Upcoming Division Talks

A Geological Focus on AER Disposal Application Requirements

Speakers: Jennifer Chmilar and Kari Czirjak, AER Oil and Gas Authorizations Group

Location: geoLOGIC Room (2nd Floor), Aquitaine Tower, 540-5th Avenue S.W., Calgary
DATE & TIME 12:00 noon, Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Cost: Free, No registration is required

Light snacks and coffee are available
Business card door prize: Signed copy of “Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers: Geological wonders of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks” by Dr. Dale Leckie


The demand for subsurface fluid disposal has increased over the last several years. As such, fluid disposal is one of the most prolific application types that the Authorizations Geology team reviews.  This talk will outline the geological requirements for disposal applications at the Alberta Energy Regulator and what geological data to include in your submission.   We will also discuss disposal activity in Alberta, land rights, applicable directives, finding information on the AER website, the applications process, as well as some helpful tips for moving a disposal application through the regulatory process.  We will introduce the AER Authorizations Geology team and highlight emerging issues regarding disposal applications.  This talk will not touch on disposal within In Situ areas.


Jennifer Chmilar has a BSc in Geology (2001) from the University of Alberta.  She is a member of APEGA and the CSPG. She started her career in Industry working a wide variety of geological plays and roles.  Her career includes exploratory work in NE BC, conventional heavy oil plays, Mannville gas, petrophysics and operations geology, carbonate unit operations, geomodelling and currently works NW Alberta within the Authorizations Branch of the AER.

Kari Czirjak has a BSc. In Geology (1999) from the University of Calgary and is a member of APEGA and CSPG.  Her career has focused on hydrocarbon exploration and development in Alberta and Saskatchewan for various Industry companies. She also has experience in shallow groundwater source wells and CBM field development planning. Kari currently provides geological review and guidance of numerous AER resource applications and contributes technical support to various AER and AGS projects

Division Profile

Division talks are held monthly. They are free of charge. No registration is required, and talks are open to the public. There will be a door prize, light snacks and coffee provided by sponsors. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. 

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Operations Geology is an important sub-discipline of the practice of geology. As it pertains to petroleum geology, we include any geoscientist managing drilling operations from the office/home (including planning wells) and geosteerers. Operations geologists are uniquely involved in the drilling of a well from the initial planning stages to long after TD and the data have been properly distributed to stakeholders and/or lookbacks have been held.

Knowledge of one’s geological targets (conventional, heavy, or unconventional) is more important than it has ever been for well placement optimization, especially considering the introduction of new technology, such as horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracture stimulation. Beyond the typical geological capacity and experience, knowledge of stakeholder management, regulatory process and approvals, well planning, drilling processes, reservoir engineering, petrophysics, production, wellbore analysis technology, etc are also vital to the role of the operations geologist. These disciplines are commonly in conflict during drilling so prioritization and compromise of the well's objectives is also a skill.

Communication is another vital skill set of the Operations Geologist. Not only does the Operations Geologist communicate with their drilling engineer, directional driller, wellsite geologist (if present), and geosteerer (if present), but communication with their subsurface team, logging team, internal and external regulatory groups, as well as other internal and external stakeholders are also critical to drilling success. A common misperception is that Operations Geology is not its own discipline, the above paragraphs prove that while the Operations Geologist is truly a generalist, there are skillsets that are unique to the Operations Geologist beyond taking well calls in the middle of the night.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
● The role of an Operations Geologist in safety.
● Questions to ask your wellsite geologist to aid in your collective interpretation of well data.
● Reading/interpreting striplogs, cuttings, cuttings technology
● Basic training/discussion of geosteering software
● Critical Regulatory knowledge (ie: D56)
● Best practices: dealing with unforeseen events, stuck pipe, collapsed hole, etc.
● Logging technologies, open hole, mwd, lwd
● Communication with drillers, directional hands, etc
● Drilling technologies
● Stakeholder management
● Geohazards-identification, mitigation, avoidance
● Data QC/QA - is that well really sour?
● Pore Pressure/Fracture Gradient prediction
● H2S Analysis and Regulatory Requirements for sour wells
● Data management and reporting

Division Chair: Kurt Armbruster, P. Geol. | email: kurt.eh@gmail.com


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