The Oil Sands Innovation Summit takes place June 7 and 8 at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary, Alberta. The Summit has earned a reputation for bringing collaborators together to share, learn and discover the latest in innovations for improving environmental performance. Close to 800 attendees participated in last year’s summit.

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Industry Events

InsituSIM Webinar: An innovative cloud-based software to support the evaluation of new technologies and operating policies for in-situ oil sands facilities

October 16, 2018
Skype Webinar

In conjunction with Process Ecology and InnoTech, COSIA is hosting a webinar on October 16 (10am – 11am MST) to showcase the tool’s new functionality and new modelling support being offered by InnoTech Alberta.

Learn to use the InsituSIM Technology:
Enabling users to perform techno-economic evaluations of various configurations and operating conditions at oil sands in-situ facilities. InsituSIM is capable of simulating water treatment technologies as well as a selection of other key performance indicators.

More Than just GHG Reductions:
InsituSIM software is not only about GHG emissions reduction but also includes alternative water treatment technologies and it can be used to simulate multiple SAGD CPF configurations.

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68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference

October 28 - 31, 2018
Toronto, ON

Themed on engineering for a healthy and sustainable planet, the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, to be held to Toronto, Ontario, will be incorporated with the XXIX Interamerican Congress of Chemical Engineering. Registration opens in February 2018.

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Webinar: Bitumen Beyond Combustion

October 30, 2018
Skype Webinar 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us live for a webinar series on the untapped potential of Alberta’s oil sands to serve the needs of the world

When we think of oil sands and bitumen, we might picture a natural resource that is converted into gasoline, diesel fuel, and heating oil. These products release energy upon combustion, essential to industry and our lives.

But, are there potential uses of bitumen that are not combustion products and meet emerging global needs? Alberta Innovates and Stantec team up to answer just that in this webinar series bringing you insights from a major new initiative led by Alberta Innovates, called ‘Bitumen Beyond Combustion, (BBC)’.

Learn about potential BBC products that can be produced from oil sands bitumen on a large scale to serve emerging needs, strengthen and diversify Canada’s economy, and address sustainability.

The session will welcome questions and comments from the audience and conclude with a sneak peek of webinar 2 – Carbon Fibres & Uses (November 29th 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. MST)

• Nathan Ashcroft, Strategic Business Development - Energy & Resources, Stantec Engineering
• Paolo Bomben, Senior Manager, Clean Technology Development, Alberta Innovates
• Axel Meisen, Senior Advisor, Alberta Innovates

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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