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The spring sitting of the Alberta legislature was adjourned before Bill 23: Professional Governance Act could be passed. Bill 23 is planned to replace several existing acts and regulations, including the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act. This will more than likely lead to a delay in the planned timing of early 2023 when the act was expected to take effect. APEGA is working with government representatives to determine what changes will be required based on the new act, and this work will continue, as well as any actions required before the fall sitting of the legislature on October 31, 2022.
The new PPMP (Professional Practice Management Plan) Practice Standard came into effect on May 1, 2022. There is a one-year period until May 1, 2023, for permit holders to update their PPMPs to reflect the new practice standard. Details, including templates and the complete practice standard, are available on the APEGA website at https://www.apega.ca/about-apega/publications/standards-guidelines/ppmp.
The updated practice standard includes the updated standards for relying on the work of others as well as the new authentication standard. It is noteworthy that more detailed consideration to the handling of Professional Work Products is part of the new PPMP standard. This may directly impact members of the CGDMS, and a quick look at the PPMP guide is recommended.
Have a good and safe summer!
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 email@example.com
- 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 CGDMS has a new Education Resource!
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It would be great if you would consider linking to our course page at https://www.futurelearn.com/career-advice/grow-your-digital-skills
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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
Look here for information coming soon……
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!