The annual CSPG Core Conference was once again a success, held at the world class AER Core Research facility May 10-11th, 2018 here in Calgary. Our focus this year was to challenge delegates to get back to the rocks and refresh their current understanding, so that new opportunities are discovered or new approaches to existing plays can be used. This year’s theme, Rocks 101; Back to basics, highlighted the challenges in analysis and interpretation all Geoscientists strive to navigate. With unconventional plays continuing to evolve as critical energy sources, as well as the enduring nature of many of our existing conventional reservoirs, our industry is challenged to continue to unlock additional potential by revisiting the rocks and extracting new ideas to find opportunity where others have not.
This year’s conference had a total of 750 registered attendees, and attracted a great deal of attention and conversation around some of the industry’s hot spots in the Montney, Duvernay, Cardium, and Charlie lake plays. As well as highlighting new learnings and applications in the Oil Sands, Viking, Falher and Carbonate plays throughout our prominent basins. This year’s program consisted of twenty one presentations from all across Canada, with an added international twist from Turkey. The breadth of knowledge presented this year was outstanding. Delegates were able to take away new and different ideas that they can apply directly to their day to day work, re-connect with old colleagues and make new connections.
Core Conference would not have been possible without all our sponsors; Tourmaline (Title sponsor), AGAT Laboratories (for an always great core meltdown), Weatherford (delicious BBQ lunches), Core Laboratories (for keeping us happy with coffee and sweets), Loring Tarcore and DigitCore, Reservoir Group, Rockhound Advisory Corp, Freehold Royalties, Enersoft, Freeman Audio Visual and the Alberta Energy Regulator, for which we are extremely grateful for their ongoing support. We would also like to extend our thanks to the CSPG staff, especially Candace Jones for organizing the logistics of the conference, all members of the organizing committee, and Ashley Moisson and the staff at the AER. Finally, many thanks to all of the fantastic presenters, without which we would not have had the outstanding technical content and program to share with all our delegates.
We would like to congratulate this year’s Core Conference Award winners:
Best Core Presentation
Gord Stabb & Michael Webb
Abstract Title: Geologic Considerations of shallow SAGD Caprock; Seal Capacity, Seal Geometry and Seal integrity, Athabasca Oilsands, Alberta Canada
Best Student Core Presentation:
Abstract Title: Delta Accumulation an Along Strike Facies Variations across a Structurally Controlled Area of the Viking Formation, Central Alberta
Next year will mark the 50th year of the CSPG Core Conference! We look forward to another strong technical program with a diverse and always interesting display of core and talks. If you are interested in submitting an abstract, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Mark your calendars for May 16 & 17th, we look forward to seeing you all there!
2018 CSPG Core Conference Planning Committee
Adam Fraser – Husky Energy
Christa Williams – Trident Exploration Corporation
Kelsea Pedersen – Cenovus Energy
Brent Kuntz – Cenovus Energy
Ray Geuder – Independent Geoscientist
Liese Mclaren – Consultant
Chad Bobier – Consultant
Tom Plumridge – Rife Resources
Kelty Latos – ConocoPhillips
Candace Jones - CSPG Event Coordinator