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SME Session 8 - Oil and Gas Principles (OGP) 101 - Safety, Training & the Next Boom

Jun 20, 2011
1:15 AM - 3:30 AM
Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures
3608 - 33 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta
This event is currently not open for registration.
Health and Safety


PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada invites you to attend the eighth of a series of industry seminar/ webinars intended to help educate Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) about the upstream oil and gas industry.

OGP 101 Sessions – Are intended for SMEs who have had limited or no exposure to the oil and gas industry, or are looking to develop or demonstrate a new product or service to meet the needs of a changing industry. The objective of the forum is for SMEs to learn about the oil and gas industry’s technology needs and products currently being used, and about future demand for technologies and services, identifying where products they manage today might have application in the oil and gas industry and help identify where research should be targeted.

Session 8 – Safety, Training and the Next Boom – Over the past few decades the oil and gas industry in Canada, and globally, has experienced many changes. While oil and gas supply is not “running out”, industries ability to meet rapidly growing energy demands to produce oil, bitumen and gas from technically challenging resources is demanding. Ever growing environmental and regulatory constraints contributes to creating a challenging work environment.

During periods of high oil and gas prices, industry needs a broader range and more advanced level of skills. There is a demand for people to work in varied environments eg. head office; winter drilling operations; remote regions; and offshore platforms. Job stability and proactively managed careers in the industry are luxuries being experienced by an ever decreasing number of core personnel. The traditional industry labour source of young prairie farmers looking for supplemental income is decreasing and many experienced workers are retiring or seeking employment overseas to top up their retirement funds.

The change in employment conditions has created a greater need for improved technologies to rapidly train newcomers to the industry. It is crucial to maintain highly qualified workers and safety of the operations through re-training or cross-training of individuals to enhance skill levels. This session is intended to inform SMEs with potential technologies related to safety and training about the industry’s needs and potential opportunities.

PTAC, with the support of NRC-IRAP, is providing enhanced services to SMEs through the “Unleashing SME Innovation in the Hydrocarbon Industry Initiative”. This PTAC Seminar/ Webinar series is one of the many components of the initiative.

The goal of this PTAC initiative is to provide SMEs with some basic industry, technical and educational information on the needs of the hydrocarbon energy industry. In discussions with PTAC, SME members and other organizations including NRC-IRAP, it is evident that many SMEs have a keen interest in providing products and services to the oil and gas industry. Many SMEs would benefit by participating in seminar/ webinars to help them learn more about current and promising opportunities within the industry.

In hosting this series, PTAC hopes to help SMEs prepare for the upcoming boom to help meet the demand for new personnel and new training, safety products and services.

The seminar/ webinars can be attended in person, or participants can participate via the web, using interactive webinar technology.

Oil and Gas Fundamentals for Small & Medium-Sized Enterprises(SMEs)


1:15 – 1:30

Webinar login and in-person attendee registration

1:30 – 1:40

Introduction to PTAC and Oil and Gas Principles 101

1:40 – 2:00

Overview of the Safety and Training Issues in “Booms”

What is the Business Case for New Safety and Training Technologies for Oil and Gas?
Safety – What are the new safety issues being encountered by the industry as a result of new technologies? Where are new technologies needed? What types of new products might be needed?
Training – Training methods must accommodate the needs of young workers, as well as new Canadians learning English as a second language who may need to learn about oil and gas operations. Virtual training systems or internet training may fits meet the needs but must be offered to the right industry players at the right time and price.

2:00 – 2:20

What is Already Being Offered and How is it Being Delivered?

Delivering training and safety services/equipment in all industries has undergone significant changes over the years to meet the varied requirements of employers as well as the learning preferences of employees and potential employees. Enform and other organizations were created by industry to help support on-going training of oilfield workers and development of oil field practices for drilling, well completions and oilfield activities. How can new technology potentially support training and safety issues that are arising at an increasing pace?

2:20 – 2:40

Looking to the Future

The types of oil field workers needed by industry changes rapidly as energy prices vary and energy developments increase or reduce activities. The oil sands industry currently needs welders, steelworkers, instrument technicians, electricians, designers and environmental personnel, while the primary industry activity that requires seasonal drilling of wells on the prairies needs are at a lesser magnitude. Both segments of the industry are competing for the same people with skilled trades. New engineers and technologists are graduating in greater number to try to replace retiring workers, but often they graduate without any actual hands-on experience in oil and gas operations. What are the projections for the number of workers required and the skills needed?

2:40 – 3:30

Mini-Panel & Discussion – Presenters will respond to questions from webinar and in person attendees. SMEs with experiences in supplying or developing technologies for safety and training are encouraged to contribute questions, comments or observations.

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