Alexei V. Milkov and Kevin C. Hill Offer Specialist Talks

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

AAPG Asia Pacific is proud to announce another two expert talks in AAPG Asia Pacific Presents, a program of online talks being offered free of charge.

Each hour-long talk will be conducted through Zoom. Presentations will be followed by a short Q&A period, handled by a moderator. To register for one or both of these talks, click on the corresponding links below. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come basis.

Exploration Success Equation, Forecasting Abilities of Explorers, and the Role of Luck in Petroleum Exploration
18 June 2020 • 11:00 AM (SGT)
Alexei V. Milkov
Alexei V. Milkov

Presented by Alexei V. Milkov
Director of Potential Gas Agency
Colorado School of Mines

An exploration company is successful when it predictably and consistently creates high value from petroleum exploration. When defined like that, exploration success depends on the right combination of property (acreage), processes, people, and luck. In this talk, I will address less-understood elements of the exploration success equation such as forecasting abilities explorers, related biases, and the role of randomness, serendipity, and luck in the outcomes of exploration projects.


The Bight Basin, South Australia, One of the World's Largest Unexplored Deltas. Evolution and Prospectivity; Seismic, Structure, and Balanced Sections
2 July 2020 • 4:00 PM (SGT)
Kevin C. Hill
Kevin C. Hill

Presented by Kevin C. Hill
Associate Professor
University of Melbourne

Gravity modelling of Australia's southern margin reveals that the initial rift with Antarctica was beneath the current Ceduna Delta. A regional, high-quality seismic traverse from the coast to oceanic crust across the Bight Basin has been assembled and interpreted in detail, then balanced, restored, decompacted, and replaced at paleo-water depths. The Late Cretaceous Ceduna Delta developed above a Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous rift basin in three stages punctuated by significant pulses of uplift and erosion across areas >100 km wide and with up to 1 km of erosion. The Cenomanian White Pointer delta prograded into deepening water and hence underwent gravitational collapse. This was terminated in the Santonian when the Antarctic margin was pulled out from below, thus supplying heat to a remnant thicker outer margin crust, causing doming and erosion. Importantly, this established the saucer-shaped geometry of the Ceduna Delta that persisted throughout its development, so that any hydrocarbons generated in the southern half of the basin would have migrated towards this outer margin high. The Tiger Formation was deposited in shallow water in a full rift basin prior to breakup, which was followed by regional thermal subsidence. The Hammerhead delta developed on the newly formed passive margin but was terminated by another pulse of uplift and erosion, perhaps associated with a change in plate motion at the end of the Cretaceous. The finite element modelling of this proposed tectonic evolution will test its validity and predict hydrocarbon generation and migration through time.


Would YOU Like to be a Featured Presents Speaker?

We are searching for willing speakers from around the world to deliver short talks (one hour) on one of the discussion topics below.

Each talk may include pre-determined questions or open questions via the Zoom facility, depending on the particular talk and whether a synopsis of the talk is made available ahead of time.

If you are interested and would like to be a potential speaker, please complete and submit this form to AAPG Asia Pacific Programs Manager . The Asia Pacific Region Council will review all submissions and advise successful candidates in due course.

Discussion Topics:
  • Specialist, Expert or Thematic Talks
    Talks on different aspects of petroleum geology as a science by highly knowledgeable individuals who may be distinguished in their field.
  • Heritage of the Petroleum Geologist
    Talks based on years of experience by storytellers who have practiced their profession in the industry for most of their lives.
  • Oil and Gas – Our Business
    Talks on how we go about our business to find oil and gas accumulations that are essentially commercial to enable their development and production, including adjunct disciplines.
  • Association Matters
    Talks about AAPG, its past, and where it is going; including careers, mentoring, and business talks about the association.
  • Energy Transition
    What the role is of oil and gas over the next 40 years, and how it will mitigate further emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and prevent the further driving of greenhouse effects.
  • Country Files
    Talks are envisaged on a country basis, given by experts from that country with a story to tell about their oil and gas endowment, petroleum geology, and oil and gas industry.
  • Plays and Prospects
    Talks on the specific results of exploration and disseminating news about exploration endeavours to fellow petroleum geologists.

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