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KEGS September 2021 Bulletin

1 Sep 2021 12:33 PM | Anonymous
KEGS September 2021 Bulletin
Welcome to September! Hope you have enjoyed your summer and are ready to start your normal activities. Stay tuned for a season full of Geo events including SEG,GeConvention2021, WGC's summit and more!
KEGS September talk

Please register for our September talk  from link above.

Date:  Tuesday September 14th at 4:00 PM EST

Title Bridging the Gap between Microseismic Data and Actionable Insight Using AI Augmented Methodologies

SpeakerDr. Ellie Ardakani, CEO @ Meta Innovation Technologies

AbstractMicroseismic monitoring technology plays a critical role in measuring impact of excavation processed in the Mining sector as well as hydraulic fracturing performance for unconventional resources in Oil and Gas industry. However, despite the large investment in data acquisition Exploration and Production (E&P) companies struggle to make sense of their microseismic data with quick turn-around. 
We believe that the rise of AI augmented analytics empowers E&P companies to measure data quality, recognize data correlations, and generate actionable insights that are critical in achieving operational efficiency and future cost and time savings. In this presentation we showcase enabling AI technologies that are game changers when it comes to microseismic data quality control, data analytics, and interpretation. 


Biography:   Dr. Ellie Ardakani is a published geoscientist and award-wining energy-tech entrepreneur with a proven development history of novel workflows to facilitate data analytics, visualization, and integrated interpretation. She is currently the CEO of Meta Innovation Technologies, an innovative technology company focused on increasing data analytics ROI and technical staff performance. Prior to Meta, she worked in various roles at IOOC, Athabasca Oil Corporation, and ESG Solutions. Ellie holds a PhD in Exploration Geophysics from the University of Alberta. Ellie is the chair of SEG Women’s Network, Women in AI Canada - Ottawa city lead, mentor at Mentoring365 program, a SEG SEAM product manager, an active member of EAGE, and a licensed professional geoscientist (P.Geo.) under APEGA.

Mark your calendar for KEGS future talks!
KEGS is pleased to announce a list of confirmed talks going forward:

October 12 – Greg Turner - General Manager Technical Solutions HiSeis - Yaouré Seismic Survey: Defining a Complex 3D Structural Framework with High Resolution Seismic Data
November 9 – Jean-Philippe - Deep Learning as an alternative to downward continuation filters for structural interpretation

Find out about more geo scientific events in GTA Geoscience calendar here

the EAGE Near Surface Geoscience Conference & Exhibition 2021 is happening now and four of KEGS best talks during 2021 have been chosen to present again at this meeting.
Lyndsay Ball – USGS
Thibaut Astic – UBC
Randy Enkin – Geological Survey of Canada
Amin Aghee – Goldspot Discoveries Corp.

More info here

Mining Geophysics session at the Geoconvention 2021 conference

GeoConvention is an annual convention and exhibit produced by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG), Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysists (CSEG) and the Canadian Well Logging Society (CWLS). Usually held in Calgary, this convention offers delegates and attendees the opportunity to network and learn with fellow industry professionals. For 2021, GeoConvention is hosting our program virtually – bringing amazing content and innovation to you, no matter where you are! More information here.

The KEGS Session at Geoconvention 2021 is scheduled for Monday September 13. Tentative schedule is posted here

Free access to SEG | AAPG Annual Meeting IMAGE '21 Exhibition Hall: Significant benefits.

Whether you're joining in person or online, the IMAGE ’21 exhibition will showcase leading products, services, and innovations for our geoscience and energy industry. IMAGE '21 combines all the great elements from each society's previous annual meetings and exhibitions to offer more science, more collaboration, more opportunities, and more value for the industry.
Join the Ultimate Geoscience Exhibition, 26 Sept –1 Oct 2021 • Denver, CO and Online. Download your FREE exhibition guest pass here

Do Not miss this WGC Webinar on September 22!

Title of Talk: The Road Less Traveled: My Geophysical Career Path
Speaker: Lia Martinez, a geophysical engineer working with Mount Sopris Instruments in Denver, Colorado
For more info check
Talk Summary: As a geophysics undergraduate I was overwhelmed by the numerous possible career paths in geophysics. In this talk I will relate my many attempts and failures at finding where I belonged, including a detour working outside of geophysics. I eventually found my way back in a niche industry, have learned a lot along the way.

WGC Summit 2021: Why I do this!
Bringing together people and ideas for the love of geoscience. Enjoy 4 technical talks from women geoscientists with a focus on their love for the geoscience profession. The talks will be spaced by breaks and discussion breakout rooms! More information here

KEGS Foundation Update

The full KEGS Foundation Update can be found here. Update includes:
  • Awards for 2021\22 announced
  • New Carson Indigenous Scholarship announced w\ inaugural recipient
  • Bourse Québécoise: Inaugural lauréat; donations encouraged
  • SEG Foundation scholarships  awarded to 12 Canadians, including 4 KF lauréats
  • Developing careers in geophysics
  • Transitioning to the ‘New Normal’
  •  2021 Steers Bursary Award
  • Record Scholarship Awards Announced: The Foundation announced the awarding of 27 scholarships for the upcoming academic year (2021\22), comprising 12 awards to undergrads, 7 to MSc students and 8 to PhD candidates), totaling a record $38,000.  This record funding and increased awards to graduate students reflect the Directors’ focus on extending greater support to students in geophysics after a very challenging year, as university instruction and academic life slowly return to more normal practices and conditions, and was achieved by redeploying income from the Collett Legacy gift for programs that had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.  Details can be found in the recent announcements posted on the Foundation’s website.
  • Carson Scholarship for Indigenous Students Established: As announced with considerable excitement in early July, the Foundation has established a new scholarship for an indigenous student in geophysics or geophysical technology attending a Canadian university or college, thanks to the major donation by Michael and Patricia Carson, augmented  by a number of additional donations in honour of Mike’s life and career, reflecting recent heightened interest in addressing years of neglect and abuse exemplified by the residential school tragedy.   The Foundation was also very pleased to announce the inaugural recipient, Ray Guerard, an excellent student in geophysics entering his second year at the University of Manitoba and a Métis with connections to the Ebb and Flow community on Lake Winnipeg, with the award likely presented at a hybrid event in Ottawa in late September.
  • Bourse Québécoise: Inaugural Award; Donations encouraged:  A number of individuals and companies have previously expressed support for this new scholarship, which honours notable members of the Québec geophysics community, leading to its establishment earlier this spring, as previously announced. We encourage all supporter of this initiative to crystallize their donations in conjunction with the inaugural award of this scholarship to Adrien Dimech, PhD candidate at Université du Québec à Abitibi-Témiscamingue, who is developing improved electrical techniques for characterizing and monitoring mine waste and tailings.   Donations may be made by cheque or PayPal to the KEGS Foundation indicating it is intended for the ‘Bourse des pionniers de la géophysique québecoise’.  For further details, please contact: or any of the directors of the Foundation.
  • SEG Foundation scholarships awarded to 12 Canadians, including 4 KF lauréats: The Foundation are pleased to note that the SEG Foundation has awarded scholarships to 12 Canadian students, including four current or prior KEGS Foundation awardees.  In particular, Kaiitlyn de Moree van Lierde has also received a renewal of the KEGS\Hallof Scholarship originally established by KEGS in 1998.
  • Developing Careers in Geophysics: There has been a burst of activity in online seminars and panels aimed at students and early career geophysicists, and geoscientists in general. The Foundation supported the excellent presentation by Nadine Veilette of Abitibi Geophysics as part of the EMinar series, at which she presented her perspectives, experiences and advice from a mid-career standpoint. For those who missed the May 5 presentation, it can be accessed on YouTube at:
    We are anticipating additional new careers panels aimed at geophysicists in the coming months.
  • Transitioning to the ‘New Normal’:  Along other organizations, institutions and communities, the Foundation is moving forward cautiously to adapt to a less restricted professional and personal environment as the fall advances (although  this may be delayed by the surge in Delta variant Covid-19 cases), and in that regard is giving consideration to restoration of educational programs that were cancelled in April, 2020, such as the KEGS Special Lectures and the Collett Visiting Lectureship, which will enable greater interaction with students and colleagues.
  • 2021 Steers Bursary Award:  Congratulations are extended to Nicole Freij, a fourth year undergrad in the Earth Sciences Dept. at the UofT, as the 2021 recipient of the John E. Steers Bursary awarded to an outstanding geoscience student focused on a career in mineral exploration and administered jointly by the KEGS Foundation and the Canadian Mineral Industry Exploration Foundation (CMIEF).

Additional details can be on the Foundation’s website

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