Wooden, the Hall of Fame college basketball coach from UCLA was
asked about achievement. He said, "Don't let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do."
exactly the approach AAPG has used in developing opportunities in
we have approximately 30 joint programs with almost as many sister
societies. From conferences to lecturers to digital data, these
joint projects help stimulate growth for our respective associations
and provide members with new and more comprehensive products and
the oldest joint projects is the Offshore Technology Conference
(OTC). AAPG is one of the original members of the OTC. The conference
is sponsored by a coalition of industry professional organizations
governed by the OTC Board and managed through SPE.
years, Wolfgang Schollnberger with BP has represented AAPG on the
board; Susan Cunningham with Noble Energy is AAPG's current representative
on the board.
we have a technical program sub-committee that provides five to
six sessions in the overall technical program. Dan Orange with AOA
Geophysics Inc. chairs the AAPG sub-committee of the OTC Program
Committee, and Craig Shipp with Shell International E&P is the
vice-chair. They do a great service for AAPG and the industry. This
year, upstream topics ranged from "Petrotechnical Visualization"
to "Significance of Transport Complexes in Deepwater Environments."
to the program, AAPG also has responsibilities within the Conduct
Committee. Claudia Ludwig and Alf Klaveness are the AAPG and SEG
co-chairs for the OTC Arrangements Sub-Committee.
over 50,000 registrants at OTC 2004, and they included the "Who's
Who" of the petroleum industry. AAPG's technical program was well
received with excellent attendance in its sessions.
AAPG receives from the OTC is used to pay part of the costs for
the AAPG Distinguished Lecture and Visiting Geologist programs.
about the future, Albert Einstein said, "I never think about the
future; it comes fast enough."
four societies -- AAPG, EAGE, SEG and SPE -- held extensive discussions
about working together to organize a new oil and gas conference
and exhibition in the Eastern Hemisphere. During the OTC, the four
societies announced one of the newest intersociety ventures -- the
joint International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC).
event will not only serve our traditional E&P sectors, but also
will cover midstream activities and will have a significant focus
the first time our four societies will collaborate to develop a
program of this magnitude. The IPTC is designed to have both a strong
technical program and a world-class technology exhibition. It will
be a comprehensive cross-discipline conference that will provide
a special networking opportunity for our members and supporting
IPTC will be held Nov. 21-23, 2005, in Doha, Qatar -- in the region
of one of the world's most extensive gas reserves.
indicated, the future is coming fast. But, with all deference to
his genius, we think he was a little off on this one. We non-geniuses
without lifelong endowments must think about the future. And we
did. This looks like a winner.
annual meeting is another example of intersociety cooperation. This
year the annual meeting was held with SEPM and our host society,
the Dallas Geological Society.
had numerous comments from both members and non-members on the success
of the conference. Especially noted was the quality of the technical
program. We thank all of the volunteers from AAPG, SEPM and DGS
for their exemplary efforts.
I receive a few inquiries about combining AAPG's annual meeting
with a sister society's annual meeting -- usually SEG or SPE. In
1999, then-AAPG President Ray Thomasson and SEG President Bill Barkhouse,
asked both associations to look into the possibility of combining
an AAPG and SEG conference. The joint analysis showed that the logistics
were very complicated and each society would be required to take
a significant loss in revenue. Also, we had mixed responses from
companies and exhibitors. Most importantly, there was not a great
demand from the memberships to make this change.
end, it was jointly decided to continue to monitor the situation
and let the memberships decide when the time was right -- if ever.
Edison said, "There are three great essentials to achieve anything
worthwhile: One, hard work; two, stick-to-it-iveness; and three,
I do not
know if annual meetings will ever be combined, but I do know that
all of these characteristics are important in developing intersociety
we are taking Jon Wooden's advice and doing the things we can do.
We will do the things we can't do as soon as possible.