Near-Surface Hydrocarbon Migration: Mechanisms and Seepage Rates

7-10 April 2002
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The conference aims to bring together professionals from academia, government agencies and industry who are actively involved in pushing the technical limits and application of basin modeling. New ideas are welcomed from R&D scientists (whether they have an academic or industry background), the hardware/software computing industry, exploration business units of the oil and gas industry, or any closely related disciplines, e.g., geochemistry or geothermal industry. Students are also welcome as long as they are able to actively contribute.


The four main goals of this conference are:

1. To share knowledge, experience and opinions across different affiliations in BPSM

2. To identify limitations of concepts, workflows and technologies and to explore new solutions and potential improvements in BPSM

3. To promote awareness that integration is key to solving complex E&P challenges

4. To better understand the subsurface processes for specific areas of interest through case studies

Conference Description

Demand for energy is growing rapidly, forcing the oil and gas industry to explore in more challenging environments for higher risk petroleum system plays. To be able to describe, identify and predict these complex plays and new prospects successfully, integration of all risk elements and processes (e.g., reservoir, seal, overburden, source rock, trap formation, generation, migration, accumulation, preservation and timing) is necessary. Integration is more important than ever before due to the increasing complexity of the challenges. One of the best ways to test the potential for a working petroleum system and the interplay of all risk elements and processes is to use numerical Basin and Petroleum System Modeling. BPSM has become an indispensable tool in frontier basins to identify risk, reduce uncertainty, and identify new potential areas. This technology has become more important over time as a result of increased understanding of processes and the rapid development of computing power. Both the hardware and the software are evolving to quantify more complex processes.

Technical Themes

Potential technical themes for which speakers are invited to submit abstracts include:

  • Structural complexity in basin models: Combining structural modeling with basin modeling and how to handle any complex structural features (e.g. salt and mud diapers, thrust and strike slip faults, compression and extension).
  • Rock properties and pressure prediction:This session will focus on effective stress- and pressure-prediction as well as on how to define rock properties for basin models and other related topics.
  • Fluid migration and mass balance: Studies analyzing the application of Darcy-, invasion percolation- and flowpath-migration or any combined methods as well as mass balance calculations and analyses.
  • Geochemistry: Integration of geochemistry into basin models such as diagenetic effects, biogenic gas, gas hydrates, shale geochemistry, kinetics, biodegradation, TSR, and GOR and API prediction.
  • Geodynamics and Heat Flow: o Different techniques can be discussed on how to predict thermal stress and heat flow and what the corresponding driving mechanisms are.

Additional themes will be considered and individuals and companies with topics of interest for this focus area are encouraged to submit their ideas. The final list of themes will be determined once the abstracts have all be received, reviewed and assembled into the conference agenda


Please send a 1-4 page abstract, including optional figures up to 2.  Specify that your abstract is for the AAPG 2016 Santa Barbara Hedberg Research Conference. Include all co-authors’ names (including contact information for the primary author). An abstract cover sheet is required for all submitted abstracts.

An Abstract Cover Sheet (see right) is required for all submitted abstracts.

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2015

Your abstract will be submitted to the following:

Debbi Boonstra Friedemann Baur
AAPG Education Dept. Chevron
Phone: +1 918 560 2630 Phone:  +1 832 854 6004

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Friedemann Friedemann Baur Chevron, Houston, TX
Kenneth Kenneth Peters Schlumberger, Mill Valley, CA
Allegra Hosford Allegra Hosford Scheirer Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Debbi Debbi Boonstra Education Manager +1 918 560-2630
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Includes digital course notes, printed exercises and refreshments. No refund for cancellations after 11/3/2015.

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