September 2014

Letter from the Editor

Manoj Sachdev 

Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

The role of Engineers, particularly Chemical, Civil, Mechanical or Petroleum cannot be overstated in the oil and gas industry. However, often Electrical and Computer engineers are not associated with the oil and gas Industry. As these natural, finite resources are becoming scarce, the industry is deploying high-tech means to extract them economically with least possible damage to the environment. Several Electrical and Computer engineering sub-disciplines have gained prominence; and in particular, specialized hardware, software, communication, sensors, etc. are utilized by the oil and gas industry.

Two articles in this issue highlight the role Electrical and Computer Engineers play in the oil and gas Industry. The first article contributed by Dr. B. Cockburn and Dr. J. Salmon from the ECE department at the University of Alberta, Edmonton provides an overview of oil exploration in Alberta, and the role it has played in Alberta’s economy. How local expertise, including electrical and computer engineering was used to exploit vast natural resources. The second article, contributed by Dr. D. Peters from the ECE department at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador looks at the offshore oil exploration and role electrical and computer engineers continue to play in this sector.

I hope you find these articles interesting.

Best regards,
Manoj Sachdev

Guest Editor
Chair, ECE Department
University of Waterloo, Canada





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