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Bringing Watson to the mines

IBM announced they are working with Goldcorp Inc. to bring IBM Watson technology to the Canadian mining industry for the first time. The Vancouver-based gold producer will initially use cognitive technology for its exploration targeting efforts in its Red Lake, Ont. mine.

Canadian oil and gas companies reduce headcount by 50% during downturn

According to a new EY market study, 81% of oil and gas companies that reduced headcount by between 25% and 30% during the downturn reported the highest level of reorganization success.

Cleanup of oil spill in Saskatchewan cost $107 million, Husky Energy says

A major oil pipeline spill last year in Saskatchewan cost $107 million to clean up, a $17-million increase from a September estimate of $90 million, according to pipeline operator Husky Energy of Calgary.

Rising oil production makes Alberta fastest growing provincial economy

Alberta is poised to have the strongest economic growth in 2017 mainly due to fast-rising oil production, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Provincial Outlook: Winter 2017. Former leaders, British Columbia and Ontario, will see the pace of economic growth ease this year, but they will still deliver a solid performance.

Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) has new identity

The Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) introduced a new visual brand identity and website emphasizing the growth of the society.

Alberta Energy Regulator names companies falling behind on safety

The Alberta Energy Regulator is making it easier for the public to see which oil and gas companies are falling behind on pipeline safety.

Fatality at Westwood, QC

IAMGOLD Corporation deeply regrets to report the death of an employee this morning at its Westwood Mine in Quebec.

Oilsands leaner from downturn – technology replacing jobs

Tens of thousands of oil and gas workers laid off during the downturn have been waiting for the patch to get back on its feet, but many of the jobs could be gone for good, reports the Canadian Press. But now, a rapid change in technology is a making an impact on the job market across the sector. Energy analysts say the growth of automation and other labour-saving efficiencies could hold back many jobs from returning with the economic recovery. For instance, two people sitting inside a control van and monitoring the automated systems can now handle the job of 30 shale rig hands. » Read full article

Surface array flex probe for non-destructive testing

Zetec’s new eddy-current Surface Array Flex Probe delivers fast, accurate inspections in complex NDT applications including oil and gas, mining, and power generation. Its flexible surface design and proprietary X-Probe coil technology allow it to conform to a variety of surface variations and irregularities. » Read full article

Thermal imager with rotating screen

The Fluke TIX580 60HZ Thermal Imager with SuperResolution features a rotating screen of 240°. It lets you easily maneuver around objects and the 5.7-inch screen gives you 150% viewing area. » Read full article

Sealed version of largest ISO spherical roller bearing

Schaeffler has developed the world’s first sealed 241/1250 spherical roller bearing. Featuring an outside diameter of nearly two metres, the ultra-large 241/1250 bearing was specifically designed for the highest-capacity High Pressure Grinding Roll Crushers (HPGRs) used by the mining industry. The sealed bearing is designed to prevent crushing materials from contaminating its internal components. » Read full article

IFPE 2017

Date: March 7 - 11, 2017
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Canadian Energy Forum 2017

Date: March 9, 2017
Location: Calgary
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CIM 2017 Convention

Date: April 30 – May 3, 2017
Location: Montreal
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