As I settle into my role as Assistant Director of Education, I have been amazed at the extent of the educational services that the CSEG offers, and by the efficiency of the CSEG machine at making all the various events happen. The efficiency is clearly due to the incredible number of volunteers dedicating their time and energy, aided by the hard work and patience of Sheryl and Jim in the CSEG office, and of course the dedication and endless energy of Hugh Geiger.
We just completed the ever impressive DoodleTrain, which this year ran 19 courses plus a webinar. There were 8 new courses available and a total of 420 students participated. As many of you know, Doug Uffen has decided to step down from his role as chair of the DoodleTrain committee and has found an able successor in Mike Hall. I would like to thank Doug Uffen for his efforts coordinating the DoodleTrain, along with the volunteers, instructors and sponsors who helped make the 2012 DoodleTrain a success.
In addition to our own short courses we are also coordinating additional courses through the SEG and EAGE. David Johnson’s SEG DISC “Making a Difference with 4D: Practical Applications of Time-Lapse Seismic Data” is planned for April 2013. Hugh has also arranged for EAGE short courses to be offered in Calgary, with the inaugural course October 12 taught by Jorg Herwanger: “Seismic Geomechanics: How to Build and Calibrate Geomechanical Models using 3D and 4D Seismic Data”. The next EAGE course will be on March 18 taught by Olav Barkved: “Seismic Surveillance for Reservoir Delivery”. There will be no shortage of courses in the coming year!
Don Lawton has now completed his whistle stop tour of Canada giving his CSEG Distinguished Lecture “Post-earthquake Seismic Reflection Survey, Christchurch, New Zealand”. We will be welcoming Don back to Calgary, with the final stop of the tour at the Technical Luncheon on January 23.
Preparations are underway for the CSEG Symposium honoring Bill Goodway on March 7, registration is open on the CSEG website so reserve your spot early.
Finally, I would like to wrap up by reflecting on the inaugural year of the Microseismic User Group. We have been fortunate to have an impressive line-up of speakers for the MUG over the last year. Each talk has been very well attended. It is clear the local community has an appetite for forums like the MUG. The original idea was to allow a venue for sharing experiences around a specialized technology, an idea that seems to have “hit the mark” judging by the discussion period at the end of each presentation. However it has also been interesting to see new faces at the MUG – geoscientists and engineers taking the opportunity to find out what this new-fangled technology called microseismic is all about! Perhaps there are other special interest groups who might also benefit from the user group model? Suggestions are welcome, on this or any other educational initiative.