Do you ever find yourself sitting at your desk, very much like Emily Blunt does in the movie, “The Devil Wears Prada”, rubbing her temples, eyes closed, whispering, “I love my job, I love my job, I love my job”. Do you ever do that? I do. And I believe everyone else who works in the tradeshow aspect of our business does as well. Walk around your office, look for it, and appreciate the people who make events like the CSEG/CSPG Joint Convention happen. They are your friends, be kind. So, it’s convention season. I’m calling out to all planners, stand up on your desks, be proud and YELL, “I LOVE MY JOB”!! Have fun, and I’ll see you at the Core Meltdown!

North West Finalizes Western Canadian LiDAR DEM Program

Calgary, Alberta, Canada – North West Geomatics Ltd. today announced that it has completed all planning and logistic requirements for its previously announced western Canadian LiDAR acquisition program. The control work, being undertaken by Point Geomatics of Calgary, has commenced and the acquisition program will commence immediately once snow cover has left the region, expected to be April 1 in some areas.

The entire program will result in the collection of approximately 700,000 square kilometers of high accuracy LiDAR data using the most advanced technology available in the industry. The new Leica ALS50-II system will be utilized for all data collection. This technology provides much higher data collection rates and efficiencies than previously realized with other, less capable systems. The areas of coverage include the balance of NE British Columbia not previously acquired by North West and the majority of the province of Alberta.

Priority collection areas have been selected in conjunction with a number of oil and gas industry partners who have pre-subscribed to the program. These areas will be collected and delivered first and cover in excess of 500,000 square kilometers. Subject to weather, the complete acquisition of these regions is expected in 2007. The balance of the entire program will be completed in 2008 if necessary.

In making this announcement, North West Vice President, Tim Crago stated “This program has been in the making for over 10 months and is the result of a specific industry need for a high accuracy, homogeneous digital elevation model for Alberta and NE British Columbia. Our past proprietary LiDAR acquisition campaigns have focused on large scale regional operations but it became clear the market demanded a much larger scale program that addressed the high accuracy and coverage requirements in a more complete manner. We are particularly pleased that our investment in this program has been recognized by a number of major exploration companies by their committed early participation in the program. We believe this confirms our conclusion that other less accurate technologies are not acceptable to the industry and that a full scale LiDAR approach is the only acceptable method.”

The DEM data and a number of derivative products will be housed and distributed through partnership with Valtus Imagery Services using Valtus’ suite of web delivery products.

IHS Acquires RapiData™

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., March 21, 2007 – IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), a global provider of critical technical information, decision support tools and related services, today announced that it has acquired the RapiData™ product, well known for its comprehensive well test, pressure and completions data for the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. IHS purchased RapiData from Rapid Technology Corporation of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

RapiData is the only complete source of well test, pressure and completions data for Western Canada. IHS has been a partner with Rapid since 2003. IHS products AccuMap® and Enerdeq™ use RapiData to provide exploration and production (E&P) companies desktop access to information used to evaluate reservoir pressures and well-flow rates, forecast flow and pressure declines, and estimate reservoir size.

“The acquisition of RapiData is consistent with the IHS strategy of providing superior information to E&P companies’ desktops,” said Ron Mobed, president and chief operating officer of the Energy segment of IHS. “The combination of existing IHS products and RapiData will allow E&P companies of all sizes to make informed, profitable decisions at all stages of a well’s lifecycle and development. IHS is committed to a vision of transforming physical data sets into high-value, high-speed, on-demand digital data sets. The acquisition of RapiData re p resents a substantial step forward for that vision.”

The Energy segment of IHS enables oil and gas companies worldwide to create and maintain best-in-class decision making processes by providing and integrating essential exploration and production information, intuitive software and consulting services.

Rapid Technology Corporation is a privately held company that provides integrated software, data and engineering solutions for the oil and gas industry. Following the sale of its product line to IHS, Rapid Technology Corporation will be a holding company with an investment interest in publicly traded Rapid Solutions Corporation which is unaffected by the sales.

For more information, visit the IHS website at:

Friends of Science – UPDATE

**Please note the date has changed to Thursday, May 17, 2007.

The Friends of Science is holding a very special Luncheon Event with guest speaker R. Tim Patterson, PhD, Professor and Director Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre

“The Sun as the Primary Driver of Climate Change?”

Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 11:30 am
Metropolitan Conference Centre
333, 4th Avenue SW Calgary, AB
Advance Tickets are $50

For more information on the event or the non-profit group Friends of Science, please visit their website at



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