Petroleum History Society

As a non-profit volunteer organization, the Petroleum History Society's commitment is to disseminate and preserve the history of our energy industry. If we, or our bi-monthly newsletter "Archives" would be of interest to you, please call.

There is no obligation to attend our luncheons or sponsor events. Rather, we want to extend an invitation to participate if and when there is compatibility.

Geophysical Micro Computer Applications (International) Ltd. Announces Agreement to Acquire NRI On-Line Inc.

Geophysical Micro Computer Applications (International) Ltd. (GMA) recently announced that it has entered into an acquisition agreement with NRI On-Line Inc. (NRI) pursuant to which it has agreed to make an offer to purchase all of the outstanding common shares of NRI on the basis of one common share of GMA for each six common shares of NRI. GMA is expected to issue approximately 1.6 million common shares to acquire all of the outstanding NRI common shares.

Veritas Acquires Time Seismic Exchange Ltd

Veritas DGC Inc. recently announced that it has signed a letter of intent to purchase the parent company of Time Seismic Exchange Ltd., a Canadian seismic data library company.

The parties expect to consummate the purchase in mid-January. Subsequent to the closing, Veritas intends to operate Time Seismic as a separate entity, continuing to build a growing library of non-exclusive 2D and 3D seismic data for customers in Canada.

16th World Petroleum Congress Call for Papers and Posters

Canada is host to the 16th World Petroleum Congress (WPC), held in Calgary June 11-15th, 2000.

The centre point of the congress is the technical program where petroleum industry experts from around the globe will present ideas, solutions and trends. The 16th WPC will be the most important petroleum congress in the year 2000. We are inviting you and members of your organization to consider being a part of the program.

There are two ways of participating in the program. The first is the Forums, generally 4 papers presented on a specific topic. The second area of participation is through the Poster Sessions. An integral part of the Congress Program, the role of the Forum Posters for the 16th World Petroleum Congress has been enhanced from previous congresses. The Forum Posters will be located immediately adjacent to the Forum Session rooms, and be given prominent display during the entire day. We will be introducing electronic display capabilities to the poster area, ensuring the important contribution of Posters to the Program.

A new innovation to the 16th World Petroleum Congress will be the Free Poster Session Tuesday afternoon of the Congress.

A submission form is available in electronic for mat. Please request an electronic copy of the forms by sending an e-mail to

The Program Committee of the Canadian Organizing Committee for the 16th WPC will be assembling, reviewing and forwarding the proposals to the appropriate forum Chairs. In order to meet the Program Schedule, all Paper and Poster Proposals must be returned to the 16th WPC Offices 110 later than February 16th, 1999.

Please contact Dr. Randy Gossen at 403-234-6979 if you have any questions regarding the Program Topics, or direct general question to Laurel McKay at the 16th WPC Offices, 1350, 144 - 4th Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 3N4, Phone: (403) 218-2000 or Fax: (403) 218-2002.

News from the Petroleum Communication Foundation

New Edition of Our Petroleum Challenge Launched

Through five editions and 550,000 copies, the Petroleum Communication Foundation's flagship publication, Our Petroleum Challenge, has become an indispensable introductory guide to Canada's oil and gas industry. For more than 20 years, it has helped new petroleum industry employees, numerous students, educators, media, legislators, the investment community and the general public learn about one of Canada's most important resources.

The newly-published sixth edition has grown considerably to reflect the increased scope and dynamism of Canada's petroleum industry. The English-language book will be available in February, to be followed in April 1999 by a French-language version and a bilingual CD-ROM.

For ordering information, please call 1-877-606-4636 or contact the Foundation by phone (403) 264-6064, fax (403) 237-6286, or e-mail



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