Headed to Pittsburgh for the first ever NAPE East? Check out Drillinginfo’s guide to a fun and successful stay in Steel City!
NAPE East will be held April 10-12 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. The state of the art facility is adjacent to the Veterans Bridge, the historic Strip District and the Allegheny River. Given its central location, there are a plethora of things to do within walking distance. Download the Convention Center’s free iPhone or Android app for venue maps, transit options and more.
Attendees and exhibitors coming in from out of town will likely fly into Pittsburgh International Airport, which is about 20 miles outside of downtown. It’s usually at least a 30 minute drive. NAPE has partnered with American Airlines to get you a discounted fare into Pittsburgh. Use the authorization number A2543BM to take advantage.
In the event you have an unexpected delay or a little bit of extra time in the airport, they do offer completely free public Wifi, several concessions and shops, plus as much Steelers, Pirates & Penguins gear as you could possibly imagine!
With business booming in Pittsburgh many of the hotels downtown have undergone recent renovations and upgraded their amenities. The Westin, Marriott Courtyard and Hampton Suites are within walking distance of the convention center, but anything downtown is only a few minutes away.
Before heading to the exhibit hall don’t forget to search recent Utica and Marcellus Shale activity in Drillinginfo. Directly after logging in, click the new “DI Rig Locator” link at the top of the page to see the most up-to-date rig activity in the Northeast. This information highlights our new partnership with over 90% of the drilling rig companies active in North America. Locations update via GPS daily and are matched with permits from our database.
Drillinginfo keeps up with leasing activity in 26 Pennsylvania counties. We also just released lease coverage for 16 counties in West Virginia. 20+ counties in Ohio will be out by the end of the 2nd quarter. In addition to permits rigs, leases, production and well data, search DI Super Scout to access historic well data, DST’s, core samples, formation picks, etc. Catch up on the busy plays of the Northeast and others before checking out the prospects on display at the show. Afterwards, use Drillinginfo and DI Desktop to vet potential deals.
NAPE East starts on Wednesday, April 10th with an optional conference, but most folks show up right before the icebreaker to check in and mingle from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday April 11th will be a long day. Exhibit halls are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there is an optional charity luncheon. Friday is a half day with exhibits closing at 1:00 p.m. With so many booths and exhibitors, you’ll want to plan ahead. Read our “5 Ways to Have a Successful NAPE Expo” post for tips on how to develop a solid game plan. Once you arrive, use the Twitter hashtag #NAPE_East to connect with fellow attendees and stay on top of all the latest news happening at the show.
Dining & Entertainment
The Steel City has come a long way in recent years in terms of fine dining. There are the usual high end chain steak houses – Morton’s, Ruth’s Chris and Capital Grill – but there are also some fun local spots to try. A popular spot right by the convention center is top rated Eleven, with a mix of tasty seafood, great appetizers, hearty pasta and meat dishes, plus a fun tasting menu. If you want to venture a little further afield, stop by Casbah for Mediterranean or Umi for excellent sushi. Both are in the historic Shadyside area near Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh – one of my favorite areas for shopping and dining while living in the ‘Burgh.
The pinnacle of entertainment in Pittsburgh revolves around pro sports – the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates. Definitely check the schedule to see if a trip to the ball park or the new Consol Energy Center is a possibility. Pittsburgh tends to be more of a sports/beer drinking crowd, but they also have a great theater district downtown. The Andy Warhol Museum (he was a Pitt native) is fantastic and the Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens offers fresh spring blooms, so try to get out and see the town if you have some free time.
After the show, you can hopefully head home for a relaxing weekend. Change into your comfy shoes, head to the airport, take a nap on the plane home and try to do as little as possible for the next 24 hours because the next NAPE will be here before you know it. And please feel free to reach out to your Drillinginfo representative to help you process all of the prospects you bring home!
Now it’s your turn. Are you headed to NAPE East? What are you looking forward to the most? Are you showing any deals? Please leave a comment below.
Lindsey Nixon is a Senior Relationship Manager at Drillinginfo. She works with our subscribers to help them integrate our products and services into their daily workflows. She joined the company in 2004 and has since worked in sales, support and training. Lindsey received her Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from The University of Texas at Austin.