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Renovating Canstrat


This article was originally posted on our old site circa July 2016

Like any 50 year old, Canstrat has been reflecting on the work we have done providing detailed lithologs to the industry over these many decades. And like most 50 year olds, Canstrat has been dreaming about selling the minivan and buying a cool sports car to run around town in. But like most other 50 year olds, we know that is impractical – especially with winter, salt on the roads etc. Instead, we have spent the last six months working on key initiatives that will set the foundation for the next several years of working with our loyal and new customers.

Let me bring you up to date.

Changes to Canstrat:

1) New website

Imagine our website as our front entry way. It’s where we welcome most of our visitors, and it works fine. However, the décor is a bit dated, and the shag carpet isn’t really cutting it anymore. So job #1 is renovation.

A completely new Canstrat website is being developed, and it will feature an intuitive design and a new colour scheme (mustard yellow and brown are so 1970’s). Our goal is to utilize the latest technology in web design to make Canstrat easy to find, easy to interact with, and be a useful information source for geoscientists to use in their day- to-day work.


2) Canstrat Log Source

CSLogSource, the software that our customers have been using for several years to access and analyze our logs, is a bit like a bathroom with a cast iron tub and copper pipes. It all works perfectly and gets the job done, but you could argue that it needs an update.

Therefore, after extensive renovations, we debuted a complete rewrite of CSLogSource at the AAPG ACE 2016 convention last week. The conference gave us a chance to show off what we have been tinkering with and there was a lot of great feedback.

Canstrat Log Source, as it will now be known, will be GIS and web-enabled. This means that you will be able to search for wells in a map view and even better, you will won’t be required to load any software on your system. Finding and analyzing lithologs will finally be as easy as shopping online.

Additionally, all the past analytical capabilities you’re used to with CSLogSource will be available, and more intuitive to use.

Initially, Canstrat Log Source will be integrated to with Sigma’s SigMAP so that users will have access to the industry-leading view of available geoscience data.


3) Enhanced lithologs

Our logs are the foundation and framework of our house, they support everything our company is built on. However their coverage is small in comparison to the needs of our family (our clients), so an addition is in the works.

In order to expand the utility and reach of lithologs, Canstrat is investing in research to create pseudo-lithologs from wells with wireline logs. We are working with the very clever gents at Agile Geoscience, using the latest machine learning algorithms in order to reproduce this very valuable data in a fraction of the time and cost.

Like any renovation it can be difficult to change what you have come to know, but when you do the research and hire the right craftsmen it can completely reinvigorate the place you call home. So we invite you to take part as things change, please don’t mind the saw dust, and we look forward to showing you a new Canstrat in the months to come.

P.S. The sports car is still on the wish list, maybe next year.



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