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The U.K. economy has been speeding up since 2012 – and looks to keep up the pace in 2015, according to PwC. Last year, not only did the U.K. unemployment rate hit its lowest level in six years, but the rate of employment equaled the record set in 2015.

                That’s good news for project practitioners in the United Kingdom, which is seeing a demand for almost 1 million project managers through 2020.

                The tech industry has been a particular beneficiary of the economic upswing, KPMG reports. More than two-fifths of all U.K. tech companies plan to hire by mid -2015.

                Project managers will need to handle the changes typical of the tech industry. “Change management skills are being asked for more and more,” says Paul Yeomans, managing director, Manifestly Important, York, England. “Project managers who are strong in this areas will be well placed to advance.” The construction sector also will see an expanding need for project managers, he adds.

                “The outlook is positive, with the jobs picture for project managers continuing to improve in line with the economic recovery,” Mr. Yoemans says.

                However, that also comes with an uptick in job competition, which Mr. Yeomans sees as the main challenge for job seekers. “it is becoming increasingly important for individuals to differentiate themselves with extra knowledge, skills and qualification.” he says.

Source PM Network Jan 2015

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

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Jose Altuve (Astros’s 2nd base) is using PH15 and Jesus Gutierrez (PH15’s inventor)
POWERHITTER15 is made with the latest technology in polymer material
  • Digital lathe technology will provide a perfect cut for each bat produced which will ensure all players will enjoy the same exact benefits.
  • The bat is made out of one extremely resistant polymer with exceptional impact strength which guarantees it will defy the highest impacts from batting. The bat will not change its condition with time. It will not wear out with normal use. The polymer used to fabricate Powerhitter15 has high mechanical strength and is resistant to temperature variations up to 160ºF.
  • The impact at the grip to the batter is reduced due to the special features of the polymer material used.
  • One of the Powerhitter15 competitive advantage is its durability. The users will invest in the weighed training bat only once. Its durability will provide a better economic return to the user.
POWERHITTER15 is made to last forever. It will not crack, break or dent under normal use
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Luis Valbuena (Astros’s 3rd base) is using PH15 and Jesus Gutierrez (PH15’s inventor)
  • The bat Powerhitter15 is heavier than a regular bat and perfectly balanced to strengthen the forearms and create a better hand path to the ball.
  • It will make players build powerful hands and wrists, will improve bat Exit Speed and power, and will increase hand-eye coordination.
  • Powerhitter15 has the same appearance of the wood and aluminum bat. It comes in the same sizes (length and barrel width) as the regular bats which will help the players keep the muscle memory during the swing. A One Hand bat size is available for special one hand training.
  • Players can use the Powerhitter15 for variety of training and hitting drills: Live batting practice, soft toss, tee work, One Hand swing and warm up swings.
  • Powerhitter15 can be used on deck without needing to use any additional weight (donut or wrap) which makes warming up more safe because avoids hitting other players by loose objects.

POWERHITTER15 is the only polymer weighted bat ever made in the world.

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Michael Bourn (Cleveland Indians CF) is carrying the PH15 at spring training !

EXIT SPEED is a measurement of the speed of the ball as it comes off the bat. It is the result of at least five factors:

  • Bat speed (at contact may not be max.) Bat speed is only indicator of performance that may result in increased exit speed.
  • Pivot speed (at plate – no max.)
  • Adjusted by impact point from the bat (sweet-spot)
  • Bat composition
  • Ball composition
  • Releasing energy at contact point with ball

After three month training with PowerHitter15 weighted Bat, we have measured the following Exit Speed improvement:

    • 45mph 59mph
    • 55mph 68mph
    • 65mph 79mph
    • 70mph 85mph
    • 75mph 89mph
    • 82mph 95mph

PH15 will help you increase and improve your Exit Speed




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The Vision

The Houston Airport System (HAS) has a vision to support spaceport operations for horizontally launched Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLVs) from Ellington Airport (EFD). We envision that EFD could be a focal point for aerospace innovation – a regional center for a cluster of aerospace entities acting as incubators for aerospace innovation and growth. Key aerospace engineering activities could include:

  • Component and composite development and fabrication
  • Space vehicle assembly

Commercial activities could include:

  • Zero-gravity scientific and medical experiments
  • Microsatellites
  • Astronaut training and development
  • Space tourism

The Plan

Before Houston Spaceport can become established at Ellington Airport, the Houston Airport System must first be granted a Launch Site License from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  HAS is working closely with the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation to complete the Environmental Assessment and plans to submit the final application in Fall 2014. Once the application is approved, HAS will then receive a Launch Site License that will enable Ellington Airport to establish itself as a launch site for Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLV). RLVs execute horizontal, rather than vertical, similar to commercial aircraft.  To date, there are only nine commercial spaceports in the U.S.

  • February 10, 2012
    From a purely technical standpoint, operation of a spaceport at Ellington Airport is deemed likely feasible.October 11, 2012
    The Houston Airport System meets with FAA-AST to conduct the Spaceport Pre-Application Consultation.July 17, 2013
    The Houston Airport System received Houston City Council support to continue moving forward in the application process, which is necessary to accommodate commercial spaceflights at Ellington Airport.September 4, 2013
    HAS unveiled part of its vision for the future of Ellington Airport (EFD) by releasing conceptual renderings of a possible Houston Spaceport to the public.April 10, 2014
    HAS and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced plans to explore potential applications and multiple economic development opportunities presented by the combination of a Houston-based spaceport and SNC’s Dream Chaser® – a spacecraft that can land at the spaceport directly from low-Earth orbit. As part of the cooperative initiative, the organizations will study the physical, operational and regulatory requirements for SNC’s commercial space vehicle, Dream Chaser, to utilize the spaceport as one of its potential landing sites.

    September, 2014
    HAS will begin conducting public meetings. Please check the news section for updates as these events are announced.

    Fall 2014
    HAS plans to submit a Launch Site License Application to the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space. FAA approval of the license can take up to six months.

    HAS will continue to seek commercial partners to operate and develop facilities at the Houston Spaceport.

    2018 HAS anticipates possible operations at Houston Spaceport as dictated by market demand.

An Award-winning Management Team

As part of Houston Airport System, the spaceport will be run by a high-performance airport management, operations and maintenance team that has been recognized by the FAA for airfield operations and safety.
  • Mario Diaz, Director of Aviation  Mario Diaz, Director of AviationMario C. Diaz is Director of the City of Houston Department of Aviation. He is responsible for the overall management of the Houston Airport System’s three aviation facilities: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) – and its more than 1,400 employees.
    Prior to his appointment in 2010, Mr. Diaz was the deputy general manager for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport since January 1999. He was responsible for ensuring that the daily operational activities of the world’s busiest airport, including operations, business, finance and capital development.
    He has been one of the industry’s leading authorities in aviation technology as well as the study of future developments in commercial aviation.
    Prior to 1999, Diaz was the manager of business, properties and commercial development for New Jersey Airports, a post he held for four years. In this role, he managed the division responsible for all business and lease negotiations at Newark International Airport as well as the day-to-day oversight management of Teterboro Airport, one of the nation’s premier general aviation airports, and a major reliever airport for Newark International.
    His 17-year career with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey began in 1981 and included key management positions in leasing, finance, marketing, operations and properties. During this period, Diaz also served 18 months as the assistant director of the redevelopment program at John F. Kennedy Airport.
    A native of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, and a licensed private pilot with instrument certification, Diaz earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. He also earned a Master of Business Administration in finance from Rutgers Graduate School of Business Administration in New Jersey.
  • Arturo Machuca, General Manager of Ellington Airport  Arturo Machura, Manager of Business DevelopmentArturo Machuca is the General Manager of the Houston Airport System’s Ellington Airport. Machuca oversees the daily operations and the development and implementation of policies and procedures at Ellington Airport. He is also the lead on the Houston Spaceport project.With over 30 years of sales and marketing experience in the aviation industry, Arturo joined the Houston Airport System in 2009. His prior responsibilities included economic development, industry affairs and business relations for all three airports.Three years ago, Arturo Machuca was tasked with the huge responsibility to develop a plan to bring a commercial spaceport to Ellington Airport.  Arturo worked with various Federal and local agencies, as well as key players in the aerospace industry, to create preliminary plans and conceptual drawings to pursue a license to bring commercial spaceflights to Ellington Airport. Arturo Machuca is now leading commercial development efforts for Ellington Airport and Houston Spaceport.Machuca holds a bachelor of arts degree in Hotels and Tourism Administration from Universidad Regiomontana.
  • Ian Wadsworth, Chief Commercial Officer  Ian Wadsworth, Chief Commercial OperatorIan Wadsworth serves as the Chief Commercial Officer for the Houston Airport System. He oversees the commercial activities at the Houston Airport System’s three airports, including air service development, airline affairs, concessions, parking, real estate and business development. He joined the Houston Airport System in November 2008 as Deputy Director, Finance and Administration. In that position, Mr. Wadsworth was responsible for the finance, properties, human resources, and procurement functions. Prior to joining the Houston Airport System, Wadsworth served in various finance, planning, and marketing roles over the past 15 years at American Airlines, Capital One Financial, and Global Aero Logistics, the parent company of ATA Airlines, World Airways, and North American Airlines.  Wadsworth received a BA degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and an MBA degree in Finance from the University of Michigan Business School.

An Innovation Center

Johnson Space Center and other NASA facilities, coupled with a large subcontrator community of over 80 aerospace companies, provide significant access to an existing, robust aerospace community. As part of this flourishing industry, Houston Spaceport will act as an accelerator for innovation and an incubator for growth.

Innovation Growth

Connecting the World

Imagine a sub-orbital commercial flight from Houston to Tokyo in less than 3 hours. As we dip our toe into the new waters of near-space travel, we open up doors to opportunities we could only imagine just a few decades ago. Just as the Wright Brothers “shortened the distance” between points on the map when they invented heavier-than-air travel in 1903, commercial spaceflight promises once more to connect the world in ways only recently unimaginable.

Connecting the people, the businesses, the economies and the people of the world to Houston is one of the Spaceport’s major goals as we leverage Houston’s potential as a major center of aerospace development and operations.

International Access

As a part of the Houston Airport System, Houston Spaceport will seamlessly fit into one of the largest international travel infrastructures on the planet.

Global Reach

Houston Airport System’s access to new, growing Latin American sectors is unmatched, and provides exciting opportunities with both private and government aerospace organizations.

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HOUSTON, May 11, 2015– United Airlines, in partnership with Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston Airport System, broke ground on the airline’s new Terminal C North concourse at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on May 11.

1147018-8Floor-to-ceiling windows in the new concourse will offer soaring tarmac views, expansive gate-lounge areas will provide higher levels of comfort and 20 new dining and retail options near boarding gates will give Houstonians and travelers connecting through the airport more of the varied options they enjoy.

The $244 million project will create a 265,000-square-foot facility, more than 100,000 square feet larger than the existing Terminal C North, with 11 passenger boarding gates to accommodate a mix of United’s narrow-, mid- and wide-body

When construction on the new concourse is completed, the Houston Airport System will demolish the existing Terminal C North facility at Bush Intercontinental to enable the reconstruction of the Mickey Leland International Terminal D. The international terminal is critical to Bush Intercontinental’s extensive connecting air traffic, particularly for those customers connecting between United flights and flights operated by United’s international airline partners.

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About SH 99 F-G Project

The Grand Parkway, SH 99, is a 180 mile scenic parkway encircling the Houston region. Original discussion for the Grand Parkway was initiated in the early 1960’s as part of a long-range mobility study to support Houston’s projected growth. The SH 99 project is a partnership between the state, local governments, agencies, and landowners. A controlled access parkway with four lanes, two lanes each direction and intermittent access roads, the comprehensive footprint crosses seven counties: Harris, Montgomery, Liberty, Chambers, Galveston, Brazoria, and Fort Bend.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) approved the award of the State Highway 99 project segments F1, F2 and G, to Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders. These segments total approximately 38 miles in length running through Harris and Montgomery Counties. The project consists of more than 120 bridges, frontage roads and associated drainage, as well as utility infrastructure. Extensive environmental studies have been made to ensure appropriate planning for retention ponds, as well as wildlife and vegetation habitat considerations.

Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders is a design-build joint venture that assembled a team with deep engineering and construction resources, significant local knowledge and experience, and complex transportation project experience to design and build SH 99, segments F-1, F-2, and G.

The Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders team challenged its design and construction members to develop a design and project approach that is innovative and tailored to meet TxDOT’s needs. The result is a value-added concept that brings technical solutions and cost reduction through the implementation of alternative technical concepts. Zachry-Odebrecht will create more than 1,200 direct local jobs throughout construction.

Notice to proceed for the $1.1 billion Project was issued by TxDOT on March 22, 2013 with an expected completion in late 2015.

Grand Parkway project objectives include:

  • Provide a circumferential transportation structure linking the interstate and highway system, enhancing mobility and benefiting economic growth for the Houston region
  • Provide additional hurricane and emergency evacuation routes for the greater Houston area
  • Provide a safe travel corridor for commuters
  • Provide much needed additional roadway capacity to help alleviate the increased traffic demand due to population and employment growth


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College of Education Dean Ranked Among the Most Influential in the Nation

New Rankings from Mometrix Consider Program Rankings, Awards and Alumni Salaries

Robert McPherson, dean of the University of Houston College of Education, has been ranked among the 30 “Most Influential Deans of Education in the United States.”  The recognition comes from Mometrix Test Preparation, a Texas-based, global test preparation company.

“This type of individual recognition reflects the collective effort and impact of the Tier One faculty, staff and students at the University of Houston,” McPherson said. “We are a College of Education aspiring to lead the nation in research, teaching and service by eliminating health and educational disparities and empowering human potential. Houston deserves nothing less.”  McPherson

The rankings considered state and national awards and honors, education program rankings, individual degree program rankings and the level of pay received by the institution’s alumni.

McPherson has led the college since 2012, during which time the college’s online graduate programs have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine has also ranked the college’s graduate programs among the best in the nation. Additionally, the National Council for Teacher Quality has ranked three College of Education programs in the top 25 of the nation’s best teacher preparation programs.

“Dr. McPherson has found a way to blend his background in psychology with an ever-growing education program at the University of Houston,” the Mometrix rankings noted. “Since his installment as dean, the College of Education has risen in national prominence.”

McPherson is a member of the National Academics of Practice and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association.  He also has served as chair of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. He also is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Karl Heiser Award which recognizes his state and national advocacy contributions on behalf of psychologists and their patients.

To view the rankings visit http://www.mometrix.com/blog/the-30-most-influential-deans-of-education-in-the-united-states/

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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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In the past, the majority of the wells in the GCC have been conventional wells, and therefore have been suspended at the end of their life-cycle but not fully abandoned.

However, as the easy oil is coming to an end and the GCC is drilling more and more unconventional wells, the know-how for fully abandoning wells is becoming increasingly important. Not only for safety purposes, but also to meet the increasingly stringent regulations in the GCC, with penalties including fines or even loss of operating licenses.

The Well Abandonment Summit 2015 has been developed to help NOCs & IOCs in the region find the most cost-effective ways to abandon these wells whilst adhering to regulations. The summit will address key areas including; the latest regulatory updates, how to suspend reservoir communication, avoid water contamination and decommission wells offshore cost effectively.

Why attend?

  • Suspend reservoir communication to avoid blow outs and environmental damage
  • Reduce water contamination possibilities through effective well sealing
  • Decommission offshore wells cost-effectively with rigless solutions
  • Interpret the latest regulatory framework in the GCC to ensure compliance and avoid fines
  • Link well design with legacy (post-abandonment)
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Meet experts from the following departments:

  • Well Abandonment
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Drilling Engineering
  • Subsea Engineering
  • Completions & Workover
  • Fluids & Cementing
  • Operations
  • Offshore Decommissioning




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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

Register Now


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Forbes Names Vlocity As A Next-Gen Disruptor in Sales and Customer Management In Addition to Being Named by Forbes to the Next Billion Dollar Companies List,...