About the Field Trip Leaders
Rudy Strobl, P. Geo., partner in VGeoTours
Rudy earned his B.Sc. (Hon) in Geology from the University of Manitoba and M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Alberta. Rudy began his career with research at the Alberta Geological Survey, focusing on conventional, coal and oil sands geology. Following 10 years of research activities, Rudy moved to industry, initially working for Newport Petroleum in conventional oil and gas exploration. He moved to new positions focusing on heavy oil and oil sands geology with Alberta Energy Company, Encana, Enerplus Resources, Statoil Canada, and Nexen CNOOC Oil Sands Division. Currently Rudy is semi-retired, a partner in VGeoTours offering virtual tours using UAV technology and initiating cost effective training/mentoring and geoscience services. Rudy has specialized in oil sands and steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) projects over the past 18 years. Rudy has 30 years of conventional, heavy oil and oil sands geology experience in Western Canada. He is co-founder and instructor of the Oil Sands SAGD Fundamentals Short Course and Field Seminar offered by the CSPG continuing education division. Rudy is the author or co-author of more than 40 oil sands publications and presentations. His research focuses on reservoir characterization studies including the application of image log interpretation in conjunction with core and outcrop data to better understand 3-d geometries and associated reservoir performance.
Dr. Milovan Fustic, P.Geo., Associate Professor, Nazabayev University
Dr. Milovan Fustic, Associate Professor of Geosciences at the Nazarbayev University has 25 years of professional experience in the industry and academia. He worked on various research, exploration, and field development projects with Shell, Nexen, Statoil, KNOC, Natural Resources Canada, and the University of Calgary. Fustic’s research lead to a number of innovative solutions and concepts, some of which are included in more than 20 refereed papers and numerous conference proceedings related to geological control on recovery mechanisms, sedimentology, reservoir characterization, seismic geomorphology, geomodeling, dipmeter, oil migration and entrapment, biodegradation, and application of geochemistry for distinguishing barriers and baffles in complex reservoirs. He is a co-inventor of METEOR, a patented heavy oil recovery technology. He has received numerous awards for innovation and geological advancements as well as the prestigious CSPG Medal of Merit (2012) and Honorable Mention (2010) for the best paper related to the petroleum geology of Canada. He served as an instructor for CSPG, AAPG, IAS, and GSA short courses and field seminars.
Fustic served as a CSPG Director (2013-2015), a Vice-Chair of AAPG Energy Mineral Division (2016-2019, and is a co-founder Calgary Tesla Society.
Fustic enjoys outdoor activities and particularly alpine skiing, tennis, biking, and trekking.
Bryce Jablonski, P.Geo, Canadian Natural
Bryce Jablonski earned a M.Sc. in Geology from Queen’s University studying IHS within the McMurray Formation. He began his career in research for Statoil, focusing on the distribution of heterogeneity within McMurray deposits. Since then he has held positions in both in-situ asset teams and technology groups for oil sands and heavy oil developments for Statoil, Devon Canada and Canadian Natural. Currently Bryce is a district geologist for the Jackfish and Pike oil-sands assets at Canadian Natural, where he focuses on the integration of geological data with SAGD production while at the same time driving for innovation and evolution in our understanding of McMurray geology and its impact to in-situ extraction.
Wes Sutherland, Sr. Geological Technologist
Wes graduated top of the class in Petroleum Geology at SAIT and began his technical career with Canadian Hunter Exploration working the WCSB. Taking advantage of Canhunter’s many technical advancement programmes during the 90s, Wes developed cutting-edge 3D visualisation schemes which were well received at many CSPG and other conferences. In the new millennium, Wes joined AEC’s (later Encana’s) SAGD team and thrived in the high science of thermal recovery, again providing specialized graphics for geological publications, papers, talks, and field guides. Contracting for Enerplus, Statoil, Husky, and others, he continued to push the merits of 3D visualisations. Now a licensed drone (RPAS) pilot and computer modeller, he builds digital outcrop models (DOMs) for Augmented and Virtual Reality experiences revealing new insights and perspectives through his company Rock Star Geotechnical.