure comes at an appropriate time though.  We have successfully transitioned into “The New PUG“, no longer just an Esri user group but instead a professional industry organization with close ties to Esri.  Over the past year the PUG has undergone significant change and we are now able to be recognized for all that we are contributing to the community, our profession and our industry.  I have been proud to be able to lay out a new course then lead and navigate the PUG through it to get where we are today.  Everyone that I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the past year in my term as Chairman has really stepped up to the plate to do their part to move us ahead.

For example, we are currently working on two major projects: Geospatial Workflows and Professional Discipline.  And we have started building stronger connections between all the various PUG groups around the world.  And we are about to kick off a major set of work in developing connections with Universities which have GIS programs that aim to prepare GIS students for work in petroleum.  The future for PUG has never looked so bright!

To move the PUG ahead to the next step, we need a leader who is professional and visionary; someone who understands where we have been, where we are today, and where we can get to in the coming years.  I am so proud to say that I have been able to pass the baton to just the person the PUG needs, Scott Sitzman.  And his right-hand man is the new Co-Chair, Tarun Chandrasekhar.  Together, the two of them will keep up the pace and take us to the next level… yet again.

As for me, I am not leaving the picture.  I was successful in being re-elected to the Steering Committee by our community (Thank You!) and I have accepted the role of “Marketing and Communications”.  This means I still can help to drive the PUG forward and will be the person responsible to tell the world about all that we are doing, together as a community, to make GIS in Petroleum the best place to be.

Andrea Le Pard, PUG Marketing & Communications


The PUG would like to thank our sponsors for their support: Blueback Reservoir, BP, Coler & Colantonio (a CHA company), Esri, Exprodat, Logic Solutions Group, GeoPropel, Landworks, Schlumberger, TeachMeGIS and Trimble.

2 Comments on “Onward and upward

  1. Andrea,
    Well done and thank you for what you’ve put into the PUG. You’ve got your hands full going forward, but you’ve left the group in good hands. This all works so well when good people are willing to step up and contribute.
    Good luck in your day job,

  2. Andrea,
    Thank you so much for the time, effort and leadership. It was great to work with you as your Co-Chair, and it is an honor to take over the leadership role. We have a great committee and a great community, so I am excited about the year ahead.
    Scott Sitzman, PUG Chairman

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