This past week I was with the team at the Hart Energy DUG Canada show in Calgary spending time further educating myself on the latest activities in the Alberta Bakken. Other big focuses of the show were Canadian Oil Sands exploration, production growth and the hoped for approval from the US State Department for the Keystone Pipeline.
As exploration and production in the shale play expands to the Canadian Rockies, issues of remoteness, extreme temperature and lack of cellular coverage plague oilfield companies. Geoforce also decided the show in Calgary was the place to publicize the release of the GT-1, our new purpose-built and soon-to-be globally certified GPS device. The small, but rugged, enclosure and intrinsic safety ratings provide durable protection from extreme temperatures, forces and chemicals. Pending international certifications (IECEX, Anatel and ATEX), along with the use of the Globalstar L.E.O. satellite network, take the pain out of doing business across borders. On Monday, we had a GT-1 launch dinner at The Palomino, where we dined on what we decided must be the best barbeque in Canada. We spent the evening in good company and it turned out to be a great opportunity to better understand our customers’ needs and the unique problems facing the Canadian oil and gas market. It was an exciting week and I look forward to following the developments emerging with our neighbors to the north.