In conjunction with the COSIA Innovation Summit, we are pleased to offer two half-day learning workshops on Tailings Management and Monitoring Needs.

These workshops, held the day prior to the three-day COSIA Innovation Summit, 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.

Monday, March 30, 2015

8:00am – 12:00pm
Oilsands Tailings Management

A significant research program at Natural Resources Canada on oil sands tailings included in-house activities, extensive contributions to the Fine Tailings Fundamentals Consortium, as well as a wide range of reports specific to certain company operations. This research is in some ways more relevant today than when it was originally undertaken. This short course is designed to quickly bring oilsands tailings newcomers up to speed with important previous work and to remind veterans of relevant previous work that may have been forgotten.

1:00pm – 5:00pm
Industry-defined Research Needs and Challenges related to Monitoring in the Oil Sands Region

COSIA has recently completed a two year strategic planning exercise to define gaps and opportunities related to accelerating the pace of improvement in environmental performance in the oil sands. Environmental monitoring plays a critical role in evaluating performance, and a large proportion of the current external monitoring research is focused on areas and issues that are not actionable by the industry. The goal of this presentation is to enable better uptake of research results by clarifying some common misconceptions and better communicating end-user driven research needs related to key monitoring issues in the oil sands. It is hoped that research will be more actionable if there is a better communication from industry about their context, concerns, objectives and realities. The focus of recent oil sands monitoring initiatives and research will be examined, with an emphasis on exploring opportunity areas and challenges related to monitoring in the oil sands. The objective of the presentation will be to contextualize oil sands monitoring research needs in terms of priorities for relevant, actionable research.