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When the next email in your inbox may mean a journey through space and time to a completely different petroleum and/or depositional system than the one you were working yesterday you’ve become a regional geologist. This geoscience sub discipline isn’t so much a specialism as the playground for Jacks-of-all-trades. Not necessarily an expert in any given field, you need to know a little about everything and be able to integrate it all to answer for any given basin the question “Are we in or out?” So refresh that geochronology and boot up your Geographic Information System because it’s time to dig deep into corporate data stores, open a map document, and wave our geology hands, Exploration’s on the softphone and they want to know what blocks to pick up next!

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Natural gas hydrates are naturally occurring combinations of water and natural gas (mainly methane) that form under conditions of high pressure and low temperature. They are known to be widespread in permafrost regions and in deepwater sediments of outer continental margins. It is generally accepted that the amount of natural gas contained in the world's hydrate accumulations greatly exceeds the volume of known conventional gas reserves, and can be commercially produced by adapting existing conventional oil and gas production technology. The global resource potential of gas hydrate is in the range of many thousands of trillion cubic feet (Tcf). By comparison, the current annual global demand for natural gas is approximately 117 Tcf. While the current natural gas glut has slowed industry interest in North America, other nations are pressing forward. The 2013 production test in Japan demonstrated the technical feasibility of hydrate production, and commercial production is planned there for 2017. India, South Korea, and China are in close pursuit. The U.S. hydrate program received renewed focus in 2014.

Art Johnson

Hydrate Energy International

Kenner, Louisiana

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The call for abstracts has been issued for the next Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, which will be held July 20-22 in San Antonio.

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The second annual Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, which once again threw a multidiscipline spotlight on new approaches, technology and science being used to develop unconventional plays, attracted more than 5,000 attendees– a 25 percent increase over last year’s inaugural event – to Denver’s Colorado Convention Center in late August.

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Conventional hydrocarbon resources have been associated with pre-Devonian petroleum systems across the globe. Although individual accumulations can be quite significant, the relative importance of pre-Devonian-derived oils is limited compared to the global conventional resource-base. With growing interest in unconventional resources, the relative importance of these systems is expected to increase as plays develop.

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There has been a revival in the interest in hydrocarbon source rock characterization associated with the growing interest in unconventional resources where these fine-grained sediments represent the complete petroleum system. To-date, the primary focus has been on marine unconventional systems. Consider, however, if lacustrine systems may represent future unconventional opportunities in areas where the conventional resource-base is dominated by lacustrine-sourced oil. There are a number of key differences in the nature of these systems that should be considered when assessing.

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This year, URTeC has added an enhanced preview of “Coming Attractions.” In addition to looking at established plays, URTeC will provide significant information about emerging unconventional resource possibilities in North America and around the world.
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Sydney Australia 08 September, 2015 13 September, 2015 18991 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/FT2-Geotour-in-Central-Australia-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Production, Engineering, Conventions, Technical Program, Structure, Fold and Thrust Belts, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Basin Modeling, Source Rock, Petroleum Systems, Field Trips, Pre-Convention
 
Sydney, Australia
8-13 September 2015
Led by a specialist geologist, experience this trip across the geology of the Amadeus Basin. The trip includes the dramatic Uluru — at both sunrise and sunset — and the indigenous cultural centre, Kings Canyon and luxury camping under the scintillating outback sky at the wilderness lodge. It will travel through the Australian outback to the spectacular geology and landscapes of Ormiston Gorge and Ellery Creek, West MacDonnell Ranges.
Whanganui New Zealand 09 September, 2015 12 September, 2015 18996 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/FT3-Pilo-Pleistocene-Shelf-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Conventions, Technical Program, Reservoir Characterization, Engineering, Seismic Attributes, Structure, Salt Tectonics, Tectonics (General), Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Petroleum Systems, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Sequence Stratigraphy, Field Trips, Pre-Convention
 
Whanganui, New Zealand
9-12 September 2015

This four-day trip to the internationally-significant Wanganui Basin and North Taranaki coastal sections will examine Late Miocene to Pleistocene components of shelf- to basin-floor depositional systems deposited during an overall tectonically-controlled regressive phase. We will examine and discuss the interplay between tectonics and sea-level change, and the reservoir architecture and sequence stratigraphic framework of these well-exposed rocks. The outcrop geology will be supported by a range of seismic, well and supplementary industry data.

Melbourne Australia 10 September, 2015 13 September, 2015 18997 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/FT4-The-Gippsland-Basin-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Clastics, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Marine, Engineering, Conventions, Technical Program, Structure, Fold and Thrust Belts, Deepwater Turbidites, Sequence Stratigraphy, Geomechanics and Fracture Analysis, Fluvial Deltaic Systems, Carbonates, Carbonate Reefs, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Petroleum Systems, Reservoir Characterization, 3D Seismic, Seismic Attributes, Field Trips, Pre-Convention
 
Melbourne, Australia
10-13 September 2015

This trip will visit the breathtaking coastal outcrops of turbidites, carbonate platforms, fluvial sediments and pillow lavas along the cliffs southeast of Melbourne. Come scramble down craggy slopes at Cape Liptrap to view superb outcrop-scale fold and thrust structures in Devonian turbidites, then take a 5 km hike along the adjacent coast where Cambrian ophiolites and exhumed amphibolites, faulted against trilobite-hosting Ordovician marls and Devonian reefal carbonates will be revealed. This will be followed by a trip to a site of Early Cretaceous fluvial rift sediments deposited during the initial separation of Antarctica from Australia to open the Gippsland Basin.

Sydney Australia 11 September, 2015 12 September, 2015 19011 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/FT5-Tidally-Influenced-Strata-of-the-Hawkesbury-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Conventions, Technical Program, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Sequence Stratigraphy, Clastics, Marine, Slope, Shelf Sand Deposits, Sheet Sand Deposits, Carbonates, (Carbonate) Shelf Sand Deposits, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Petroleum Systems, Structure, Geomechanics and Fracture Analysis, Field Trips, Pre-Convention
 
Sydney, Australia
11-12 September 2015

The Hawkesbury Sandstone is the foundation on which the city of Sydney was built. This trip will allow discussion of the sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of the Hawkesbury Sandstone by examining outcrops around the scenic Sydney Harbour and in spectacular coastal cliffs in National Parks close to the city. The sandstone displays a wide variety of sedimentary structures combined with superb scenery offering many opportunities for photographers.

Melbourne Australia 13 September, 2015 13 September, 2015 20059 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/hero-geochemistry-and-modeling-unconventional-petroleum-systems.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Conventions, Short Courses, ICE 2015, Pre-Convention, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Petroleum Systems, Geophysics, Direct Hydrocarbon Indicators, Oil Sands, Oil Shale, Shale Gas, Tight Gas Sands
 
Melbourne, Australia
13 September 2015

This course is a non-numerical introduction to the use of geochemistry and BPSM to better understanding unconventional resources. This course is designed to provide participants with new information on unconventional and sweet spot identification that is not normally available in routine service company courses.

Melbourne Australia 17 September, 2015 19 September, 2015 19054 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/FT7-Geological-Overview-and-CO2-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Conventions, Technical Program, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Petroleum Systems, Carbonates, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Carbonate Platforms, Clastics, Fluvial Deltaic Systems, Field Trips, Post-Convention
 
Melbourne, Australia
17-19 September 2015
The focus of this trip is on the geologic history of the region, its hydrocarbon systems, and its potential for carbon sequestration.
Sydney Australia 17 September, 2015 18 September, 2015 19048 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/FT6-Blue-Mountains-World-Heritage-Area-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Conventions, Technical Program, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Sequence Stratigraphy, Clastics, Conventional Sandstones, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Petroleum Systems, Source Rock, Field Trips, Post-Convention
 
Sydney, Australia
17-18 September 2015

Experience the World Heritage Exhibition Centre in the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and various geosites including the iconic Triassic sandstone landscapes at Govetts Leap and Echo Point. 

Melbourne Australia 17 September, 2015 22 September, 2015 19067 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/FT9-Salt-Diapirs-and-Salt-Sheets-Thomas-Hearon-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Conventions, Technical Program, Subsalt Traps, Structural Traps, Structure, Salt Tectonics, Evaporites, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Salt, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Petroleum Systems, Field Trips, Post-Convention
 
Melbourne, Australia
17-22 September 2015
This field trip will focus on outcrop exposures of Neoproterozoic salt diapirs, salt sheets and associated growth strata in the central and northern Flinders Ranges, South Australia.
Tulsa Oklahoma United States 06 October, 2015 08 October, 2015 13608 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/sc-basic-petroleum-geology-for-the-non-geologist.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Structure, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Geophysics, Engineering, Petrophysics and Well Logs, Basin Modeling, Source Rock, Petroleum Systems, Production
 
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
6-8 October 2015

Here is an introduction to the tools and techniques that geologists and geophysicists use to locate gas and oil, that drillers use to drill the wells and that petroleum engineers use to test and complete the wells and produce the gas and oil. Exercises throughout the course provide practical experience in well log correlation, contouring, interpretation of surface and subsurface, contoured maps, seismic interpretation, well log interpretation, and decline curve analysis.

Croydon United Kingdom 11 November, 2015 11 November, 2015 21835 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/er-gtw-basin-mastery-11Nov-2015-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Basin Modeling, Maturation, Migration, Oil and Gas Analysis, Petroleum Systems, Source Rock, Thermal History, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Structure, Tectonics (General), Structural Analysis (Other)
 
Croydon, United Kingdom
11 November 2015

This is the first of three Basin Mastery workshops provided by AAPG Europe and PESGB at the PESGB headquarters in Croydon. The course aims to take delegates from basin-to-play-to-prospect though a detailed exploration history and specific areas of expertise including structural geology and petroleum systems. This first workshop focuses on Myanmar (onshore and offshore basins).

Geneva Switzerland 23 November, 2015 25 November, 2015 22041 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/er-ws-geochronology-applied-hero-geneva.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Petroleum Systems, Thermal History
 
Geneva, Switzerland
23-25 November 2015

Make plans to attend the AAPG Workshop called, "Geochronology Applied to Petroleum Geology" on November 23-25, 2015 at the University of in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop provides 2 days of lectures, one half-day with lab tours and a round-table discussion.

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.
Houston Texas United States 01 December, 2015 03 December, 2015 13609 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/sc-basic-petroleum-geology-for-the-non-geologist.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Structure, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Geophysics, Engineering, Petrophysics and Well Logs, Basin Modeling, Source Rock, Petroleum Systems, Production
 
Houston, Texas, United States
1-3 December 2015

Here is an introduction to the tools and techniques that geologists and geophysicists use to locate gas and oil, that drillers use to drill the wells and that petroleum engineers use to test and complete the wells and produce the gas and oil. Exercises throughout the course provide practical experience in well log correlation, contouring, interpretation of surface and subsurface, contoured maps, seismic interpretation, well log interpretation, and decline curve analysis.

Croydon United Kingdom 19 January, 2016 19 January, 2016 21837 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/er-gtw-basin-mastery-19Jan2016-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Structure, Tectonics (General), Structural Analysis (Other), Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Basin Modeling, Maturation, Migration, Oil and Gas Analysis, Petroleum Systems, Source Rock, Thermal History
 
Croydon, United Kingdom
19 January 2016

This is the second of three Basin Mastery workshops provided by AAPG Europe and PESGB at the PESGB headquarters in Croydon. The course aims to take delegates from basin-to-play-to-prospect though a detailed exploration history and specific areas of expertise including structural geology and petroleum systems. This second workshop focuses on Greenland and Labrador basins.

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.

Sharm el Sheikh Egypt 18 March, 2016 19 March, 2016 22043 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ws-Hammam-Faraun-Fault-line-scarp-Gulf-of-Suez-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Petroleum Systems, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Structure, Tectonics (General), Structural Traps, Stratigraphic Traps
 
Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
18-19 March 2016
This interdisciplinary two-day workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to describe and discuss the Sinai basins from a holistic perspective, to consider predictive exploration models for the less explored regions and perhaps gain new insights for those areas thought to be already mature. Experts on the Eastern Mediterranean-Levant, Nile Delta, Gulf of Suez, Northern Red Sea, Gulf of Aqaba-Dead Sea, and Sinai interior basins will lead the sessions. The workshop is organized by the AAPG Africa Region and the Egyptian Petroleum Exploration Society.
Croydon United Kingdom 22 March, 2016 22 March, 2016 21839 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/er-gtw-basin-mastery-22mar2016-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Structure, Structural Analysis (Other), Tectonics (General), Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Basin Modeling, Maturation, Migration, Oil and Gas Analysis, Petroleum Systems, Source Rock, Thermal History
 
Croydon, United Kingdom
22 March 2016

This is the last of three Basin Mastery workshops provided by AAPG Europe and PESGB at the PESGB headquarters in Croydon. The course aims to take delegates from basin-to-play-to-prospect though a detailed exploration history and specific areas of expertise including structural geology and petroleum systems. This final workshop focuses on the Atlantic Equatorial Basins.

Online Training
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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.

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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.

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