Happy October… Fall has arrived, the leaves are changing colour and fluttering down… into the myriad of technicolour election signs that are spreading like weeds throughout Calgary. Somehow, it doesn’t seem quite as pretty, and as easy to scrunch the leaves as you walk… but that’s democracy in action. Get out and vote Calgarians… and if you happen to have an election in your neck of the woods… ditto!

Wanted to do a quick update (as I sit here typing and munching on Hawkins’ Cheezies) about some of the healthier members of our CSEG world. Congratulations to Nate Baker who was the first CSEG member to cross the 10km finish line at the annual CSEG/CSPG Road Race & Fun Run on a very chilly Wednesday, September 15th! Rhonda Jewett was our first 10km woman to cross! The 5km race saw Richard Kellett as the first CSEG member across the finish line, and Susie Giang came in first for the women overall. Huge thanks to Mike Cardell and his volunteers for braving the elements, and putting on an excellent event.


The Microseismic Industry Consortium (www.mu-SIC.ca) is a new geophysical research initiative at the University of Calgary and University of Alberta. The consortium is led by Dave Eaton, Professor of Geophysics with the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary, and Mirko van der Baan, Associate Professor of Exploration Seismology with the Department of Physics at the University of Alberta. In addition to microseismic studies, Dr.Eaton’s portfolio of research topics includes global and exploration seismology and numerical simulation of wave propagation. Dr. van der Baan’s main research interest includes signal processing and seismic wave propagation in anisotropic media and he collaborates intensively with the oil and gas industry on both topics.

The main focus of the project is to improve data acquisition, processing technology and interpretation for microseismic monitoring. Microseismic techniques are emerging as an important tool for in situ monitoring of hydraulic fracture well treatments and for management of oil, gas and geothermal reservoirs. They have diverse applications, including improving geomechanical characterization of fracture processes, life of field studies, mining, geothermal and carbon capture and storage.

The project is currently sponsored by 16 companies and has attracted 8 graduate students, including some familiar faces like Andy St.Onge who is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Calgary with the consortium and will be investigating the use of microseismic data (surface and downhole) for monitoring cyclic steam stimulation. Also joining the consortium from France, Dr.Melanie Grob is new a post-doc who is researching geomechanical processes associated with fracturing at the University of Alberta.

For further information, please contact Maria Gallant (mjgallan@ucalgary.ca ), project manager for mu-SIC.


The 2011 CSEG Family Ski Spree committee would like to invite you and your family to the 44th Annual CSEG Family Ski Spree!

This year’s Ski Spree will take place: February 25th – February 27th, 2011.

Registration will open: November 15, 2010 at 8:00am

The CSEG Family Ski Spree is an extremely popular event, to ensure your placement please note the following:

Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Applications are only accepted when accompanied by full payment for registration. Hotel Reservation will be made by the committee, on your behalf. Please ensure you include your room reservation sheet with your application and registration payment.

Mark your calendars early – this is an event you won’t want to miss out on!

The 2011 CSEG Family Ski Spree Committee



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