Connie Downs-Ciccoria, President, Lorrnel Consultants, Calgary
Andy Ciccoria, General Manager, Lorrnel Consultants, Calgary
Don Pope, Operations Forester, Alberta Pacific Forest Industries Inc.
Dr. David Wishart, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Biological Sciences and founder, BioTools, University of Alberta
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ITEM:1TITLE: Connie Downs-Ciccoria, President, Lorrnel Consultants, Calgary & Andy Ciccoria, General Manager, Lorrnel Consultants, Calgary
SUBJECT: #40 New Seismic Techniques for ILM
SYNOPSIS: In the old days, seismic lines could almost be called rough roads ploughed in straight lines across the Alberta landscape as part of the exploration for oil and gas reserves in the province. Today, the pressure is mounting to reduce that heavy footprint on the landscape. New technology and pressure from the forest industry has helped speed along the development of smaller seismic lines. Connie Downs-Ciccoria and Andy Cicorria run a consulting firm to the energy industry in Calgary, Lorrnel Consultants. They have been instrumental promoting low impact seismic practices with their clients. Using a variety of new techniques as diverse as heliportable drills and backpacks, crews are now able to reduce seismic lines from 8 meters wide to as little as one and a half meters. This significantly reduces the number of trees that have to be cut to make way for seismic activity.
ITEM:2TITLE: Don Pope, Operations Forester, Alberta Pacific Forest Industries Inc.
SUBJECT: #40 Putting ILM into Practice
SYNOPSIS: With the great expansion in heavy oil activity in northeastern Alberta, Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries stands to lose a great deal of its timber to the energy industry. Between seismic lines, road building, and installation of well sites, energy threatens to become a bigger logger than the forest industry. Don Pope has worked on some innovative plans to bring the two conflicting industries together to practice Integrated Landscape Management. One involves a rebate on salvage timber for companies using low impact seismic techniques. Another involves working directly with the energy companies to develop harvest and reclamation plans with them.
ITEM:3TITLE: Dr. David Wishart, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Biological Sciences and founder, BioTools, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #40 Bioinformatics
SYNOPSIS: Bioinformatics is a new discipline that brings together biologists and information technologists, two groups that often don't see eye to eye. Originally trained in physics, Dr. David Wishart found he also had an interest in biology, and began to work on computer programs that could help him organize and analyze his research data more effectively. This led to the formation of the first bioinformatics company called BioTools. Today, the University of Alberta is a world leader in bioinformatics and jobs in this quickly evolving field can bring lucrative salaries that push a hundred thousand dollars. In August, 2002, Edmonton will host a large world conference on Bioinformatics.