Friday, 16 December 2016

A duet of petroleum shows in London

AGI GeoComm16
➤ Following a trio of  shows, geospatial and petroleum pointing to the future of geo-IT, I presented at PETEX2016 last month and attended PROSPEX2016 this week. PETEX is the premier NW Europe petroleum show, that had novel sessions in the Future Working Zone  and Consultant's corner, aside from the main speaking and poster sessions. As its name implies PROSPEX is a 'prospectors & developers' show with a little help from vendors and regulators, as described in OilVoice.

PETEX2016 at London ExCel Show and Exhibition complex

➤ PETEX is held every two years in the fall a ExCel London, a cavernous exhibition ground in London's Thames estuarine area opposite its City airport and not far from the Thames Barrier. It was well attended at only 20% off organiser PESGB's attendance pace, which is excellent considering the economic climate. I presented at Future Working Zone on the hot topic of business transformation via digitization in the so-called Third Wave of internet distribution and dissemination..

➤ PROSPEX is held every year-end, just as budgets are being set up for next year by operators and investors. As described in OilVoice, this show assembles the four components of a successful resource industry:
  • operators who have plans to further find and develop oil resources
  • investors who look to supplementing the significant outlay for that
  • vendors who help tackle more and more challenging environments
  • regulators who give out permits and also help via taxation regimes

PESGB PROSPEX 2015 Show reel from PESGB on Vimeo.

This is a smaller and more focused show - about half the size of PETEX - but also only 20% off its pace: that suggests as I conclude in OilVoice that "rumours of [oil idustry] death are an exaggeration", apologies to Mark Twain.

PROSPEX2016 at London Business Design Centre

Thursday, 24 November 2016

AGI #GeoCom16 twitter report

[Update: LinkedIn Pulse post inspired by this: A non-anthropomorphic robotic future]

The AGI’s Annual Conference was held at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS IBG) in London yesterday. Here is a report by way of my twitter feeds, most recent ones first, from #GeoCom16:

Sunday, 25 September 2016

"They call me the cleaner"

[Update: a mirror article on LinkedIn Pulse expands on historic and business background]

I refer to the character Victor played by Jen Reno in Luc Besson's 1990 film "Nikita".

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Massive online activity - all is not as it appears - More

[Update: another thorough review and insider's view of same on LinkedIn Pulse
Update2: and a follow-on Pulse post also, prompted by a comment on yet another

This is one more follow-on to the Pokémon Go series, which suggested we cool our jets. In my previous post, I compared Pokémon Go to sandbox video game MineCraft, online game Foldit that helped crowd-source the resolution of complex protein structure and Sim City the granddad of virtual worlds. Here are juxtaposed in Google Trends their search hits as a measure of interest in these.

Friday, 12 August 2016

A question of business models in webmap offerings

Eighteen months ago, Google quietly deprecated its Maps API, and ESRI offered and alternative with ArcGIS Earth, then Mapbox and Carto in quick succession: I blogged then Esri, Google and if the shoe fits... Part 1 and Part 2, mirrored on LinkedIn here and here, respectively. Safe Software, LINQ Ltd. and I basically saw it as the next phase in the battle for The Internet of Things (IoT), which has been gaining traction of late.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Massive online activity - all is not as it appears - Fin

[Update: interesting tweet exchange w @0mgould at bottom]

I wrote over the past weeks why Pokémon Go is not what it seems:
  • from being hailed as the next big thing in geospatial (neither open nor intended to be)
  • to hiding the access / marketing in&outs its hosts indulge in (internet privacy anyone?)

Monday, 1 August 2016

Massive online activity - all is not as it appears - Cont.

[Update: Caveat emptor, lawsuits already started on Pokémon Go trespassing - BBC
Update 2: follow-on posts here & here on geo-ramifications to virtual reality mapping]

I posted last week re: spatial ownership issues Pokémon Go raised, from the personal (visiting family the weekend it was released in France)

Friday, 15 July 2016

Twenty years... and five generations on the web!

Hard to believe I started my first website in hand-written HTML code in Dallas 20 yrs ago! The original impetus was that at Landmark I had an intranet page using a hand-crafted index bar along the top, not unlike this glossary or my life and work pages thru 2000 and 2004 respectively.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

When is a map not a map, Part II

I just posted on LinkedIn Pulse Opinions are free, but Facts are sacred, taking off from Simon Rogers ex of Guardian Data now at Google Data by way of Twitter. This was spurred by the EU Referendum, and setting aside debates raging around it, this is my contribution in my field of petroleum geology in general and mapping / GIS in particular. UN Comtrade has a fabulous collection of statistics, which are so easy to search & discover, that I simply copy&pasted screenshots into this video.

Monday, 30 May 2016

When is a map not a map

Friends of mine lived in London, then LA and now in Wellington, NZ. I wondered where their peripatetic moves might take them, in a purely geographic destination sense?