“Walking a mile in our shoes”| Seismic in Motion for Students

Oct. 15, 2014

​Two hundred Calgary Board of Education students from five high schools (Ernest Manning, James Fowler, Lord Beaverbrook, John Diefenbaker and Robert Thirsk) recently had the opportunity to take part in the 2014 Seismic in Motion for Students event. This off-campus experience, held in the foothills of Alberta provided an opportunity to learn about future opportunities in the oil and gas seismic exploration industry. Seismic in Motion and is an innovative concept, designed to showcase key aspects of the seismic industry by way of outdoor demonstrations and real-life simulations using the progressive technology, and safety and environmental practices in place in the industry today.
This three-day annual event is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors (CAGC), Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation (CSEGF) Outreach Committee, and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Geophysical Committee. Seismic In Motion for Students is a unique model designed to educate and enlighten students to the realities of this workplace and the energy province they live in.
The week prior to the trip, an outreach committee volunteer briefs the students on careers in geophysics and related occupations in the seismic industry including acquisition, processing and interpretation. While on site, students are given hands-on, interactive demonstrations from experts in line-cutting and mulching, surveying, steep terrain climbing and rescue, remote medical services, helicopter support, drilling shot holes, explosives, generating signals with Vibroseis vehicles, laying out recording equipment, and recording seismic data.
Students left the day with a ‘real-world’ context to support their current learning, a stronger sense of the diverse career and life opportunities available to them upon graduation and a greater appreciation of the oil and gas exploration industry as a whole. The Calgary Board of Education is truly fortunate to work with community-minded organizations, such as the Canadian Association of Geophysicists Contractors and the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

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