PIMS aims to connect academics working in geomathematics to the oil industry, serving as a facilitator and a network of resources. Our main role is the training of highly qualified personnel and the development of the mathematics involved in seismic imaging and related areas in geoscience. PIMS currently sponsors:
- geomathematics postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Calgary
- industrial workshops with problems in geomathematics. In July 2011 PIMS co-sponsored a satellite meeting to the ICIAM meeting in Vancouver, on Seismic and Medical Imaging. In September 2014, PIMS assisted in the BC Roundtable in Natural Gas Research. In May 2015, PIMS co-sponsored an IMA Hot Topics Workshop on Hydraulic Fracturing. The June 2015 PIMS Industrial Problem Solving workshop held in Saskatoon included microseismic imaging problems.
- graduate training in geomathematics. The IMA/PIMS Graduate Math Modelling in Industry Workshops in 2012 (Calgary), 2014 (Vancouver) and 2015 (Minneapolis) included problems in seismic imaging and oil reservoir servicing, among others.
- a multi-year series of summer schools in geomathematics. The 2012 activity was the University of Washington Inverse Problems and Partial Differential Equations Summer School. In 2013 University of Calgary hosted a summer school on Recent Developments in Numerical Methods for Seismic Inverse Problems and Applications. In May 2015, the University of Alberta hosted a PIMS workshop on Advances in Seismic Imaging and Inversion.