April 5, 2017 by

Bertrand Groulx outlines a roadmap to analytics success at the Calgary Petroleum Club

Verdazo Analytics’ President Bertrand Groulx will deliver a presentation titled “Is your organization competing on analytics? A roadmap to analytics success” at the Calgary Petroleum Club on April 20th. The presentation is part of the Society for Petroleum Engineers’ Business Breakfast series. Groulx will outline how visual analytics can be significant contributors to the petroleum industry’s survival and success in times when companies are cost conscious and struggling to find new ways to thrive. Drawing from his 100+ successful visual analytics implementations, Groulx will lay out the path companies can follow to maximize analytics adoption and impact.Attendees will learn practical approaches and strategies to overcome the obstacles companies are most likely to encounter on their analytics journeys. The session takes place from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Calgary Petroleum Club. To review the presentation delivered click here.

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February 3, 2017 by

Bertrand Groulx presenting on visual analytics at SPE Canada Unconventional Resources Conference

Verdazo Analytics’ President Bertrand Groulx will deliver a presentation, and sit on a panel, at the SPE Canada Unconventional Resources Conference in Calgary on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Both will be focused on data analytics. Groulx’s presentation is titled “Multivariate Analysis Using Advanced Probabilistic Techniques for Completion Design Optimization”. This session takes place at 9:00 a.m. and is suitable for those with limited exposure to the data analytics space as well as more sophisticated practitioners. Groulx co-wrote SPE Paper 185077 with and Jim Gouveia of Rose & Associates and Don Chenery, also of Verdazo Analytics. At 10:30 the same day, Groulx will be a featured panelist discussing “Data Analytics and Cognitive Computing – Changing the Way We Work”. A key focus of the panel will be the ability of data analytics and cognitive computing to increase efficiencies in upstream oil and gas operations. Groulx will be joined on the panel by speakers from SAS, Nexen, RAMP Ventures and Woodside. The SPE Canada Unconventional Resources Conference takes place February 15-16 at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park in Calgary. To review the presentation delivered, click here. To purchase the full SPE paper, click here.  

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January 4, 2017 by

Pason acquires Verdazo Analytics

At Verdazo Analytics, we’ve always been a product of what we’ve been able to learn from our clients. The advancements in our VERDAZO product, services and methodologies have all been inspired and informed by the partnerships we’ve built over the last 10 years and our ‘crowdsourced’ approach to innovation. As of today, we’re embarking on our biggest business journey to date. I’m excited to announce that Verdazo Analytics has been acquired by Pason Systems Inc. Calgary-based Pason is a technology company offering fully integrated drilling data solutions, enabling users to collect, manage, report and analyze drilling data in order to optimize the performance and the cost-efficiency of their drilling activities. As part of the acquisition, we will continue to run Verdazo Analytics as a standalone wholly owned subsidiary of Pason. Our clients will have the same team working with them day-to-day. We will be collaborating regularly with Pason, very much in line with how we’ve collaborated with our clients in the past. We expect to learn a ton from them and build that intelligence right back into our business and our product. We’ll also benefit from Pason’s expansive reach into the U.S. market, where we’ll be helping even more companies...

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November 2, 2016 by

Bertrand Groulx wins Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Award

Calgary AB – Nov 2, 2016 – Verdazo Analytics’ President Bertrand Groulx has won an award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in the category of Regional Production and Operations. SPE awards recognize members for their exceptional service and leadership to the society, as well as major professional contributions to their technical disciplines at the regional level. Groulx was cited for his contributions to advancing industry best practices, elevating industry understanding of complexities in type-well curve development and improving analytic capabilities and statistical methodologies. The award will be presented to Groulx at a ceremony in Banff on November 30. A full list of SPE winners can be found here.

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October 18, 2016 by

Bertrand Groulx presenting on “Finding black gold in big data”

Verdazo Analytics’ President Bertrand Groulx will deliver a presentation on data analytics in a session titled “Finding black gold in big data” at the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s conference for the oil & gas industry. The presentation will outline the opportunities that sophisticated data visualization software tools provide to oil & gas companies. There will be a focus on the way data visualization is being used to drive efficiencies, reduce unnecessary costs and build consensus across functional groups. Key case studies will be used to illustrate the concepts. Yogi Schulz, a Partner at Corvelle Consulting, will also be delivering a presentation in the same session. Groulx and Schulz’s presentations are scheduled for 12:45-1:45 on Nov 23. The Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s conference for the oil & gas industry runs Nov 23-24 in Calgary at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre. Learn more about the conference and register here.

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April 14, 2016 by

Bertrand Groulx presenting on using visual analytics for operational efficiency at Banff CORS conference

Verdazo Analytics’ President Bertrand Groulx will deliver a presentation on Practitioners Day at the annual Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) conference on May 31, 2016 in Banff, AB. The presentation is titled “Visual Analytic Techniques for Operational Efficiency & Performance Improvements.” This visually stimulating presentation is particularly timely given the collapse in commodity prices and the need to identify every optimization opportunity possible. Groulx will explain how data analytics are being used by companies to identify downtime reduction opportunities, reduce costs and establish competitive advantages. CORS is a scientific and professional society that takes a leadership role in the advancement of both the theory and the practice of Operational Research (OR) in Canada and safeguards the existence of a vital Canadian OR community by promoting contact between people interested in the subject. Groulx is a recent Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) nominee for the Regional Production and Operations Award. Groulx was nominated for his contributions to advancing industry best practices, elevating industry understanding of complexities in type-well curve development and improving analytic capabilities and statistical methodologies. Groulx’s CORS presentation begins at 10:45 a.m. (May 31, 2016 in Banff) Click here to view the presentation.

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April 7, 2016 by

Visage Information Solutions rebrands to Verdazo Analytics

Visual data analytics pioneer in Oil & Gas plans expansion into U.S. market, other verticals under new name Calgary, Alberta — Bertrand Groulx, Co-Founder and President, today announced the rebrand of Visage Information Solutions to Verdazo Analytics. The company’s flagship product, formerly known as VISAGE, has been rebranded as VERDAZO. Verdazo Analytics provides visual data analytics software to enterprises looking to make smarter, faster decisions by revealing the hidden insights in data. The company’s new website can be found at www.verdazo.com. Visage Information Solutions was founded in Calgary in 2006 and over a decade built a client base that accounts for over half of Canada’s Oil & Gas production. The company defined the discovery analytics space for the Canadian energy industry and was recognized for its achievements with a 2011 Technology Stars award for Best Exploration Technology. The company has been widely recognized as an industry steward, pioneering the tools and techniques used for operational analyses. In 2015 nearly a quarter of a million charts and reports were run on the company’s software. “I’m especially proud of the fact that we did it all without a dedicated sales force,” said Groulx. “Our success has always been built on getting our...

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April 6, 2016 by

A decade of innovation: from VISAGE to VERDAZO

VISAGE has rebranded to VERDAZO. See the press release. How We Got Started Some technologies are designed to disrupt. Ours was designed to do the opposite. When we founded Visage Information Solutions as a two-person shop in 2006, it wasn’t because of a desire to render another technology obsolete or upend established systems in the Oil & Gas industry. It was to create visual data analytics software that could help everyone make smarter, faster decisions with the datasets they were already using. We knew there were frustrations for many business users who often spent hours a day just gathering data (before they could even start to analyze it). There was a clear unmet need. Still, we were pleasantly surprised how quickly VISAGE struck a chord with our users. When they saw the analytic capabilities it contained, and how quickly it could make a difference in their day-to-day work, they jumped onboard. The Growth Years With each passing year as our business grew, we focused on enhancing our product so every new release of VISAGE offered more specific and more relevant value. We charged everyone on our team with understanding our clients’ data analysis challenges and ensuring VISAGE addressed them. And...

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March 11, 2016 by

President Bertrand Groulx nominated for Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Award

Calgary AB – March 11, 2016 – Bertrand Groulx, President of Visage Information Solutions Inc., has been nominated for a Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Regional Production and Operations Award. Groulx was nominated for his contributions to advancing industry best practices, elevating industry understanding of complexities in type-well curve development and improving analytic capabilities and statistical methodologies. As part of the nomination process, it was noted that “Groulx’s methods are thorough, comprehensive, and mathematically rigorous. The results of his efforts are better informed decisions in the upstream oil and gas sector.” SPE Regional Awards recognize members who contribute exceptional service and leadership within SPE, as well as making significant professional contributions within their technical disciplines at the SPE regional level. Award recipients will be announced in June and published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology. About Visage Information Solutions Visage Information Solutions Inc. provides self-serve visual analytics for the oil and gas industry, utilizing both public and proprietary data. VISAGE analytics software offers insight to improve the decisions and strategies of oil and gas producers, investors and financiers. Visage Information Solutions is a private company founded in 2006. The company is passionate about how improving the analytic maturity of oil...

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December 9, 2014 by

VISAGE team welcomes new VP Business Development as it commits to continued high service and growth

Editor’s Note: While VISAGE rebranded to VERDAZO in April 2016, we haven’t changed the VISAGE name in our previous blog posts. We’re proud of our decade of work as VISAGE and that lives on within these blogs. Enjoy. Calgary, AB – December 9, 2014 – Visage Information Solutions Inc., visual analytics software provider for the oil and gas industry, today announced that Stan Cena, an experienced sales leader from Schlumberger, has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development. Stan is responsible for building further on the success of VISAGE analytics after five consecutive years of 50 per cent growth. For a decade, Stan held senior sales leadership roles with Schlumberger Canada Limited where he dramatically grew revenues for multiple product lines including Rock Laboratory Services, a Schlumberger division focused on core analysis to optimize production in reservoirs. Most recently Stan was Senior Sales Manager at Merrick Systems, provider of production management technology for the oil and gas industry. “With our focus on high customer service, it’s critical to expand the VISAGE team at a pace that matches our growth,” said Bertrand Groulx, President, Visage Information Solutions. “Stan is a key hire to help us further attract new clients and...

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