29th Annual CREWES Sponsors Meeting

There are only 7 days until the next Sponsors Meeting.

As a CREWES industry sponsor representative, we hope that you are planning to attend our annual CREWES Sponsor Meeting which is being held November 29 to December 1 and/or the courses to be held on December 2.

This meeting wil be our 29th Annual meeting, and promises to be a meeting filled with fun and networking, and of course a lot of great research presentations!

The meeting will once again be held at the Banff Park Lodge, approximately 130 kilometres west of of Calgary Calgary in Banff National Park.(click here for driving directions). The Saturday courses will be held on the main campus of the University of Calgary.

The general program for the Sponsors Meeting is as follows:

November 29 7:30 PM Reception and Registration (sponsorship opportunities available)
November 30 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Technical session
December 1 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Technical session
December 2 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM CREWES Short Courses
(start times are still tentative, may change by 1/2 hour each way)

The technical program is now available, please see link below.

Meeting and Course Registration

If you will be attending the meeting and/or any of the Saturday courses, please register by contacting Laura Baird at labaird@ucalgary.ca or calling 403-220-8863.

Room Registration

A block of rooms has been reserved for the meeting, but the rooms are only being held until mid October before they are being released back to the general public, so please book your room early to avoid disappointment.

Attendees can call 800-661-9266 and mention the CREWES conference November 29 to December 2, 2017 or booking ID 25336 to make a guest room reservation at the preferred rate. You may also make a reservation by going to www.banffparklodge.com and selecting "Conferences & Events" and then "Group guest room bookings"

Enter Group ID: 25336

Password: 449

Find Group, then follow the on-screen booking procedure instructions.

Please note that rates are also valid 2 days pre & post the conference room block days of November 29, & December 2, but anyone wishing to arrive before these dates or stay after must call the hotel's 800 number to make the reservation.

Room rates are $115.00 Canadian per day. As in years past, we have arranged a meal plan for attendees of the meeting. The plan will cover breakfast and lunch as well as the Thursday night banquet. Actual price for the meal plan will be released as we get closer to the meeting. Parking cost of $10.00/day is extra.

Short Courses, December 2

As in years past, we will be offering three free short courses to our sponsor representatives on the Saturday after the sponsors meeting. This year the courses will be held Saturday December 2nd and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Calgary's main campus in the Earth Sciences Building. Course titles and their synopses are as follows:

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Quantum algorithms for seismic problems (new course)

Synopsis: In this course we introduce the concepts of quantum computing, emphasizing the potential benefits to applied seismology. The goals of the course will be (1) to explain how quantum computing algorithms are designed, and (2) to provide some simple Matlab codes which simulate quantum algorithms on standard computers. After introducing the logical concept of quantum gates, we will emphasize algorithms for: quantum database searching, quantum Fourier transforms, quantum wavelet transforms, and quantum finite difference modelling of wave propagation.

(Instructor: Shahpoor Moradi).

11:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m. - Implementation of Least squares migration for Kirchhoff and RTM (new course)

Synopsis: During this workshop we will discuss the theoretical and practical aspects of Kirchhoff and RTM least squares migrations. We will examine in detail how to implement simple versions of least squares Reverse time migration.

For the implementation we will use open source software madagascar.

(Instructor: Daniel Trad).

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Modelling the response of straight and helical DAS fibres (new course)

Synopsis: Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) systems can be configured to act as quasi-continuous seismic receivers. The sensitivity of the fibre is such that only the component of longitudinal strain (or strain-rate) in the direction of the axis of the fibre registers. This means the fibre signal depends on the angle at which waves impinge, the type of impinging wave, and the shape of the fibre itself. Currently straight and helical-wound fibres are commercially available. In this course we will make use of some simple Matlab tools to model the shape of a fibre, and to understand and quantify its broadside and non-broadside responses to simple seismic motions. The effect of DAS gauge-length (which defines DAS inline spatial bandwidth) will be considered also.

(Instructor: Kris Innanen).

Please note that we do reserve the right to cancel the courses due to low enrollment.

Directions (How do I get to the Banff Park Lodge?)

For maps and information on transportation from Calgary, click here.

For additional information on transportation from the Calgary International Airport, click here.

Driving Directions from Calgary International Airport to Banff Park Lodge, Banff, Alberta

  1. Leaving the airport, turn left (North) onto Barlow Trail
  2. Follow Barlow Trail to Airport Trail NE and turn left (West)
  3. Exit right (North) onto Deerfoot Trail (Highway 2)
  4. Exit onto Stoney Trail West (Highway 201)
  5. Take exit 36 for Highway 1 (Trans Canada Highway) West towards Banff (approximately 110 Km)
  6. Take the second exit towards Banff
  7. Turn left onto Mt Norquay Rd (signs for Banff)
  8. Continue onto Gopher St/Lynx St
  9. Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel & Conference Centre, 222 Lynx Street, Banff, Alberta


Paid parking is available at the hotel for registered guests. Please inquire at the check-in desk. For attendees who are not staying at the Banff Park Lodge, parking is available on the street near the hotel, there is a parking lot beside the hospital, and there is a parkade a block away next to Nesters.

Visa Requirements

There are some procedures if you are an international visitor that requires a visa to enter Canada. Please fill out THIS form if you require a visa (areas to complete are the "international visitor information" and the "external financial assistance" sections). Please send the form back to Laura Baird at labaird@ucalgary.ca along with a copy of the biographical page of your passport. The University of Calgary's immigration consultants and HR teams will then review the assessment forms and assist in writing invitation letters for you to attend the meeting. The invitation letters are needed your visa applications. Please note that visa applications to enter Canada may take upwards of two months, so please apply early so that you can attend the meeting!

Please note that attendance is dependent on sponsoring company fees for 2017 being paid prior to the start of the meeting.

Please reserve your rooms as soon as possible
We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 CREWES Sponsors Meeting!

Further information will be included at this site as it becomes available