2013 Presentation

Change accelerates! How do we keep pace?

Geospatial technologies hold both promises and problems when applied to the challenge of keeping pace with change. As summarized by Penn State researchers “The location of anything is becoming everything.” But is this all that's required? True, these technologies provide great insight into situational awareness but what about the who, when, how and why? As all too often in most of the challenges we face, the proverbial devil is in the details.

It’s commonplace to demand more, in less time, at lower cost than ever before. A rock music group even penned a song to this trend yielding the famous lyrics, “I want it all and I want it now!” This may be a utopian goal but at what cost or impact? What about flexibility, scalability or sustainability? Or any of the other “…abilities” one might consider critical to real solutions managing change?

Job requirements are changing. Information necessary to fuel the engine of commerce is changing. Stakeholder expectations are changing. Regulatory oversight is changing. Consequences of failure are changing. The world is most definitely changing at an accelerated rate. The question is not how to slow it down but rather what must we do to keep pace?

This presentation will consider some of the forces driving change that elevate performance expectations. We will examine how classical services must evolve to rise to the challenge and solutions being developed to keep pace with a world of change.

Speaker Biography - Mike Harris

Michael “Mike” Harris graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering while working summers at FMC’s Inorganic Chemical Division outside Green River. While completing his degree, Mike met his wife of 31 years, Janet Winter, a fellow Chemical Engineering student and outside hitter for the women’s volleyball team.

Upon graduation Mike accepted a field engineering position in Hobbs, New Mexico with ARCO Oil and Gas. Various assignments followed over the next ten years in Drilling, Production, Reservoir and Facilities Engineering, including a secondment to ARCO Pipeline Company as technical lead over the Sheep Mountain CO2 System.

Mike left ARCO in the mid-90’s to join Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, a then small but agile independent oil and gas explorer. Since joining Anadarko Mike has served in various engineering and project management positions for both on- and off-shore developments. International assignments have included Algeria, Alaska, Guatemala, the U.A.E., the UK and Qatar.

Currently, Mike provides facility engineering support to Anadarko’s worldwide efforts as a Senior Advisor in the Global Engineering Technology Group. His responsibilities span from project conceptualization, facility design and troubleshooting, production optimization, mechanical integrity assurance, incident investigation and regulatory compliance to corporate data collection, management and sustainability. Mike is a member of AIChE, SPE and the American Welding Society. Some of the pastimes that Mike enjoys include faith ministry, lumberjacking, shooting sports and outdoor activities with his two Sheltie dogs.

Speaker Biography - Dr. Jan Van Sickle

Jan Van Sickle has many years of experience in GIS, GPS, surveying, mapping and imagery. He has advised Anadarko, IHS Energy, Chesapeake, Microsoft, Intermap, Jeppesen, Geoeye and others in geospatial matters.  He began working with GPS in the early 1980s when he supervised control work using the Macrometer, the first commercial GPS receiver. He created and led the GIS department at Qwest Communications for the company’s 25,000-mile worldwide fiber optic network.  He also led the team that built the GIS for natural gas gathering in the Barnett Shale.

He has led nationwide seminars based on his three books, GPS for Land Surveyors, Basic GIS Coordinates and Surveying Solved Problems.  The latter book was serialized in the magazine POB.  He led the team that collected, processed and reported control positions for more than 120 cities around the world for the ortho-rectification of satellite imagery now utilized in a global web utility.

He managed the creation of the worldwide T&E sites for two major earth observation satellites (Geoeye I and Geoeye II) which are used for frequent accuracy assessments.  He created an imagery-based system of deriving road centerlines that meet the stringent Advanced Driver Assistance specifications and developed a method of forest inventory to help quantify that depleted resource in Armenia. He assisted the supervision of the first GPS survey of the Grand Canyon for the photogrammetric evaluation of sandbar erosion along the Colorado.  He has done 3D mapping with terrestrial photogrammetry and LiDAR as well as Building Information Modeling.

He was involved in the creation of a BIM of the White House in Washington DC. He was a member of the team of authors for the Geospatial Technology Competency Model for the Department of Labor.  He has conducted training at the NAVCEN in Alexandria for the USCG.  He has recently provided technical assistance in the reconstruction of the geodetic network of Nigeria.  He has recently managed the gravity/magnetic and hyperspectral/multispectral analysis of Borzon VII a concession block in the South Gobi in Mongolia.

He has been a featured speaker at many conferences including MAPPS, GITA, the Institute of Navigation (ION) Annual Meeting.  He delivered the 2010 keynote at the ESRI UC in Imagery and Remote Sensing and the 50th Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Conference.   He is a Senior Lecturer at Penn State University. He was formerly on the board of RM-ASPRS, was the vice-chairman of GIS in the Rockies and is the current chairman of the US West chapter of the Americas Petroleum Survey Group.

Jan earned his Ph.D. in geospatial engineering from the University of Colorado.  He has been a licensed professional Land Surveyor for thirty-one years is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and is currently licensed in Colorado, California, Oregon, Texas, North Dakota, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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Mike Harris
Senior Advisor
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Dr. Jan Van Sickle
Vice President, Geospatial Services
Van Sickle, LLC

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