January 3, 2020

After a few days to relax, read, ski and other holiday activities I started to reflect on the challenging times the oil and gas industry has faced over the past few years.  Lots of colleagues have gone several years without remunerative work in the field they love.  Th...

November 10, 2019


Writing blog posts is an interesting process.  There is the composition of the post itself:  the identification of a kernel of a subject, drafting a post, editing the post and finally publishing it.  And then, once you have sent it out into the world, the rea...

October 30, 2019

Petcinemetary - Podbean

This article is the last of a three part series.  Part 1: The Circle of Life (in the Canadian Oil Patch) can be found here.  Part 2: You're Going to Need a Bigger Boat can be found here.

If you have read this far, you probably either agree that th...

October 29, 2019

This article is part 2 of a series.  Part 1: The Circle of Life (in the Canadian Oil Patch) discusses some of the causes of the employment crisis in the Canadian oil patch and may be found here.

Like mammals at the end of the Mesozoic, there are a few junior...

October 28, 2019


This article is the first in a three part series on the roots of the employment crisis in the western Canadian oil patch, a possible path forward and, to wrap up, key workflow steps that might help.

Let me begin by...

October 12, 2018

No matter how good a cook you are or how well equipped your kitchen, going out to a nice restaurant is an important part of your dining mix.  In some ways, being a great home chef allows you to better appreciate the efforts of a professional.

Excellent chefs have severa...

August 16, 2018

There is a lot of buzz about the Marten Hills Clearwater Heavy Oil play.  And for good reasons.  The play is extensive and has intriguing cost structure and reservoir attributes (5-25 m net pay, 20% to 30% effective porosity, 50% oil saturation, 5 to 500 mill...

August 14, 2018

When it comes to understanding the subsurface, very few direct measurements are available to us.  We can capture values for pressure, temperature, conductivity, density, neutron energy levels, sound waves, mud weight, weight on bit.  There might be a few more but not m...

August 5, 2018

Is like trying to start your car with the cigarette lighter.  Yes, the electrical system is needed to start the car. Yes, the lighter is connected to the electrical system. Yes, if you push the lighter in, it makes a neato pop and gives off heat.

But no. Pushi...

May 31, 2018

As my Clastic Sedimentology professor, “Cactus” Jack Lerbekmo, would stress to our class, “Geology is a descriptive science.”  To be useful, your terminology must be clear.  Imprecise or outdated nomenclature should be revised or abandoned.  Such is the case with the U...

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