Sponsored By:
Beryl Oil and Gas LP
BP America Production Company
Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Courses are subject to change. Courses will be held in room 320 of the George R. Brown Convention Center unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, September 5
7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Short Course 1: Basic Well Log Analysis
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Offsite Tour and Course: Core Analysis-Unconventional Reservoirs
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Microseismic Monitoring Fundamentals
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Effective Networking for Professional Development
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. AAPG Distinguished Lecture: What it Takes to be Successful in Exploration
Friday, September 6
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Machine Learning 101 for Geoscientists
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Introduction to Geosteering and Operations Geology

Basic Well Log Analysis

Thursday, Sept. 5, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Primary Instructor: Dr. Lori Hathon, Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering Dept., University of Houston

Hathon was senior research geologist for Shell International E&P, Inc. before she joined the UH Cullen College faculty. For more than two decades, her work has focused on routine and special core analysis, clastic petrology, reservoir quality analysis and predictive modeling, applications of image analysis to rock physics, organic petrography and thermal maturity analysis. Her experience has also included well-drilling operations and post-well appraisals.

Course Description:

Learn about the goal and role of a log analysis project, data requirement and approach depending on the goal and rock types. Learn log analysis techniques and focus on integration.

Content includes:

  • Goal for a log analysis project.
  • Fundamentals of measurements for key and common wireline logs.
  • Interpretation techniques and pitfalls, if any, of those logs.
  • Integration of rock and reservoir quality data such as core analysis petrography, and petrology.
  • Applicability to certain rock and reservoir types.
  • Log analysis approaches for unconventional reservoirs.
  • Hands on exercises (students will work in groups).

Offsite Tour and Course: Core Analysis-Unconventional Reservoirs

Thursday, Sept. 5, 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Primary Instructor: Safdar Ali, Director of Petrophysics and Reservoir Characterization, W.D. Von Gonten

Offsite location: W.D. Von Goten & Co. | WDVG Petroleum Engineering Laboratories

Transportation provided from George R. Brown Convention Center to WDVG.

This short course and lab tour will cover:

  • Goal for core data collection in unconventionals and WDVG approach for core analysis.
  • Impact of high-resolution core and image data on petrophysics and integrated reservoir characterization.
  • Case studies.
  • Brief description of the core analysis steps and equipment at WDVG.
  • Follow up lab tour to look at core (laid out) and perceive the core measurement process.

About: WDVG Laboratories is a state-of-the-art rock lab specializing in the analysis of hydrocarbon flow systems and geo-mechanical properties of low permeability reservoirs. We have developed a Proprietary Process to Evaluate Hydraulic Fracture Connectivity in Unconventional Reservoirs and Improve Well Performance (patent pending). Our Philosophy - "Work all aspects of each trend with multiple available tools to develop the BEST possible answer.”

Website: http://www.wdvglab.com

Microseismic Monitoring Fundamentals

Thursday, Sept. 5, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Primary Instructor: Joël Le Calvez, Schlumberger Geophysics Advisor and Microseismic Domain Expert in Houston


Joël Le Calvez is a Schlumberger Geophysics Advisor and Microseismic Domain Expert in Houston. He works on development and commercialization of microseismic and borehole seismic products while heading a team of geophysicists, geologists and stimulation engineers working on various plays around the world. He has managed the Microseismic Services Answer Product Center and the borehole seismic processing and crosswell seismic groups in Houston since 2014. His main responsibilities are the processing and interpretation of data for geologic, geophysical and geomechanical applications. He also works with product centers defining and testing software programs and with research centers on defining and testing algorithms. Joël joined Schlumberger in 2001, and after several years in the field acquiring and processing seismic data, he led the microseismic processing and interpretation team in Dallas from 2008 until 2011. He then moved to Houston to manage the North America microseismic processing and interpretation center. He earned a B.Sc. degree in mathematics and physics and a M.Sc. degree in geology and geophysicsc both from the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, France, a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in tectonophysics from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris; and a Ph.D. degree in geology from the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Overview and Outline

Understanding fracture geometry is key to effective stimulation treatments and well economics. Microseismic fracture monitoring seeks to provide imaging of the geometry of a hydraulically-induced fracture system. Accurately measuring the fracture geometry offers precise data on hydraulic fracture systems to increase understanding of the fracturing process. This increased understanding in real-time helps to:

  • Reduce well stimulation costs
  • Optimizes field drilling plans
  • Allows changes in perforation strategies and plan diversion schemes to be made on fly

The course is intended for geologists and geophysicists who need to have a fundamental understanding about microseismic and/or identify and interpret fracture geometry from microseismic data.

The following will be covered in this one-day course:

  • Source of microseismic signals
  • Detection and location in microseismic acquisition
  • Select monitoring systems
  • Interpret and integrate microseismic data

Effective Networking for Professional Development

Thursday, Sept. 5, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Offered by: Industry professionals, members of Houston Geological Society (HGS)

Course Description:

Have you ever attended a professional conference and returned not knowing how to leverage your new connections? Have you ever wondered how to effectively build and maintain you network so that it can help you for your career development? Then this is the training you are looking for you. This training session will include a panel discussion by several industry professionals followed by a networking workshop with professionals and recruiters addressing these and many more questions.

Agenda and Discussion Topics:

  • Introduction- what is networking? (It is not handing over resume or asking for a job opening).
  • Discuss and explore best practices for networking.
  • Discuss how to develop your network to support your career growth and development.
  • Provide ample opportunity to practice and sharpen your skill for “elevator pitch”, right before the exhibition opens at the Expo.
  • Allow for you to obtain feedback on your networking skills as you practice it.
  • Most important - opportunity to build network and key contact with several industry professionals and recruiters participating in the course as mentors.

Sponsored by: Houston Geological Society (HGS)

AAPG Distinguished Lecture: What it Takes to be Successful in Exploration

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Presented by: Susan M. Cunningham, Innovation Advisor at Darcy Partners, Independent Director of Oil Search and Former Executive Vice President of Noble Energy



Despite the rapid growth in unconventional resource identification and extraction, exploration continues to be crucial for discovering the economic resources needed to meet the global demand for energy. This talk will describe what I have learned are important attributes of an economically successful exploration program. Many of these learnings are applicable for ensuring success in innovation as well.

Historically, more companies have failed than have made a profit through exploration. Critical criteria for success include:

  1. Excellent technical work that results in multiple interpretations consistent with all available data.
  2. Processes and tools that lead to the objective quantification and understanding of the probability of success (and failure) for each exploration opportunity.
  3. A relentless focus on learning from every success and failure. When applied to the individual geoscientist, it builds intuition over time that adds real value and should be listened to. It also builds corporate institutional memory and learning leading to better decision making.
  4. Building a team(s) of geoscientists, engineers and negotiators that are passionate about seeking out and incorporating new ideas. A high performing team of people who are curious, open minded critical thinkers who love solving mysteries and creating value.
  5. A deep understanding of country oil and gas financial regulations and models. Understanding country culture can be differentiating for ultimate financial success for company and country.
  6. Strategic alignment and commitment to exploration by the CEO and Board of Directors with an understanding of risk, reward and what it takes to be successful in exploration.
  7. Leadership. Passion, vision, processes and decisions that are made knowing that we really don’t know.

My talk will emphasize these points and more by reference to studies, experiences and observations made throughout my career, both within and leading exploration and innovation. I will share examples and stories of successes (such as the Tamar and Leviathan discoveries offshore Israel) and failures, which can be applied to any industry where a deep understanding of risk and reward is important for personal and financial success.

Machine Learning 101 for Geoscientists

Friday, Sept. 6, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Primary Instructor: Sarah Coffman, ConocoPhillips


Sarah Coffman is a Senior Data Scientist at ConocoPhillips, Houston. She earned master’s degrees in both Computer Science and Analytics from Texas A&M University and has over 19 years of industry experience with various companies including NACE International, Sysco and ConocoPhillips. She has previously offered an advanced analytics class for the AAPG.

Course Description:

This short course will introduce the concepts of big data, data analytics, machine learning and AI, discuss the typical machine learning/data analytics workflow, and step through an example to solve a simple oil and gas problem.

Introduction to Geosteering and Operations Geology

Friday, Sept. 6, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Includes a short break for lunch. Lunch will not be provided.

Offered by: Instructors from ROGII Inc. and Cole Hendrickson (Anadarko)

Class requirements: Students MUST bring their own windows laptop to use StarSteer in class. A mouse is also HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

ROGII Inc. is an industry leading geosteering software provider in the oil and gas industry and is actively used by operators around the world. Their technical experts have experience steering wells across North America and around the world.

Course Description: Students will learn about the role of a geologist in an operational setting and the importance of geosteering in asset development. They also will learn the principles of geosteering through hands-on application of StarSteer software. With the software package provided by ROGII, students will learn how to manipulate MWD data while incorporating other types of data as well as best practices to make sound geosteering interpretations.

CRITICAL requirement: Students need to bring their own Windows laptop.

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