Annual Report 2012: FY July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012
100th Anniversary (ad hoc) Committee
The charge of the Committee is to research, develop and produce a plan recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the founding of AAPG in 1917.
The AAPG’s 100th Anniversary Committee accomplished most of its intended goals for 2011-2012. Progress was made on each of our five planned projects. In addition, we added a sixth project at our annual convention in Long Beach: History of Science and Technology in the Petroleum Industry.
Discovery Thinking Forums Project—chaired by Charles Sternbach and Ed Dolly, with Paul Weimer contributing many ideas for past and future presentations. Discovery Thinking Forums were held at the AAPG Annual Convention in Long Beach, Calif. in April and will be held in Singapore later this year. With the respective presenter’s permission, the presentations are being videotaped and will be available for viewing on the AAPG Search and Discovery website. We will continue these forums through 2017, with speakers providing up-to-date data on some of the major successful exploration finds of the past few years.
Field Guides Project—chaired by Andrew Hurst. The Field Guides team worked on assembling a technical staff of experts for each category of field trips. We plan to prepare 30 to 60 field guide outcrop studies that have changed the way we practice petroleum geology. In the next year, Andrew’s team will select the field trips and the person or persons to do the field work, photography and write-ups for each guide.
Landmark Papers Project—chaired by Randi Martinsen. 100 to 200 of the most significant core principle papers and papers on discovery thinking will be selected by Randi’s technical staff of experts in specific geologic areas. This next year, highly regarded papers will be collected.
Geo-Legend Videotaped Personal Interviews Project—chaired by Paul Weimer and Ed Dolly, with the help of Charles Sternbach, Daniel Minisini and Will Green. To date we have videotaped interviews with more than 50 geo-legend leaders. First round edits have been made on each of those interviews, and final editing will be done during the next year. More interviews, as many as 20, are planned next year as well.
History of AAPG 1917-2017 Project—chaired by Rick Fritz. Rick has begun to collect data and photographs for the written history of AAPG. He will continue the data collection during the next year with some assistance from AAPG staff.
New Project: History of Science and Technology in the Petroleum Industry Project—chaired by Dave Rensink. This idea was brought to our committee by Hans Krause, chair of the History of Petroleum Geology Committee, and proposed as a project for the 100th Anniversary of AAPG by Janet Combes. The deliverable will be a comprehensive exhibit for the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, portable so that it can be taken to AAPG conference sites.
We also designed a committee webpage that we plan to have up and running during the 2012-2013 calendar year. We intend to begin posting completed segments from each project as they are finalized for AAPG members to observe and use. Steve Sonnenberg will serve as the committee webmaster.
Edward D. Dolly, Chair
Committee members: Edward D. Dolly (chair), David Rensink, Stephen A. Sonnenberg, Paul Weimer, and Laura Cutright Zahm