Date: Sunday, 10 April
Time: 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: George Bush Grand Ballroom
Fee: Included with convention registration
Your first step toward making the “Next Giant Leap” in Houston starts with this year’s opening session and awards ceremony.
This is the place to be for an entertaining, fast-moving and informative session that features a number of can’t miss ACE experiences, including the Presidential Address by AAPG President David Rensink — his comments at AAPG’s International Conference & Exhibition in Calgary proved to be both provocative and inspiring — plus the chance to honor the best of AAPG.
Arrive a few minutes early and you’ll begin the session by enjoying a dazzling multimedia presentation that celebrates the best of geology, the best of the industry and the best of AAPG. General Chair Stephen Levine will be the master of ceremonies for the one-hour program.
Following Rensink’s presidential address will be the AAPG awards ceremony, when the Association’s best and brightest are recognized for their contributions to AAPG, the profession, the industry and the world.
Leading the list of this year’s honorees is professor, researcher and visionary geologist John W. Shelton, who will receive the Sidney Powers Memorial Medal — AAPG’s highest honor — and share some of his thoughts and experiences with the audience. He is the namesake of AAPG’s John W. Shelton Search and Discovery Award.
Joining Shelton at the top of this year’s awardees list is Daniel L. Smith, a past AAPG president and continuing presence in Association activities, who will receive this year’s Michel T. Halbouty Outstanding Leadership Award.
Other awards include:
- Honorary Member Award
- • Robert L. Countryman
- • Barry J. Katz
- • R. Randy Ray
- • Charles A. Sternbach
- • Steven L. Veal
- Outstanding Explorer Award
- • Douglas K. Strickland
- Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award
- • Ole Jacob Martinsen
- Distinguished Service Award
- • Deborah E. Ajakaiye
- • Herman Darman
- • Rick L. Ericksen
- • Gretchen M. Gillis
- • Gina B. Godfrey
- • Sigrunn Johnsen
- • Walter C. “Rusty” Riese
- Grover E. Murray Distinguished Educator Award
- • Lawrence D. Meckel
- • Ronald J. Steel
- Special Award
- • Anthony G. Doré
- • Myron K. “Mike” Horn
- Public Service Award
- • Mark J. Doelger
- Pioneer Award
- • John M. Bowen
- • John Wold
- Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award
- Presented to honor and reward the author(s) of the best AAPG BULLETIN article published each calendar year.
- • William A. Ambrose, Tucker F. Hentz, Florence Bonnaffe, Robert G. Loucks, L. Frank Brown Jr., Fred P. Wang and Eric C. Potter
- Robert H. Dott Sr. Memorial Award
- Presented to honor and reward the author/editor of the best special publication dealing with geology published by the Association.
- • Claudio Bartolini and J.R. Román Ramos
- J. C. “Cam” Sproule Memorial Award
- Presented to recognize and reward younger authors of papers applicable to petroleum geology.
- • David M. Dutton and Bruce D. Trudgill
- John W. Shelton Search and Discovery Award
- Presented to honor and reward the author(s) of the best contribution to the Search and Discovery website in the past year.
- • Dwight M. “Clint” Moore and Robert O. Brooks
- George C. Matson Award
- Presented to honor and reward the best oral presentation at the AAPG 2010 Annual Convention & Exhibition in New Orleans.
- • Satinder Chopra (Co-author: Kurt J. Marfurt)
- Jules Braunstein Memorial Award
- Presented to honor and reward the best poster presentation at the AAPG 2010 Annual Convention & Exhibition in New Orleans.
- • Eddy Lee, R. Craig Shipp, Willem Hack, J. Larry Gibson and Fa Dwan
- Gabriel Dengo Memorial Award
- Presented to honor and reward the best oral presentation at the AAPG 2010 International Conference & Exhibition in Calgary, Canada.
- • Jennifer Scott (Co-authors: John Guthrie, Steve Crews, Graeme Gordon, Benn Hansen, Niall McCormack, Dean Griffin, Laura Lawton, Rod Graham, Tim Grow, Andy Pepper and Caroline Burke)
- Ziad Beydoun Memorial Award
- Presented to honor and reward the best poster presentation at the AAPG 2010 International Conference & Exhibition in Calgary, Canada.
- • Kathryn Hoffmeister
- Geosciences in the Media Award
- • Ronald C. Blakey
- • Tom Zoellner
Date: Monday, 11 April
Time: 5:10 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Location: General Assembly C
Chair: R. Merrill
The Michel T. Halbouty lecture series is an ongoing special event at the AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition. Lecture topics are designed to focus either on wildcat exploration in any part of the world where major discoveries might contribute significantly to petroleum reserves, or space exploration where astrogeological knowledge would further mankind’s ability to develop resources on Earth and in the Solar System.
The Michel T. Halbouty Lecture speaker will be David Lawrence, Executive Vice President, Shell Upstream Americas Exploration and Commercial, discussing “The Next Era of Exploration.” The demand for oil and gas is expected to double, in absolute terms, by 2050 even as alternative energy sources increase their market share.
To meet this demand our industry is undergoing a seismic shift which is potentially as great as the initial moves into deepwater, the advent of bright spot technology, or the discovery of major resources in the Mid-East. This shift will create new opportunities for a new generation of explorers to continue to meet the demands of an energy-hungry world.
Three major elements are: 1) A new wave of gas and unconventional oil resources, 2) a move north to the Arctic, where approximately 20–25% of the world’s remaining oil and gas resources go untapped and 3) the emergence of shallow plays in deepwater. Complementing those elements is the challenge of deploying and scaling new energy and information technologies against the background of rising demand and cost.
However, going forward the critical risks are no longer purely technical but increasingly nontechnical; e.g., regulatory, legislative, legal and commercial at the local, regional, national and global levels. The future calls for the same vigor, passion and innovative thinking that has enabled our industry’s past success in what is an ever-changing and highly competitive environment.