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Unconventional resources have changed the exploration and production business and are changing our profession. It’s a change for the better, where today geoscientists and engineers work closely to identify prospective areas, drill them and optimize recovery of hydrocarbons from the reservoir.
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Focusing on rocks, learning from others and implementing new technologies were the keys to success identified during a talk on “Evolution of Unconventional Oil Plays from Early Innovations to Future Challenges,” at the DPA luncheon held during the recent AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Denver.
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Unconventional resources have propelled the United States to the top of the world’s energy producers, and the downturn is just another opportunity to figure out how to keep getting better.
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Unconventional plays in the Permian Basin are nothing new to the shale scene, as the basin has been horizontally drilled and hydraulically fractured for years. Still, a new approach for evaluating sweet spots, particularly in the Avalon Shale of the play’s Delaware Basin, is slowly changing the way unconventional resources are explored – and perhaps one day, developed.
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The chief geologist for a Canadian regulatory agency says the group is working to assess potential risks by better understanding the full geologic framework in the development of oil sands and heavy oil in the province of Alberta.
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With the recent surge in new techniques and technology, as well as new plays put into production, a tremendous opportunity exists in both U.S. and international reservoirs to apply lessons learned to existing reservoirs in order to economically increase production and recoverable reserves.

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This is the story of the drilling of a costly ($60 million) Lahee A-1 well in the Colombian foothills, which presented significant deviations from the prognosticated stratigraphy halfway to the objective – and became an operational nuisance. Nonetheless, it is mainly a story of successful management and prompt response to the geological uncertainty.
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The Wattenberg Field north of Denver has become a big deal in the industry since its discovery in 1970 by Amoco Production Company. It’s a twofer, kicking out both oil and natural gas. To many, mention of the field conjures up thoughts of the upper Cretaceous Niobrara shale, which is a prolific producer there, along with other geologic formations. The Codell sandstone, for example, is a major pay in this giant field.
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In-Person Training
San Antonio Texas United States 01 December, 2015 02 December, 2015 21310 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/gtw-revitalizing-reservoicrs-texas-gulf-coast-latin-12dec-2015-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Business and Economics, Engineering, Development and Operations, Production, Drive Mechanisms, Depletion Drive, Water Drive, Hydraulic Fracturing, Primary Recovery, Secondary Recovery, Tertiary Recovery, Chemical Flooding Processes, Reservoir Characterization, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Oil Seeps, Oil and Gas Analysis, Petroleum Systems, Geophysics, Seismic, Petrophysics and Well Logs, Structural Traps, Subsalt Traps, Tight Gas Sands, Shale Gas, Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs, Stratigraphic Traps
 
San Antonio, Texas, United States
1-2 December 2015
This workshop brings together new technologies, practices, and procedures that can be applied to new and mature fields in order to revitalize them and increase / optimize recovery. The presentations will focus on case studies, research findings, and field applications for new and existing plays, including Texas, Gulf Coast region, and Latin America.
Oklahoma City Oklahoma United States 23 September, 2015 23 September, 2015 20908 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/reservoirs-and-petroleum-systems-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Engineering, Development and Operations, Infill Drilling, Production, Hydraulic Fracturing, Secondary Recovery, Water Flooding, Tertiary Recovery, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Geophysics, Petrophysics and Well Logs, Shale Gas, Environmental, Geophysics/Remote Sensing, Risk Assessment, Site Assessment, Geochemistry, Geology, Drilling Support/Planning, Directional, Horizontal, Petrophysical Analysis, Geophysics, Data Processing, Petrophysical Analysis, Rock Physics, Rock Physics and Petrophysical Analysis
 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
23 September 2015
With the recent surge in new techniques and technology, as well as new plays put into production, a tremendous opportunity exists in both U.S. and international reservoirs to apply lessons learned to existing reservoirs in order to economically increase production and recoverable reserves.
Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 25 January, 2016 27 January, 2016 16518 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/gtw2016me-source-rocks-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Source Rock, Development and Operations, Engineering, Conventional Drilling, Directional Drilling, Infill Drilling, Clastics, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Conventional Sandstones, Petroleum Systems, Fluvial Deltaic Systems, Structure, Compressional Systems, Extensional Systems, Sequence Stratigraphy, Stratigraphic Traps, Petrophysics and Well Logs, Basin Modeling, Oil and Gas Analysis, Reservoir Characterization
 
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
25-27 January 2016

This three-day workshop aims to provide a forum for professionals from industry, academia and government agencies, who are actively involved in the study of Middle Eastern Source Rocks, to share their advances in source rock related fields, present their experiences and challenges, and demonstrate relevant technologies and solutions.

Denver Colorado United States 30 May, 2015 31 May, 2015 14526 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ace2015-ft-05-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Basin Modeling, Engineering, Development and Operations, Field Trips, Conventions, Pre-Convention
 
Denver, Colorado, United States
30-31 May 2015

This two-day field trip will review the geologic history in context with the past and present petroleum exploration in the North Park-Middle Park Basin (or Colorado Headwaters Basin, CHB) in Northcentral Colorado.

Denver Colorado United States 04 June, 2015 04 June, 2015 14702 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ace2015-ft-11-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Engineering, Development and Operations, Environmental, Reservoir Characterization, Industry, Functional Area of Experience, Geology, Operations/Wellsite, Reservoir Characterization/Modeling, Field Trips, Conventions, Post-Convention
 
Denver, Colorado, United States
4 June 2015
This trip will focus on defining the Niobrara formation from the outcrop scale to the well bore, and discuss the key parameters that have made this play work, both from a geologic and a reservoir standpoint. Furthermore, we will describe how Noble Energy has helped to lead the industry in Northern Colorado to safely, responsibly and efficiently develop this huge resource. We will visit both Niobrara outcrops and Noble Energy production facilities to illustrate our current subsurface understanding and best practices.
Denver Colorado United States 04 June, 2015 04 June, 2015 14631 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ace2015-sc16-frac-engineer-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true ACE 2015, Engineering, Development and Operations, Production, Hydraulic Fracturing, Short Courses, Conventions, Post-Convention
 
Denver, Colorado, United States
4 June 2015
This course will focus on practical techniques to investigate and optimize fracture treatments. Participants in this course will have access to more than 200 published field studies in which the productivity and profitability of fields have been improved by altering the treatment design.
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Denver, Colorado, United States
31 May 2015
This course is designed to introduce participants to geosteering principals, interpretation practices, and lead to the ability to recognize potential pitfalls.
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Denver, Colorado, United States
30 May 2015

This course provides an overview of the petroleum industry and upstream economics, beginning with the geoscientist’s role of evaluating uncertainty in E&P, estimating prospect resources, and estimating chances of success. The course then moves on to field development scenarios and cash flow models, developing various capital budgeting economic indices to evaluate and rank various prospective field projects, production and reservoir management for producing fields and international contract arrangements and emerging trends.

 

Buenos Aires Argentina 11 May, 2015 12 May, 2015 14137 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/extending-mature-fields-life-cycles-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Structure, Structural Analysis (Other), Geomechanics and Fracture Analysis, Compressional Systems, Fold and Thrust Belts, Extensional Systems, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Sequence Stratigraphy, Clastics, Conventional Sandstones, Eolian Sandstones, Lacustrine Deposits, Carbonates, (Carbonate) Shelf Sand Deposits, Petrophysics and Well Logs, Geophysics, Seismic, Magnetic, Gravity, Direct Hydrocarbon Indicators, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Basin Modeling, Maturation, Oil and Gas Analysis, Source Rock, Petroleum Systems, Environmental, Ground Water, Remote Sensing, Reservoir Characterization, Engineering, Seismic Attributes, Geochemical Fingerprinting, 3D Seismic, Production, Tertiary Recovery, Secondary Recovery, Primary Recovery, Drive Mechanisms, Development and Operations, Conventional Drilling, Coring, Business and Economics, Risk Analysis, Reserve Estimation, Resource Estimates, Economics, Deep Sea / Deepwater, Deepwater Turbidites, Marine, Shelf Sand Deposits, Slope, Carbonate Reefs, Carbonate Platforms, Hydraulic Fracturing
 
Buenos Aires, Argentina
11-12 May 2015

Join leading scientists and industry practitioners at Extending Mature Fields’ Life Cycles: the Role of New Technologies & Integrated Strategies, a Geoscience Technology Workshop (GTW) organized by the AAPG Latin America Region and the Asociación Argentina de Geólogos y Geofísicos Petroleros (AAGGP).

San Antonio Texas United States 18 July, 2015 18 July, 2015 14514 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/sc-Geomechanics-For-Completion-Optimization-In-Unconventionals-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Structure, Geomechanics and Fracture Analysis, Oil Sands, Oil Shale, Shale Gas, Tight Gas Sands, Coalbed Methane, Production, Engineering, Hydraulic Fracturing, Development and Operations
 
San Antonio, Texas, United States
18 July 2015

Geomechanics – in both completions and drilling operations – has become a critical technology in the development of Unconventional Plays. This course presents the basics of oil field geomechanics and its application to unconventional developments; specifically, the role of stress, pore pressure, mechanical properties, and natural fractures on hydraulic fracturing operations.

Online Training
02 October, 2014 02 October, 2014 10593 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/esymp-concepts-of-scale-horizontal-development-of-wolfcamp-shale-oil-of-the-southern-midland-basin-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
2 October 2014
This course is ideal for individuals involved in Midland Basin exploration and development. Successful development of Wolfcamp shale oil relies on complex inter-relationships (ultimately interdependencies) within and between a wide variety of scientific disciplines, financial entities, and company partnerships. 
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20 January 2012

The Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas is one of the more exciting shale plays in the United States at the current time.

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7 June 2012

Unger Field, discovered in1955, has produced 8.6 million barrels of oil from a thinly (several ft) bedded, locally cherty dolomite containing vuggy and intercrystalline porosity.

16 April, 2013 16 April, 2013 1496 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/oc-es-successful-oilfield-water-management.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
16 April 2013

The goal of this e-symposium is to provide an overview of the latest trends and technologies for water management for oil and gas drilling, completions, and production.

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26 September 2013

The presentation will discuss key reservoir information and how to develop a predictive pressure model.

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15 March 2012

This e-symposium presents techniques for predicting pore pressure in seals by examining case studies from the Gulf of Mexico and incorporating the relationship between rocks, fluids, stress, and pressure.

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12 July 2012

This presentation will look at well placement vertically in the pay, well azimuth and well trajectory with explanations of how geology and post-depositional effects can make the difference between a successful well and a failure.

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28 July 2011

This presentation discusses one operator’s approach to fully integrate data captured in the Marcellus Shale in order to optimize horizontal well performance.

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28 April 2011

The Niobrara Petroleum System of the U.S. Rocky Mountain Region is a major tight petroleum resource play.

09 December, 2010 09 December, 2010 1466 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/oc-es-bakken-petroleum-system-of-the-williston-basin.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
9 December 2010

The Mississippian-Devonian Bakken Petroleum System of the Williston Basin is characterized by low-porosity and permeability reservoirs, organic-rich source rocks, and regional hydrocarbon charge.

21 October, 2010 21 October, 2010 1464 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/oc-es-evaluating-mature-fields.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
21 October 2010

This e-symposium covers how to conduct an interdisciplinary evaluation of mature fields to determine the best approach to recover remaining reserves.

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22 July 2010

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to describe geomechanics in shale reservoirs and discuss differences between plays.

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28 January 2010

This 1-hour web-cast will arm the G&G asset team professionals with a core-competency understanding of these critical field realities, with direct reference to recent documented field experience and learnings

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27 March 2009

Join two GIS/geoscience experts Scott Sires and Gerry Bartz as they use information from the Teapot Dome Field in Wyoming (DOE/RMOTC program).

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1 January 2013 - 1 January 9999

Unconventional Resources is an online course that enables participants to learn about shale gas, shale oil and coalbed methane.

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1 January 2013 - 1 January 9999

This course introduces the learner to the fundamentals of shale gas, including current theories that explain its origin, and how to determine which reservoirs are commercially viable.

01 January, 2013 01 January, 9999 1448 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/oc-cc-solar-energy-basics.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
1 January 2013 - 1 January 9999

Solar Energy Basics is an online course that enables participants to review, analyze, and evaluate opportunities in the rapidly expanding market for solar energy.

01 November, 2013 01 November, 9999 452 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/oc-toc-petroleum-exploration-production.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
1 November 2013 - 1 November 9999

This online course provides an overview of the petroleum industry from what is natural gas and crude oil to how to explore, drill, and produce oil and gas.

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