BY CARMEN KILLICK
Public Relations Coordinator
a panoramic picture of the trade booth floor; above,
one of the many booths.
The geophysics sector's premier event, the annual Canadian
Society of Exploration Geophysicists Convention, was held
May 6-9 at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary. Andy St.
Onge, P.Geoph., general chair of the CSEG, summed up the successful
convention this way: "Technology is an ever-evolving
progression of innovation. It is only by pushing the limits
of what is possible that innovation ensues which further defines
a new standard of capability.
"Over the years, the common thread appears to be that
geophysicists and technologists constantly push resolution
limits to better image the subsurface to describe the resource.
Taking Exploration to the Edge (the convention theme) will
be a challenge that we all can accept and embrace."
The convention allowed members of the geophysical community
to network at technical talks, luncheons and socials, and
to explore the latest services and products offered by the
Although the majority of the 2,220 delegates came from Calgary,
there was an international flare to this year's conference.
A strong contingent of delegates came from the United States;
participants came from as far away as Nigeria, France and
The popular Icebreaker event kicked off the convention. Hundreds
of people united at the Convention Centre, where a wide range
of exciting activities took place. There was a BMX bike demonstration,
ultimate Frisbee, miniature stock car racing, a hockey net
shootout, and an interpretation contest. Definitely something
The luncheon presentation on Wednesday gave delegates a chance
to meet the first person to successfully navigate the 4,000-km
Northwest Passage, Jeff MacInnis. As an explorer and entrepreneur,
Mr. MacInnis is an excellent resource on the spirit of exploration.
In the exhibition hall were numerous examples of how technology
and innovation have merged with geoscience services. The exhibits
showcased many new exciting products, which are useful for
the geophysics profession.
"Some of the instrumentation used in the field suffers
a lot of abuse simply from being put on the ground for the
duration of one of our winters," said Mr. St. Onge. "Advances
in computer memory and chip design aid the recording of seismic
data. It is impressive to see the latest computer technology
adapted to small yet robust instruments."
Technology played a role in the success of this well organized
conference. The CSEG website and e-mail notices provided
a wealth of information to assist presenters, exhibitors and
registrants. This year, for the first time, there will not
be a hardcopy of abstracts from the convention.
In its place the CSEG has produced a $2 CD that contains all
of the abstracts. The cost to print a hardcopy is over $100
per book. This environmentally friendly, time and cost efficient
alternative is yet another example of the wonder of technology.
More than 75 volunteers donated their time and efforts to
ensure the success of the convention. The highlight had to
be the technical talks -- 110 sessions and poster papers over
Next year, CSEG will combine its convention with that of the
Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. The two organizations
will join forces to host the 2003 convention at the Round
Up Centre in Calgary.