MAOP panel to highlight 2011 Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference
The need for operating companies to know the "Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure" – or MAOP - for their systems puts a premium on having complete and accurate spatial data. A special plenary panel discussion on this critically important topic has been developed for the 2011 GIS for Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference, scheduled for Oct. 24-26 at the Marriott Westchase in Houston. The panel will address the critical elements of MAOP compliance: What data is required, what different types of data are acceptable, how to get it, and how to analyze it. Panelists include the following industry experts: Tracy Thorleifson, Eagle Information Mapping, Inc., Mark Hereth, P PIC, and Fred Spickler, Global Information Systems, LLC. With MAOP issues, timing is everything - don't be left scrambling for answers; learn what advantages successful data collection techniques can offer your organization by attending "The New MAOP Regulations: Are You Ready?" at GITA's 2011 GIS for Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference and Exhibition.
Special Note: Register now! Early Bird rates expire September 21.
Vendors: There are only four exhibit spaces left – contact Libby Hanna to secure your spot on the floor!
GITA's Pacific Northwest Chapter hosts annual Fall event in a stunning location!
The association's Pacific Northwest Chapter is blessed with numerous incredible venues for its meetings and conferences, but it would be very difficult to top Whistler, British Columbia, for its 2011 Annual Fall Conference. The subject matter is also world class, focusing on "Smart Technology for the Future: Geographic Intelligence for Sustainability in Energy, Transportation and Government." The two-day program will include presentations on asset management, integrity management, emerging regulations, smart metering, risk assessment, environmental considerations and why geospatial technology and the Smart Grid are an excellent match. The incredible mountain retreat of Whistler, the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics, will refresh and inspire you and the great rates at the Whistler Hilton are another excellent reason to attend! Check out the video and more program and registration information here.
Reminder: Take the GITA Education Committee's latest survey! — your input will help shape our geospatial education
The GITA Education Committee is examining the possibility of building GIS lessons to be posted on the GITA website. The first issue is about data and we need your help. Please fill out this very quick survey. For more information, or to provide additional comments and suggestions, please contact the Education Committee Co-Chair Dr. Thomas Mueller.
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