Wanted: Data Sets For Barrel Award

The AAPG Imperial Barrel Award has had two years now of dramatic growth and enthusiasm. Teams for universities all around the world are looking forward to competing each year in their sectional and regional programs, all hoping to make the final at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition.

With more schools participating, the need for more datasets to be used in the program continues to increase.

An IBA dataset comprises a 3-D survey (of 400 to 1,000 square kilometers), 2-D data (1,000 to 5,000 kilometers) and a minimum of four to six wells with full suites of wireline logs.

The dataset can be anywhere and does not have to be located over existing production.

The IBA Technical Subcommittee gratefully accepts any donation of a dataset – and works to ensures that all datasets are fairly matched for universities to use for the IBA program.

If you have a dataset and can make a donation, or have any questions related to the datasets for the IBA program, contact Steven Veal at the AAPG European Office in London at +44 (0)207-434-1399.

We need your help to continue to present a quality IBA program.

Three AAPG Sections and one Region are making final preparations for their annual meetings as the fall meeting schedule nears.

Upcoming Region and Section meetings are:

  • Eastern Section – Sept. 20-22, Evansville, Ind.
  • GCAGS – Sept. 27-29, Shreveport, La.
  • Mid-Continent Section – Oct. 10-14, Tulsa.
  • Europe Region – Nov. 23-24, Paris-Malmaison, France.

Check out the details on all meetings.

The theme of this year’s Eastern Section meeting is “Forging the Future from the Past,” reflecting the challenges in exploring, developing and responsibly utilizing energy resources in the Section’s mature basins.

The technical program – 76 oral and poster presentations are scheduled – emphasizes unconventional natural gas resources, with technical sessions on Devonian black shale’s, coalbed methane, reservoir geology and new carbon sequestration research.

Also offered are:

  • Three workshops – Geophysics and Geology Applied in Industry, a student workshop presented by Fred Schroeder of ExxonMobil; and Appraising Shale Gas Reservoirs and Appraising Coalbed Methane Reservoirs, both led by Creties Jenkins, past president of AAPG’s Energy Minerals Division.
  • Three PTTC-sponsored field trips –a pre-meeting trip on the New Albany Shale; a trip to Pennsylvanian-age coal deposits in Indiana and eastern Illinois to examine the paleoclimate and depositional features that created mineable coal deposits; and a post-meeting field trip to Middle Devonian carbonate reservoir strata exposed in east central Indiana.

The Geneva Dolomite is host to prolific fields in Illinois and Indiana. Spectacular corals, other fossils, and dissolution features that provide reservoir analogues will be seen.

Space is limited for field trips and workshops, so early registration is encouraged. Visit the Eastern Section meeting Web site for details.

A full-day symposium on the Haynesville and other shale plays will kick-off the GCAGS annual meeting, built on the theme “A Fusion of Geology and Technology.”

The symposium will feature 17 talks that assess in detail the Haynesville, Marcellus, Woodford and other shale plays.

Field trips are:

  • Midway Formation and Wilcox Group (Paleocene) Contact.
  • Chemard Lake Lignite Lentil – A Paleocene Upper Deltaic Interdistributary Swamp Environment.
  • Haynesville Shale – Natural Gas Producton from an Unconventional Resource.

For details see the GCAGS meeting site.

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