|One Summit to Another
Top, the TELUS Next Generation Project team; and bottom,
the cracker cleaning NOVA Chemicals teams.
BY TARA MADDEN
Public Relations Coordinator
Two 2004 APEGGA Summit Award winners will be recognized at
the 2004 ASTech Awards.
The TELUS Next Generation Network Project has been announced
as a finalist for the Outstanding Achievement in Applied
Technology and Innovation Award, presented by the Alberta
Science and Technology Leadership Foundation. The NGN Project
was awarded the Project Achievement Award at the APEGGA Summit
Awards, held April 23 in Edmonton.
The NGN Project is an industry-leading engineering accomplishment,
involving conception, planning, design and implementation
of a carrier-class single IP-based network to carry all forms
of communications traffic, including voice, data and video.
The NGN provides the infrastructure required to reduce TELUS’s
network costs while bringing a variety of enhanced capabilities
and services to customers. Eventually, it will eliminate
the need for separate networks for voice, data and entertainment
In 2003 TELUS completed the network infrastructure and has
since been migrating voice traffic onto the network.
Another Summit Award winner, NOVA Chemicals, has been announced
by ASTech as the recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Commercial
Achievement in Alberta Science and Technology Award. This
award is given to deserving corporations having gross sales
equal to or greater than $25 million per annum.
NOVA Chemicals received the Alberta Ingenuity Fund Research
Excellence Award at the 2004 Summit Awards for the company’s
significant and innovative contributions in the area of limiting
formation and deposition of catalytic coke on steam cracking
The technology developed by NOVA Chemicals has resulted
in a new method of modifying the surface of a stainless steel
matrix to obtain a surface that is inert to coke formation
or deposition in steam crackers. Over the years, this technology
has gone from the idea stage to full commercialization and
has improved the typical run length from 30 days to over
Since the beginning of 2003, the technology has been offered
commercially and is being marketed worldwide. It represents
the most advanced surface science chemistry and is the best
product on the market to reduce coke formation and deposition
during the steam cracking process.
Five other APEGGA members also made the list of ASTech finalists
and recipients for 2004. Dr. Hassan Hamza, P.Eng., has been
announced as the recipient of the Syncrude/ASTech Innovation
in Oil Sands Research Prize. Stephen Kirkham, APEGGA student
member, and Dr. Shelley Lissel, P.Eng., are finalists for
the Leaders of Tomorrow Award.
Dr. Gerard Lachapelle, P.Eng., is a finalist for the Outstanding
Leadership in Technology Award, and Dr. David T. Lynch, P.Eng.,
is a finalist for the Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta
Science and Technology Community Award.
APEGGA is a gold sponsor of the 2004 ASTech Awards, which
will be presented at a black tie gala Oct. 15 at the Shaw
Conference Centre in Edmonton.