Fall Education Conference

10-13 November 2014
Houston, Texas, United States


  • Three concurrent sessions to mix and match according to your interests and training needs
  • Lunch Buffet and refreshments included each day
  • Digital Course notes
  • Course Roster: Courses may be purchased individually. These individual prices are reflected in the pricing on the course descriptions.
  • CEU’s for each course

Course notes will be provided in digital format on USB flash drive only, so electronic devices with a USB port are required for all courses. If you do not have access to an electronic device with a USB port, please contact the AAPG Education Dept. for an alternate method to download the digital course notes.

    November 10
    November 11
    November 12
    November 13
Assessment, Forecasting, and Decision-Making in Unconventional Resource Plays  

This course is oriented towards the recognition and characterization of uncertainty in unconventional reservoirs.

Case Study: Exploration in the Bakken Petroleum System  

This course is an introduction to the Bakken/Three Forks resource play.

Concepts, Models, and Case Studies of Dolomitization – With Applications to Hydrocarbon Exploration And Development  

This course summarizes the major advances and current controversies in dolomite research.

Mineralogy Aspects of Reservoir Quality Evaluation with a Focus on Clay Minerals – Conventional and Un-Conventional Reservoirs  

Through applied mineralogy, the student will learn what questions are relevant when formulating a work flow for a project, when evaluating real data, or when trying to figure out what might have “gone wrong” during a project.

My Source Rock is Now My Reservoir  

This course provides a rigorous overview of how and where organic-rich rocks are deposited, how they evolve into oil- and gas-generating source rocks, how the porosity systems evolve with thermal maturation, and the petrophysical properties of shale-gas and shale-liquid fine-grained reservoirs.

Petrography in the 21st Century: Modern Tools for Elucidating Reservoir Quality in Sandstone Reservoirs  

A one-day series of lectures covers the basic architecture of particulate sedimentary rocks, methods for petrologic characterization, grain assemblages, and diagenesis, including compaction, cementation, grain replacement, and fracturing. Examples of the nature and causes of reservoir quality variations in sandstones at low and high temperatures are provided with a focus on using the character of the primary grain assemblage as a predictive guide to what will happen in the subsurface.

Practical Geomechanics  

This interdisciplinary course encompasses the fields of rock mechanics, structural geology and petroleum engineering to address a wide range of geomechanical problems that arise during the exploitation of oil and gas reservoirs.

Quick Guide to Carbonate Well Log Analysis  

The course begins with a short review of the basic principles of carbonate well logging and goes on to detail the different carbonate pore types and the logging methods used to differentiate the various pore types and to determine their hydrocarbon productive potential.

Rock/Fluid Interactions and Natural Fracture Development and Alteration  

This course is a practical approach to defining reservoir fluid and pressure related natural fracture generation and fracture property alteration in conventional and unconventional reservoirs.

Sedimentary Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry: A Guide to Interpreting Ancient Organic-Rich Mudstones, Their Solid-Phase Components and Organic Carbon Preservation  

This course is designed to present the concepts of sedimentary geochemistry and biogeochemistry, along with the framework to interpret elemental and mineralogical records in such organic rich mudstone sequences.

Norris Conference Center - CityCentre, Houston, TX
Norris Conference Center - CityCentre, Houston, TX
816 Town & Country Lane, Suite 210
Houston Texas 77024
United States
(713) 590-0950
Four Points by Sheraton Houston West

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Four Points by Sheraton Houston West

Call toll free to 1-800-368-7764 by 13 October 2014 to book a room with the special AAPG group rate of only $149/night. All remaining rooms in the block will be released after that date. Be sure to reference the "AAPG Fall Education Conference" in order to take advantage of this discounted pricing.

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Expires on
13 November, 2014
Member Tuition
Expires on
13 November, 2014
Nonmember Tuition

Last date for cancellation with a refund is October 13, 2014. No refunds AFTER October 13, 2014. Four-day full-week badges can be transferred to a friend or colleague if you can’t attend all four days. Courses also individually priced if you can’t come for the full week.

Online registration is not available for the Fall Education Conference courses. Please download the Registration Form, fill it out and then email or fax it back to AAPG Education Department.
George B. George B. Asquith Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
Eric Eric Eslinger eGAMLS and The College of Saint Rose, Glenmont, NY
Jay M. Jay M. Gregg Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA
William William Haskett Decision Strategies, Houston, TX
Wesley Wesley Ingram Weatherford Laboratories
Hans G. Hans G. Machel University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Kitty Kitty Milliken University of Texas, Austin
Ronald A. Ronald A. Nelson Broken N Consulting
Quinn Quinn Passey ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
Stephen A. Stephen A. Sonnenberg Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
David David Wiprut Baker Hughes Inc.
Vicky Vicky Kroh Registrar, Education Department +1 918 560 2650 +1 918 560 2678
Debbi Debbi Boonstra Education Manager +1 918 560-2630

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