Welcome to the 25th Year!

Thank you for joining us at the PODS Spring Forum that was held
on April 25th in Houston! Join us on October 10th in the Fall!

PODS 25th Anniversary Gallery

Timeline – How The Community Grew

Spring Forum Sponsors




Jason Cradit

Keynote Speaker – Spring Forum

SCS is PODS’s first Carbon Sequestration member so we are excited to hear from Jason on why they joined PODS and the differences/similarities of renewables pipeline data. Jason will share a bit of his history in pipeline and his vision/plan/strategy for SCS and maybe give us some teasers about his plenary talk at ERGIS. SCS’s pipeline will be the largest/longest carbon sequestration pipeline in the world when completed! There will be plenty to talk about related to the energy transition and how we can all support a new data standard for renewables in addition to what the working group is doing now to build a brand-new water model.

Graham Savage

Graham Savage

Speaker - Spring Forum

As bp’s Geospatial Pipeline SME, Graham’s chief responsibilities cover bp’s pipeline data and PODS data model at a global scale. He’s recently designed and built bp’s latest PODS data model, PODS 7.0.1 bp Golden Build. He’s been developing some great tools for visualizing PODS data, like bp’s Subsea, Pipeline & Riser Twin (SPiRiT). His innovative approach, PODS expertise, and 20 years in the GIS industry, provide him with the foundation to push boundaries to realize the potential of the of data bp holds.

Peter Veenstra

Peter Veenstra

Speaker - Spring Forum

Peter Veenstra has 30+ years of experience working in the geo-spatial industry as an analyst, programmer, software architect, GIS consultant, and director. He has extensive experience rolling out enterprise pipeline GIS solutions for domestic and international clients. PODS has grown to where it is today due, in large part, to his decades of volunteerism. Peter has a M.Sc. in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK and a B.ES. Honours Geography from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

2023 Spring Forum
25th Anniversary Awards

So much excitement awaits as we celebrate PODS 25th Anniversary! As part of our celebration on April 25th, we will have the opportunity to recognize and award multiple well deserving individuals and organizations who emulate what PODS is all about.

April 25th
Award recipients recognized
at the Spring Forum


Volunteer of the Year (Individual)

Presenter: Todd Patterson
Awardee: Kirk Cameron

The Volunteer of the Year is awarded to the person who has made the biggest impact on the PODS organization through participation, innovation, leadership, and just plain grit and hard work. Without this person, PODS would not be all that it is today!

Innovation Award (Individual, Team or Member Company)

Presenter: Jeff Allen
Awardee: Pete Veenstra

Who has the best ideas for advancing pipeline data management from a technical aspect? The Innovation Award is for the person, team or company who always seeks to build a better mousetrap and contribute to the consistent growth and innovation of PODS.

Strategic Implementation Award (Operator Member Company)

Presenter: Brad Schaaf
Accepted By: Graham Savage

Awarded to a PODS operator member who took a major step implementing the latest version of PODS and is prepared to tell and share their story. Maybe they combined databases while implementing or they had multiple changes going on at once or major roadblocks. Whatever the challenge, this organization showcased stellar implementation.

PODS Migration Award (Operator or Service Company Member)

Presenter: Tony Lopez
Awardee: Oneok
Accepted By: Sean Holmes

The PODS Migration Award seeks to acknowledge a service company supporting a new PODS implementation or a new operator member using the PODS model for the first time. Seeking nominations of operator companies who have a successful implementation of PODS from another platform (or their support service company) and can showcase immediate improvements and success within their organization. Or a service company member showcasing the successful development strategy to implement PODS at an organization.

Service Company of the Year

Presenter: Jason Cradit
Awardee: Esri
Accepted By: Jeff Allen

To be the Service Company of the Year, you are the organization who donated the most man-person hours to PODS in a volunteer capacity. There are so many ways to support the PODS Community with committees, working groups, etc. This company supported their team with the leeway to perform above and beyond for the benefit of the community – they showed up and got the job done!

Operator of the Year

Presenter: Abhay Chand
Awardee: Chevron
Accepted By: Paul Herrmann

As Operator of the Year, you are the operator who best exemplifies living, eating, breathing, and sleeping PODS. You are the operator willing to share your experience with the proven benefits and advancement due to use of PODS data structure. This operator has supported their teams to engage with all of the resources the PODS Community has to offer while translating the value of PODS for pipeline safety, asset knowledge management, regulatory compliance and optimized operations.