Back in the Big D Saddle
EXPLORER Managing Editor
returns to a familiar locale this month for an event that proudly
recalls a century of success as it bravely charts a path toward
AAPG Annual Meeting, with SEPM, will be held April 18-21 at
the Dallas Convention Center, and more than 870 technical presentations
are ready to present a comprehensive portrait of the profession,
the industry and the science of petroleum geology.
the Future -- Celebrate the Past" is the meeting theme, and members
of the hosting Dallas Geological Society have crafted an innovative
technical and social program to explore the topic.
in Dallas have been most aware of the industry's and profession's
current environment of change.
well-balanced technical program and the diversity of topical content
will enable participants to examine subjects unfamiliar to them,"
said meeting general chair Terence G. O'Hare.
is extremely comprehensive," he added, "providing something of interest
for numerous geologic specializations."
in the technical program are nine special forums -- believed to
be the most ever for an AAPG meeting -- that include:
History of Geology: Lessons Learned from Failures.
on Our Promises -- Managing E&P in the 21 Century (starts
at 8:20 a.m. Monday, April 19).
Business and Ethical Challenges for Independents and Consultants
(at 1:25 p.m. Monday, April 19).
Asset Risk Management (at 3:15 p.m. Monday, April 19).
Earth Sciences, K-12 and Public Outreach.
Discovery and Development Case Histories.
Strategies for Exploration Evaluation -- Onshore North America
(at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 20).
Future of Global Energy -- Technical, Environmental, Economic
and Policy Issues.
Change -- Sense and Nonsense in Our Great Geophysical Experiment.
special presentation will be the annual Michel T. Halbouty Lecture,
which this year will be offered at 5 p.m. Monday, April 19. Veteran
international oil explorer Brian Maxted will discuss "Exploration
Perspectives and Paradigms -- Finding Oil in the Future."
the technical program, of course, is the huge exhibits hall showcase
-- the Dallas Convention Center is the largest in Texas -- site
of Sunday's Icebreaker (and Tuesday's "mini-breaker" reception).
This year's display will offer more than 250 exhibitors, offering
the latest in cutting-edge technology and information, and including
the popular International Pavilion and Virtual Café.
pre-meeting events -- various short courses, field trips and social
activities -- will be held for early arrivers, including an expanded
Teacher Program (begins Saturday, April 17) and Career Seminar (at
8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 18, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel).
begins in earnest at 4 p.m. Sunday with the opening session and
awards ceremony, followed by the traditional Icebreaker in the exhibits
hall. Technical sessions begin at 8 a.m. Monday, April 19.
also marks a record setting twelfth time Dallas has been host for
an AAPG annual meeting -- the most for any city. Dallas also is
the only city to host an annual meeting in each decade of AAPG's