note: AAPG recently held a Hedberg conference in Adelaide, Australia,
called "Seals Down Under." AAPG Vice President Peter Lloyd attended,
and filed this review.
"Seals Down Under" Hedberg conference in Adelaide, Australia, was a
great success, as 85 invited participants collaborated in a technically
powerful and extremely interactive and enjoyable meeting.
John Kaldi, Peter Boult, Mike Badley and Bill Almon did a superb job
in putting together the technical program.
Powers awardee Robert Sneider, who has tackled capillary pressure and
seals issues since being under the tutelage of Gus Archie in the mid
1950s, gave an insightful and motivational keynote speech, and also
wrapped up the conference by looking to the future. Having Bob and several
"wise men" who had attended Hedberg "seals" conferences since the early
1980s gave a great sense of continuity and direction.
diversity was impressive -- 50 different papers addressed laboratory
measurements, field observations, electric log and image responses,
3-D seismic, structural modeling (faults, fractures and reconstructions),
fluid migration (charging leakage and cross fault flow), rock mechanics,
sequence stratigraphic implications, numerical analysis and modeling,
risking and petroleum economics. And everything was presented in the
context of some fascinating case studies.
huge diversity of subject matter, the organizers and session co-chairs
did a superb job of keeping everyone's focus, and assuring the thread
was followed throughout.
was equally diverse. Of the 85 participants, 45 were from outside Australia,
and five of the six AAPG international regions were represented. Some
excellent examples were presented from Africa, from which we sadly had
no registrant. There was a broad mix of university, service and oil
really did exemplify what a Hedberg is all about.