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March 2018

Vol. 23, No.10 Week of March 11, 2018

Oil Patch Bits: PND announces new hires in its Anchorage office

Petroleum News

PND Engineers Inc. said Feb. 27 that Ian Brown, PLS, and Kendra Spencer have joined its Anchorage office.

Brown was hired as a senior land surveyor and will be heading up the survey department. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geomatics, with a survey emphasis, from the University of Alaska Anchorage and has six years of surveying experience, and brings expertise in right of way, drone mapping and photogrammetry. His surveying experience includes topographical design, differential leveling, as-built and hydrographic survey. He has experience conducting surveys for Alaska Division of Lands and the Federal Aviation Administration. Primarily Brown’s past project experience has involved survey work for oil and gas companies, as well as rural road and bridge work for the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the Enstar gas line in Homer, making him comfortable working in remote industrial settings.

Spencer was brought on as an accounting technician for the firm. She has 10 years of Alaska accounting experience, including seven years with Era Helicopters where she handled all accounting functions for Alaska, and two-and-a-half years with Ravn Alaska as the administrative assistant for the maintenance department. Spencer is familiar with Troo, Trax, Citrix, QuickBooks, Oracle, TFBO, ADP, Empower and ShoreTel Communicator software. She will assist the accounting department with accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, invoices, and project accounting activities.

The AES to hold its fifth annual conference in April

The Arctic Encounter Symposium said Feb. 28 that April 2018 marks the fifth consecutive year it will have brought together government policymakers, senior industry officials, scientists, researchers, indigenous leaders and other experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing America’s emerging Arctic.

The theme of AES 2018 is The Future of Arctic Security: Energy, Environment, International, Economic. As the largest annual Arctic policy conference in the United States, AES provides key insights into the most pressing issues facing the region through panel discussions, speeches, information sessions and networking opportunities.

Speakers at this year’s conference include Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke of the Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; Congressman Rick Larsen, 2nd Congressional District of Washington; Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, 7th Congressional District of Washington state; Ted Scambos of the National Snow and Ice Data Center; and Commodore Angus Topshee, Deputy Director of NORAD-USNORTHCOM. Also attending will be representatives from Arctic nations as well as diplomats, scientists, business leaders, reporters, researchers, tribal leaders and other stakeholders.

The 2018 AES will be held at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle, Washington. The full agenda for the April 19-20 symposium will soon be made available on the AES website. For more information and a full list of speakers visit www.arcticencounter.com.

Editor’s note: Some of these items will appear in the next Arctic Oil & Gas Directory, a full color magazine that serves as a marketing tool for Petroleum News’ contracted advertisers. The next edition will be released in September.

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