This fall will see a very busy slate of events for the CSEG Continuing Education branch. The CSEG is advancing its relationship with the EAGE by jointly organizing and running the 1st CSEG-EAGE Land Seismic Workshop in Banff, AB from September 23-25. The theme for this well-timed workshop is the ‘Conventional Future’ in frontier basins. Given the amount of international work being done in Calgary this workshop should appeal to both societies’ memberships. In addition to this, we have the CSEG’s flagship education event, the Doodle- Train, which will be held from November 3rd-7th. The keynote speaker this year will be Jack Bouska, giving a talk on ‘The Jordan-Risha High Productivity 3D Survey’. Please join us, if you haven’t already registered, for what will no doubt prove to be another excellent DoodleTrain. Thanks are in order to the DoodleTrain committee for all of their hard work and dedication to bringing in diverse and interesting courses each fall for our society. As always, we have another autumn full of interesting technical luncheon talks. For up-to-date information on the above please visit cseg.ca.
To update everyone on comments in my earlier column in March, I would like to go over some of the initiatives that we have been working on to bridge gaps between geophysics and our colleagues in the engineering disciplines. The DoodleTrain this November, among many other excellent course offerings, will have two courses in the integration vein. The first, titled ‘Value of Geophysics with case histories’ and taught by CSEG members, will go over several relevant examples of the value that geophysics brings to engineering in various development scenarios in both the conventional and unconventional areas. The second, ‘Completions and Stimulations for Geophysicists’ is a course almost directly out of a Petroleum Engineering department. The goal of these offerings is to provide our members with education opportunities to see relevant case histories where geophysics has influenced important engineering decisions and to better understand the inputs that our completions engineering colleagues need to design various stimulations. It is my hope that we continue to seek common ground with our colleagues in the SPE and other engineering societies through technical talks and course offerings in both the CSEG and SPE. My experience over the last two years in the Value of Integrated Geophysics committee has shown me how much more can be done to better integrate our respective fields, and the desire from both societies to do so.
Since this will be my last communication as Director of Education, I would like to thank all of the respective committees that work in Continuing Education for the CSEG. All of your hard work provides an enviable slate of opportunities for our members. Considering how much we do with only volunteer time… it is quite amazing. Finally, I would like to thank the incoming Director of Education, Paul Anderson, for all of his assistance and guidance in the past 6 months. His considerable experience and passion for the CSEG will serve all of our members very well over the next year.