Student-Industry Field Trip

Although SIFT 2020 is postponed for now, Lea Kirch provided us with memories of SIFT 2019. Lea participated as the Acadia rep on this CSPG-sponsored introduction to the energy business in Alberta. Here is what she wrote:

At the end of my student exchange at Acadia University, I had the unique chance to attend the Student Industry Field Trip (SIFT), sponsored by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG), in Calgary - Alberta. During a two-week intense workshop, I learned a lot about the geology of western Canada. I gained a focused insight in core logging and interpretation of clastic and carbonate rocks, well-log interpretation, prospect generation, seismic interpretation, basin analysis, the structural geology of Western Canada, and unconventional reservoirs and oil sands. The highlight of the trip was an amazing four-day field trip to Dinosaur Provincial Park, Banff National Park, Yoho National Park and Waterton National Park, where we got the opportunity to look at great structures and the actual rock.

Lea participated in the Rocky Mountains field trip, here above the Bow Valley outside Banff.

Lunchtime in the Drumheller badlands

Dinosaur bone discovered in the Dinosaur Provincial Park

SIFT has been a fabulous opportunity for me to get introduced to the oil and gas industry and to connect to many other geoscience students from all over Canada. Overall it was a perfect way to finish my academic year abroad and I would like to thank everyone who supported me during my time in Canada.


Lea is now finishing her program in Germany and hoping to continue to graduate school to study Quaternary geoscience and hazard management. This year's participant will be Justin Tupper, but the trip has been delayed by the pandemic. Hopefully he will get to participate in the fall.

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