You will notice a new section “It’s a small world after all” in the column this month. Kelly and I recently experienced “a small world” incident in October. We went to Fairmount for a week of rest and relaxation. We were in Invermere and decided on the spur of the moment to go and look at some show suites in a complex on the Lake. There was Pete Bratton (TGS Geophysical) and his wife Faye Hansen (ReMax House of Real Estate). Later that week the four of us went to a pub in Invermere called Bud's and saw Valdy (some of us are old enough to rememeber him). We had a great night. Thanks Pete and Faye it was wonderful to run into you. If you have a “small world incident” you would like to share, let me know.

I have resigned from the JGF committee and know I have left it in good hands. I sincerely enjoyed my time on the committee and want to thank everyone that helped along the way. I have taken on a new volunteer role with the CSEG and I am the Sponsorship Chair for the 2011 convention. I haven’t worked on a convention committee for over 5 years so I am looking forward to the new challenge.


Jeff Larsen has moved from the Foothills Asset Team at Suncor Energy to Cenovus Energy, where he’ll be working in the Southern Plains Business Unit. He can be reached at or 403-766-8328.

David Gray is please to announce that he has joined Nexen as a Senior Staff Geophysicist in Synthetic Oil Resource Development. David is responsible for geophysical reservoir characterization of Nexen’s oilsands reservoirs. David can be reached by email at or direct phone at 403-699-6186.

Alan Bunn has accepted the position of Chief Geophysicist at BlackPearl Resources Inc. BlackPearl is a publicly held Canadian oil and gas company with heavy oil and oil sands assets in western Canada. His new email is

David Cho has recently resigned from Schlumberger to pursue his graduate studies full time at the University of Calgary. He is part of the CREWES project and is studying under the supervision of Dr. Gary Margrave. His research interests include azimuthal AVO, inverse theory and elasticity theory. He can be contacted at

Kevan Hanson has joined Arcis as Vice President, Business Development, Eastern Hemisphere. Kevan comes to us with 28 years of diverse experience around the world, most recently as Regional Vice President – Arabian Gulf for Fusion Petroleum Technologies. He’s worked in 34 countries, including establishing company offices in the Middle East and North Africa. His role will be to generate and support new business initiatives in the Eastern Hemisphere, as well as to support the needs of existing clients in the region. Kevan can be reached at 403.781.1438 or

Juefu Wang is now part of the Arcis team in the role of Senior Software Developer. Juefu has a PhD in Geophysics and has a strong background in geophysical theory and research and development. He will be contributing to Arcis’ ongoing research and development of geophysical application software. Juefu can be reached at 403-781-1440 or

Arcis is pleased to welcome Edward Letourneau to our Processing Group in the role of Senior Seismic Data Processor. Ed has 29 years of processing experience, most recently at Kelman Technologies. Ed can be reached at 403- 781.1425 or

Olympic Seismic Ltd. is pleased to announce that Sandra Plant is promoted to Senior Manager – Operations / Support Services. Sandra will continue to provide leadership and direction to the Operations Group and Support Services Department. For the last 10 years, Sandra has been a key employee at Olympic Seismic Ltd.

Olympic Seismic Ltd. is also pleased to announce that Scott MacDonald has joined the Operations team as Manager – Operations. Scott has seven years experience in the Seismic Industry and has worked with Pulse Seismic and recently with Resurge as Manager – Operations. We wish Sandra and Scott all the best in their roles.

Sandra may be reached at 403-515-2817 or and Scott may be reached at 403-515-2807 or

After 2 years at TAQA North Ltd., Erin Corrigan is excited to announce that she has accepted a position with CNRL within their Heavy Oil group. She can be reached at

Gary James, formally of INOVA / ARAM would like his friends and colleagues to know that he has joined Philip Moore in a new instrument manufacturing venture – Kilo Technologies Ltd. Kilo manufactures a Well Production Monitoring system and although this application is outside the geophysical industry, both Gary and Philip will be keeping in close contact with their many friends inside the industry. Gary and Philip can be contacted at 403.452.6768 or by email: /

TerraWrx Exploration Consultants Ltd. is pleased to welcome three new members to their team. Matt Naiden – Junior Geophysicist; Mike Oladosu – Senior Geophysicist and Elizabeth Earl – Senior Staff Geophysicist. For more information you can visit

Susan Thomson joined the seasoned seismic staff at TAQA North in August, just in time for summer. She’s working the Cretaceous section in West Central Alberta and can be reached at or 403-724-5262.

Sensor Geophysical Ltd. would like to announce the following additions to the company.

Don Daub – Senior Seismic Processor – Don joins us from Precision Seismic where he has worked for the past seven years. Having worked internationally and having processed land and marine data from all over the world, Don brings 32 years of processing experience to Sensor. He can be contacted at 403-260-3374 or at

Xinxiang Li – We welcomed back Xinxiang in April as Senior Geophysical Advisor. He will be in charge of R&D for multicomponent processing. Xinxiang has 20 years of experience and is currently working on his Ph.D. at the University of Calgary. Xinxiang can be reached at 403-260-3373 or at

Penny Colton – joins Sensor as the contract Reservoir and Attribute Geophysicist. Penny’s experience in reservoir geophysics began at CGG and progressed through Dome Petroleum, Amoco Canada, Veritas, and GSI, initially with early versions of both Hampson-Russell and Geomodeling software – and now includes simultaneous joint inversions for PP and PS data, fracture detection and volume visualizations. Penny will continue to provide the reservoir services offered at Sensor for the last six years: AVO, Rock Physics & LMR, Inversions, Fracture Detection Analysis, Multi-component Analysis, Joint PP and PS registration, Multi-volume Visualization, Spectral Decomposition, Facies Classifications to name a few. Penny can be reached at 403-260-6588 or


I received the following from David Stuart – CS

I want to pass on to you, as well as all my friends and colleagues in Calgary that I’ve retired from Husky Energy and am now spending most of the time in Peachland, BC. I can be contacted at I can also be reached at 250 767-6029.


I received this picture and story from Doug Colvin (Statcom Ltd.) – CS

Late one afternoon in Barcelona, Spain, on September 24, 2010, my wife Janet and I were walking down to the Gran Via along Garcia when suddenly a dude in a yellow shirt comes running out of a street-side café’, jumps in front of us, and says “Doug, what the heck are you doing in Barcelona?”

This dude was none other than my old colleague from Talisman Energy, John Logel, who I hadn’t seen in at least a year since he transferred to Stavanger and I was retired from Talisman in January 2010! After a little catching up as to why we were both there (John was addressing a legal conference on shale gas and we were heading out on a cruise ship the next day), Janet snapped this photo of the two of us for posterity . It just goes to show you that old goat geophysicists never die but seem to run into each other around the world in the damnedest places and times!

John Logel and Doug Colvin



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