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October 2020

Introduction to October Focus: Future of the Oilsands

Brian Schulte

The goal was to talk about initiatives to reduce GHGs emissions in the oilsands, but a lot of this is surrounded by secrecy. Through Cole Narfason (Oil Sands Strategy Support Student - Suncor), I managed to get a paper from Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance.

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October 2020

The COSIA Land Innovation Opportunity: Seeking Innovators to Develop our ‘Approaching Zero Footprint

Christine A. Daly, Jack O’Neill and Megan Boutin

Innovative. Creative. Committed. These words have defined Canada’s oil sands industry for decades and are what drives people and companies to find new ways to make the industry more competitive and to reduce the environmental footprint.

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October 2020

Pricing and Future of Natural Gas

Brian Wm. Schulte and Jim Felton

We acknowledge that the scope of this paper may include some forward-thinking ideas some may disagree with. We welcome your insights and perspectives. It’s precisely the fact that so many variables, most of which are uncontrollable, some unforeseeable (e.g., COVID-19), makes working in and following the world’s most important industry…

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October 2020

Orange Shirt Day – Kihci-ita-kis-iw “Kihci-ita-kis-iw” is Cree for “All living things matter”

Brian Wm. Schulte

Many may not know what Orange shirt day is and also what is happening in regards to two programs (REDEVELOP challenge and NIYAK) being offered through five Universities across Canada in regard to their work with Indigenous people.

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October 2020

Family business, tradition, work ethics and entrepreneurialism

Eva Drivet

Once in a while, you come across a compelling “oil patch story” that inspires, and reflects on the resilience and leadership of members of our Geo-community. As little girls, Lisa Eastman and her sister Susan thought all kids grew up playing on seismic equipment parked in the yard. Their mother…

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October 2020

Almost 7000 Miles Apart: Stories of Hope amidst Uncertainties

Althea De Los Santos

Vision holds a different meaning to everyone. For some, it is a new word with an old concept or an old word with a new concept. For me, it is the latter one. Before Standard Oil became the world’s first multinational corporation by the end of 19th century, John Rockefeller…

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July 2020

Fall Preparations

Stephen Kotkas

If you were anything like me you had good intensions for a spring clean-up. You saw your neighbors tidying their property so you did a little… just enough to keep it respectable.

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July 2020

What’s the Future for North American Oil and Gas? A Perspective

Brian Wm. Schulte and Jim Felton

Jaws dropped around the planet in April 2020 when the price of oil went below 0 into negative prices. In effect, producers of the fuel that drives the global economy had to pay others to take oil from producers’ stores. It reflected market forces that had never been seen before.

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July 2020

“I remember Don Simpson”

John Boyd

When Don and I first met, we were both in our twenties and had been in the geophysical side of the petroleum industry for a few years. Don, a native Calgarian and a graduate of St Mary’s High School, started his working life in Amoco’s accounting department.

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April 2020

Dedication

We would like to thank the over 26,000 RNs employed by Alberta health Services; over 11,000 doctors; and more than 5,600 EMS professionals that are working on the frontlines of this pandemic.

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April 2020

Introduction to the April 2020 Focus:  Geomodelling and Geosteering

Devik Naidu

The April edition features compelling articles on geomodelling and geosteering. These articles were selected by the RECORDER Committee based upon the expertise of the authors and we wanted to feature their outstanding work in this edition.

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April 2020

Improving Your Forward Vision – How 4D Geosteering Software Improves Well Placements by Proactively Catching Deviations Early and Reducing Drilling Risks

Rocky Mottahedeh

In geosteering, to dynamically and confidently drive forward with confidence in the target with minimum doglegs, we need to have a real-time solution that not only allows us to correlate to the last survey point (how we got here), but which also provides the latest calculated 3D path to where…

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April 2020

Forward Vision for Geosteering and Mitigating Risk by Volumetric Simulation of Well Drainage and Frac Shadows

Rocky Mottahedeh

Creating value and planning for success in field development operations is a multi-disciplinary process that needs both a learning and an integrative approach to optimize capital. Technological advantage for producers comes from implementing just-in-time processes continuously with software systems that do the hard work in the background to provide Dynamic…

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April 2020

Geosteering – The Basics for Geophysicists

Curtis James

Gone are the days of old, when geosteering relied solely on drill cuttings. Advancements in drilling technologies have pushed laterals longer and deeper, and with faster drilling times. As these technologies advanced, so did the need for more accurate, real-time data from downhole, so the geosteering technologies and data collection…

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April 2020

Oil below $20 USD per barrel – what caused this?

Brian Wm. Schulte

The following is a tutorial on the economics and financing of oil and gas. It looks at the market over the last two years, how several factors have contributed and the role that the following have played into it.

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April 2020

Determination of Local Magnitude for Induced Earthquakes in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin: An Update

Alireza Babaie Mahani and Honn Kao

With the increased seismicity rate in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB), accurate determination of local magnitude (ML) using data from regional seismograph networks is a vital task for induced seismicity monitoring and mitigation of seismic hazard. Specific mitigation strategies have been put in place by the regulators when the…

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February 2020

Introduction to February Focus: Geophysics in Québec

Jean M. Legault and Oliver Kuhn

In the same way that Quebec is rich in mineral and energy resources, it has a rich and long history in exploration geophysics. For most of us that live and work outside of Quebec, there is a level of mystery with much of the work that goes on there, as…

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February 2020

Mining exploration geophysics in Quebec: Over 50 years of innovation

Marc Boivin

The province of Quebec has a long and successful history in mining exploration discoveries, and exploration geophysics has played a significant role since the beginning. nnovative people and their ideas over all those decades were essential to the contribution of geophysics in Quebec and elsewhere in the world.

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February 2020

Applied geophysics in a very deep mine context: Example of the >3 km deep, LaRonde Penna mine, Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Quebec

L. Cheng, X. Dai, MC Diallo, C. Liu, N. Foudil-Bey, J. Collins, P. Bérubé, R. Dubuc, D. Fortin, M. Legault, P. Mercier-Langevin, B. Abbassi

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February 2020

Exploring for Magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Bodies with Magnetics, Electromagnetics and Reflection Seismic in a Challenging Geological Setting in Nunavik, QC

Circé Malo-Lalande, Maxim Boisvert, Erick Adam and Christopher Grondin

Hunting for Ni-Cu-PGE ore bodies is no easy task, especially in the harsh conditions at the Nunavik Nickel Project in Nunavik, northern Quebec. As the near-surface deposits are found, better tools and sound geological understanding are needed to find deeper deposits.

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