GeoConvention 2019

GeoConvention offers some of the best local and international insights to efficient energy exploration and production, critical to the success of the industry and provides an opportunity for delegates and exhibitors to benefit from and give back to the community, through Technical Sessions, Posters, the Showcase Stage and the Exhibition floor.

Leaving work to go back to school

There was a range of reactions from support to disbelief from friends and colleagues. Why had I left my full-time job to return to University? I had wanted to do my M.Sc. for a while. I even have the high school journal entry where getting a Master’s degree is in a list of goals. I’m confident my father was a significant influence on that goal, but it was also nurtured over the years through the excellent counsel from family, friends, mentors, and bosses. My story is about completing school while working for three different companies and growing my family.

Abstract: Managing Induced Seismicity in Canbriam’s Altares Field in the Montney Formation, N.E. British Columbia – an Update

The Montney formation in British Columbia and Alberta has gained prominence in recent years due to the exploration and production boom which has yielded more than 3.5 bcf/d in production output and in excess of 440 TCF of reserves. It is one of the largest unconventional plays in North America, covering 130,000 km2 with 5600 wells drilled to date.

Abstract: Real-time induced seismicity forecasting and risk management utilizing research-grade seismic catalogs

Practical management of induced seismicity risk and effective mitigation approaches are crucial to oil and gas operations. Effective risk management procedures benefit from an accurate forecast of the largest potential magnitude event in near real-time, allowing the adjustment of operational parameters to reduce the probability of a felt or damaging event. Many models have been proposed to estimate the magnitude of the strongest possible event. Some of these models rely solely on statistics of recorded seismicity while others account for the relation of event size with operational parameters.

Abstract: Banff 2018 International Workshop on Induced Seismicity

The Banff 2018 Induced Seismicity Workshop, hosted by the Canadian Induced Seismicity Collaboration and the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources, brought together academics, industry and regulators, from around the world, to discuss learnings about induced seismicity. The theme of the workshop was “bridging and integrating knowledge” across sectors, and across different induced seismicity settings and types.

Abstract: Advances in the Realm of Hydrogeophysics: The Emerging Role of Quantum Geoelectrophysics in Aquifer Exploration

Water is integral to our economy, the health of our environment, and a necessity for all life forms and human development. Most water is accessed from surface sources, primarily rivers, which are now under increased threat due to over use and growing hydro-political forces. Still, groundwater exists as a viable option in many countries facing these mounting challenges.

Abstract: Extending the reach of radio waves for subsurface water detection

Shallow and deep groundwater can be a major environmental obstacle for any geophysical surveying technique, especially radio waves. Ground penetrating radar (GPR) is a mature technology with applications in many areas; see Daniels (2004) for an overview. Almost all applications are restricted to imaging the subsurface to a rather shallow depth: large losses of signal occur when propagating through materials with free ions.

Abstract: A cost effective approach to regional and site-specific aquifer exploration using combined airborne and ground electromagnetics

Shallow groundwater is often hosted in Quaternary sediments that are very complex in nature and challenging to map. Traditional mapping and exploration methods to delineate these features are often time consuming, costly, and provide uncertain results. Airborne electromagnetic (EM) techniques have proven effective in delineating these aquifers over extensive geographic areas in a very timely and cost effective manner.

Abstract: Emergency Response Groundwater Exploration at Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh
Abstract: Emergency Response Groundwater Exploration at Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh

As geoscientists and engineers, and like most other professionals, we take pride in using our education and experience for the betterment of society. In developed countries, the value of such work on water supply projects may not be so obvious, where we take for granted that our communities will always have access to a ready supply of safe drinking water, and that we have built enough resilience to avoid running out of water should catastrophe strike.

Quantitative comparison of inversion methods for estimating density from seismic data: multi-component data improved seismic prediction

In the Athabasca oil sands, lithology and fluid composition are typically better correlated with density than with other elastic properties, such as P- and S-wave velocity. Therefore, improving the accuracy of density estimates in oil-sands reservoirs has become one of the most important goals in quantitative interpretation.

Applications of DC Resistivity and Magnetotelluric Methods in Exploration

The Schlumberger brothers were the first to use the direct current (DC) resistivity method for exploration, in oil well boreholes in Russia during the 1920’s. A unique phenomenon, now referred to as induced polarization (IP) chargeability, was noticed at the time, but not understood until simultaneous developments in both Russia and North America in the 1950’s. This lead to the development of the time domain and frequency domain IP methods.

Abstract: Muon Geotomography: A Novel, Field-Proven 3D Density Imaging Technique for Mineral Exploration and Resource Monitoring

Muon geotomography is a novel density measurement technique based on the absorption of cosmic ray muons in the ground. Naturally occurring cosmic ray muons emanating from the upper atmosphere lose energy as they penetrate the earth. These muons are absorbed at a rate that is proportional to the density of the material they pass through.