Koenraad Weber, a pioneer researcher in hydrocarbon recovery and internationally recognized distinguished educator, will receive the 2012 Sidney Powers Memorial Award, AAPG’s highest honor, during the opening session of the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Long Beach, Calif.
Weber is joined at the top of this year’s AAPG awardees list by Robbie Rice Gries, president and CEO of Priority Oil & Gas LLC in Denver, who has been named recipient of this year’s Michel T. Halbouty Outstanding Leadership Award.
The opening session is scheduled Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m., at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in the Grand Ballroom. The program will be preceded in the same room at 3 p.m. by the first-ever open-to-all announcement of the winner of the AAPG Imperial Barrel Award competition.
In addition to honoring the awardees, the opening session also will feature the official welcome from ACE general chair Kay Pitts and the presidential address from AAPG President Paul Weimer.
AAPG awards, approved by the Executive Committee, are presented annually at the ACE opening session to recognize individuals for service to the profession, the science, the Association and the public.
Weber, who received AAPG Honorary membership in 2004, served a lengthy career as production geologist with Royal Dutch Shell while simultaneously teaching as professor of production geology at the Mining and Petroleum Engineering faculty at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
With Shell he worked both onshore and offshore fields (oil and gas) spanning five continents, having the fortunate opportunity of being involved with projects involving the Niger Delta, the Venezuelan Bolivar coastal fields and the Leman Bank field in the North Sea – to name a few.
Weber also has written many papers and been a sought-after keynote speaker for many conferences in a global capacity.
Gries, also an Honorary Member and AAPG past president is the sixth recipient of the Halbouty Outstanding Leadership Award, given in recognition of outstanding and exceptional leadership in the petroleum geosciences.
Biographies and citations of all award winners will be included in a future BULLETIN.
Award winners announced by AAPG and who will be honored along with Weber and Gries in Long Beach are:
Presented to members who have distinguished themselves by their accomplishments and through their service to the profession of petroleum geology and to AAPG.
Presented to those who have distinguished themselves in long-term service to AAPG.
Presented for distinguished and outstanding contributions to geological education, both at the university level and toward education of the general public.
(Previously “Special Award”)
Presented to long-standing members who have contributed to the Association and who have made meaningful contributions to the science of geology.
Presented to honor and reward the author(s) of the best AAPG BULLETIN article published each calendar year.
Both are with Geocosm, Austin, Texas.
Presented to honor and reward the author/editor of the best special publication dealing with geology published by the Association.
Pöppelreiter is with Shell Kuwait, Kuwait City, Kuwait; García-Carballido is with Kiethfield Smithy, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; and Kraaijveld is with Shell, Rsjswijk, Netherlands.
Presented to recognize and reward younger authors of papers applicable to petroleum geology.
Milkov is with BP Russia, Houston.
Presented to honor and reward the author(s) of the best contribution to the Search and Discovery website in the past year.
Giles is with New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M.
Presented to honor and reward the best oral presentation at the 2011 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston.
His co-authors were Marita Gading, Helge Loseth and Michael Springer.
Wensaas is with Statoil, Trondheim, Norway.
Presented to honor and reward the best poster presentation at the 2011 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston.
Slatt, an AAPG Honorary Member, is with the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.
Presented to honor and reward the best oral presentation at the 2011 AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Milan, Italy.
His co-authors are Susanne Sperrevik and Aristofanis Stefatos.
Presented to honor and reward the best poster presentation at the 2011 AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Milan, Italy.
Both are with Seismic Micro-Technology, Houston.
Presented for notable journalistic achievement that contributes to public understanding of geology, energy resources or the technology of oil and gas exploration.
Two separate awards also will be presented during the opening session:
The Weeks Medal is presented annually by the AAPG Foundation in recognition of extraordinary philanthrophy and service in advancing the mission of the AAPG Foundation.
It is the Foundation’s highest honor.
Click to view the Opening Session Awards ceremony at the Annual Convention & Exhibition in Long Beach, California on April 22, 2012.