Regional PUG 2015

Fellow PUGsters,

Let’s lead the industry in being an example of a community that shares.  We can show the value of sharing our lessons and difficulties with our community.  It is my honor and privilege to share the lessons from the regional PUGs with the greater community.

Leadership is hard and not always rewarded immediately, but it always worth it.  With the volatility of petroleum commodity prices come the movement and reallocation of staff.  We have seen a few groups go inactive in places and a few pop up in others.  Leading a group of GIS professionals in a region will increase the productivity, clarity and safety of the industry in that region.  Standard symbology , similar map layouts and content across the region are simple examples of how our maps influence an industry.

Many GIS people are secluded within their respective organizations and need a community to share and learn from others.  Those that do not know the pitfalls of GIS are doomed to fall for the same traps.  Not all discussions in a regional PUG need to be about the next version of software or the latest innovation.  Going over the basics may not draw as much interest but it does need to be covered again and again.  We will always have new people joining our industry.  Offering a basic review of common tasks has always been a popular workshop at the Petroleum Conference and a good way for a training outfit to get their name out.

The petroleum industry has not always been very transparent.  GIS can ascend the industry’s preponderance of secrecy by keeping subjects as generalities and not specifics.  As an example we discuss borders as a map element, not the specific border between countries.   Sharing styles, templates and data models will raise up all GIS across the industry.  While software companies share templates it is more valuable if the source is another industry partner.  The more simple the better.

The Regional PUGs are always in need of new leaders , speakers and volunteers.  We always learn more when we teach.  If you would like to expand your capacity and influence your regional industry please contact your regional PUG or initiate a new region that does not yet have a group nearby.  See the list of contacts under regions at for details.


Robert Graham

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

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