SPE Canadian Regional News

JCPT: A Value to Canada’s Industry

Shane Freeson, P.Eng, Director, Primrose Site(Cenovus) and SPE Canada Board

The Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology has long been a part of our industry’s tool box as an informative and relevant way to research new technologies or gain explanation and further in-depth research on current ones. In its 54th year of publication, JCPT remains a valuable resource to the Canadian petroleum industry’s technical staff. 

Over the decades the journal has existed, the journal has changed a lot—from being the Petroleum Society of Canada’s main communication tool to the highly technical and academic journal we see the Society of Petroleum Engineers publishing today. However, the main idea of sharing knowledge and technical information among our peers has not altered.

When a manuscript is peer reviewed, this means that the journal’s editors identify field-specific technical reviewers to evaluate that paper’s criteria for publication and provide constructive feedback. That means that the presented technology is fairly evaluated and enhanced, often on topics that you can’t find anywhere else, and the information is of high quality and regarded as a key addition to the current literature. Being peer reviewed is a privilege that most researchers aren’t eligible for, but when authors do, they join an elite group. The process enhances authors’ abilities to communicate their expertise to a wide audience. JCPT readers range in age and can be found all over the world.

Now more than ever it is integral we keep the publication vitalized. As we face this difficult downturn in our industry, perfecting the technology we are currently using is how we can stay strong in our areas of expertise.

As a large portion of our dedicated readers grow to retirement age, the way we access our information is changing rapidly. Gone are the days where you would wait for a hard copy journal to land on your desk. We now want the answers right away online. Luckily, JCPT publishes its peer-reviewed manuscripts as soon as they are finalized, giving readers the ability to access the information in real time. http://www.spe.org/go/ejcpt is where you can find it.

JCPT happens to be Canada’s journal of record for those working in the petroleum industry. The challenges we face are different than those elsewhere in the world, and Canadians value hard work and the intellect that made us one of the strongest oil and gas sectors in the world. In a small way, JCPT helped get us there over the more than 50 years it has been a part of our industry. Let’s keep it that way and continue to help share Canadian knowledge and expertise. Please submit your work for consideration to ensure this publication continues.


Deepwater and Harsh Environment Strategies to be Discussed at New SPE Workshop

SPE Deepwater and Harsh Environment Development Strategies Workshop Committee

Companies in Newfoundland’s offshore oil and gas sector are progressing steadily in the journey and are reaching toward further remote, harsh, and deep environments.

From the first iceberg-compliant gravity-based design, to operating discountable floating production storage and offloading vessels, lessons learned on the Grand Banks can also support the discovery and ingenuity required to expand our developments.

Experts agree these developments will bring a large set of challenges. At the SPE Deepwater and Harsh Environment Development Strategies Workshop this coming October, specialists will provide in-depth analysis of various themes that will allow for high-quality, solution-orientated dialogue. In a climate that combines shrinking resources and a greater need than ever for technical expertise, you will be able to engage and discuss technical improvements related to drilling and completion, subsea developments and environmental monitoring. These are technologies indispensable to valuable, safe, and responsible developments.

This three-day workshop has much to offer in responsible exploration and development of deep-water resources, including a training course on Deepwater Drilling and Production Technology by Terry N. Gardner. In addition to networking with leading industry specialists, you might also be able to try new simulation technologies, embrace their potential, and possibly share our vision for enhanced inherent safety.

For more information visit www.spe.org/events/15asjn/


UWO Students Connect to Industry With New Chapter

SPE Deepwater and Harsh Environment Development Strategies Workshop Committee

Students heading back to school this year at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) now have greater access to the industry through SPE with the foundation of Canada’s newest student chapter.

A group of approximately 20 students now make up UWO’s student chapter, gathers biweekly for executive meetings and on an event basis for all members.

“The chapter helps members make use of networking skills by setting up events in which they can connect with industry professionals,” said Jason Ma, chapter co-president. “This often takes form in speaker events in which key issues in the energy industry are discussed, followed by a networking session.”

One such example was a ‘Future of Hydraulic Fracturing’ event held in conjunction with the Ivey Business Review.

By becoming part of the SPE umbrella, students are better enabled to connect with professionals and mentors in the oil and gas industry.

“Not only does this connection add a level of realism and practicality, it creates tremendous opportunities for students,” added Ma.

Ma expects the young chapter to grow in the upcoming year.

“We are only a fledgling chapter, but we have big plans. So, stay tuned!”