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His extensive research on carbonates coupled with his globally renowned carbonate training programs for scientists of all ages and skill sets, have earned Harris this year’s AAPG Sidney Powers Memorial Award.
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Petroleum geology’s advancement as a source of prosperity and a driver of human industry and progress around the world is the essence of AAPG’s mission – and nowhere is the ground more fertile for that mission to bear fruit than in the Middle East.
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This lecture will discuss the differences between carbonates and siliciclastics from their chemical composition through their distributions in time and space. Building on these fundamental differences, we will explore the challenges carbonates pose to petroleum geologists in terms of seismic interpretation, reservoir quality prediction, field development, etc. Peppered with humorous personal stories, still raging academic debates, and the heartfelt frustrations of real industry professionals, the aim is to inspire students and young professionals to rise to the occasion and embrace the reservoir rocks that petroleum geologists love to hate.

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The Upper Jurassic Smackover formation in northern Louisiana and surrounding states has been explored and drilled for decades, but has only recently seen the sophisticated approach needed to decipher its challenging geology.

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Equipping you to be a world-class geoscientist is our goal here at AAPG. It’s why we exist as a scientific and professional association: To assist you throughout your career to stay at the top of your game.

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The call for abstracts deadline is Jan. 15 for the next AAPG International Conference and Exhibition – a meeting that will be historic on many levels. This year’s ICE will be held Sept. 13-16 in Melbourne, Australia – the first time AAPG has used that city as a setting for ICE.

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The call for abstracts is open for the next AAPG International Conference and Exhibition – a meeting that will be historic on many levels. The 2015 ICE will be held Sept. 13-16 in the beautiful city of Melbourne, Australia– the first time ever AAPG has used that city as a setting for ICE. The meeting will be hosted by the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia.

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The relatively recent, very large discoveries offshore Brazil have put pre-salt exploration in the South Atlantic back in the foreground. Pre-salt exploration history, however, is far more ancient and marked with some major successes – but also many failures. Here’s a brief overview of this exploration in West Africa until the M’Boundi discovery, which will be described in detail as it brings some lessons that readers can discover for themselves.

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At first glance it seems there’s not much overtly new about drilling in the Mississippi Lime – or overtly new about the Mississippi Lime play, either, for that matter – a play that oozes from northern Oklahoma through southern Kansas (and some say, perhaps, to Nebraska).

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Unconventional plays are producing hundreds of wells within relatively small spaces, and all are cranking out more data than any human could possibly track. It’s a fact that has driven the oil and gas industry to search for technology that can intelligently quantify such data and increase the odds of a discovery.

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In-Person Training
Houston Texas United States 29 February, 2016 01 March, 2016 1348 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ec-wec-carbonate-reservoir-geology-understanding-depositional.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Carbonates, Phanerozoic, Geologic Age, Mesozoic, Paleozoic, Reservoir Characterization/Modeling, Geology, Carbonate Rocks, Petrophysics and Well Logs, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling
 
Houston, Texas, United States
29 February - 1 March 2016

The course starts with patterns of carbonate deposition and moves on to an examination of modern analogs for ancient sediments, diagenesis, and select case histories of Paleozoic and Mesozoic basin reservoirs.

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Houston, Texas, United States
2 March 2016

This course will alternate between lectures and practical exercises involving cores, logs and seismic data.

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Houston, Texas, United States
2 March 2016
This course will evaluate data from the nano- to macro-scale in order to show how different types of data can be integrated in the evaluation of organic shale reservoirs.
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Houston, Texas, United States
3-4 March 2016

The course starts with patterns of carbonate deposition and moves on to an examination of modern analogs for ancient sediments, diagenesis, and select case histories of Paleozoic and Mesozoic basin reservoirs.

Las Negras Spain 07 April, 2016 12 April, 2016 31 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/fs-Play-Concepts-and-Controls-on-Porosity-in-Carbonate-Reservoir-Analogs.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Carbonates, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Carbonate Platforms, Carbonate Reefs, Evaporites, Engineering, Reservoir Characterization, Dolostones
 
Las Negras, Spain
7-12 April 2016

The field seminar develops and evaluates the sequence stratigraphic framework and controls on location and reservoir character of Upper Miocene-Pliocene carbonate sequences from a variety of carbonate systems within the context of the regional paleogeography.

Bari Italy 07 April, 2016 09 April, 2016 27040 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/Fractured-Carbonate-Reservoirs-Discussion-Group-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Carbonates, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Carbonate Platforms
 
Bari, Italy
7-9 April 2016

This field trip gives participants a chance to look at different carbonate depositional settings ranging from internal platform/lagoon to platform margin and to slope and basinal. In these different depositional settings different types of carbonate sediments were accumulated with different textural and petrophysical characteristics and different depositional geometries.

Amwaj Islands Bahrain 11 April, 2016 13 April, 2016 24063 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/gtw2016me-mature-basins-hero-3.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Basin Modeling, Maturation, Geophysics, Seismic, Migration, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Carbonates, Petrophysics and Well Logs
 
Amwaj Islands, Bahrain
11-13 April 2016
An AAPG workshop dedicated to advancing ideas and technology to find undiscovered resources in mature basins. The workshop will delve into methodology for hydrocarbons Yet-to-Find estimation.
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Bari, Italy
26-27 April 2016

Many factors and processes contribute to imparting an extraordinary complexity to carbonate reservoirs and source rocks. This unique complexity makes exploration and production of the huge petroleum resources hosted in carbonate sequences a very challenging task. This meeting follows the success of the conference held in Naples in April 2014 and aims at bringing together experts of different disciplines from the academia and the oil and gas industry. We invite you to share your experience on new approaches, new tools and new ways of integrating geological and geophysical information that can help in reducing the uncertainties related to the characterization and modeling of carbonate sequences and reservoirs.

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Bari, Italy
26-27 April 2016
"After a very succesful meeting on "Mesozoic and Cenozoic carbonates of the Neo-Tethys: old and new concepts for petroleum exploration" held in Naples in 2014 it is now time to regroup and share new data and ideas on the best ways to explore for carbonate plays and to improve the exploitation of carbonate reservoirs
Rio de Janeiro Brazil 18 May, 2016 19 May, 2016 24695 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/exploration-production-challenges-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Business and Economics, Economics, Reserve Estimation, Resource Estimates, Risk Analysis, Development and Operations, Engineering, Conventional Drilling, Geophysics, Seismic, Carbonates, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, (Carbonate) Shelf Sand Deposits, Carbonate Platforms, Clastics, Conventional Sandstones, Deep Sea / Deepwater, Deepwater Turbidites, Marine, Reservoir Characterization, Structural Traps, Subsalt Traps, Stratigraphic Traps
 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
18-19 May 2016

A Geosciences technology workshop hosted by the Associação Brasileira de Geólogos de Petróleo  (ABGP) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Tulsa Oklahoma United States 20 May, 2016 20 May, 2016 24033 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/oc-es-recognizing-unconventional-pay-from-wireline-logs.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Petrophysics and Well Logs, Engineering, Reservoir Characterization, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Carbonates
 
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
20 May 2016
A review of the basic principles of carbonate well logging including a series of lectures on the different carbonate port types and the different logging methods used to  .
Calgary Alberta Canada 17 June, 2016 17 June, 2016 23769 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ACE-2016-SC-03-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Member, Student, Short Courses, Conventions, Pre-Convention, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Carbonates
 
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
17 June 2016

This course will review the characteristics of several low permeability (or tight) carbonate reservoirs through a lecture /core display format. Low permeability carbonate reservoirs in the Wabamun, Muskeg, Zama, Debolt/Elkton, Nisku, Souris River, Torquay, and Midale Formations will be reviewed.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
18 June 2016

The tour will lead participants up the Stanley Glacier trail, through the notorious burn zone of 2003, now a beautiful regrowth area, and up to the Burgess shale outcrop where views of the Stanley Glacier valley are spectacular.

This one day field trip targets recent earth sciences graduates and working Young Professionals from all over the world to meet and bond with fellow peers in the beautiful setting of Stanley Glacier and Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park. Please note this is not a student field trip.

Calgary Alberta Canada 23 June, 2016 24 June, 2016 23904 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/3-d-seismic-revives-dormant-field-in-oman-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Member, Short Courses, Conventions, Post-Convention, Geophysics, Seismic, Petrophysics and Well Logs, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Carbonates
 
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
23-24 June 2016

This two-day workshop provides an introduction to the application of carbonate facies, diagenesis, and seismic sequence stratigraphy to exploration and production. This includes marine and lacustrine systems, and conventional and unconventional carbonate reservoirs. The workshop combines seismic, well log and rock data, and the concepts of sequence stratigraphy to develop interpretations that help predict carbonate hydrocarbon systems, and characterize carbonate reservoirs and seals. At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to integrate carbonate and sequence stratigraphy principles to their work.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
24-26 June 2016

This trip is designed to examine the components of one of these unconventional systems, the Bakken-equivalent Exshaw and lower Banff of the southern Alberta Rockies. The latest Devonian to earliest Mississippian Exshaw Formation and overlying black shale of the lower Banff Formation provide an opportunity to see a coeval outcrop analogue of the Bakken petroleum system in the Williston Basin.

Calgary Alberta Canada 25 June, 2016 26 June, 2016 23974 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ACE-2016-FT-15-hero.JPG?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Field Trips, Conventions, Post-Convention, Carbonates, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Dolostones, Clastics, Marine
 
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
25-26 June 2016

This field trip focuses on the Montney Formation in the Foothills and Front Ranges outcrop belt in the Alberta Rockies immediately west of Calgary and provides a review of facies patterns in a variety of proximal and distal basinal settings.

Casper Wyoming United States 22 August, 2016 26 August, 2016 24361 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/fs-Casper-Fracture-School.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Structure, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Geophysics, Engineering, Petrophysics and Well Logs, Geomechanics and Fracture Analysis, Clastics, Carbonates, Seismic, Reservoir Characterization, Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs
 
Casper, Wyoming, United States
22-26 August 2016

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn all the aspects related to the understanding and modeling of fractured reservoirs. Attendees will take geologic concepts and use them in reservoir modeling through hands-on sessions devoted to the examination of outcrop, core and log data. They will use that information and a software to create 3D fractured reservoir models. Using actual Teapot Dome (Wyoming, USA) field data from the Tensleep and Niobrara Shale formations and a hands-on approach, the workshop allows the geoscientist to identify fractures and to construct predictive 3D fracture models that can be used to identify productive zones, plan wells and to create fracture porosity and permeability models for reservoir simulation.

Salt Lake City Utah United States 18 September, 2016 25 September, 2016 151 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/FS-lacustrine-basin-exploration-2014.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Carbonates, Clastics, Lacustrine Deposits, Oil Shale, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Source Rock, Fluvial Deltaic Systems, Petrophysics and Well Logs, Geophysics, Seismic
 
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
18-25 September 2016

Participants will learn a specific and comprehensive methodology for finding and developing conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources associated with lake deposits. The seminar will start with the Quaternary Bonneville basin in Utah, to build familiarity with lacustrine depositional processes. Participants then examine world-famous exposures of organic-rich mudstone, fluvial sandstone, and carbonate microbialite facies in Wyoming.

Naples Italy 01 October, 2016 07 October, 2016 36 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/fs-carb-complex-carbonate-reservoirs-sedimentation.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Carbonates, Structure, Fold and Thrust Belts, Engineering, Reservoir Characterization, Carbonate Platforms
 
Naples, Italy
1-7 October 2016

The main part of the field seminar will focus on the description of the fractured carbonates and the extrapolation from the outcrop observations to the subsurface for building geologically plausible reservoir models.

Online Training
19 March, 2015 19 March, 2015 16283 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/New-Insights-into-the-Stratigraphic-Framework-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
19 March 2015

A detailed biostratigraphic analysis and stratigraphic framework of the Paleocene and Eocene Chicontepec Formation in the Tampico-Misantla basin, onshore eastern Mexico, was conducted using 33 wells.

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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.

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30 August 2012

The entire Middle Pennsylvanian–to–top Precambrian basement (500 m) interval was cored in early 2011 in the BEREXCO Wellington KGS #1-32 well in Wellington Field, Sumner County, KS.

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24 October 2013

This e-symposium will be introducing signal processing techniques as a means to maximize extracting geomechanical data from petrophysical logs.

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10 November 2011

This work investigates how heterogeneity can be defined and how we can quantify this term by describing a range of statistical heterogeneity (e.g. coefficient of variation and the Lorenz coefficient).

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1 January 2013 - 1 January 9999

There are more approximately 1,000 oil and gas fields in the world that have been classified as "giant," containing more than 500 million barrels of recoverable oil and /or 3 trillion cubic feet of gas.

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21 February 2013

The course will review core data, petrophysical comparisons, rock physics modeling (including pseudo logs and mechanical properties).

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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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11 November 2010

This e-symposium is ideal for geologists, geophysicists, engineers and other geoscientists who are involved in gas shale exploration and production.

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