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Welcome New Volunteers!!!
Thank you for being a part of the Calgary Symposium, we truly appreciate each of you.
Our team met today and made the difficult decision, given the current COVID situation in the city, to postpone this year’s Calgary Symposium to January 18-19, 2022. This decision was not made lightly but the health and safety of our community is of utmost importance. We are planning a copy/paste postpone of the event, and your benefits will pass along to these new dates. If these new dates are a challenge for you, please let us know.
Thank you for your patience with us during these challenging times. We look forward to seeing you all in person when it’s safe.
Elise Sommer – Senior Community Development Coordinator
PPDM, Professional Petroleum Data Management Association2
In an effort to make lives a tiny bit easier we are happy to gather multiple educational opportunities, short courses, events, online learning and webinars from the following organizations and most are hyperlinked to registration for ease of use. If you have an event that may be of interest send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
- CGDMS ~ Calgary GeoScience Data Managers Society
- CSEG ~ Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
- CSPG ~ Canadian Society of Petroleum Geoscientists
- PPDM ~ Professional Petroleum Data Management Association
- PUG ~ Petroleum Users Group
- CSUR ~ Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources
- SPE ~ Society of Petroleum Engineers
- DAMA ~ DA Management Association International – Calgary Chapter
- GeoWomen ~ GeoWomen.org
- APEGA ~ Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
- ASET ~ Association Of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals Of Alberta
- ARMA ~ Alberta Records Management Association
- CWLS ~ Canadian Well Logging Society
- CAGC ~ Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors
- CAPP ~ Calgary Association of Petroleum Producers
- KEGS ~ Canadian Exploration Geological Society
- AGS ~ Atlantic Geological Survey
- GSC ~ Geological Survey of Canada
- PDAC ~ Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada
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CGDMS is working on generating new benefits for our members and volunteers. We are actively working on developing arrangements with partners to provide benefits for our members.
CGDMS is also looking for volunteers to help out with our current and future initiatives.
- Staying connected with people who share common interests and work experiences
- Experience in team projects and team building
- Networking opportunities with others in the industry and in other industries.
- Advanced training in Zoom and LinkedIn, and other platforms as the need arises.
- Becoming proficient with Board operations and etiquette.
- Opportunities for project and people management to increase your skillset
- Being on the frontline of new technologies and information regarding our industry and data management, as well as new and emerging industries.
- Being visible in your skills and expertise to potential employers.
- Opportunity to be a leader and set direction for our profession in the future.
The next 26 years were spent learning about holding meetings, beneficial leadership, planning, conflict resolution, team building, Non-profit procedures, the list goes on as well as becoming a trainer. That was and still is my greatest volunteer endeavor at 26 years and counting as a member of Scouts Canada. Beyond the profound satisfaction of the knowledge that one has the power to make another’s moment in time easier and more tolerable while increasing my skillsets, learning how to apply various skills in different working environments. Works well for me!
Approximately 7 years ago a very good friend approached me about ideas and advice regarding the founding of a formal society with only one goal – to share information to make the daily lives of data managers from all sectors of the energy industry a little easier. It’s all a little more complicated than that however I can share that as the treasurer I have stayed in touch in some small way with industry changes and growth. Today I enjoy learning all manner of new ways to create web sites and share information. I don’t have the power to create jobs or fill the positions but information in all of its forms has value and the CGDMS has given as much to me as I have to the society.
The power of volunteers is a mighty force when they believe! I have greatly enjoyed my volunteering life and as I approach retirement I look forward to so much more enrichment through many different avenues.
The CGDMS is looking for some motivated people .....
Being involved with the CGDMS over the past 6 years has been a great experience and an even better tool to stay in touch with the industry. It’s truly amazing that we can touch on so many different disciplines in the energy industry. Keeping a great strategy of transferable skills and having access to a great network is more beneficial than ever. Consider joining our team with CGDMS and help shape the changing world we live in.
~ Education Committee Member
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New Assessment Tool Helps Determine Who Needs Permit to Practice
The Professional Governance Act has introduced the requirement for Engineers and Geoscientists BC to regulate firms that engage in the practice of professional engineering or geoscience. Firms will be required to register for a Permit to Practice with Engineers and Geoscientists BC beginning July 2, 2021 and must complete their registration before September 30, 2021.
We understand that Alberta Health Services is urgently looking for multiple people to help input and manage COVID19 data being collected. For those of us who have time on our hands who are looking for a data management role with purpose – this is a great opportunity! This role was found on Indeed. We will post more details as they become available.
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!