October

LOGIC Celebrates 5 Years!

As LOGIC celebrates our five-year anniversary, we reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going.

 
 

Most of us began working together as far back as 2000 and later created LOGIC Solutions Group. With industry support, client backing and second-to-none consultants, this decidedly new business focused our core strengths – information management centered on GIS in Oil & Gas. Initially, we set up shop with a few executive offices in City Centre. During this time, (mostly spent back to back in small offices), we learned a lesson that has become the central pillar of our practice: trust is everything.

Show people exactly who you are and where your focus is. They will either run for the hills or become lifelong friends and evangelists. So far, so good!

We diligently began hitting the market for consulting opportunities, hired on a handful of consultants, secured several pieces of business and began managing P&L statements that were more “L” than “P” in the beginning. Quarterly meetings were held at 4-top and 6-top tables with impassioned discussions of conquering the consulting world.

Slowly but surely, we increased momentum as more and more clients trusted us with their initiatives. We were also able to solidify LOGIC with top-notch, relationship-based consultants while continuing to strengthen our long term relationship with Esri and we furthered this relationship by securing offices alongside Esri Houston in 2013. Proximity allowed collaboration and partnering opportunities while our team continued to grow. At the same time, we were building a relationship with Safesoft’s FME, formalized a partnership focused on O&G workflows and presented a couple of client success stories at the FME World Tour.

We also started working with two supermajors on their strategic vision for geospatial data management. We began building out roadmaps and supporting projects for one and helped to implement a cutting edge, state of the art enterprise GIS solution for the other. When scaled, these larger deployments created domain knowledge and opportunities to deliver similar engagements with a handful of large mid-tiers, small operators and pipeline service providers.

We’re all in this together for the long haul, side-by-side. No matter where you are or what you’re doing.

2015: OUCH! We’ve all experienced an industry downturn of epic proportions.

We were able to put out wildfire after wildfire by being open, honest and communicating with our clients - these same clients have stuck by us as the industry continues to improve. With this openness, we’ve managed to remain profitable, retain long term relationships with our consultants, and provide a solid, fun place to work while continuing to provide value to our clients.

LOGIC is a team of both our consultants and our clients. Regular events and interactions give us insight into how we can grow our consulting practice, what direction they see the industry heading and how their communication needs and preferences are evolving.

As momentum shifts from crisis control to the new normal of lower commodity prices, companies are still figuring out how to operate in this phase of O&G history. Over the last year, we’ve added new talent to our team and expect that trend to continue as the industry improves.

What do 2017 and beyond hold?

By remaining true to our founding principles, our clients hold our business partnerships in high regard. Our drive to better serve our clients is setting the stage for new strategic partnerships and technologies for us to keep delivering cutting-edge solutions.

The industry will look different going forward, and so will we. Although we’ve gotten leaner and smarter, we’ll still be providing clients with continued value and deliver innovative information management and GIS for the oil and gas industry. We look forward to working with you!

LOGIC Solutions Group: 1 of a Small Group of Safe Software Partners in the US

LOGIC Solutions Group and Safe Software

LOGIC Solutions Group and Safe Software (makers of FME) are excited to announce we have established a formal business partnership to better serve the oil and gas community.  Our team is honored to be a Houston based Safe Software Solution Provider, focusing on Oil & Gas, and 1 of a small group of official Safe Partners in the US. LOGIC has FME Certified Professionals on staff with reference-able projects in the oil and gas industry with recent FME projects that have included SCADA, IHS and Drillinginfo data.

“We’re pleased to welcome LOGIC Solutions Group to our new Solutions Provider Program,” says Don Murray, President and Co-Founder of Safe Software. “We look forward to seeing the innovative projects that come out of this partnership.”

Why FME?

Connect virtually any data with out-of-the-box FME. With FME, incompatible systems are a thing of the past. FME allows you to move data between 300+ formats and applications, while preserving data quality throughout the conversion process.

Transform raw data to meet any need. Mash up data, perform complex operations and output to any format or data store; however it’s needed.

Think of FME as your data Swiss Army knife that includes hundreds of transformers and tools that perform powerful data manipulation tasks all while giving you visibility into your data quality and processes.

Automate and rejoice! All FME workflows are reusable and can be configured to run automatically whenever new data is introduced or scheduled to run at a specific interval.  And, with robust notifications and logging, you can quickly react and adjust accordingly.  Powerful stuff.

FME gives you a proven system for advanced ETL, but also allows you to add valuable analyses to your data in the process. For example, while spatializing data:

Why not look for patterns and add additional valuable attributes such as distance from the nearest pipeline or lease road? 

Or create aggregate, de-normalized layers for quickly ascertaining competitor activity in an area?  

How can LOGIC help?

Our technology team’s experience with oil and gas data sets and systems used to make data discoverable gives us proper industry context to help businesses achieve tactical and strategic objectives. With LOGIC, you have a trusted partner that can help identify data ETL to be automated, while augmenting the data and adding business value.

With spatial extract, transform and load (“ETL”) tools and empowering data technicians to not just move and load data quickly, but to yield maximum value, FME is the best of breed. 

Please contact LOGIC today to find out how we can help you with your ETL strategy and provide FME services to deliver undiscovered business data to your users; fast, accurate, and enriched.

 

Is Your GIS Healthy?

 
 

(Source: arcgis.com)

Written by: Todd Buehlman, LOGIC Solutions Group

Having accurate geographical information about land management, operations and processing is critical to making informed decisions. Key to delivering accurate information is the overall health of your GIS.

Our ArcGIS Health Checklist is geared to help you spot-check a few areas within ArcSDE, ArcGIS Server and Portal for ArcGIS that impact the overall system wellness. These are not meant to be comprehensive, but more of a “tips and tricks” list to keep your GIS healthy, fast and supportable in the future.

ArcGIS Health Checklist: 

ArcSDE

Appropriate Indexing – Don’t index everything, but index the right things in the right order. Over indexing adds overhead to your system.

Appropriate Nesting – Feature datasets are great for network datasets and other constructs that require the technology; however, using them for organization like folders can cause unwanted side effects.

Know The Differences – There are quite a few database platforms available for ArcSDE, know where each one is strongest and the reasons why to select one over another. There have been numerous side by side comparisons published between Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle for instance. Easy to find online.

Don’t Forget To Compress – Posting and compressing an ArcSDE database regularly is one of the most important things to consider when using ANY versioned data.

ArcGIS Server

Benchmark Your Services – Utilize industry standard benchmarking tools to set a bar and measure yourself against. Take note of what your users consider acceptable performance times and scale your services to match.  If national real estate service is performing poorly consider breaking it into multiple services that are “fit-for-purpose” or regional rather than have one large service.

Clean Up After Yourself – Be aware of your server performance and plan to expand accordingly, the number of services you host out can affect your performance even if the services are not being used. 

Portal for ArcGIS

Register Your Portal

items with appropriate metadata for ease of search – make sure your services are discoverable and easily added to maps.

HTTPS and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) – Decide your security model up front. Portal will default to HTTPS (secure, encrypted) even within your firewall upon installation.  A little planning up front can pay off exponentially.

Groups and Gallery Viewers – If you are using Gold Standard style data management it is important to let the users know which data is “golden”.  The use of special groups, users or well-organized gallery apps can also be helpful.

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There are many layers to successfully managing a multi-server GIS architecture and sometimes seemingly simple tasks can get complicated. Remember to have a well thought out plan before getting started in the Platform.  Let us know if LOGIC can help you install or optimize your Esri Platform.