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Optimizing Exploration Workflows: Bridging Expertise between the Rockies and the Andes

Thursday, 9 May Friday, 10 May 2024, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Calgary, Canada

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AAPG’s Canada and Latin America & Caribbean Regions invite you to join us for Optimizing Exploration Workflows: Bridging Expertise between the Rockies and the Andes, a geosciences technology workshop (GTW) designed to facilitate learning, sharing, and open discussion among all attendees.  

The 2-day in-person workshop features a series of technical presentations, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities with technical experts from throughout the Americas.

The event is designed for geologists, geophysicists, technologists and business development professionals interested in exploring the potential for hydrocarbons and other resources in complex geological environments.

Thursday 9 May
08:00-08:15 Welcome and Introductions
Marc Enter, AAPG Canada Region President; Xavier Moonan, AAPG Latin America and Caribbean Region President; Ryan Lemiski, General CoChair-Canada Region; Elvira Gómez, General Co-Chair-Latin America and Caribbean Region
Session I: Tectonic Setting of the Western Canada and Andean Sedimentary Basins
Chairs: Ana Maria Goncalves, YPFB Chaco; Malcom Lamb, Shale Petroleum
08:15-09:00 Keynote: The Tectonic History, Phanerozoic Basin Evolution and Variations in Structural Style in the Canadian Rocky Mountains Fold and Thrust Belt
Mark Cooper1,2 Marian Warren3 (presenters); 1Geoconsulting Inc., 2University of Aberdeen, 3Jenner GeoConsulting Inc.
09:00-09:30 Predicting the Quality of Turbidite Reservoirs from the Paleocene-Eocene, Magallanes – Austral Basin, Chile
Enrique Zurita1 (presenter), Aldo Carpinelli1, Cristobal Agurto2,Jesus Sanchez1, Jose M. Valderrama2,Luis Soto1; 1Enap Sipetrol, 2Enap Magallanes
09:30-10:00 Characterization of Bituminous Sands in the Caguán–Putumayo Basin, Northern Andes, Colombia
Felipe Sandoval, Laura Camila Ballesteros (presenters); Universidad Nacional De Colombia, Agencia Nacional De Hidrocarburos, Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break and Poster Visits
10:30-11:00 Integrated Tectonic and Stratigraphic Components of Structurally Influenced Plays in the Foreland basin of Alberta.
Marian Warren, Jenner GeoConsulting Inc.
11:00-11:30 To be confirmed
11:30-12:00 Interactive Q&A with Participants, Presenters and Chairs
12:00-13:30 Lunch Break
Session II: Structure and Prospectivity of Fold and Thrust Belts
Chairs: Marian Warren, Jenner Consulting; Mark Cooper, University of Aberdeen
13:30-13:45 Poster Announcements
Poster Presenters
13:45-14:30 Keynote: Structural Styles in the Colombian Foothills supported by Seismic, Wells and Surface Geology Information
Mario Patiño (presenter), Jaime Martinez, Luis Soto, David Sanchez, Jaime Castellanos; Ecopetrol
14:30-15:00 Thin-skinned vs. Thick-skinned Interpretations in the Subandean Foreland: a Discussion Based on Anderson's Law and Analog Models
Dalmiro Zolezzi (presenter)1, Eduardo A. Rossello2,3 ; 1Rice University, 2CONICET-IGEBA, 3Universidad de Buenos Aires
15:00-15:30 Understanding the Complex Behavior of a Mature Field through Innovative Multidisciplinary Workflows: a Case Study
Muhammad Tauqeer (presenter) Rai Hamood Inam, Safwan Arshad, Mahmood Ul Zafar Khokhar, MOL Pakistan Oil & Gas B.V.
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break and Poster Visits
16:00-16:30 The Story of Cascadura - An Onshore Gas Discovery in a Mature Hydrocarbon Province
Danielle Belfon (presenter), Xavier Moonan; Touchstone Exploration Inc.
16:30-17:00 Interactive Q&A with Participants, Presenters and Chairs
17:00-17:15 Day One Wrap Up
Ryan Lemiski, Canada Region; Elvira Gómez, Latin America and Caribbean Region, General Charis
17:30-19:30 Special Session for Local Students and Young Professionals
Friday 10 May
08:00-08:05 Day Two Welcome
Ryan Lemiski, Canada Region; Elvira Gómez, Latin America and Caribbean Region, General Charis
08:05-08:45 AAPG Canada and Latin America & Caribbean Regions Overview and Activities
Marc Enter, AAPG Canada Region President; Xavier Moonan, AAPG Latin America and Caribbean Region President
Session III: Tools and Technologies to Reduce Risk and Uncertainty in Complex Areas
Chairs: Rob Vestrum, Thrust Belt Imaging; Carolina Mejía, Stryde
08:45-09:30 Keynote: VSP as a Risk Reduction Tool
Richard Pearcy, Andrea Crook, Michelle Montano; OptiSeis Solutions Ltd.
09:30-10:00 Deep learning Applications in Structured Seismic Processing
Greg Cameron, Thrust Belt Imaging
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break and Poster Visits
10:30-11:00 State-of-the-Art Airborne Geophysics: Tools for Risk Mitigation in Geologically Complex Areas
Alejandro Ginares, Sander Geophysics Ltd
11:00-11:30 Incremental Exploration of Prolific and Mature Basins with a Data-Intensive Drive: Revisiting the Complex Maracaibo Basin, Venezuela
Juan F. Arminio (presenter), Marel Sanchez; U3 Explore
11:30-12:00 Multiple Thermochronometers Applied to The Quantitative Analysis of Compressive Systems: The Southern Sub-Andean Fold and Thrust Belt of Bolivia. From Source Rock to Trap
Juan I. Hernandez1,2(presenter), Roberto M. Hernandez1,2, Alejandra Dalenz Farjat1, Ana Maria Goncalves3 ; 1Geomap, 2LA.TE. Andes S.A., 3YPFB Chaco S.A.
12:00-12:30 Interactive Q&A with Participants, Presenters and Chairs
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
Session IV: Incorporating Carbon Capture, Geological Storage and Geothermal Processes Into Energy Projects
Chairs: Catherine Hickson, Alberta No. 1; Juan Francisco Arminio, U3 Explore
14:00-14:45 Keynote: Challenges and Opportunities to Integrate Geological CO2 Storage into Geothermal Energy Projects
Rick Chalaturnyk (presenter), Alireza Rangriz Shokri; University of Calgary
14:45-15:15 Oilfield Application of Co-Produced Fluid Geothermal Power in Colombia’s Llanos Basin
Gord Foo, Parex Resources Inc.
15:15-15:45 Neural-net Assisted Reservoir Evaluation for Geological Storage and Geothermal Applications
Noga Vaisblat1 (presenter); Bo Zhang2 Andrew Wigston1; 1Natural Resources Canada; 2University of Alberta
15:45-16:15 Coffee Break and Poster Visits
16:15-16:45 Energy Storage in Soil
Dipanjan Basu, University of Waterloo
16:45-17:15 Sustainable Solutions for CCS Monitoring: A Case Study on Reducing the Environmental Footprint of 3D Baseline and 4D Monitor Surveys
Andrea Crook (presenter), Mostafa Naghizadeh, Michelle Montano, Michael Hons, Anita Knudsen; Optiseis Solutions Ltd.
17:15-17:45 Interactive Q&A with Participants, Presenters and Chairs
17:45-18:00 Closing Remarks
Ryan Lemiski, Canada Region; Elvira Gómez, Latin America and Caribbean Region, General Chairs
Poster Presentations

On display throughout the workshop

An Attempt to Capture Structural Heterogeneity and Stress Distribution fir Multilayered Repetitive Stacking of Reservoir Packages Over Highly Deformed Fold and Thrust Belts in Pakistan’s Kohat Basin
Rai Hamood Inam, MOL Pakistan Oil & Gas B.V.
Assessing the Influence of Local Stresses Versus Regional Stress on Fracture Propagation Within the Fault Compartmentalization Zone
Gull Fatim (presenter), Rai Hamood Inam; Institute of Geology, University of the Punjab, Pakistan
Adding Color to the Cedar Grove Fault
Kassie Baboolal (presenter), Xavier Moonan; Touchstone Exploration Inc
Use of Refraction Seismic Tomography in Seismic Interpretation in the Peruvian Subandean Region
Renzo Ariel Vargas Oviedo (presenter)1, Emilse Zunino1, Mario Profeta2, Marcelo Roizman3; 1Pluspetrol, 2Ailicis Geoconsulting LLC, 3Geonodos.
Morphology of Submarine Tributary Network: Developing Models to Simulate the Initiation and Development of Turbidites in Submarine Channel Confluences
Anne Joseph (presenter), Felix Oyeleke; Queens University ​
Petroleum System Modeling in Fold and Trust Belts: a Challenging Example from the Ene Basin, Peruvian Andes
Natalia Marina Hernandez (presenter), Emilio Rocha, María Eugenia Novara, Renzo Vargas Oviedo, Mario Vergara, Pluspetrol S.A.
Evaluation Of The Porquero Formation As A Caprock For CO2 Storage In The Luruaco Block, Sinu-San Jacinto Basin, Colombia
A.L. Garcia Ariza, A.J. Castro-Caicedo, E.F. Araujo Gu, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Field Seminar
Banff, Alberta, Canada - Rimrock Resort
Saturday, 11 May 2024, 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
8:00am - 5:00pm
$300 AAPG members
$350 Nonmembers
$200 Academic/AAPG Emeritus Members
$50 discount for workshop registrants
Fee Includes:
Field guide
Entrance fee to Banff National Park

Registration available during workshop registration

This field trip will focus on the structural geology of the foothills and Front Ranges of Banff.
Participants will be able to view excellent field examples of structures very similar to the producing oil and gas fields in the foothills to the west of Calgary and to learn about the complexities of sub-seismic-scale deformation.

The field trip starts with an introduction to the interaction between thrust front with foreland basins and the interaction of basement trends with thrust belt geometries and (conventional) hydrocarbon fields. During the 1-day trip participants will follow a dip transect from the undeformed foreland basin, the eastern edge of the foothills marked by the triangle zone, the Front Ranges boundary and end at the Main Ranges west of Banff.

Banff Stratigraphic features

Field Trip Itinerary

Depart from Calgary – 8:00 a.m.

Stop 1: Cochrane Retreat Road Overlook
Trip overview and introduction; safety and logistics comments; interaction of thrust front with foreland basin; interaction of basement trends with thrust belt geometry and (conventional) hydrocarbon field distribution; appreciation of scale for subsurface play fairway.

Stop 2: Scott Lake

Banff Stratigraphic features

Stop 3: The Stony Nakoda Tim’s
Classic stop, with historical importance for understanding the thrust belt and thrust geometry. Part 1 of displacement gradient on a large thrust. Most importantly, toilet stop after all the Tim’s coffee and driving. Review of Mt Yamnuska from a different perspective; preview of drive through McConnell damage zone and change in HW stratigraphy..

Stop 4: Lac des Arcs
Imbricate thrust sheets in the Front Ranges and Banff Formation.

Stop 5: Canmore T-junction
Observe complexities of sub-seismic-scale deformation in mechanically layered rocks in the footwall of a large thrust

Stop 6: Canmore strike view of the Rundle thrust

Exposed strike view analogous to a cut-away of a giant conventional Foothills hydrocarbon field such as Turner Valley. Cross faults within the thrust sheet offset potential reservoir units at sub-seismic scale. Cross faults are arguably part of a regional trend associated with deeper, basement-rooted NE-SW structures.

Stop 7: Mt Norquay Overlook

Stop 8: Bow Falls
Fracture systems in the Vega Siltstone Mbr of the Triassic Sulphur Mtn Fm. This outcrop of Vega Member siltstone of the Sulphur Mtn Fm is considered equivalent to upper Montney Fm. We will focus on the outcrop adjacent to the steps up to the Falls overlook.

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Optimizing Exploration Workflows: Bridging Expertise between the Rockies and the Andes
707 Fifth Conference Centre
707 5 Ave SW
CalgaryAlberta T2P 1V8
About Calgary

Calgary is the largest city of Alberta, Canada, and is located in the southern part of the province.
The city is located on the western edge of the Great Plains, in the foothills of the spectacular Canadian Rockies, located approximately 60 miles (100 km) to the west. The surrounding valleys and uplands provide a stark contrast to the flat prairie landscapes that are characteristic of the Western Canada region.

Founded in 1875, Calgary serves as the administrative and financial headquarters of the Canada’s petroleum industry.


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*Member rate applies to AAPG members who have paid their dues for the current fiscal year. Emeritus members are 65 years or older and have been members for 30 years.

**Presenter rate applies to session chairs and presenters accepted for the technical program

+Academic and student rates applies to individuals currently on staff or enrolled at an academic institution.

Workshop registration fee includes participant materials and access to technical sessions and coffee breaks.

Field trip registration includes transportation, insurance, field guide, entrance fee to Banff National Park.


AAPG invites you to support GTW Canada 2024, a multidisciplinary event bringing leading scientists and industry practitioners together to share best practices, exchange ideas, and explore opportunities for future collaboration.

Participation as a sponsor or exhibitor provides your company with high visibility among the industry, government, and academic specialists attending the event, as well as to a global audience visiting the event website. Sponsorship funds received will be used to offset workshop expenses and to provide financial support to students, young professionals and speakers who need financial assistance to attend the workshop.

Stands will be located the main hallway outside session rooms, where coffee breaks are held, ensuring exhibition traffic throughout both workshop days.

Sponsoring companies receive one complimentary event registration for every $US 5000 contributed. Exhibitors receive one full event registration included with their stand package.

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Custom stands are 3 m x 2.5 m2 (10 ft x 8 ft) including panels and counter with full color graphics*; 1 bar height table, 2 high stools, a 43” LCD TV monitor and 1 full workshop registration.

Packages cost $US 6000 each, including tax, sold on a first come, first-served basis.

*Graphics due by April 5

Elvira Pureza Gomez Hernandez Elvira Purez Gomez Hernandez General Chair AAPG LACR Team Lead - Colombia Exploration, CNOOC International, Colombia
Ryan Thomas Lemiski Ryan Lemiski General Chair AAPG Canada Region AAPG Canada Region, Carbon Alpha, Canada
Marc H. Enter Marc Enter AAPG Canada Region President Director, AAPG Canada Region President, Canada
Xavier Ravi Moonan Xavier Moonan AAPG LACR President Exploration Manager and Senior Geoscientist, Touchstone Exploration, Trinidad and Tobago
Natasha MacAdam Natasha MacAdam Organizing Committee Geophysicist, Nova Scotia Dpartment of Natural Resources and Renewables, Canada
Gareth Williams Gareth Williams Organizing Committee AAPG LACR Women's Network Co-Liaison, Touchstone Exploration, Canada/Trinidad & Tobago
Ana Maria Goncalves Ana Maria Goncalves Session Chair Structural Geologist, YPFB Chaco, Bolivia
Maria Carolina Mejia-Hernandez Carolina Mejia-Hernandez Geoscience Advisor – LATAM, Stryde, Colombia
Rob W. Vestrum Rob Vestrum Session Chair Chief Geophysicist, TBI, Canada
Catherine Hickson Catherine Hickson Session Chair CEO, Alberta No. 1, Canada
Malcolm Arthur Lamb Malcolm Lamb Session Chair Geoscience Consultant, Shale Petroleum, Canada
Juan Francisco Arminio Juan Arminio Session Chair Senior Consultant, U3 Explore, Venezuela
Marian Warren, PhD Marian Warren Session Chair President/ Owner, Jenner GeoConsulting Inc, Canada
Mark Cooper, PhD Mark Cooper Session Chair Owner and Geological Consultant, Sherwood Geoconsulting, Inc., Canada
Daniela Marcela Becerra Rondon Daniela Becerra Rondon Student & Young Professional Activities Geologist, SLB, Canada
Simon Poirier Simon Poirier Organizing Committee Canada
Enrique Sedas Enrique Sedas Student & Young Professional Activities Data analytics student at SAIT , Canada, South Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada
Emily Smith Llinás AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Director
Paula Ramirez AAPG Canada Events Coordinator
Diana Ruiz Vásquez AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Events Manager
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