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James Thomson, Visualization Theme Lead, BP

About the Speaker

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Mr. Thomson is Visualization Theme lead for BP in Houston, Texas, USA. In this role he has global responsibility for visualization technology in the upstream segment of BP. This includes the Highly Immersive Visualization Environment (HIVE) program of collaborative visualization rooms plus other innovative technologies. He actively investigates new visualization tools and is responsible for dissemination of best practices within BP.

Recent activities include Session Chair and speaker for the Special Session on Petrotechnical Visualization at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists annual meeting, Long Beach, California.

He has organized visualization sessions at the Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, and was Session Chair and speaker at the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Previously Mr. Thomson served as a geophysicist and network leader in BP’s Survey and Site Investigation discipline. Prior to joining BP in 1997, he held positions as a geoscientist in the geohazards, hydrogeological and petroleum exploration businesses.

Mr. Thomson holds a M.S. degree from Syracuse University (geology) and an undergraduate degree from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.