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Esri PUG 2019

As more and more data is collected via a variety of processes, one of the things that GIS really helps with is transforming a workflow that used to take a week into an efficient process that only takes hours. I found this principal of efficiency to be a driving force of the Esri Petroleum Conference, often referred to as the PUG for those of us that have been around for a while.

christopher moravec and tracy thorleifson at pug

The amazing plenary, featuring some of the top decision makers in the industry, again did not disappoint. The incredible confidence of Shannon Kalinsky live coding in front of the entire plenary audience for her ArcGIS Notebooks presentation was truly inspiring. I’ve been typing longer than I’ve been walking and I still don’t think I’d look that calm on the great plenary stage.

Charles Whiteley III showcased how ExxonMobil leveraged ArcGIS Indoors to give their employees and campus visitors unique geospatial power. Through the web or by using mobile devices, turn-by-turn instructions are now available throughout their three million square foot campus.

Nathan Wood demonstrating how EverVest’s Geology, Engineering, and Land teams can at long last collaborate in a single place, avoiding some common GIS bottlenecks. These teams can effectively use their time to make data-driven decisions, no longer waiting for a team member to respond to an email.

christopher moravec presenting at pug I had the pleasure of spending some time with the Esri folks that work hard to make a lot of this technology work, from developers to trainers it takes a lot of diverse people to get it all done. The Expo was also a great place for me to catch up with friends and colleagues that I don’t see as often now that I live in Portland. And as always, the Thursday night social was a great way to reconnect and meet some new and incredible individuals.

My own talk, A.I. and Machine Learning for a Better Routing App, went off without a hitch. We demoed a new feature in our routing app that alerts a driver if they select a route when a road is known to be closed seasonally or is affected by washout.

I appreciate every time work takes me to my roots in GIS and old friends. I leave the conference feeling even more ready to take on the geospatial challenges of the future.

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