Nicole is out of the country completing her MBA so she asked me to take care of the December Grapevine for her. Here is my attempt to fill her shoes.

On behalf of Nicole and Carolyn Neimi I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Divestco Completes Westcan Oil Maps Acquisition

Divestco Inc. has completed the acquisition of Westcan Oilmaps (1993) Ltd. Westcan has been a supplier of regional sub-surface geological maps for the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin over the last 30 years. Divestco said its clients have requested that it develop a proprietary geological tops file and, with the Westcan acquisition, they did!

Paradigm to Display Innovative Solutions at the HP Booth at SPE 2004

Paradigm™, the premier provider of advanced petroleum geoscience and engineering technology to the oil and gas exploration and production industry, will be present on the HP booth at the 2004 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, held in Houston, Texas.

Notice to Industry

Effective October 1, 2004 Geophysical Service Incorporated has sold all their rights, titles and interests in our speculative seismic land data located in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan to BlueGrouse Seismic Solutions.

Jeff Kary, President of BlueGrouse Seismic Solutions, states “the acquisition of the GSI database enhances our company and continues the growth we have sustained from inception. This, and further acquisitions on the horizon, will continue to provide significant value not only to BlueGrouse but also to our already extensive customer base.”

Any further requests for information concerning this data should be directed to:

#328, 520 – 5th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3R7

Atten: Mr. Jeff Kary
Phone: 403-264-4224
Fax: 403-264-4446

Trango and Nexen Partner

Trango has been awarded a contract by Nexen Canada Inc., the energy and chemicals company with operations worldwide, for the design, development, implementation and support of an integrated exploration data management solution.

Trango is providing Nexen with a cost-effective, fit-for-purpose data management solution including advanced capabilities to manage and leverage their corporate seismic, well and geological report data.

Deryl Williams, President, Trango, commented, “We are aware that we will be managing assets that are strategically important to Nexen. Exploration data management is a great responsibility of which we at Trango have many years’ experience. We are confident that our business, E&P, GIS, IT and development skills as well as experience in project and exploration management will combine to deliver an integrated solution that meets Nexen’s needs.”

LunchBox Geophysics

Free informal lunchtime talks where attendees bring their own lunch.

Title: Marine Controlled Source Electromagnetics: Principles, Methodologies, Past and Future Applications
Speaker: R. Nigel Edwards from the University of Toronto
Date: Tuesday November 9
Where: Aquitaine Auditorium, +15 level of 540 - 5 Avenue S.W.
Abbreviated Abstract: Marine methods over the past 30 years traced, From basic theory through experimental design to applications ranging from gas hydrate assessment to shallow sediment characterization. Explanation for the unexpected rise in marine electromagnetics for petroleum exploration.

Title: “Multi-Attribute Seismic Displays” or “Seismic Attributes from a Different Point of View”
Speaker: Steve Lynch of Divestco
Date: Tuesday November 30
Where: Aquitaine Auditorium, +15 level of 540 - 5 Ave. S.W.

The Peddlars Meeting

In June this year, the 2004 Exhibits committee held a feedback forum for companies that had exhibited at the CSEG 2004 convention. The attendees brainstormed on how to improve the CSEG convention for 2005. As a result of this meeting, a number of suggestions have been incorporated into the plans for next year’s convention. For example, in response to the recommendation of asking the E & P companies what they’d like to see at convention, we discussed ideas for the future at the Chief Geophysicists Forum.

After this meeting, Mark Noble joined Carmen Swalwell on the 2005 convention committee, where together as sponsorship and exhibits chairs, we will endeavour to put your words into action.

After this success we thought it might be valuable to network together more often. Not only are we fun people who know how to have a good time, we also share the same goals, aspirations and marketplace. The idea of the Peddler’s Meeting was born! With your support, the Peddler’s Meeting will be an informal networking opportunity for people in the seismic services industry to tap into the latest industry buzz, share market information, explore ways to work together and if all else fails - swap war stories!

The inaugural meeting of the Peddlar’s was held on October 28. About 15 people attended and we had a great time. If there is enough interest we will be planning meetings every month. If you would like to be notified of further developments please drop a line to either Mark Noble at, or 213-8766 or Carmen Swalwell at or 514-6285.

Doodlebug 2004

Final numbers from the Doodlebug Golf Tournament’s charity efforts are in, and this year’s totals are the best yet. The 2004 Chairman, Oliver Kuhn, chose the Tom Baker Cancer Center to be the recipient of all Charity Monies generated by the main tournament, and this amounted to $3,690. Probably none of us in the CSEG have been unaffected by cancer, whether personally, or through colleagues and family, and so all Doodlebuggers were extremely generous and helped the cause in a heartfelt way. A couple of interesting notes: Tom Baker, the famous educator the Center is named after, was longtime Doodlebugger Ian Baker’s uncle; Phil Gregory of Explor Data was a fitting lucky draw winner of the charitable donation receipt, as he had donated all his Doodlebug prize winnings, $320, to the charity!

Guest Tournament Convenor Erica Boeckx and Oliver devised a charity donation format for the Guest Tournament that proved to be not only extremely effective at generating donations, but was also extremely fun!

Set up on the first tee box, golfers were allowed to “buy” the tee shots of either Martin Armitage or Daryl Robbins, two of the best golfers in the main tournament, with a charity donation. All donations were matched by Geo-X Systems Ltd. This, combined with general contributions, raised a phenomenal $4,070 for the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter! Everyone was entertained and amazed by Martin’s and Daryl’s trick shots, including clean 250+ yard drives hit off of a full can of pop!

We’re all extremely fortunate to work in a relatively prosperous sector of the economy, so it’s really great to see CSEG efforts, such as those of the Doodlebug, to give something back to society. Great job Doodlebug!



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