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March 2021

Software Correctness

Stewart Trickett

If I were to choose one overarching philosophy for how software should be developed, it would be to program for correctness — that is, do everything practical to reduce errors.

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March 2021

Depth Imaging – Above and Beyond Reflections: The Why and How of Your Pre-stack Depth Migration Project

Svetlana Bidikhova and Mike Hall

When I was a student, I learned the magical, melodic word “migration” but not in relation to butterflies, birds or wildebeests. Since then, I have dedicated several years of my post-graduate research work to migration, only to understand the brilliance of the Socratic Paradox that, "I know that I know…

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January 2021

Focus Introduction: Potential Careers in Sustainability and Renewables

Keith Hirsche and Joan Embleton

There are many who do not believe renewables will provide solutions to our energy needs. Some feel that the Paris Accord is based upon a fundamental misconception of climate history and science and the push to meet its requirements are mistaken. They feel strongly by moving towards renewables, electrification (electric…

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January 2021

Geophysics for an Energy Transition

Kathleen Dorey

As the world is slowly transitioning to non-traditional forms of energy use and consumption there are a number of energy related projects that still require high level geophysical applications in Canada and around the world. In the last few years projects outside the traditional oil and gas space have still…

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January 2021

Geothermal Energy – A Sustainable Alternative to Well Abandonment

Jeremy Boak, Alan J Cohen, Salah Faroughi, Hamed Soroush and Maria Richards

Geothermal energy has the potential to supply more energy than the global total of oil and natural gas combined. It is renewable, stable, and has a minimal carbon footprint. Geothermal power plants can produce electricity consistently, constantly, and without regard to weather conditions.

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January 2021

A Tale of Two Energy Industries

Keith Hirsche

Can’t think of a better way to start a conversation about today’s energy industries than to borrow this famous phrase from Charles Dickens. It was the Worst of Times…

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January 2021

The Hydrogen Transition is Here – A Simplified Glance at Major Factors and Concerns

Dilpreet Singh

What’s going on? Are these trends sustainable? What is the role of a geoscientist in this crazy new world? There are many different viewpoints on where we see the future of energy heading in the coming years and decades.

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January 2021

The RenuWell Workforce Training Program

Andrea Hasenbank and Scott Meunier

Over the past three months we have had the good fortune of working with a team of diverse experts at the RenuWell project to build a training program that is a compelling example of the kinds of rapid upskilling programs we need to support fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers…

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January 2021

The RenuWell Project

Keith Hirsche

The oil and gas industry has fueled our society through a period of unprecedented economic prosperity for more than a Century. Given this vital role at the core of our industrialized world, who could have imagined that NextEra, a Green Energy utility would ever be worth more than ExxonMobil or…

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January 2021

The Waves of the Past are Lapping the Shores of the Future

Juli Rohl

I started my career with ambitions of becoming a great geologist. Eventually, however, I learned that while I could become a good geologist, I would never be a truly great geologist. The difference was heart. My heart just wasn’t in it. Unlike many of my colleagues, I didn’t get a…

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January 2021

Transitioning from Mining to Solar

Adam Yereniuk

When I left the mining industry in 2015 to start a business in the solar energy industry, I knew little about solar or business. It was a very scary shift, but in my heart, it felt like the right move for my long-term career. What I lacked in knowledge; I…

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January 2021

From Land Management to Sustainability

Alyssa Bruce

In recognition of the measures required to mitigate climate change, the Government of Canada is proposing ambitious objectives to meet and exceed its greenhouse gas reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement and achieve net zero emissions by 2050, tabling the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act in November 2020 (Government of Canada, 2020).

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January 2021

From Subsurface to a Venture Capital and Business Incubator

Jim Hollis

 I am an exploration geophysicist by training as well as by passion. I have spent the last 30 years involved in the development and commercialization of exploration technologies that help us better understand the subsurface – mostly in the search for hydrocarbons. I was fortunate to be involved in the…

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January 2021

How a curious geophysicist set the stage for a low-impact mining breakthrough

Doug Schouten

The Athabasca Basin in the Canadian Shield is a stark and rugged wilderness that harbours the world's leading source of high-grade uranium. It is challenging terrain, remotely located, and generally inhospitable to those who visit. For one geophysicist deployed in the area, however, the striking landscape served as inspiration for…

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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…