Exploration Planning, Drilling and Field Management

The Norwest Field Services Group manages exploration and delineation programs in the oil sands, unconventional oil and gas, and potash industries from project conception through to reclamation. To date Field Services has successfully managed the planning, permitting, and field execution of more than fifty Oil Sands Exploration (OSE) programs. These projects consisting of over 2,000 oil sands evaluation wells, as well as hundreds of hydrogeological and geotechnical wells. The projects have been in both the surface minable and in situ recovery areas of the Athabasca region of Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Field Services group has completed several potash exploration and development programs in addition to many CBM, heavy oil, shale gas, and tight sand gas projects in Canada, the USA and internationally.
The key disciplines under the Field Services Group are:

Project management:

  • Planning; budgeting, scheduling, permitting, staffing, procurement
  • Project controls; cost tracking, progress & change management, reporting
  • Execution; drilling, construction, multidisciplinary data collection
  • Environmental; HSE & regulatory compliance, water and waste management, reclamation

Geological Supervision:

  • Geological supervision of coring operations
  • Geophysical logging QC
  • Data collection, description and secure transmittal


  • Leases, roads and sumps building oversight
  • Equipment needs and scheduling
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Leases, roads, and sumps reclamation


  • Supervision of Drilling activities
  • Specialization in OSE programs
  • Field operations drilling management
  • Regulatory and safety compliance on rigs
  • Well licensing and ERCB DDS filing

Land services:

  • Permitting, stake holder consultations, road use agreements
  • Registered Alberta land agents strategic partner
  • Specialization in OSE programs
  • Current with all regulatory requirements


  • Surveying and mapping
  • Registered ALS strategic partner
  • Specialization in OSE programs
  • Audited HSE system in place

Risk Management:

  • HSE regulatory management
  • Field Health and Safety supervision
  • Document and address hazards, near misses and incidents
  • Conduct field HSE investigations
  • Ensure safety/tailgate meetings are documented
  • Monitor training and certifications for Contractor personnel

Multidisciplinary Projects:

  • Geology, Hydrology, Surface Water and Environmental
  • Geotechnical, Drilling, Reservoir and Mine Engineering
  • Construction, Reclamation, and Community Relations