2004 is off to a busy start at the CSEG Offices as Elections were held in December. Thank you to all members who voted in the new Executive. To kick off the New Year, I will be looking for newsworthy industry information to include in the Grapevine Column.

376 Calgarians Attend SEC in Dallas

The SEG Conference in Dallas, Texas was held on October 26 - 31st, 2003. There were many Calgary based companies who headed south of the border this year to exhibit at the conference including, Kelman Technologies, GEDCO, Trango Software, Divestco lnc., Geo-X Systems, CGG, Eagle Navigation, WesternGeco, Veritas, Schlumberger, and Landmark. A consortium of Delegates from Calgary attended the conference this year from a wide range of companies including Samson, Talisman, EnCana, Petro-Canada, Burlington, NAL Resources, Ketch, Husky, Apache, Vintage, Nexen, Western Explosives, Polaris, Synterra, Explor Data, Trace, Millenium Seismic, and Pulse Data. One of the highlights of the week was a water main break at a major hotel that resulted in the relocation of Delegates to other nearby hotels. Rumour has it that the incident included the room occupied by Blair Thompson! He required a snorkel and mask to escape the disaster. Thanks Blair! We look forward to seeing you next year at the SEG in Denver, Colorado.

Enjoy Skiing? How about a weekend away at the Ski Spree?

The 37th Annual Ski Spree is scheduled to take place from February 6th - 8th, 2004 at the Fairmont Hot Springs and Resort in British Columbia. This event is a growing success and great fun for the whole family. The event offers ski and snowboard races for a variety of age categories. Last year, Tom Podivinsky (Seeker) ousted long-time reigning champ Spenser Lee (Norex) to become "King of the Hill" in skiing. Leah Fink was the fastest woman on the hill. In snowboarding, Jack Bull (Synterra Technology) did not need his very own 1-day age category to finally make it to the podium. Late entries, the Geiger family, seemed to clean up in just about everything else. In addition, Jeff Collins and family took home a number of trophies for the snowboard competition. For more information on this fun filled ski weekend, visit Events on the CSEG website at www.cseg.ca.

Earth Signal's 10 Year Anniversary and Christmas Cocktail Party

On November 18th, 2003 Earth Signal Processing Ltd. hosted a party for over 250 people at Murrietta's West Coast Bar & Grill. The party was to enjoy some holiday cheer and to celebrate over ten years in business.

It was quite fitting that Case Caulfield won the door prize as he was Earth Signal's first client ten years ago. The door prize was for a one night stay and breakfast at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

Earth Signal would like to thank everyone who attended the party and for all the support over the past ten years.

Kelman Hosts Client Open House

Kelman Technologies Inc. (KTl) held its second annual Client Appreciation Night on Thursday November 27, 2003. We want to thank all of our clients who took time out of their busy schedule to come and visit us in our offices and made this event a resounding success. Let us take this opportunity to wish a Happy New Year to all.

The Battle Continues...

Squirrels Consulting Ltd. and Pulse Data Inc. hosted the 5th Annual Battle of the Cues on Friday, November 14th at The Garage Eau Claire. Approximately 100 guests watched as 30 pool players battled it out with their cues. As the drama rose, Curtis Kramchynski and Jim Ross emerged a little black and blue as the tournament champions. Blaire Rosquist and Victoria Schut were a close second and kept with the tournament spirit as they arm-wrestled for the prize of a bottle of port. The crowd was thrilled with the new winners but disappointed to hear that the defending championship team , Dave Ward law and Rob Langill, were split up by an unexpected trip to the Grey Cup. Their exciting finish last year using Shirley Fleming as the human pool cue in their winning shot is hard to top ....Curtis and Jim were just a little too nervous to take the risk.

CSEG DoodleTrain a Huge Success

CSEG's Continuing Education Week - The DoodleTrain, was a tremendous success again this year. In early November, 23 courses covering a wide variety of exploration topics were offered to 360 registrants. Instructors came from Canada, the USA and the U.K. to provide insight and instruction. Over 100 people attended the "Meet the Teacher" social event on Wednesday, November 5th. The overwhelming success of this year's DoodleTrain was due in large part to the support of our sponsors. We would like to thank all companies that provided venues, volunteers or financial support. See you next year!

The Educational Services Committee of the CSEG launches: LunchBox Geophysics

The mandate of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists is to promote the science of geophysics, especially as it applies to exploration, and to promote fellowship and co-operation among those persons interested in geophysical prospecting.

The LunchBox Geophysics program is intended as a smaller venue than the more formal Technical Luncheons, arranged by our volunteers for additional technical presentations. Topics are to be presented by our members for specific or detailed interest to a specific segment of the members. They are less formal, allowing for more discussion and interaction, and they are free of charge.

First presentation: Monday, January 12, 2004

"Benefits of Integrated Seismic and Gravity Exploration"
by Helen Isaac
12:10 (Half hour presentation )
Aquitaine Tower Auditorium (+15) 540 - 5th Avenue SW

As we are looking for speakers for future talks, we would appreciate any suggestions. To register or to suggest any speaker, please contact Francois Aubin at KTI via email: francois@kelman.com.

2004 CSEG Exhibits Committee Registration Deadlines:

The 2004 CSEG Exhibits Committee would like to remind potential exhibitors of up coming deadlines. In 2004, booth spaces will be allocated on a combination of three factors. The number of booths purchased, sponsorship dollars and the date payment for booths is received. Payments for booth space will be accepted at the CSEG office beginning January 14, 2003 at 8:30 am. There will be a forum on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 where booth spaces will be allocated. It is recommended that all exhibitors attend the forum. If you are intending to exhibit at the CSEG 2004 convention and have not received an Exhibitor/Sponsorship Guidebook yet, please contact Carmen Swalwell, Exhibits Chair at 560-8431 or exhibits@csegconvention.org.

The Exhibits Committee for the 2004 CSEG National Convention – Great Explorations, Canada and Beyond, is:

Carmen Swalwell, Exhibit Chair, Lynx Information (Canada) Systems Ltd.
Wallace Wells, Vice Chair, United Datawyse Ltd.
Jeff Crowhurst, Advisor, Allied Seismic Ltd.
Dave Swagar, Western Explosives Ltd.
Diane Dawson , Intercontinental Seismic Surveys Ltd.
Jan Labossiere, Polaris Explorer Ltd.
Leslie Carlyle-Ebert, Petrovera Resources
Doug Colvin, Talisman Energy Inc.



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