Monday, 20 April 2015

Esri Petroleum & Amazon Web Services shows

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End news spot. Living near London is both a boon and a challenge. It's far from the current petroleum centre in Houston - though London is no slouch either with FindingPetroleum and PESGB activities - yet it is a hotbed of web tech like Google Campus in Shoreditch, London startups and unconferences  gallore.

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So early this month I flew over the Houston to the Esri Petroleum Conference that celebrated its 25th anniversary. I presented a paper that introduced class notes that are the feature of my landing page this month.

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Its program was as varied as it was deep. It covered all aspects of petroleum exploration, production and transportation. It featured the latest implementations by a host of operators, as well as the latest of Esri software itself. I was pleased to reacquaint myself wit the so-called PUG List session - where the industry basically puts its Enchantment Requests directly to Esri - if you missed the show and wish to get involved, there is an active online group called PUG Online you can participate in year-round and 'round the globe (PUG stands for Petroleum User Group). In fact is was the object of a LiknedIn Pulse posting on Professional Collaboration these images are from.

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Just last week I went to the London Excel Centre for a totally different kind of conference: it was Amazon Web Services' Enterprise Summit road trip's last stop in London. It talked about web services and delivery, interactive services that match  service providers with their user base, teenagers who developed a web platform five years ago with no upfront investment, web security and scalability - everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask, from an AWS perspective of course - I attended because I store significant datasets on a small AWS instance for tens of pounds a month, like 1/2M points that post faster on AWS Mapcentia stack than on desktop GIS!

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This was different in many ways - aside from the glorious London spring sunshine whilst it had rained in Houston - #AWSsummit was alight for example, my three tweets putting me in touch with a doz. people while my doz. #ESRIpug tweets lent me no follow-up. AWS Summit was by its very nature a lot broader view of things across industries like the Google shows I attended
Anything geo for ex. hardly features at all at this granularity, and that's a stark reminder of where we stand in the web IT industry @ large... think grains of sand & dune fields!


This is where we went one summer ten years ago

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Releasing data really works, Part VII

And now for something completely different - the original posts until Part VI are listed below - I ran across a nice map of Steve Feldman's: He also tried out free data and software to map UK flood maps, an up-scaled version not for professional re-use.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

New business, renewed website

[Update: find on my map blog the full story on how the video below was created]

Since www.zolnai.ca will be the landing page for my new business, I spruced it up to reflect my new brand.  zolnai.ca is indeed now registered in England as a Sole Trader.

The banner has been changed to show some example web maps created since 2006, a topic will be renewed at center page, and the navigation has been improved.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

A day in the life of a petroleum professional - shorthand

This is Part II of a A day in the life of posts, to introduc Basic petroleum data manipulation for professionals who aren't data managers. This is however a much simpler workflow that lends itself more to rapid project start-ups for petroleum rather than data professionals.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Esri, Google and if the shoe fits...

[Here is a further update based on input from other people on what is surely a timely topic. Originally posted on LinkedIn Pulse as The (Geo) Internet of Things, it's posted there for a wider audience.]

Friday, 30 January 2015

Professional portfolio of Esri maps

As I went solo in the new year, I collected my previous works also seen in the banner map gallery, and posted the Esri maps as a map story. Go here if it's too slow to load.

Monday, 22 December 2014

A day in the life of a petro-data manager - shorthand

[Update: a simpler workflow that uses  for-fee & for-free software is posted here]

After intoducing the process to extract, transform & load  (ETL) www.boem.gov well data into a www.ppdm.org database, here is the short version expanded over on my sister blog.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Web Maps on Steroids, Part II

I showed a couple of months ago ways to post mega-datasets online without choking the system. This month OSGeoUK gave me the opportunity to present the same on PostGIS Day 2014, as postGIS was the backbone of two of these examples on GIScloud and GeoCloud2. Thanks to OSGeoUK and British Computer Society for hosting this.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

A day in the life of a petro-data manager - intro

[Update: Talend made the early version complex, so simpler one was posted later]

Have you ever been given plain text geodata and wondered how to database and map it? And has this happened to you lately with tens of thousands of lines of data? Well help is at hand! Here is an ETL  workflow (extract, transform, load) useful to any data manager in or out of petroleum using free tools:

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Big data and maps reloaded

Social media really work! +Vicky Gallardo posted on Google+ that the map is not the territory, with a wonderful big data map by Ben Allen of Denton TX (near where I used to live). That prompted a post by the same title on my companion map blog. The distinction between data and maps has long kept me up at night (see my blog tagline), and many others to judging by exhibits and media only in London (near where I live now).