Introduction to Energy Geosciences

  Ben McKenzie, MGIS, P.Geol. - Consulting Geologist
Date:   May 07, 2019 - 7:45am - 4:30pm
Location:         geoLOGIC Classroom, Aquitaine Tower
540-5 ave SW, 2nd Floor Conference room, Calgary AB T2P 0M2
CPD Credit:   8
This course has been cancelled. 

If you are interested in signing up for future dates please email- Kristy Casebeer


This course has been designed by CSPG’s leading instructors and topical experts (such as Peter Hews, Art Irwin, Tom Sneddon, Jon Noad, Ray Geuder, Milovan Fustic with input from Dr. Dale Leckie) and will be delivered by CSPG instructors.

This course is designed for oil and gas employees who have little to no technical training and who wish to learn more about the geosciences. It will provide participants with a basic understanding of geologic concepts and their underlying principles, and how these are applied in the petroleum industry. Participants will become familiar with industry terminology and processes.

Who Should Attend: 
Non-technical petroleum industry employees (IT, Land, Legal, HR, Contracts, Community Investment), Engineers and Geophysicists with limited geologic background, Summer students and interns starting out in the petroleum industry, Service and financial industry employees that deal with oil and gas companies

Course Objectives:

By the end of this workshop participants will:

1. Understand fundamental geologic definitions, key principles, and basic processes of the petroleum industry

2. Understand the formation, migration, and entrapment of oil and gas

3. Realize the work team effort required to produce Energy

4. Be aware of the types of energy being produced in Canada



7:45-8:00              Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:30              What does a Geologist do

8:30-9:00              Energy Industry Overview

9:00-10:00           Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics

10:00-10:15         Coffee Break

10:15-12:00         Geologic Reservoirs, Stratigraphy, Athabasca Oil Sands

12:00-1:00           Lunch

1:00-2:15              Data acquisition, manipulation, presentation (logging, cores, seismic, etc.)

2:30-2:45              Coffee Break

2:45-4:00              Fundamentals of Land and Petroleum Economics

4:00-4:30              Discussion and Wrap Up 

About the instructor

Ben McKenzie is a Professional Geologist licensed in Alberta. He did undergraduate and graduate work in geology at North Carolina State University and graduate work in GIS at the University of Calgary. He is a member of AAPG, APEGA, and CSPG. He has volunteered extensively with the CSPG in a variety of roles including significant involvement in the Canadian Gas Potential Committee and ten years as Technical Editor of the CSPG monthly magazine ‘The Reservoir’. Most recently he has been involved as technical editor / graphic designer of the ‘Go Take A Hike’ Special Publication. 

Ben has over 40 years’ experience as a geologist, principally in regional exploration. After graduation, he worked with the North Carolina State Geological Survey for six years before immigrating to the Canadian Oil Patch. He has worked for a variety of junior to major oil companies as well as service companies. Ben has had extensive involvement in prospect generation, regional mapping, and resource assessment. He has significant experience in data management, geographic information systems (GIS), and technical report preparation.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation policy: No refunds available. Substitutes acceptable.
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CPD Credits 1 hour of technical training is 1 APEGA CPD Credit
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