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June 2017

Introduction to June Focus: Western Canadian Mineral Exploration Geophysics

Jean M. Legault and Oliver Kuhn

Western Canada is well known for its oil and gas sector, but the minerals sector is also an important part of the resource extraction economy. For CSEG readers not familiar with the minerals sector, a closer look will reveal many parallels with the oil and gas world: dramatic up and…

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June 2017

How Geoscientists are Making Potash Mines Safer

Craig Funk, Janelle Appleyard, Jennifer Braun, Jodi Derkach

Within the vicinity of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, potash is conventionally mined by three operating companies at five different mines. Continuous boring machines (borers) cut the potash out of the seams at about one kilometer depth. The stratigraphy of the roof above the mined-out rooms (salt-beam) in the Saskatoon area mines consists of…

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June 2017

Geophysics on Fission Uranium’s Patterson Lake South Uranium Deposit

David Bingham

The Triple R deposit on Fission Uranium Corporation’s Patterson Lake South (PLS) property is located in Canada’s Athabasca Basin, home to the world’s richest uranium mines. The deposit is accessible by all-weather Highway 955 which continues north to the UEX-AREVA Shea Creek deposit and former AREVA Cluff Lake uranium mine.…

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June 2017

ORION 3D Deep Resistivity Imaging at the Phoenix Uranium Deposit

Roger Sharpe, Larry Petrie and Jimmy Stephen

An ORION 3D DC/IP survey was conducted over the Denison Mines Phoenix Uranium Deposit at the Wheeler River Project in Northern Saskatchewan. The survey results provided 3D models that successfully delineated the known deposit at a depth of 400 m and provided an enhanced understanding of the three-dimensional geometry of…

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June 2017

Case Study of Mineral Deposits in the Yukon Using High Resolution Resistivity Induced Polarization Techniques

Melvyn E. Best and Isaac Fage

During 2013 and early 2014 a test program was carried out to evaluate a multi-electrode, High Resolution Resistivity/ Induced Polarization (HRRIP) system over 9 mineral deposits within the non-glaciated region of the Yukon. The HRRIP system was chosen over conventional resistivity/IP systems used in the mining industry for the following…

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June 2017

Value of Integrated Geophysics (VIG) Short List Underway

The VIG Committee

The VIG Committee is in the process of putting together an online listing, which we’re calling the VIG Short List, aimed at helping CSEG members teach others about the value of integrating geophysics into their corporate business plans. By “others”, we’re referring to engineers, geologists, upper management, investors, and other…

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June 2017

Marcellus & Utica Shale PSDM Case Study – Improved Structural Imaging and Rock Properties

Morgan Brown, David Waibel, Scott Schapper and Joel Starr

In this abstract, we highlight the performance of PreStack Depth Migration (PSDM) on an ION GeoVentures multi-client survey from northwest Pennsylvania, the GroundhogSCAN 3D.

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April 2017

Data Interpretation and Integration from a Seismic Perspective – The Excitement of Innovation

Laurie Weston Bellman

It’s a little cliché to say, but technology is changing so fast that it’s difficult to keep up. Computer storage, processing speeds and visualization capabilities continue to grow exponentially; “integration” (however difficult it is to define) is the dream of most geoscience departments and generic “big data” analysis techniques are…

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April 2017

Introduction To April Focus: Greenhouse Gas & Environmental Geoscience

Omid Aghaei and Ruth Peach

Advances in the environmental sciences continue to be made by Canadians on such topics as CO2 emissions reduction, solar technologies, and water investigations. These topics are the focus of this month’s RECORDER.

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April 2017

Using a Walk-away DAS Time-lapse VSP for CO2 Plume Monitoring at the Quest CCS Project

Vicente Oropeza Bacci, Simon O’Brien, Jordan Frank, Mark Anderson

hell Canada operates the Quest project, which is the first commercial scale and fully integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) project related to the oil sands. The project is part of a joint venture between Shell Canada Energy, Chevron Canada Limited and Marathon Oil Canada Corporation. CO2 injection at Quest began…

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April 2017

Techno-economic Assessment of Solar Technologies in Canadian Housing Stock

Sara Nikoofard

Being one of the least densely populated countries in the world, Canada’s rigorous climate, the energy intensive nature of the country’s industries, and the large distances between population centers result in a relatively high per capita energy consumption. In 2013, for example, Canadians consumed 7.2 tonnes of oil equivalent per…

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April 2017

Scanning Calgary’s ‘Water Towers’: Applications of Hydrogeophysics in Challenging Mountain Terrain

Craig W. Christensen, Masaki Hayashi, Laurence R. Bentley

Among hydrologists, mountains are popularly referred to as the “water towers of the world.” Though only covering approximately 25% of the world’s land surface, they account for anywhere between 32% (Meybeck et al. 2001) and 60% (Bandyopadhyay et al. 1997) of water flow in all rivers. Moreover, a disproportionate number…

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April 2017

Surface Geophysical Exploration for Groundwater at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Turkana County, Kenya

Paul Bauman, Erin Ernst, Landon Woods

The Kakuma Refugee Camp is located in the semi-arid Turkana County of Northwestern Kenya and was home to 184,966 refugees at the time of our survey. Kakuma is entirely dependent for drinking water on groundwater pumped from 12 wells. Drilling success is variable. 

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April 2017

GeoConvention 2017

GeoConvention Committee

In the rapidly changing landscape of the oil and gas industry, both regionally and globally, it is more crucial than ever to share ideas about technical innovations and business strategies to help shape our future. GeoConvention 2017 will provide learning, networking, and promotional opportunities for geoscientists and executives from E&P…

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April 2017

Canadian Rockies Earth Science Resource Centre

Rick Green

The Canadian Rockies Earth Science Resource Centre (CRESRC) is a new geoscience facility located in Canmore, AB created to give geoscience information about the Canadian Rockies and to do geoscience outreach and programming for students, new industry employees and  the general public.

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April 2017

Sayer’s Outlook for 2017 Oil & Natural Gas Mergers & Acquisitions Activity

Alan W. Tambosso

In spite of prolonged low commodity prices, 2016 turned out to be an average year for mergers and acquisitions activity (“M&A”) in the Canadian oil patch. While the nature of transactions may change somewhat, with the worst of the price onslaught apparently behind us, 2017 could end up being a…

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April 2017

APEGA Legislative Review: Summary of Consultations

Neda Boroumand, Rachel Newrick and Ken Mitchell

The APEGA Legislative review was an initiative that began in 2015 and was prompted by the Government of Alberta (GOA) in 2014. The objective of the review was to update the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (EGP Act) and General Regulation to reflect today’s industry practice and ensure that the…

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March 2017

Introduction To March Focus: Back to Basics

Nicole Willson

The idea for this FOCUS came from a member who replied to one of the CSEG’s member surveys concerning the RECORDER. So, thanks to that member who let us know, and who gave us the great title “Back to Basics.” Many other members also asked for technical content that was…

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March 2017

Datums, Projections and Coordinate Systems

Adam Thomas

Accurately describing locations on Earth is essential to exploration geophysics. The interpretation of fault zones, the surface and bottom locations of a well, and the position and orientation of seismic ground control points and receivers are all dependent on being able to accurately describe where they are. Unfortunately the latitude…