PennWell and the Pipeline Open Data Standard (PODS) Association have agreed to co-locate the 23rd Annual GITA Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference & Exhibition and the 10th Annual PODS Users Conference. The partnership will result in the creation of Pipeline Week to be held October 28-30, 2014.
The 10th Annual PODS User Conference will take place October 28th and 29th and will include a robust program of Operator presentations, workshops, training, and round-table discussions focusing on leveraging the PODS Standard. Running simultaneously from October 28-30, the GITA's Oil & Gas Pipeline conference will host an operator forum and also a number of dynamic panel discussions. Pipeline Week will encourage the free flow of ideas between a wide range of viewpoints.
In conjunction with the conferences, a sold-out Exhibit hall will showcase technology, equipment, and services vital to the oil and gas pipeline industry. Companies showcasing their products and services in the exhibition hall include Blue Marble Geographics, ESRI, GE Energy Management, GL Noble Denton, Integra Services Technologies, New Century Software, RigData, and Rosen USA. Technology and products on display on the exhibit floor include, but are not limited to: GIS technology, IT analytics, geospatial technology, mapping, pipeline services, product management, commercial data, business development, business processing, engineering, drafting operations services, pipeline integrity, compliance data, regulatory compliance, pipeline solutions, asset integrity, project management, research, environmental, integrity management, product development, emergency management, damage prevention, and architecture & design.
"We are excited about partnering with PODS to create Pipeline Week. The pipeline business is in a big growth period right now. According to a recent study, companies will need to invest $641 billion over the next two decades in pipelines and other infrastructure to keep up with the gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids flowing from U.S. fields," said Mark Peters, Group Publisher and Vice President. "During Pipeline Week, attendees have the opportunity to network with each other, ask questions, share knowledge, and compare best practices. Industry leaders enjoy this closed forum, where open discussion is highly encouraged."
"This partnership has created a highly valuable and content-rich event for PODS members and the pipeline community. Pipeline Week promises to provide attendees with a very relevant spectrum of learning and networking opportunities focused into one convenient event" said Janet Sinclair, Executive Director of the PODS Association.
PennWell Corporation, a diversified global media and information company, acquired the Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference from Willbros Engineers and entered into an agreement with the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) to produce the 2013 annual conference and exhibition bringing together practitioners, suppliers, and solution providers in the oil and gas industry. The 2013 event showed record numbers with over 600 attendees.
The PODS Association is an international not for profit consensus based standards organization devoted to the development and support of open data storage and interchange standards to meet the specific data management needs of pipeline companies. The PODS Association conducts an annual User Conference, open to the pipeline community and PODS member companies. More information can be found at www.pods.org.
Further details about Pipeline Week are forthcoming and can be found by visiting www.oilandgaspipelineevent.com. Attendees can register online at www.oilandgaspipelineevent.com or on-site in Houston, TX, USA.