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Board of Director Volunteer Required:
The Vice President of the Board of Directors is the second-ranking board member and stands as the president-elect Duties include:
- The Vice President is a voting member of the Executive who will Act as the president/chair in his or her absence; assists the president on specified duties
- Learn duties of the President and keep informed on key issues
- Act as one of the signing officers for cheques and other official documents
- Understands the CGDMS organization and assists in filling volunteer positions
- Assist in Member relations and industry collaboration
~ 4-5 hours per month
Committees Volunteers Required:
- Communication (OPEN) – act as a liaison between the Committees and the Board to ensure information is getting where it is needed.
- Membership (OPEN) – promote membership in the industry and on our LinkedIn platform.
- Sponsorship (OPEN) – build and maintain a relationship with our current sponsors as well as seek out additional sponsors.
I have the pleasure of being a founding member of the Calgary Geoscience Data Managers Network and then Society since the beginning with Sean Callaghan. That was about 10 years ago, and I have learned so much since then. I have been able to get experience in every role in the CGDMS. Volunteering has created opportunities and connections that I had never imagined.
What I do in the Petroleum Industry is valuable and it saves companies time and money. It is sometimes hard to articulate that value to employers, but I think that if we stand together, we can use the same value proposition to get the message out there. The time and cost of data specialists is much less expensive to a company that the time and cost of a geoscientist trying to manage the data as well as find oil and gas.
Early in my career I learned about ‘Best Practices’ and ‘Continuous Improvement’ and have tried my best to implement those in my everyday life and to share them with my colleagues. The other thing I learned is that you cannot create an efficiency by simply moving the work to someone else – you must analyze it and make it better. Asking a service provider to follow a poor process that makes work for them or a service provider sending a product that makes more work for a tech or data manager is not creating an efficiency or best practice. The CGDMS was initiated to help start the discussion between all of us to create true efficiencies and continuously improve. We all depend on the data and we are all looking for ways to save time and money!
Please join me and the CGDMS Team to continuously adapt how we bring value to our members and our industry. We need input from all our members to move forward and stay current, especially in these challenging times.
The Calgary Geoscience Data Manager Society (CGDMS) started with Sean Callaghan, a former surveyor and person who gathered geoscience technicians and technologists to talk about common problems and issues. It was Sean’s desire to share with others, that fostered the creation of this society. Today, CGDMS is a society for geoscience technicians, technologists and data managers, all of whom touch, use and manipulate geoscience data as it evolves from being just data, to information and knowledge used to find and develop oil and gas resources. Whether it be seismic data, well-log data, thin sections or laboratory measurements of rocks, the data collected is used to enhance information and knowledge and thereby mitigate future drilling risk. Technicians, technologists, and data managers play a vital role in this process.
The society continues to foster comradery and the sharing of knowledge through its newsletter and educational sessions. None of this is possible without the dedication and support of the society’s volunteers. With the Annual General Meeting forthcoming on September 15th, the society needs volunteers. A list of open positions is noted below. We encourage you to volunteer and to make a difference. This society is whatever you make it to be. The society is here to serve, support and share but we cannot do it without you!
As a frequent and recurring volunteer for the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG), I learned a lot about myself and expanded my skills as I volunteered in numerous roles and capacities. I grew as a person! I also accomplished a lot for the society working beside my colleagues.
The time is now for the members of the CGDMS to step up to the plate and volunteer to make a difference. Make the society what you want it to be. Who knows, you may learn something about yourself and grow personally through the experience.
Doug Uffen, P. Geoph (APEGA), P. Geo (APEGBC)
CGDMS Board Member
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Most of us are working from home these days and our personal computer systems are more important than ever. Eric Keyser, geophysicist, has documented a method of setting up a personal cloud system for a very modest cost. We all have data to manage. We have put this on our website – check it out here and on the Resources Page!