2019
February 20

Engineering Team Moves Downtown to Novel

Engineering Team Moves Downtown to Novel

We started outgrowing the garage in Golden! The engineering team is the first group to move to the temporary offices at Novel Coworking downtown Denver, and the others will follow later in the year. 

March 20

Rest of SolSpec Team Moves Downtown

Rest of SolSpec Team Moves Downtown

The engineering team got settled in just in time for the rest of the SolSpec team to join them at the Novel offices downtown Denver! 

May 8

SolSpec Proud to Support Ropin’ Rascals

SolSpec Proud to Support Ropin’ Rascals

The team at SolSpec was proud to partner with the Huwa Enterprises companies and others to support the 2019 Ropin’ Rascals event! Ropin’ Rascals is an annual one-day sponsored children’s charity event that takes place at the Huwa family cattle ranch in Northeast Colorado. Special needs children get to become cowboys and cowgirls for a day and develop skills and memories to last a lifetime.

 

Learn more about Ropin’ Rascals, including information on how to volunteer or join the event.

May 19

Toby Kraft Speaks at Summit for Reclamation and Construction

Toby Kraft Speaks at Summit for Reclamation and Construction

Toby Kraft spoke about “Playing Offense and Being Industry Advocates” with Duraroot’s Aaron DeJoia at the Summit for Reclamation and Construction. The annual Summit, hosted by Huwa Enterprises in Keenesburg, Colorado, is a unique conference where professionals come together to learn, share, and network with industry experts dedicated to protecting the environment.
 

 
Attend, sponsor, or exhibit at the 2020 Summit: usareclamation.com

June 25

Bryan Crowe on Pipeliners Podcast

Bryan Crowe on Pipeliners Podcast

Bryan Crowe discussed pipeline and right-of-way integrity with EnerSys Corporation CEO Russel Treat on Pipeliners Podcast. Pipeliners Podcast invites pipeline industry leaders to share insight and expertise, and gives listeners the chance to learn about the latest information in the field and hear great conversations. 

 

“Ground Movement and Pipeline Integrity with Bryan Crowe” was episode 81 for the podcast, and in their discussion Bryan and Russel went in-depth on soil movement, surface hydrology, and the impact of environmental hazards on safe and successful pipeline operations. Listen to the podcast episode to hear the full conversation!

 

July 15

West Moberly First Nations and SolSpec Canada Announce Joint Venture

West Moberly First Nations and SolSpec Canada Announce Joint Venture

Chief Roland Willson of West Moberly First Nations and Ryan Pelzel of SolSpec Canada (SOC) announced the establishment of the West Moberly SOC Joint Venture.

 

The West Moberly SOC Joint Venture was founded to pursue pipeline integrity business opportunities. WMFN and SOC share a fundamental dedication to respect, honesty, fairness, and integrity. Open communication is key to these values and our joint success, and just as West Moberly First Nations promotes openness and clarity in the community, SolSpec strives to increase transparency and improve the safety and efficiency of pipeline projects. Together we manifest our values and create real-world impacts for our respected clients and communities.

July 29

SolSpec Moves to Lakewood

SolSpec Moves to Lakewood

Our time at Novel had its ups and downs. Beautiful spaces, an ideal kitchen/coffee/keg situation, and a location that couldn’t be beat for downtown. But after more than a few rounds with debris falling from the ceiling and noxious fumes, and elevators that were either non-functional or that took 10 minutes to get to the bottom floor, prompting walks up nine flights of stairs, it’s fair to say we were ready to move.

A big part of the SolSpec team made the move to Lakewood a success. We were once again in a temporary space, but just down the hall from our future home. Rachel Toupin and Youssef Benchouaf went above and beyond to make the new offices a cozy and productive space.

 

September 3

InterDrone: Expo Hall in Las Vegas

InterDrone: Expo Hall in Las Vegas

The team had a great presence at InterDrone! Angie Woodmansee and Robert Blank had three days of conversations with people at the SolSpec booth in the expo hall. 

 

Also Angie was caught alone at the booth by a guy with his own media network asking for the one-minute pitch for SolSpec (Tugba was fixing some technical issues with the ipads that we were too busy to fix, she’s in the background). She’s only sharing this video in the spirit of showing everything we’ve done, and otherwise would make sure it never got more than the 43 views it’s had on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2AilTXaThA

September 4

InterDrone: Advancing Pipeline Safety

Toby Kraft and Todd Knapp from Hanging H presented as part of the Energy Inspection Enterprise track, with a talk titled “Advancing Pipeline Safety with Aerial Analytics and UAVs.” The response was extremely positive – people flooded the SolSpec booth after the talk and were motivated to learn more about what we do and what our excellent teams have produced.

 

See Toby’s InterDrone profile, and learn more about Toby and Todd’s presentation.

September 25

Bryan Crowe Interview Featured in Our Great Minds

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Bryan Crowe’s interview with Our Great Minds was published under the Business/Industry Disrupters section. Here’s a snippet from the introduction: “Bryan is a great example of a young leader from the oil and gas industry that saw the advantages of digital transformation and IT modernization early on. He embraced it head on, and is now helping others like him embrace change, upskill teams and break down barriers to adopting technologies like UAVs, big data and AI to automate workflows for safer and much more efficient pipeline operations. Bryan is of the firm belief that digital transformation and modern technologies such as aerial analytics are enabling oil and gas companies to fully capitalize on the resources we have, be better stewards, and provide clean and dependable energy for the foreseeable future.”

 

Read the full interview!

October 23

Shale Insights in Pittsburgh

Bryan Crowe spoke at the Technology Showcase at Shale Insights, held in Pittsburgh. With only 5 minutes to cover the material, Bryan presented a detailed but succinct overview of SolSpec’s Right-of-Way Integrity Management (RIM) program.

 

Kat Kraft and Angie Woodmansee had great conversations with people at the SolSpec booth over the course of two days, and made valuable connections with both attendees and other exhibitors. The event was a great success – both the presentation and the booth presence resulted in new business for SolSpec!

 

Learn more about the Technology Showcase at Shale Insights: https://shaleinsight.com/technology-showcase-2/

Random thoughts about Pittsburgh: A much lovelier city than anticipated, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. One odd thing: while shopping for a few items for the booth (Halloween candy draws people in), Kat and Angie had a first encounter with a shopping cart escalator:

October 29

UAV Expo: SolSpec Booth in the Expo Hall

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Angie Woodmansee, Katrina Engelsted, Robert Blank, and Youssef Benchouaf had great conversations at the booth from the opening happy hour, which was supposed to be low-key (and we ended up with a very packed booth area and lots of interactions), through the end of the event!
commercial uav solspec attendance
commercial uav solspec attendance

October 29

UAV Expo: Energy Vertical Presentation

UAV Expo: Energy Vertical Presentation

Toby Kraft and Todd Knapp from Hanging H spoke on the Energy Vertical session at Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas. 

 

Learn more about the session and Commercial UAV Expo.

October 30

UAV Expo: SolSpec Product Preview Presentation

Youssef Benchouaf presented for SolSpec as part of the Product Preview Presentation at Commercial UAV Expo.

 

 

Learn more about the Product Preview Presentation and Commercial UAV Expo.

October 30

UAV Expo: SolSpec Wins Big at Pitch the Press

UAV Expo: SolSpec Wins Big at Pitch the Press

Robert Blank presented for SolSpec at the Commercial UAV Expo’s Pitch the Press. SolSpec’s team applied to participate, and we were selected as one of 15 out of over 40 applicants to make it to the final session. The 15 participants had the opportunity to give a 2-minute presentation, and based on Robert’s presentation we were selected as one of the top three winners that stood out from the crowd!

 

Here are some highlights from the Commercial UAV Expo Press Release: “Three companies were selected today as the winners of Pitch the Press at Commercial UAV Americas 2019: A2Z, Agrowing, and SolSpec. Their latest products, which were pitched to a panel of high-profile press representatives at the show, were deemed the most innovative and promising technology amongst a competitive group of 15 presenters…The panel selected [SolSpec] for its ability to take data and generate a useable, actionable report. Many solutions out there are gathering the data but provide little to no support with analyzing that data to provide actionable solutions. This solution was unique in that it packages that data into actionable items so that users can focus on what needs to get done. By not simply giving users a “data dump” they’ll be able to take a proactive approach that enables stakeholders to address issues before they become problems.”

 

Read the full press release to learn more.

November 1

SolSpec Awarded OGRC Grant to Develop Remote Reclamation Assessment Tool

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Thanks to Kat Kraft, John Norman, and Nathan Casler’s hard work, SolSpec has been awarded an OGRC Grant from North Dakota Industrial Commission. The proposed project, titled Development of Operational Aerial Analytics for Remotely Measuring Reclamation Success in North Dakota, will be carried out over a period of 16 months in collaboration with Whiting Petroleum Corporation. The primary goal of this project is to develop and validate a suite of automated analytics that bring remote reclamation assessment technology to operational capacity for industry, agencies, and the interested public of North Dakota. Along with Whiting, we will also collaborate on this project with our sister company Duraroot.

 

Read more about the grant on our blog!

 

November 11

Toby Kraft Presents at PLIMC

Toby Kraft spoke about risk management at the Pipeline Insurers Managers Conference (PLIMC). The goal of the talk was to educate representatives of insurance companies that are providers for oil and gas companies about the impact of aerial analytics on risk management.

November 14

John Norman Presents at North Dakota Energy Conference

John Norman Presents at North Dakota Energy Conference
John Norman presented “Redefining Pipeline Safety with UAS-Based Inspection Programs” at the North Dakota Energy Conference and Expo.
Learn more about the North Dakota Energy Conference and Expo: http://www.ndenergyconference.com/ema/DisplayPage.aspx?pageId=Agenda1
December 4

Team Climb at Earth Treks in Golden

Team Climb at Earth Treks in Golden

We have a few climbers in our midst, and the number may be increasing! Thanks to the efforts of Katrina Engelsted and Jacob Spurgin we had our first evening group climb with some of the SolSpec team. The brave people that joined them: Andrew Keohane and Angie Woodmansee. Hope to see more people the next time we go, it was a great experience and fun to do something together that’s so different from work!

 

Also, in case you’re wondering if your read on Katrina being a badass is correct:

 

December 4

SolSpec Welcomes Seth and Sam

SolSpec Welcomes Seth and Sam

We wrapped up 2019 with a big step forward – we now have a formal Sales Team! We welcomed Seth Tribbey and Sam Acheson, who bring invaluable sales, industry, and software product experience to our team.

December 6

SolSpec Settled in Lakewood Offices

SolSpec Settled in Lakewood Offices

After a lot of effort and hard work on the part of our contractors, the SolSpec team got to settle at last into our new home in the Lakewood offices!

After only a monthin the space, we couldn’t be more pleased. The area gets much more sunlight, and windows throughout the offices mean it’s usually bright. Our view overlooks downtown Denver, and while the smog cloud can sometimes be unsettling, it is stunning. The biggest improvement? We now have several conference rooms, so no one will catch us on the phone or holding meetings in the hallways or building break room anymore!

December 20

SolSpec Featured in a Variety of Publications

SolSpec Featured in a Variety of Publications

Thanks to the hard work and efforts of Heather Racicot, we’ve been featured in the following publications:

 

  • DroneLife
  • LiDAR Mag
  • LiDAR News
  • GIS User
  • Commercial Drone Professional 
  • Commercial UAV News
  • POB
  • Comercial UAV News
  • Commercial UAV
  • GISCafe
  • UAS Weekly
  • xyHt
  • Oil & Gas 360
  • Stonefort Group
  • Earth Imaging Journal
  • Sensors & Systems 
  • GIS Cafe
  • Geospatial World

 

December 20

SolSpec Joins Huwa Holiday Party

SolSpec Joins Huwa Holiday Party

Angie Woodmansee and Adam Dutko represented the SolSpec team at the annual Huwa holiday party! We deeply appreciate what the Huwas and everyone in Keenesburg have made possible for us, and we’re grateful for partnership, for the industry experience these partnerships bring, and to have a chance to come together and celebrate the holidays. An unexpected perk – gift bags of delicious steak from Huwa Ranch! Anyone who missed out can always head to their website and place an order!

December 30

First Analysis Complete with West Moberly Joint Venture

First Analysis Complete with West Moberly Joint Venture

Ryan Pelzel of SolSpec Canada reports that the first imagery analysis was completed under the West Moberly Joint Venture for TC Energy! The first stage of this project covered 181 km for the North Montney Mainline Project.

December 31

Bryan Crowe Keynote Speaker at INGAA Annual Meeting

Bryan Crowe Keynote Speaker at INGAA Annual Meeting

SolSpec COO Bryan Crowe was invited as the keynote speaker to the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America’s (INGAA) Steep Slope Construction Workshop. Bryan spoke on Right-of-Way Integrity Management, pipeline construction, and the impact of employing aerial analytics to identify safer routes, improve the efficacy of implemented best practices, and enhance monitoring success.

 

The invitation to speak came as a direct result of Bryan’s June 2019 discussion with Russel Treat on the Pipeliner’s podcast. Listen to their conversation on Ground Movement and Pipeline Integrity to learn more! Read more about Steep Slope Construction best practices, detailed in a report created in a collaboration of eight energy companies led by The Nature Conservancy.

 

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