Insights

Explore our collection of thought-provoking articles and stay informed about the latest trends, best practices, and insightful perspectives with expert advice from the 360 team.

  • Navigating the Human-Tech Partnership: Embracing Soft Skills in an Automated Era

    If my computer had arms, it would probably slap me in the face at the end of my work day.  I swear at it, give it dirty looks, and then throw it in a bag until I need it again.  However, I rely on it to perform most of my daily work routine.  Whether it’s…

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  • 2023 Year in Review

    Welcome to 360’s last insight of the year. As tradition dictates, the team has scoured the office for anyone willing to support a summary of our year of Insights and has come up empty. The pleasure now falls on me to hit the “high notes” and reflect on the year that was, while we prep…

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  • Carbon Credits & Site Closure in Canada & the USA – A Win Win Win

    The landscape of environmental site closure in North America is undergoing a dynamic transformation. In both Canada and the USA, the infusion of voluntary carbon credits into the equation is revolutionizing the way we think about site closure projects. These credits serve a purpose far beyond the simple offsetting of emissions; they are becoming a…

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  • Keep it Simple, Scientists: The Benefits of Applying Risk Principles to Simple Sites

    In the realm of environmental site assessment, it’s often the complexity of the task that can confound even the most experienced scientists. However, what’s sometimes overlooked is the potential for simplicity, and the benefits that come with applying risk-based principles to sites and their associated data. This is particularly relevant when dealing with seemingly straightforward…

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  • Are we Human?

    From zero to threat or hero?  Society’s awareness of AI and machine learning is growing rapidly, as is its uptake from students to businesses to governments. Gone are the days of the frustrating chat bots that greeted us as customer service streamliners on tech-forward websites. These days, creative AIs can paint or draw in any…

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  • Beneath the Surface: Exploring the Evolution of Mine Closure and Decommissioning Regulations in Saskatchewan

    Who loved making roads, hills, and tunnels in the sandbox for their matchbox, mattel, or hot wheels dinky toys? Yup, I was one of them, I made an entire city in my sandbox complete with a lake and a “work area” where I dug a big hole and hauled clay chunks to my mother’s flower…

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  • Emissions Data Program Design and Technology Selection – Musings of a Career Well Integrity Specialist

    Early in my working life I had a job in aviation. I remember hearing a story around the hangar of a young maintenance engineer that used to work at the company who was asked to hand his much older supervisor a wrench from his toolbox. There were a variety of wrenches in the box, so…

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  • Streamlining Communication and Unlocking the Benefits of a Single Contact Point for Clients

    How often do clients feel like the above image? Bombarded by questions or calls from multiple people, but never fully knowing what is going on? In 360’s fast-paced environment, effective communication plays a pivotal role in ensuring smooth operations, fostering client satisfaction, and driving overall success. For the Liability Management business unit, implementing a single…

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  • After the Fire: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    After one of the worst fire seasons in Alberta’s history, my heart goes out to the many people who will be returning to homes and properties that were destroyed by the fires in May of this year.  Now, with that in mind, I write this insight in the hopes that a ‘shared experience’ may aide…

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  • The Evolution of Liability Management

    360’s Director of Business Operations, Mike Newton, explores the impacts of updates to the Licensee Liability Rating (LLR) deemed liability values, the timing of these changes, ways energy producers can proactively prepare, and the economical case to transition from LLR to ARO values now. CLICK HERE to read the presentation slide deck. CLICK HERE to…

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  • Small Equipment = Big Savings: Save Money by Reducing Time to Closure on Boreal Forest Sites

    It can take several years to receive a Reclamation Certificate in the boreal forest region of Northern Alberta. Each additional year between initial closure work and Reclamation Certification represents an incremental cost to a site, which becomes significant when considered over a large volume of locations. For the past 12 years, the experienced teams at…

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  • Building Resilience: 360’s 2023 ESG Report

    360 is proud to release our 2023 ESG Report. Themed Building Resilience, the report summarizes a very transformative year for the 360 team. We are excited to present the successes we achieved in 2022 and outline our vision and ESG goals for 2023 and beyond. CLICK HERE to view the full report.

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  • Focusing on Mental Health & Wellness in the workplace

    This month’s Insight is a conversation with 360 leadership about Mental Health & Wellness in the workplace; why it’s important, and what we are doing to help fight the stigma and support our employees. Click HERE to watch.

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  • 2022 Year in Review

    What a difference a year makes…   As 360 reflects on the state of the Canadian Energy Industry and in particular our sphere of site closure, we are cautiously optimistic for the future. Numerous macro-economic factors have influenced the production-side of the energy equation (positive and negative) and the same can be said about the…

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  • After the Fall – Reclamation Season Review

    As the November snow gusts, it is a good time to reflect on our Alberta reclamation season. Low snow accumulation and a dry, early spring gave way to much needed rain in late May and early June in southern Alberta. While the moisture was greatly appreciated by farmers, it interrupted the early start on the…

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  • How Directive 020 changes have impacted ARO values

    Change comes like a shockwave, jarring and scary at first but as time goes on, the ripples slowly dissipate to become the “norm”. Take, for example, the rise in gasoline prices over the past few months. Many found alternative solutions like cycling instead of driving to reduce consumption. But how long do these solutions last?…

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  • Where have all the people gone?

    This labour market is tighter than a pair of skinny jeans post a Covid19 shutdown! Am I right? Is the tight labour market another consequence of the pandemic? How are Canadian employers coping? The pandemic triggered unprecedented changes to the labour market. Industries that could operate with remote workers were forced to increase automation and…

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  • Spotlight on Site Specific Risk Assessment

    Background Alberta’s contaminated sites policy framework provides three management options: Tier 1 assumes that all exposure pathways and receptors relevant to the land use are present. Tier 1 guidelines are developed based on the most sensitive pathway or receptor so they can be used at most sites with no modification. Tier 2 allows for consideration…

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  • Maximizing your 2023 Mandatory Target

    Background On June 28, 2022 the Alberta Energy Regulator released its industry-wide mandatory liability spending target. The 2023 target was set in July 2021 at $443MM, however the AER surprised industry with a significant revision to $700MM. Bulletin 2021-23 Bulletin 2022-23 The full AER Bulletin 2022-23 can be found HERE The AER notes rising commodity…

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  • The ABC’s of British Columbia’s Dormant Sites

    It’s been three years since the inception of the Dormancy and Shutdown Regulation in BC and boy has it affected my job as an environmental consultant!  On the heels of the 2019 Redwater decision, BC regulators took a strong stance against pushing liabilities down the road by regulating site closure timelines to persuade the oil…

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