Learn to program with Python

NOTE: this is a work-in-progress This article aims to help those, who want to learn how to program, to get started without being distracted by large number of options available. I believe that Python is the best choice currently for learning to program, because Python is both easy and useful. Installing For learning Python I recommend Thonny, which is an open-source Python code editor orientated towards beginners that incorporates Python itself, so you only need to install Thonny to get started.

Finding the fish in GIS

I recently came across this video in a Linkedin post. It’s a clip of ROV video that shows a small strange sea creature apparently walking across the seabed from a pipeline towards the ROV, and encountering a predator along the way: ┬áThis set me wondering about two things: what type of creature is it, and where was the video recorded? The video clip is also available on YouTube, which incorrectly states that the location is in the North Sea.

Introducing the Qwilka Subsea GIS

I have just set up a demonstration GIS (geographic information system) for my subsea data company Qwilka. It is built using the open source web mapping library Leaflet, which is light-weight and easy to program. The plan is to use the Qwilka Subsea GIS to display openly available data related to the subsea oil & gas industry. The base map is taken from GEBCO which provides a global map with ocean bathymetry.

Launching new website

Finally got around to putting my website together. It’s hosted on GitHub and rendered by Jekyll, so I can use Markdown to write posts.

Introducing Qwilka

By way of introducing Qwilka, the startup company I founded to develop new ways of managing engineering data and get more value from it, I present this short video. I made the video as part of Qwilka’s application to the OGTC TechX Pioneer accelerator programme in Aberdeen. The video did its job, not notwithstanding the basic production, in that Qwilka was invited to pitch to the OGTC in Aberdeen (on the date of this post, as it happened.

Cost, Design and Data in Subsea

This article was first published on first published on Linkedin on 12th November 2016. Traditionally, subsea oil & gas has based its designs on simple engineering theory, because it’s regarded as being more reliable to do it that way. However, now the low oil price is bringing to the fore the view that the cost of constructing and maintaining subsea infrastructure is too high, due to over-design and poor understanding of how structures actually behave in the field.