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Latin America’s second-largest economy will be strengthened by ongoing economic reforms – especially in the energy and telecommunications sectors, according to the International Monetary Fund. Project practitioners should reap the rewards.

“with the reforms and their implementation over the next year, there will be an explosion in the need for project managers in the energy and telecommunications sector.” Says Francisco Herrera, PMP, program manager, Coppel Sa de CV, Culiacan Mexico. This will lead to new infrastructure projects that will result in “exponential growth” for project management positions, Mr. Herrera adds.

That demand follows a maturing project management landscape. “More organizations recognize the project management is a necessary to achieve business results.” He says “The better prepared will have the best promotions, positions and salaries.”

Increased responsibility is reflected in salaries. In Mexico, a project manager who oversees an initiative with more than 20 team members makes 29 percent more than one with fewer than five team members. Moreover,  a project manager overseeing a project with a budget greater than US$10 million makes 64 percent more than one with a project under US$100,000, according to PMI’s 2013 Salary Survey.

There should be plenty of opportunities for practitioners to take advantage of those statistics. Last year, the Mexican government launched a US$590 billion infrastructure plan that includes 743 project in sectors such as energy, communications and transportation.

Source PM Network Jan 2015

Dirck Hornung, PMP  (www.oil-n-gas-network.com)


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A new ExxonMobil chemical project is creating thousands of jobs here in Houston. The project’s economic benefits study estimates the investment will result in about 10,000 construction jobs and 4,000 permanent jobs in the community, while adding nearly $1 billion annually to the local economy. It’s part of a resurgence of growth driven by American supplies of natural gas, and it’s centered right here in Houston.

exxon5ExxonMobil is constructing a state-of-the-art campus in Houston that will be home to its Upstream, Downstream and Chemicals companies and associated service groups.

By bringing many global functional groups together, the campus will provide employees with the tools and capabilities needed today, and in the future, to achieve business objectives and accelerate the discovery of new resources, technologies and products. It will foster improved collaboration, creativity and innovation and enhance the company’s ability to attract, develop and retain the top talent in the industry.

The campus is located on 385 wooded acres immediately to the west of Interstate Highway 45 (I-45), at the intersection of I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road, approximately 25 miles from the cultural vibrancy of downtown Houston.

Designed to accommodate 10,000 employees, the campus will be constructed to the highest standards of energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Its design incorporates extensive research into best practices in workplace design and benchmarking from the world’s top facilities.

Sustainable design practices have been incorporated into every facet of the campus design and construction process. The campus will meet the highest standards of energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

The office buildings are designed to harvest daylight and minimize water use, and are designed to be 40 percent more energy efficient than a typical office building. For example, offices will utilize window features that allow the optimal amount of sunlight into office buildings while minimizing radiant heat.

Appropriate water management is another key component of the campus sustainability program, and more than 80 percent of water used on campus will be non-potable. Potable water use will be at least 90 percent less than the national average for typical office buildings.

The campus will protect and enhance the biodiversity on the site, with approximately 80 percent of the campus to remain vegetated or covered by two lakes. In addition, re-vegetation programs will increase tree species from about 20 to about 90 species.

Community benefits
Already an integral part of the Houston community, ExxonMobil will continue to engage with business, community and charitable organizations across the greater Houston area. In addition, the campus will provide significant economic benefits for Texas and the local economy even after construction is complete.

Construction of the new campus began in 2011. Early site work included the construction of access roads and bridges, central utilities, computer support and parking facilities. The next phase of construction, the office buildings, with a focus on the buildings near the northwest garage, began in 2012. Work on the specialty buildings, including the Laboratory, Wellness and Energy Centers, began in the fall of 2012. By the end of 2014, seven office buildings will be open and approximately 3,600 residents will be working on campus. Work on the remaining office buildings, and specialty buildings will be complete in mid-2015.

A summary of major campus components includes:

  • Campus
    The 385-acre ExxonMobil Campus will feature multiple low-rise office buildings, a state-of-the-art meeting and training center, a laboratory, wellness center, a child development center, and dining and retail amenities.
  • Energy Center
    The Energy Center is designed to embody the company’s commitment to leading technology and engineering. A main feature of the center is a 10,000-ton floating cube that appears to hover over a plaza below, offering a spectacular view of the campus.


  • Laboratory
    The Laboratory will be a premier research and physical science facility designed to stimulate innovation and accelerate discovery.
  • Wellness Center
    A 100,000-square-foot Wellness Center will feature a three-story glass atrium, cardio and strength training facilities and classes, a basketball court, personal training services and healthy dining venues.
  • Office buildings
    Multi-story atriums in all office buildings provide a large-scale entry and gathering place for employees, encouraging collaboration and inviting natural light inside.  Bridges on the upper levels connect across the atria and allow ease of movement around the buildings.




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The Port of Houston is an economic engine that produces jobs and economic prosperity for the local and state economy. Throughout its history, whenever the port has grown, Houston has grown. Someone once wisely pointed out that Houston is “the town that built the port that built the city.”

Learn more about how the Port of Houston has grown to be one of the world’s busiest ports and the nation’s leading port in terms of foreign tonnage.

Port-of-Houston-Authority-OperationsThe Port of Houston is a 25-mile-long complex of diversified public and private facilities located just a few hours by ship from the Gulf of Mexico. The port is consistently ranked 1st in the United States in foreign waterborne tonnage; 1st in U.S. imports; 1st in U.S. export tonnage and 2nd in the U.S. in total tonnage. It is also the nation’s leading breakbulk port, handling 41 percent of project cargo at Gulf Coast ports.

The Port of Houston is made up of the public terminals owned, managed and leased by the Port of Houston Authority, and the 150-plus private industrial companies along the 52-mile long Houston Ship Channel. Each year, more than 200 million tons of cargo move through the Port of Houston, carried by more than 8,000 vessel and 200,000 barge calls.

As one of the world’s busiest ports, the Port of Houston is a large and vibrant component of the regional economy. A 2012 study by Martin Associates says ship channel-related businesses contribute 1,026,820 jobs throughout Texas, up from more than 785,000 jobs cited in a 2007 study.  This activity helped generate more than $178.5 billion in statewide economic impact, up from nearly $118 billion. Additionally, more than $4.5 billion in state and local tax revenues are generated by business activities related to the port, up from $3.7 billion.

Port-of-Houston-Logo-1The Port of Houston has been instrumental in the city of Houston’s development as a center of international trade. It is home to a $15 billion petrochemical complex, the largest in the nation and second largest in the world. Carrier services on all major tradelanes link Houston to international markets around the globe. The ship channel also intersects a very busy barge traffic lane, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Companies that do business internationally also find Houston attractive because of its well-developed financial infrastructure, skilled work force and diverse population. Ample space and favorable conditions for industrial development, as well as for cargo handling, make Houston a choice location for industry.

Houston has the nation’s 3rd largest consular corps with more than 90 nations represented. Additionally, the Bayou City has 22 foreign banks from 12 nations, 30 active international chambers of commerce and trade associations, and numerous Houston operations of foreign-owned companies. Houston is one of only eight U.S. cities to have a regional office of the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

Centrally located on the Gulf Coast, Houston is a strategic gateway for cargo originating in or destined for the U.S. West and Midwest. Houston lies within close reach of one of the nation’s largest concentrations of consumers. More than 17 million people live within 300 miles of the city, and approximately 60 million live within 700 miles. Ample truck, rail and air connections allow shippers to economically transport their goods between Houston and inland points.

The Port of Houston Authority’s leadership understands the importance of balancing business with environmental stewardship. Providing a safe and secure environmental for international trade is also a foremost issue. Learn more about how the Port Authority became the first U.S. port to attain the world standard for environmental excellence, ISO 14001. The Port Authority is also a leader in security management.

The Port of Houston has an impressive record of accomplishments including unloading the world’s first container ship.

CITY OF KATY, TX (Covering Katy) – The video animation of a two mile boardwalk project planned for a large open lot behind Katy Mills, south of Kingsland Boulevard was recently displayed for members of the city council and now Covering Katy has obtained a copy of the video.

The project will be anchored by a convention center, a hotel and a boardwalk that will circle an 80 acre pond.  The boardwalk will also have viewing stations when completed.

While the project will take 8 to 10 years to complete it won’t be nearly that long before construction begins.

“I would hope we would start breaking ground later this year,” said Kayce Reina, director of tourism, marketing and public relations for the city of Katy.

When completed, the project will have have condos, office and retail space, a parking garage, restaurants and other amenities. The development, including inflation, is expected to cost Katy about $49 million dollars. The bulk of the project will be paid for by a developer and who will be reimbursed from future tax revenue generated by the development. The same model of financing was reportedly used by the city for construction of the Katy Mills Mall.

The city also believes Fort Bend County will pay for some of the project’s infrastructure.

The project would coincide with an expected $25 million facelift of Katy Mills from owner Simon Property Group.

Additional land still needs to be purchased to complete the project.  The city is currently in negotiations to purchase that land according to Reina.




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HOUSTON, May 13, 2015– Southwest Airlines chairman and CEO Gary Kelly announced Wednesday that Southwest Airlines will add Liberia, Costa Rica, its 97th destination, on Nov. 1.

1147035-IMG_3125_1The daily service will be from the new Houston Hobby Airport international terminal, scheduled to open Oct. 15.

Southwest previously had announced that it would fly from Hobby to four cities in Mexico, plus San Jose, Costa Rica, and Belize City, Belize, beginning Oct. 15 and Montego Bay, Jamaica, on Nov. 1. It began service to Aruba earlier this year.1147043-IMG_4904_1

Kelly said he’s never been to Liberia, but “I understand it’s an awesome place to go.”

Houston will be a major international connection point for Southwest Airlines customers traveling from Dallas Love Field, where federal law bans nonstop international flights.

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Texas Central High-Speed Railway (TCR) is a private, for-profit company, promoting high-speed rail connecting Dallas and Houston in under 90 minutes.

Once high-speed rail is operating between Dallas and Houston, travel between Texas’ two largest metropolitan regions will no longer be a chore—but rather, a productive, relaxing and enjoyable experience on the fastest, safest, most reliable, comfortable and convenient form of intercity travel in the U.S.

In addition to the lifestyle benefits of a sophisticated travel option, high-speed rail will reduce congestion on already strained infrastructure, reduce carbon emissions, create thousands of jobs and most importantly, support and continue to bolster the Texas economy.

The Dallas – Houston corridor is ideal for high-speed rail because it connects the 4th and 5th largest metropolitan areas in the country, at a distance (240 miles) that makes rail travel times faster than auto and competitive with air. The system we are promoting is the N700-I Bullet based on the Tokaido Shinkansen that is currently operating in Japan with more than 50-years of perfect, safe operation and an average annual delay of less than one minute.

Our approach is fundamentally different from the high-speed rail proposals Texans have considered in the past, as well as any effort being pursued in other states – we are a private, market-led effort – meaning no Texan tax dollars will be used to make this train a reality.

Speed. Style. Safety. Convenience. That’s high-speed rail, the Lone Star way.

As proposed, the 240-mile project will be:

  • Developed by a private, for-profit corporation
  • Designed with station locations driven by consumer demand
  • Engineered to limit environmental and landowner impact
  • Safe and secure because it is based on a proven system that will meet or exceed strict state and federal regulations on security and safety
  • Successful because it will give customers what they want


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Unleashing Mobility Upon the Oil and Gas Industry

At a time of softening oil prices, the need to improve business processes and the efficiency of the organization has never been more pressing. One of the key ways that operators and contractors alike are discovering that this is possible is through mobile device usage, both within field operations and across the rest of the enterprise.

As the mobile IT industry shifts away from marketing applications and into enterprise apps designed for internal workflow, there is great opportunity for the oil and gas industry to take advantage. Enterprise mobility has been proven to help improve communication and collaboration among team members, rapidly delivering actionable information to the point of decision and increasing efficiency.

In a recent survey conducted by Oil and Gas IQ, of CIOs in the oil and gas industry, mobile technology was number 2 of the top ten priorities, and 55% of respondents felt it would greatly enhance their operations, however only 16% have employed a mobility strategy so far. We stand at the beginning of the implementation drive as currently only 1/3 of the top 50 oil and gas enterprises currently have apps.

*source ChaiONE

Key Topics to be addressed this year include:

  • How mobile device usage can help to cut costs and improve efficiency across the organization at a time of softening oil prices
  • Creating the business case and obtaining sign off for mobile device implementation and management
  • Customizing and deploying mobile applications across the enterprise for each part of your mobile workforce
  • Exploring the specific applications and challenges associated with oil and gas mobility implementation
  • Managing connectivity issues when providing access to real time data in the field
  • Smartphone vs. ruggedized devices: Which technology is most suitable for your remote or mobile workforce?
  • Enhancing the integrated operations of the digital oilfield. Connecting remote workers and streamlining workflow

To successfully achieve, develop and improve your company mobility strategy, we are proud to announce that the Oil and Gas Mobility Summit – the first and only event of its kind in North America – will be returning to Houston this May. This is a must attend event, for those eager to reach operational excellence!

As companies are dragged by the mobility drive, CIOs need to focus on key strategies:

  • Choosing the devices and platforms, enabling for broad adoption and needed hardening
  • Building a secure environment for mobility and re-architecting the enterprise architecture to integrate mobility solutions
  • Putting into place the device policies and governance to support mobility
  • Developing the mobility solutions, the connectors and interfaces
  • Administering a Center Of Excellence and a delivery model, integrating the 3rd parties mobile and information system
  • Maintaining and managing the mobile applications portfolio
  • Dealing with cultural change within the workforce, and ensuring the backing of management

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