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Paving the way for a new generation of engineers

August 28, 2018

By Ernest Granson   You’d think a degree in engineering, especially a petroleum related degree, would lead to a reasonably solid path towards a successful career. But for many engineering graduates from Canadian post secondary schools, the path created by


Advances in filtration and pumps giving operators more bang for their buck

July 11, 2018

By Jamie Zachary Pent-up demand for improved efficiency in oil and gas operations is leading to a new wave of innovation in filtration and pump technology – and you don’t have to look far to find it, with some of


GPS Awards Gala winners

June 29, 2018

The recent Global Petroleum Show Gala Awards shone the spotlight on those in the industry who are doing great things, with all the winners and honourable mentions gathering for a group photo (above). Here are the winners: The Leadership Award, which was


Alberta crude more likely destined for California than Asia

June 27, 2018

The nationalization of a crude oil export pipeline in western Canada has buoyed long-standing hopes for crude exports to markets beyond the United States – but the most likely destination for much of that oil is California. Faced with declining


How Kinder Morgan got Ottawa to pay for a pipeline

May 31, 2018

U.S. energy firm Kinder Morgan’s $4.5 billion sale of an oil pipeline to Canada’s government marked an extraordinary escape from months of fraught negotiations among warring camps of Canadian officials. But even before the bailout, the company had little to


CoalSwitch technology as a means to monetize forestry leftover bark

May 20, 2018

By Tony Kryzanowski As Western Canadian pulp and paper producers continue to face significant challenges to their long-term business prospects, from shrinking markets as the world becomes more digitized to a new tariff-friendly neighbour, the fact is that the profit


Can cosmic rays discover ore bodies?

May 17, 2018

By Ernest Granson In November of 2017, researchers confirmed the existence of a large, previously undiscovered void inside the 4,500-year-old Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt. The researchers used several sets of muon detectors inside and outside the pyramid to determine


One scientist is removing the permanence of plastic using cyanobacteria

April 15, 2018

By Ernest Granson While plastics are one of the most useful products of the modern era, their use has a significant downside because most mass-produced plastics don’t fully biodegrade. They disintegrate with exposure to air and sunlight into tiny particles,