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In the coming year, the Energy Minerals Division is looking to improve and expand its information delivery system. EMD also is seeking volunteers to fill a number of vacant section and region councilor positions.
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The Wolfcamp formation in the Permian’s Delaware Basin kicks out impressive volumes of hydrocarbons. The play is considered to have great promise, as it’s currently viewed as a kind of adolescent in terms of its maturity.
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Over the past ten years, oil and natural gas production has boomed. At the same time, the public has grown more concerned about the impact of energy production on health, safety and the environment. This presents an especially interesting science policy problem because of the paucity of scientific data regarding the sources, composition and volumes of air and water emissions from oil and gas operations. These data are necessary to guide emission-mitigation technology and regulation.

This presentation will examine two examples of data limitations that affect energy policy.

  • Several years ago, hydraulic fracturing was indicted for causing methane in Appalachian aquifers. However, a careful look at historic data and new geochemical studies show that most of the methane is naturally occurring, and from formations other than the Marcellus. Thus, policies simply banning hydraulic fracturing may do little to solve this problem.
  • Scientists have long known that energy production may be associated with increased seismicity and recently hydraulic fracturing and wastewater disposal wells have been implicated in the increasing numbers of small, felt earthquakes in the mid-continent. Recent research shows that a small percentage of wastewater injection wells and an even smaller percentage of hydraulic fracturing treatments are inducing earthquakes. In addition, the results of mitigation procedures implemented in Oklahoma will soon be available.
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In the past 15 years global methane hydrate research has moved from predicting general locations where deposits might occur to drilling and testing potentially commercial subsurface deposits offshore and in the Arctic. Now, the United States, Japan, South Korea and India are launching additional offshore drilling and production tests.

Why should care about methane hydrates? First, the world will continue to depend on fossil fuels well past 2040, and natural gas is the cleanest option. Second, some countries that have little indigenous energy have potentially large methane hydrate resources--Japan, South Korea and India for example. Therefore, methane hydrate production could change the dynamics of global energy trade. Finally, methane hydrates occur in low concentrations on the seafloor and in shallow subsea sediments around the world, including the arctic. Research is needed to understand the conditions under which these hydrates may dissociate and release methane.

This presentation will review the current research and field tests, and evaluate the potential for future natural gas production from hydrates.
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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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There’s little that’s conventional about this year’s UnconventionalResources Technology Conference URTeC), slated this year for a newlocation and boasting a technical program that is cutting edge in content and expertise. URTeC 2015 will be held July 20-22 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
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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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In-Person Training
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.
Lagos Nigeria 22 February, 2016 24 February, 2016 21922 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/sequence-stratigraphy-concepts-principles-applications-clastic-depositional-environments-02feb-2016-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Engineering, Reservoir Characterization, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Source Rock, Petrophysics and Well Logs, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Clastics, Conventional Sandstones, Deep Sea / Deepwater, Deepwater Turbidites, Eolian Sandstones, Estuarine Deposits, Fluvial Deltaic Systems, High Stand Deposits, Incised Valley Deposits, Lacustrine Deposits, Low Stand Deposits, Marine, Regressive Deposits, Sheet Sand Deposits, Shelf Sand Deposits, Slope, Transgressive Deposits, Sequence Stratigraphy, Deep Basin Gas, Diagenetic Traps, Stratigraphic Traps, Structural Traps
 
Lagos, Nigeria
22-24 February 2016
Sequence stratigraphy provides a framework for the integration of geological, geophysical, biostratigraphic and engineering data, with the aim of predicting the distribution of reservoir, source rock and seal lithologies. It gives the geoscientist a powerful predictive tool for regional basin analysis, shelf-to-basin correlation, and characterization of reservoir heterogeneity. This course will examine the underlying geological principles, processes and terminology related to sequence stratigraphic interpretation. The strength of this course is the application of these basic principles to subsurface datasets in a series of well-founded exercises.
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/AAPG-SPE-Forum-Reality-Based-Reservoir-Development-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 24 November, 2015 24 November, 2015 20582 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/fs-field-trip-to-the-modern-sabkha-environment-abu-dhabi-11nov-2015-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Sequence Stratigraphy, Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs, Field Trips, Conventions, Meeting Field Trip
 
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
24 November 2015
The modern carbonate-evaporite depositional environments along the Abu Dhabi shoreline and offshore Abu Dhabi belong to the few areas of the world where the geoscientist can observe the interplay between carbonate and evaporite sedimentation.
Ras al-Khaimah United Arab Emirates 24 November, 2015 25 November, 2015 20580 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/fs-field-trip-to-the-kharaib-and-shuaiba-formations-11nov-2015-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Sequence Stratigraphy, Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs, Field Trips, Conventions, Meeting Field Trip
 
Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
24-25 November 2015
The field trip will take you to outcrops of the Musandam Peninsula of Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE equivalent in age and architecture to the producing Shuaiba and Kharaib formations in the subsurface of the Arabian Peninsula. Outcrops are of seismic scale and thus provide field-scale cross-sections that help to refine sequence stratigraphic and facies models, and aid to the understanding of reservoir geometry distribution, and reservoir continuity in the subsurface. Registration deadline for this overnight field trip is 25 September 2015.
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.
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.

Muscat Oman 18 January, 2016 20 January, 2016 16517 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/gtw2016me-hydrocarbon-seals-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Subsalt Traps, Structural Traps, Stratigraphic Traps, Diagenetic Traps, Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs, Reservoir Characterization, Engineering, Seismic Attributes, Geochemical Fingerprinting, 3D Seismic, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Sequence Stratigraphy, Evaporites, Clastics, Carbonates, Structure, Fold and Thrust Belts, Compressional Systems, Geomechanics and Fracture Analysis, Production, Drive Mechanisms
 
Muscat, Oman
18-20 January 2016

This three-day workshop has the primary goal to share knowledge, case studies, techniques and workflows pertaining to the understanding and prediction of hydrocarbon seals for exploration and production in the Middle East. These seals range in age from Pre-Cambrian to Tertiary.    

Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 23 November, 2015 25 November, 2015 16396 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/gtw2015me-carbonate-reservoirs-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Sequence Stratigraphy
 
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
23-25 November 2015

This three-day workshop is dedicated to sharing knowledge, ideas and workflows in exploring for and developing hydrocarbon bearing carbonate reservoirs of the Middle East. The workshop will emphasize case studies involving field scale reservoir characterization to regional scale lithofacies distribution, depositional models and sequence stratigraphy.

Online Training
23 April, 2015 23 April, 2015 16809 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/an-analytical-model-for-shale-gas-permeability-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
23 April 2015
Recent laboratory studies have revealed previously unknown behaviors in shale gas which unlock secrets of permeability and sweet spots in shale gas reservoirs. The presentation presents the findings and also goes into detail about how the new information can be applied in order to potentially improve recovery in reservoirs.
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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.

02 December, 2014 02 December, 2014 11967 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/esymp-multiscale-modeling-of-gas-transport-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
2 December 2014

The gas transport in organic-rich shales involves different length-scales, from organic and inorganic pores to macro- and macrofractures. In order to upscale the fluid transport from nanoscale (flow through nanopores) to larger scales (to micro- and macrofractures), multicontinuum methodology is planned to be used.

30 October, 2014 30 October, 2014 11390 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/sc-kerogen-maturity-determinations.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
30 October 2014

Cross disciplinary workflows play an important part of successful characterization of shale reservoirs. This course discusses how the artificial kerogen maturity of organic-rich Green River shale affects the petrophysical, micro-structural, geochemical and elastic properties.

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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1 January 2014 - 1 January 9999

Learn to critically evaluate current issues that can impact growth and sustainability of oil and gas ventures.

24 October, 2013 24 October, 2013 1499 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/oc-es-geomechanical-data-from-petrophysical-logs.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
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 May 2012

Recognition and Correlation of the Eagle Ford, Austin Formations in South Texas can be enhanced with High Resolution Biostratigraphy, fossil abundance peaks and Maximum Flooding Surfaces correlated to Upper Cretaceous sequence stratigraphic cycle chart after Gradstein, 2010.

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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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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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