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Presented by two of the world's largest and leading scientific organizations, AAPG and SEG, ICE 2016 returns to Latin America — this time to beautiful Cancun, Mexico, with host societies the Mexican Association of Exploration Geophysicists (AMGE), the Mexican Association of Petroleum Geologists (AMGP) and AAPG Latin America Region.

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Ensure your brand, ideas and innovations are on the front lines as these exciting changes unfold in the Mexican oil and gas sector. Book your exhibit space and secure a sponsorship at ICE 2016 Cancun today!

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Presented by two of the world's largest and leading scientific organizations, AAPG and SEG, ICE 2016 returns to Latin America — this time to beautiful Cancun, Mexico, with host societies the Mexican Association of Exploration Geophysicists (AMGE), the Mexican Association of Petroleum Geologists (AMGP) and AAPG Latin America Region.

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Explorer Division Column DPA

 

Geoscientists working in all types of organizations and roles, including multinationals, small startups, consulting firms and government or academic institutions, become leaders when they have attained the technical and business competence and standard of professional conduct to cause other people to value their contributions, act upon their recommendations and place trust in their judgment.

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Explorer Emphasis

 

Basins around the world hold identified potential for unconventional resource development and a combination of exploration, assessment and evaluation seems certain to uncover other favorable plays.

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In a time of low energy prices and market volatility, it is more important than ever for energy professionals to develop the tools to stay competitive and efficient. The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), set for May 2-5 in Houston, provides the perfect opportunity.

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Explorer Historical Highlight

 

When one of us joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1980, seven out of 27 young professionals in the basic training course were Swiss – a remarkable number of students from a tiny country that does not produce oil or gas. The term “Swiss mafia” was coined by our Dutch colleagues, and it wasn’t meant in a complimentary sense.

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The idea of nationalizing Venezuela’s oil industry had been in the wind for a few years leading up to 1976, and conditions in the global oil market lent considerable momentum to the popularity of the proposal. Weighed in the balance of 40 years of hindsight, though, nationalization has proven to be nothing short of tragic for the nation’s oil and gas sector.
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Explorer President’s Column

 

As we approach our 100th year as an association, the obstacles we face threaten to overshadow the mission. The struggle to adapt to the changing industry environment has dominated the landscape and AAPG is coming off a second consecutive year of declining revenues, with an outcome of restructuring and continued austerity. Despite these challenges, AAPG is leveling-off with a nearly balanced budget, and I remain focused on the primary missions of the Association.

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This is my last column as your president. It has been an honor to have the membership elect me and put your trust in my abilities to run our organization in our 99th year. History may show my presidency to have been during the worst downturn in the industry in a hundred years, but for me, I would not have changed anything.

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Field Seminar

ICE FT 01 | Recent Sedimentation in the Mexican Caribbean Shore  
Cancun, Mexico
3-5 September 2016

The objective of this field trip is to visit locations in the Mexican Caribbean Shore, to study recent sedimentary environments in carbonates related to coastal dunes, oolite sedimentation by eolian activity (eolinites), fracture systems in the Yucatan Platform, and their possible relationship with the formation of inlet, as well as modern sedimentary environments for the development of current reefs.

Short Course

ICE SC 08 | Salt Tectonics of the Gulf of Mexico (AAPG)  
Cancun, Mexico
10-11 September 2016

This two-day short course will provide an overview of salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), including both the US and Mexican portions of the basin. It will cover a range of topics ranging from the fundamental mechanics of salt-related deformation to the regional distribution of different structural styles, including relevant aspects of extensional, contractional, vertical, and allochthonous salt tectonics. It is intended for geoscientists with different levels of expertise, from those new to the GoM or salt tectonics to those with years of experience in exploring in this complex basin.

ICE SC 07 | Advanced Sequence Stratigraphic Applications for Exploration (SEPM)  
Cancun, Mexico
5-6 September 2016

This course is designed to provide geoscientists with more advanced methods in sequence stratigraphy to recognize, interpret, and map the key play elements of the petroleum system (reservoir, seal, and source rock). The course will cover problems of predicting play element presence, distribution, and quality from business scales ranging from Exploration to Production.

ICE SC 06 | 3C Seismic and VSP: Converted Waves and Vector Wavefield Applications (SEG)  
Cancun, Mexico
5 September 2016

3C seismic applications provide enhanced rock property characterization of the reservoir that can complement P-wave methods. The continued interest in converted P- to S-waves (PS-waves) and vertical seismic profiles (VSPs) has resulted in the steady development of advanced vector wavefield techniques. Shear waves are coupled with P-waves, and although they do not respond to fluid properties of the medium they are nevertheless very sensitive to anisotropy and provide direct estimates of shear moduli (rigidities).

ICE SC 05 | Seismic Interpretation in Deep Water Basins (SEG)  
Cancun, Mexico
5-6 September 2016

This course is based on the systematic, comparative interpretation of modern, long offset, regional seismic profiles with time and depth migration and several suites of selected 3-D data in the deep-water realm from around the world.

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