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The past 30+ years have witnessed a wide variety of exploration strategies and a number of technological “revolutions” in the search for oil and gas. Although the exploration landscape and tools of the trade are so different than they were in the early 1980’s, in one aspect we appear to have come full circle, realizing that a deep understanding of our basins is the critical element in any success.
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Channel belts are the principle reservoirs in fluvial systems. The degree to which these belts are merged or separated is a critical determiner for reservoir volumes. The degree to which reservoirs within belts are connected is equally critical.

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The generation of point bars by lateral accretion during lateral expansion and downstream translation of river meanders is a well described process, and a primary means for generation of sandy bar reservoirs within fluvial strata. Further examination of this process in modern and ancient settings points, however, to a wide variation on this simple theme.

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The New Madid seismic zone (NMSZ) is the second highest risk area for earthquake hazard in the United States. Its fame arises from a cluster of at least three great earthquakes during the winter of 1811/1812 that shook most of the North American continent. A repeat of these earthquakes would deeply impact the mid-continent region and potentially be devastating to the nearby cities of St. Louis and Memphis.

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Sequence stratigraphy is an evolving field that has thus defied all attempts at formalization. Part of this resistance to stability is because central assumptions core to the science maintain scrutiny and occasionally undergo either modification or full refute.

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The search for unconventional hydrocarbons is not new. It’s true that almost 100 years separated the early exploration successes in the synclinal valleys of Central Pennsylvania, to the exploitation of Coal-Bed Methane in a number of basins in the U.S. and Canada in the 1980’s. Since the 1980's, however, a quiet revolution began which by today has seen several waves of unconventional resources being pursued with economic success. Coal-bed methane was followed by the search for Center-Basin Gas, Shale Gas and most recently, Liquid-rich Shales (some of which aren't shales).

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The linkage of process to stratigraphic expression is based primarily upon the observation that modern depositional patterns replicate in the ancient. Uniformitarianism implies that this commonality in pattern translates to a commonality in causal mechanism.
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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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Denver Colorado United States 30 May, 2015 31 May, 2015 14522 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ace2015-ft-04-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Oil Sands, Oil Shale, Shale Gas, Tight Gas Sands, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Engineering, Reservoir Characterization, Field Trips, Conventions, Pre-Convention
Denver, Colorado, United States
30-31 May 2015

During this two-day field trip, we will examine classic exposures of the Middle to Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian to Campanian) strata in the Southern Denver Basin near Pueblo, Colorado.

Denver Colorado United States 30 May, 2015 30 May, 2015 14555 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ace2015-sc04-mudstones-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true ACE 2015, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Sequence Stratigraphy, Clastics, Oil Sands, Oil Shale, Shale Gas, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Source Rock, Petrophysics and Well Logs, Geophysics, Seismic, Geology, Sequence Stratigraphy Applications, Migration, Short Courses, Conventions, Pre-Convention
Denver, Colorado, United States
30 May 2015

This workshop combines interactive lectures and exercises addressing the expression of depositional sequences in mudstones on seismic, well-log, core and outcrop data. Examples include in the course will include the Marcellus Shale, New Albany Shale, Barnett Shale, Shublik Formation, Kimmeridge Clay Formation, Kingak Formation, Hue Shale, Mowry Shale, and Monterey Formation.

Denver Colorado United States 04 June, 2015 04 June, 2015 14646 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ace2015-sc18-mudrock-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true ACE 2015, SEPM, Oil Sands, Shale Gas, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Source Rock, Migration, Petrophysics and Well Logs, Short Courses, Conventions, Post-Convention
Denver, Colorado, United States
4 June 2015

This one-day course will review state-of-the-art techniques for characterizing mudrock reservoirs at the pore scale. Shale/mudrock structure and pore systems will be emphasized. It will conclude with applications of shale reservoir characterization using pore-scale imaging.

Golden Colorado United States 04 June, 2015 06 June, 2015 14707 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ace2015-ft-12-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Coalbed Methane, Oil Shale, Oil Sands, Shale Gas, Tight Gas Sands, Engineering, Reservoir Characterization, Field Trips, Conventions, Post-Convention
Golden, Colorado, United States
4-6 June 2015
This three-day field trip will examine examples of tight-oil reservoirs (Cretaceous Niobrara Formation, Codell member of Carlile Formation from the Denver and North Park basins), tight-gas reservoirs (Cretaceous J Sandstone, Codell and Williams Fork Sandstone, from both the Denver and Piceance basins), CBM reservoirs (Cretaceous Cameo Coals from the Piceance Basin) and potential oil shale resources (Green River Formation of the Piceance Basin).
Lakewood Colorado United States 04 June, 2015 04 June, 2015 14638 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ace2015-sc17-oil-sands-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true ACE 2015, SEPM, Oil Sands, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Clastics, Short Courses, Conventions, Post-Convention
Lakewood, Colorado, United States
4 June 2015

This course will focus on Cretaceous sandstones in the Powder River and D-J Basins, including the Turner, Codell, Shannon, Sussex, and Parkman Sandstones. Cores from both the USGS and company collections will be presented.

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.

San Antonio Texas United States 18 July, 2015 19 July, 2015 13769 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/hero-assessment-forecasting-and-decision-making-in-unconventional-resource-plays.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Business and Economics, Oil Sands, Oil Shale, Shale Gas, Tight Gas Sands, Coalbed Methane, Risk Analysis
San Antonio, Texas, United States
18-19 July 2015
This course is oriented towards the recognition and characterization of uncertainty in unconventional reservoirs. Starting with resource/reservoir assessment methods, it moves through the full unconventional value-chain. This two-day exercise and example filled workshop provides participants with the techniques and reasoning needed to validly assess the merits of the search for, and development of, unconventional resource plays.
Online Training
21 May, 2009 21 May, 2009 1443 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/oc-es-how-tight-is-your-gas.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
21 May 2009

This e-symposium introduces you to the practical benefits of thermal profiling for a variety of unconventional oil and gas projects, including tight gas sands, oil shale, low-gravity oil.

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