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- Opening Ceremony
- Plenary Session: Following Da Vinci’s Footsteps to Future Energy Resources: Innovations from Outcrops to Assets
- Business Forum: The Business of Energy — Keys to Profitability
- Special Lecturer: Professor Emiliano Mutti on Turbidites
- Technology Forum: New Technology Directions in Exploration and Production
- DPA Forum: Professional Issues for Professional Geologists
Date: Sunday, 23 October
Start your ICE experience with a celebration of the Italian creativity and culture, in a setting that blends the best of historical achievement with an ultra-modern 21st century setting.
The ICE opening ceremony will be an inspiring, informative and entertaining event that will offer insights into the current state of exploration and petroleum geology, a taste of what to expect as the Milan meeting unfolds with the cultural sights and sounds that have made Milan a paragon of creativity, creation and discovery since the days of Da Vinci.
General Chair Jonathan Craig will be the Mater of Ceremonies for this fast-moving program, which will feature brief addresses from:
Come experience their insightful words, plus the multimedia display of the glories of Milan and the music featuring the best of Italian culture, and you’re guaranteed to feel ready for a conference that will be big on innovation and technical excellence. The ceremony begins at 17:00, but arrive early for the music that is sure to be the talk of the day.
Following Da Vinci’s Footsteps to Future Energy Resources: Innovations from Outcrops to Assets
Date: Monday, 24 October
Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) was a supreme example of a Renaissance genius who possessed one of the greatest minds of all time. His scientific theories, like his artistic innovations, were based on careful observation and precise documentation. He understood, better than anyone of his century or the next, the importance of precise scientific observation. Leonardo’s findings were not disseminated in his own lifetime; had they been published, they would have revolutionized the science of the 16th century. Leonardo actually anticipated many discoveries of modern times. He made discoveries in meteorology and geology, learned the effect of the moon on the tides, foreshadowed modern conceptions of continent formation and surmised the nature of fossil shells. Da Vinci’s interest in inventing and engineering continued throughout his whole life, always being flooded with unique ideas.
Since Leonardo explained the origin of marine fossils, geological and engineering sciences flourished with innovation in technology. Innovation in energy was essential to develop resources for increasing the standard of living since the Renaissance. The history of energy over the last century helps put such transformation into perspective. For example, it is estimated that at the beginning of the 20th century, coal and wood provided more than 95 percent of the world’s energy needs. From that point, it took more than half a century for petroleum — a cleaner and more versatile alternative — to surpass coal as the world’s largest energy source. It took nearly 50 years more to develop the technologies and build the global infrastructure so that natural gas, an even cleaner-burning source, could play a sizable role in the world’s energy mix. And today technology is the key that opened unconventional resources everywhere.
Our plenary speakers will address innovations from outcrops to assets — ranging from exploring and producing hydrocarbons more effectively… to using them more efficiently and with a lower impact… to improving existing alternative sources of energy… to developing new options. To develop these integrated solutions, we will need to find the best ways to unlock new technology. It is the key to a more prosperous, more secure, and more sustainable energy and environmental future.
The Business of Energy — Keys to Profitability
Date: Monday, 24 October
This session will concentrate on what the leaders consider to have been the keys to industry’s success using worldwide E&P performance as a measure (e.g. early focus on the most prospective basins, advanced technologies, maximizing benefits of these technologies, cycle times, and unit cost reductions, and building consensus between partners and with governments). This session will look at the success of the industry in meeting the future demand.
Professor Emiliano Mutti on Turbidites
Date: Monday, 24 October
Emiliano Mutti is a geologist who has made contributions to petroleum geosciences, especially to sedimentary dynamics of turbidites and their reservoir characterization. He will discuss turbidites in depth during this special lecture.
Prior to the advent of new seismic and marine geology techniques, most of our understanding was based on the classical approach of detailed studies of facies and facies associations. The new data that have emerged from increasingly detailed seismic and marine geology studies of continental margins have cast serious doubts on our initial, relatively simple, perception of deep-water sedimentation, which now appears to be much more complex than originally thought and difficult to predict only on the basis of what we had learned from exposed thrust-fold belts.
Differences in data sets and a plethora of new terms are increasingly hampering significant comparisons of two inherently different geodynamic settings and highlighting an already obvious dichotomy between the classic world of turbidite/flysch basins in orogenic belts and that which we are discovering day after day in divergent margin settings through increasingly more sophisticated techniques. A growing body of evidence also suggests that, in these basins, oceanic bottom currents may have played a major role in reworking and redistributing sand originally transported by turbidity currents.
Mutti was born in 1933. He obtained his master’s degree in geology at the University of Milano, Italy, in 1959, discussing a thesis on the stratigraphy and structure of the Oligocene and Miocene turbidites of the classic tectonic window of Bobbio in the Northern Apennines. Between 1960 and 1965 he served as an assistant professor of Sedimentology at the University of Milano. Between 1965 and 1969 he worked as a research geologist for Esso Production Research (European Laboratory).
He resigned from Esso in 1969 to become an Associate Professor (1969-1975) and a Full Professor (1975-1982) of Sedimentology at the University of Torino, Italy. He obtained his Ph.D. in Sedimentology in 1971. In 1982 he moved to the University of Parma, Italy, to teach sedimentary geology. He retired in 2007. As a consultant, he has worked for many major oil companies on both research and exploration projects in Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Africa and Indonesia. Mutti has mainly worked on stratigraphy and sedimentology of turbidite basins of thrust-fold belts. Mutti is a member of the Italian, Spanish and American geological societies, IAS, SEPM and AAPG, and he has received numerous awards. He has written approximately 100 scientific publications, including a textbook on stratigraphy co-authored by A. Bosellini and F. Ricci Lucchi (1989), and a book published by eni Agip on “Turbidite Sandstones” (1992).
New Technology Directions in Exploration and Production
Date: Tuesday, 25 October
The oil and gas industry continues to generate opportunities via technological innovations to enhance its success in locating, extracting and transporting oil and gas supplies to meet global demand. Technology has given us the ability to supply energy from resources once considered impossible to access. The challenge is to develop cost-effective technologies that reduce the environmental footprint of their utilization and tackle such issues as global climate change.
The gas business is also undergoing very rapid changes, driven by the unconventional gas development in North America and Europe. Technology developments have resulted in major additions to the future energy resources, and challenged the traditional conventional gas producers and suppliers. Speakers will address the technological advances in accessing and producing both conventional and unconventional resources. Invited speakers:
Professional Issues for Professional Geologists
Date: Tuesday, 25 October
Members of the DPA are active members of the AAPG who have obtained certification as petroleum geologists. As such they extend their interests into a slightly wider sphere than straightforward petroleum geology. This session is designed to raise awareness of issues rarely discussed even though they may be part of ongoing technical meetings. One such topic is Who Owns the Arctic? Of particular interest is the fact that the USA has not yet ratified the 1980 convention on the Law of the Sea and therefore cannot yet claim beyond 200 nautical miles, a context which will set other claimants to parts of the Arctic, in the presentation.
Members will be aware of the PRMS for Reserves and Reserves Reporting but may not be aware of the United Nations Framework Classification (UNFC) which also embraces solid hydrocarbons and unconventional resources as well as minerals. It may be that some governments will wish to have their mineral and hydrocarbon resources considered under a single system, which may be of significance to some members.
In the light of the global problems of the moment and their effects upon oil and gas production, it seems appropriate to consider some close but largely forgotten areas which may need to be re-explored in the future. One such place is the Pacific coast area offshore California, Oregon, western Canada and Alaska, to which areas the USGS assigns considerable resource estimates. The prospectivity of the Western USA and Canadian Seaboard may rekindle both interest and activity.
Finally, we will address The Integration of Geophysical Data to provide an enhanced view of structure and prospectivity.
Students to get a first-hand look at the oil & gas business at ICE
Scientists and engineers are the backbone of any industry and the oil & gas business relies on their contribution more than most. Young people tend to choose their professional careers in their late teens, based not only on personal inclinations and passions, but also on what they know about potential employment opportunities.
In occasion of the Milan 2011 ICE, eni in association with AAPG will offer high school students from selected schools in the Milan region a unique opportunity to experience just how exciting, technically challenging and socially relevant their professional lives would be in the oil & gas business. The students will be given concise technical presentations on geology and on exploration & production technologies. This will be followed by a guided tour through the Exhibition Hall and will conclude with a ‘question & answer’ session with qualified senior technical staff.