Wetland BMP Knowledge Exchange
November 21, 2018
Wetlands are a critical and valued component of boreal landscapes in northeastern Alberta. They also comprise a significant proportion of operational tenures within the in-situ oil sands region. The COSIA Land Environmental Priority Area initiated this project to create an inventory of shared practices, improve knowledge sharing, clarify knowledge gaps, and identify opportunities for innovation.Read More
The result was a wetland shared practices toolbox which summarized several common and uncommon practices into field ready factsheets. These factsheets provide an easy and effective tool for sharing information within and between companies. Common practices included pre-planning efforts to understand wetland characteristics, use of culverts, and use of geosynthetics to improve bearing capacity. Uncommon practices included the use of corduroy in road and pad construction, use of rock drains to improve drainage, and use of piles to support culverts during road or pad settlement. Providing pads and roads time for consolidation during construction was a practice that has increased in use due to it providing improved effectiveness and reliability.
A series of core opportunities to improve practices were also highlighted through this work. These included:
* Training of staff to identify different wetland types and enhance use of existing digital products that identify wetland types.
* Adopting a staged approach to constructing pads and roads where possible to enable peat consolidation and encourage strengthening of the peat foundation.
* Considering the frequency of drainage structures, such as culverts, along roads.
* Developing an operational field guide for operating in and around wetlands.
* Continuing to identify opportunities to minimize footprint and/or improve the resilience of footprints that are placed on wetlands.
The project recommendations will be used to inform future study on reducing in situ oil sands impacts within wetlands. Ultimately, this project is one step in the process of broadening the application of best practices for working in and around wetlands within the sector.
Webinar - Bitumen Beyond Combustion (Webinar #2) - Carbon Fibres & Uses
November 29, 2018
Series Background: This 4-part webinar series is designed to provide an overview of the recent BBC study, Bitumen Beyond Combustion - Phase 2 Report, conducted by Stantec Consulting for Alberta Innovates which addresses the potential for using bitumen as inputs to non-combustionproducts. View the Report. Alberta Innovates is leading this new initiative called Bitumen Beyond Combustion (BBC) that is advancing the development of non-combustion products (carbon fibres, asphalts, polymers, etc.) from Alberta bitumen.Read More
Building on the Introduction to Bitumen Beyond Combustion webinar COSIA hosted in partnership with Alberta Innovates and Stantec Consulting, this follow-up webinar (and the second webinar in the series) will address carbon fibres and their uses.
Bitumen Beyond Combustion (Part 2) - Carbon Fibres & Uses
This session will kick off with an overview of what carbon fibres are and discuss markets, trends, and the significant potential of carbon fibres in the future. We will look at carbon fibre production from existing feedstocks as well as potentially from Oil Sands derived feedstocks, manufacturing locations, and associated social and environmental aspects. We will cast light on business numbers, technology readiness levels, and offer insights on key issues and leading opportunities. We’ll conclude with questions & answers and a sneak peek of webinar 3 - Asphalt Transportation (January 31, 2019, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.)
Nathan Ashcroft, Strategic Business Development - Energy & Resources, Stantec Engineering
Paolo Bomben, Senior Manager, Clean Technology Development, Alberta Innovates
Axel Meisen, Senior Advisor, Alberta Innovates
International Oil Sands Tailings Conference (IOSTC '18)
December 09 - 12, 2018
University of Alberta
The University of Alberta Geotechnical Centre and the Oil Sands Tailings Research Facility are pleased to be hosting the Sixth International Oil Sands Tailings Conference IOSTC '18) in Edmonton, Alberta.Read More
This conference is the premier platform for oil sands operators, consultants, regulators and academia to present and learn about oil sands tailings management state of practise, recent technological advancements and novel research. The scope of this year’s event included invited speakers and select technical presentations on topics including innovations in tailings management and dewatering technologies, regulatory policy and guidelines, mine waste structure integrity and closure/reclamation considerations.
Bitumen Beyond Combustion (Part 3) – Asphalt Transportation
January 31, 2019
Thursday, January 31, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. MSTRead More
Alberta Innovates is leading a new initiative called Bitumen Beyond Combustion (BBC) that is advancing the development of non-combustion products (e.g. carbon fibres, asphalts, polymers, etc.) from Alberta bitumen.
Building on the Introduction to Bitumen Beyond Combustion webinar COSIA hosted in partnership with Alberta Innovates and Stantec Consulting, this follow-up webinar (and the third webinar in the series) will address asphalt transportation.
The Asphalt Transportation webinar will provide an overview of asphalt composition, transportation and key definitions; and expand on domestic as well as global markets, demand, and trends for asphalt. It will present a business case focused on pricing, infrastructure, and transportation economics to advance audience understanding of the social and environmental aspects, technology readiness levels nationally and globally, and share thoughts on key issues and leading opportunities. It will conclude with a question answer session and a sneak peak of webinar 4 – Polymers (February 28, 2019, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. MST)
Series Background: This 4-part webinar series was designed to provide an overview of the recent BBC study, Bitumen Beyond Combustion - Phase 2 Report, conducted by Stantec Consulting for Alberta Innovates which addresses the potential for using bitumen as inputs to non-combustion products.