Division of Professional Affairs
Supports New Content Engine(s)
The technical divisions are important content engines for AAPG. I have been privileged to see how divisions create technical content and products for AAPG first hand by serving in a variety of roles: as general chair for an AAPG Annual Convention, session chair and presenter at meetings, editor and author of publications, committee chair, field trip leader, president of a local affiliated society, and now as President of the AAPG Division of Professional Affairs (DPA).
As HoD considers the proposal for the Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division, it might help to review how divisions add value. As examples, I can offer three bright spots from DPA, though there are many more. These examples are the new Playmaker Forum, continued co-sponsorship of Discovery Thinking Forums, and our plans for the convention in Pittsburgh.
The inaugural Playmaker Forum was a one-day conference focusing on prospecting skills and case studies of new and emerging plays. The event was held in Houston January 24th, 2013 and AAPG members can benefit from program videos now available online. Video presentations like “The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Oilfinders” by Dan Tearpock, “Creativity in Exploration” by Ted Beaumont, and “Geoscouts Leveraging AAPG/DPA to Improve your Geoscience” by Rick Fritz, are posted on the DPA webpage. Additional videos are available to DPA members by logging into the DPA site.
DPA has co-sponsored Discovery Thinking forums with the AAPG 100th Anniversary Committee for the last six years. A/V presentations from these forums have generated more than 15,000 hits on the AAPG Search and Discovery website. Web outreach now represents roughly three times the original audience, and the program is still building. The seventh and eighth Forums planned for Pittsburgh and Cartagena will be followed by many more. I believe that by AAPG’s 100th Anniversary in 2017, the record of these forums will provide a lasting legacy of some of the most exciting discoveries of our time told by those who know them well.
DPA will feature courses, luncheons, and forums at the AAPG Annual Convention in Pittsburgh May 19-22, 2013. These include:
- Quality Control for Subsurface Maps (QLT’s) - Dan Tearpock or Joe Brewton, SCA
- The Three Ps of Geosteering: Principals, Practice and Pitfalls - Toby V. Barlow, Empirica and Mark Gallagher, Encana, (others)
- Black Belt of Ethics (Luncheon) - Bob Shoup, Clastic Reservoirs
- DPA/AWG Luncheon - Patrick Leach, Decision Strategies, Inc. “Everything We Know Is Wrong”
- DPA/GEO-DC Forum: Demand Side of the Natural Gas Price Equation - Edith Allison, Director of AAPG GEO-DC
- AAPG/DPA Discovery Thinking Forum: “Important Discoveries Expanding Resource Play Concepts”
The proposed Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division would focus critical geological and engineering skills on defining scientific issues of our time. This division could create valuable content for all AAPG members in the form of publications, luncheons, convention sessions, short courses, web content, and networking among thought leaders. This could stimulate the larger AAPG community. Increasing scientific content and relevancy is a worthy goal. DPA has a proud history of supporting such initiatives.