2014 Workshops

In conjunction with the COSIA Water Conference, we are pleased to offer four half-day learning workshops on mining and in situ oil sands water fundamentals and technical challenges, and on monitoring water quality impacts.

These workshops, held the day prior to the two-day COSIA Water Conference, will help bring new and recent professionals and students working in this area up to speed on current issues, technologies and approaches. The workshops are $250 each and include coffee and lunch. Space is limited, so please register early.

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Morning Workshops 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Oil Sands 101 – Mining & In Situ Water Fundamentals

This course is essential for anyone new to the oil sands, offering an introduction to water issues in oil sands mining and in situ production. The course will provide a broad overview of the oil sands history, current development, and its global context, before focusing on water in the oil sands for mine and in situ production. Water in the oil sands will be explored in the context of obtaining, using, and cleaning it for reuse or return. Finally, the course will provide an overview of current and emerging water policy issues, and highlight current challenges/hot topics everyone new to the oil sands should be aware of.

Oil Sands 103 – Design of Monitoring Programs

This course, presented by Dr. Kelly Munkittrick from COSIA, will provide an overview of the essential questions to ask for designing a monitoring program. The design of the course is primarily philosophical, and based on Dr. Munkittrick’s experience in designing regional monitoring frameworks in eight different countries and in five regions of Canada. It focuses on 10 specific aspects to focus on during program development, including the philosophical differences and limitations of different monitoring approaches and different receptors (i.e. community versus population versus individual). It will also address issues of appropriate sampling designs, power analysis, replication and statistical approaches which apply to any environmental monitoring program. Interpretation of monitoring data can be challenging and participants will learn how to consider confounding factors, natural variability, ecological relevance and pseudoreplication. The course will cover issues related to interpreting study results, and warning signs and issues related to interpreting other peoples’ data, and the future direction that monitoring is heading. While much of the data will examine fish, benthic invertebrates and water quality, the principles are easily applied to any environmental program.

Afternoon Workshops 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Oil Sands 201 – In Situ Water Fundamentals

This course is a continuation of the Oil Sands 101 morning session (also offered at the 2012 CONRAD water conference). It is also relevant for those who already have an understanding of basic water use at in situ facilities. In Oil Sands 201, we will dive deeper into water issues extending from the basic flow sheet for standard through to ZLD designs. We will examine issues including boilers and boiler feed requirements, treatment options such as softening, RO, and emerging desalination as well as managing waste streams from concentrated brines, and lime sludge, to emulsions. The intent is to provide a more detailed examination of water use for in situ production and the challenges in obtaining, using and cleaning it for disposal or reuse.      

Oil Sands 202 – Mining

This course is a continuation of the Mining 101 Workshop held at CONRAD 2012 or for those who have an understanding of basic water use at mine sites. In Oil Sands 202, we will dive deeper into design and ongoing operational issues including: planning and use of site water; depressurization management including salt accumulation; treatment (physical, chemical & biological) for reuse and/or discharge; and tailings management issues from the perspective of water (rather than clay) management. The course will also examine challenges including aquifer management, water liability as it may interface with MFSP and finally review reclamation issues and the reconstruction of watersheds with good water quality.