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Southwest Caribbean Basins Virtual Research Symposium: Recent Studies and Advances in Understanding the Geology of Colombia, Panama and Venezuela

Occurred Thursday, 23 July Friday, 24 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.  |  Virtual Research Symposium via Zoom (Bogota, Colombia time)

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Explore Offshore Colombia, Venezuela and Panama from the comfort of your desk with content from the Southwest Caribbean Basins Virtual Research Symposium organized by AAPG’s Latin America and Caribbean Region in partnership with the Colombian Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geophysicists and the Colombian Geological Society.

The Southwest Caribbean Basins Symposium formed part of the AAPG’s Latin America and Caribbean Region’s 2020 Virtual Research Symposia Series highlighting the geology of some of the Latin America and Caribbean Region’s most prolific basins.

Targeted to researchers and professionals working both in industry and academia, each 2-day symposium featured technical sessions, keynote presentations, interactive Q&A sessions and panel discussions featuring experts in the field.

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Thursday, July 23
08:00-08:15 Opening Ceremony
Elvira Pureza Gómez, President, AAPG Latin America and Caribbean Region; Enrique Velásquez, President, Asociación Colombiana de Geólogos y Geofísicos del Petróleo (ACGGP); Germán Prieto, President, Sociedad Colombiana de Geología (SCG); Carlos José Rodríguez Taborda, Technical Vice President, ANH Colombia
SESSION I: TECTONIC SETTING
Convener: Camilo Montes, Universidad del Norte
08:15-09:00 Keynote: Comparing the Western Colombian Andes Tectonic Record with Records from Caribbean Counterparts
Agustín Cardona, Universidad Nacional de Colombia-Medellín
09:00-09:15 Break
09:15-09:45 Numerical Continent Collision: Insights for Understanding the Formation of Hydrocarbon-Bearing Basins in the Caribbean Margin of Colombia
Andrés Rodríguez-Corcho (presenter), Sara Morón, Romain Beucher, Rebecca Farrington, Louis Moresi, Camilo Montes, The University of Melbourne
09:45-10:15 Tectonic Terranes Underlying The Present-Day Caribbean Plate: Their Tectonic Origin, Sedimentary Thickness, Subsidence Histories, And Regional Controls on Hydrocarbon Resources
Sean Romito (presenter), Paul Mann, University of Houston
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 Observed and Modeled Flexural Response of the Colombian and Venezuelan Basins Due to their Shallow, Amagmatic Subduction Beneath South America and the Greater Antilles
Weston Charles (presenter), Paul Mann, University of Houston
11:00-11:30 Complex Deformation Patterns at the Southern Termination of the South Caribbean Deformed Belt
Andreas Kammer (presenter), Alejandro Piraquive Universidad Nacional de Colombia
11:30-12:00 Tectonic Evolution and Structural Provinces of the Colombian Caribbean Offshore
Ruben Arismendy (presenter), Chajid Kairuz, ANH Consultants; José Osorno, Carlos Rey, ANH Colombia
12:00-12:15 Session Wrap-up/ Conclusions: Camilo Montes, Universidad del Norte
SESSION II: BASIN ANALYSIS
Convener: Victor Ramirez, Hydrocarbon and Energy Consultant
13:30-14:15 Keynote: Late Cretaceous to Recent Oblique Collision of the Great Arc of the Caribbean With Northern South America and its Control on the Distribution of Hydrocarbon Resources
Paul Mann, University of Houston
14:15-14:45 Hydrocarbon Potential of the Offshore Caribbean Basins of Colombia
Chajid Kairuz (presenter), Ruben Arismendy, ANH Consultants; José Osorno, Carlos Rey, ANH Colombia
14:45-15:15 Key Elements of the Ultra-Deepwater Magdalena Fan Potential Petroleum System, the Size of the Prize, and Why Frontier Exploration is Only for the Bold
Brian Frost, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Retired)
15:15-15:30 Break
15:30-16:00 Reconstruction of the Cenozoic Deformation of North-central South America Caribbean Mountains Using 2D Thermal-Kinematic Models and Apatite Fission-track Thermochronology
Ana Jazmin Rodriguez Lara (presenter), Mauricio Alberto Bermúdez, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC)
16:00-16:30 Structure, Stratigraphy, and Petroleum Potential of the Deepwater Colombian Basin, Offshore Northern Colombia
Stephen Leslie, Paul Mann, University of Houston
16:30-16:45 Session Wrap-up/Conclusions
Victor Ramirez, Hydrocarbon and Energy Consultant
16:45-17:00 Break
17:00-18:00 Panel Discussion: Genesis and Development of the Southern Caribbean Margin and Implications for the Current Basin Configuration
Agustin Cardona, Universidad Nacional de Colombia-Medellín; Paul Mann, University of Houston; James Pindell, Tectonic Analysis, Camilo Montes, Universidad del Norte (panelists); Victor Ramirez, Hydrocarbon and Energy Consultant (moderator)
18:00-19:00 Virtual Networking Session (optional)
Friday, July 24
08:00-08:15 Welcome and Introductions
Committee, Staff
08:15-08:45 Special Presentation: Advances in Offshore Projects Developed by Colombia’s National Hydrocarbon Agency (ANH)
Carlos José Rodríguez Tabora, Technical Vice President, ANH Colombia
SESSION III: SEDIMENTOLOGY & STRATIGRAPHY
Convener: Andrea Ortiz-Karpf, Ecopetrol, S.A.
08:45-09:30 Keynote: Geological History of the Caribbean as Defined by its Sedimentary and Micropaleontologic Record
Andres Pardo, Universidad de Caldas
09:30­-9:45 Break
09:45-10:10 Results of Piston Core Studies in the Colombian Caribbean,
Carlos Rey, ANH Colombia
10:10-10:35 Sedimentological Core Analysis of the ANH-Conuco-1 Well (10’-2475’), Tubará Town, Atlántico Department – Colombia
Rigo Ramírez (presenter), A. Torres, G. Jiménez , S. Carvajalino, Génesis Consultoría en Geología; G. Veloza , D. Sierra, Alejandro Mora, HOCOL S.A.
10:35-11:00 A Provisional Palynostratigraphic Scheme for the Early Miocene in the Colombian Caribbean Margin
Damián Cárdenas (presenter); Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe; Carlos Jaramillo, Missouri University of Science and Technology; Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
11:00-11:25 Late Miocene-early Pliocene Changes in Depositional Environments Related to Magdalena River Paleo-delta in Northwestern South America
Carlos Ortiz (presenter), Daniel Fernández, Jorge Galeano, Aldo Rincón, Camilo Montes, Felipe Lamus, Universidad del Norte
11:25-11:40 Break
11:40-12:05 Influence of Seafloor Morphology on Deep-Water Sediment Transfer and Depositional Architecture in the Sinú Offshore Basin, Offshore Colombia
Julián Naranjo-Vesga (presenter), Darwin Mateus-Tarazona, Instituto Colombiano del Petróleo, Ecopetrol, S.A.; Andrea Ortiz-Karpf, Pedro Galindo, Ecopetrol, S.A.; Lesli Wood, Zane Jobe, Lauren Shumaker, Colorado School of Mines; Juan Felipe Paniagua-Arroyave, Universidad EAFIT
12:05-12:30 Seismic Facies Analysis for the Syn-kinematic Sequence of the Sinú Belt (Colombia)
Diego León Venegas Gutiérrez (presenter), Juan Carlos Llinás, Ecopetrol, S.A.
12:30-12:45 Session Wrap-up/ Conclusions:
Andrea Ortiz-Karpf, Ecopetrol, S.A.
SESSION IV: GEOPHYSICAL METHODS
Convener: Jaime Checa, Occidental Petroleum
14:00-14:45 Keynote: The Southern Caribbean Offshore: A New DHI Exploration Frontier
Antonio Velásquez (presenter), Ricardo Zavala, Enrique Casaña, Mauricio Afanador, Juan Carlos Llinás, Mauricio Pulido, Oscar Moreno, Sandra Montoya, Fabio Malagón, Helga Nino, Andrea Ortíz, John Londono, Pranab Sen, Ecopetrol, S.A.
14:45-15:15 Testing the Continuity of Lesser Antilles Forearc Provinces Based on Gravity Modeling and a Compilation of Radiometric Age Dates
Benjamin Miller (presenter), Paul Mann, University of Houston
15:15-15:30 Break
15:30-16:00 Using Hyperspectral Images for Oil Prospection in the Guarumen Exploratory Area Polygon in Venezuela’s Guárico Sub-basin
Luis Salazar, SpecTIR LLC. Presented by Marco Nieto.
16:00-16:30 What Seismology Can Tell Us (or Maybe Not) About the Tectonics in the Southern Caribbean
Germán Prieto, Daniel Martinez, Universidad Nacional de Colombia; Max Bezada, University of Minnesota
16:30-16:45 Session Wrap-up/ Conclusions:
Jaime Checa, Occidental Petroleum
16:45-17:00 Break
17:00-18:00 Panel Discussion: How is Geophysics Enhancing the Geological Understanding of Caribbean Stratigraphy?
Andres Pardo, Universidad de Caldas; Antonio Velásquez, Ecopetrol; Andrea Ortiz-Karpf, Ecopetrol (panelists), Jaime Checa, Occidental Petroleum (moderator)
Recorded Presentations

These recordings are available to the participants of the event. They can also be purchased separately through the AAPG Store. Click on the picture or the title of the video for viewing or purchasing options.

Andrea Lucia Ortiz-Karpf Andrea Ortiz-Karpf Technical Program Committee AAPG Exploration Team Lead, Ecopetrol, SA, Colombia
Chajid Kairuz Chajid Kairuz Technical Program Committee Geologist, ACGGP, Colombia
Camilo Montes Camilo Montes Technical Program Committee Scg Assistant Professor, UNIVERSIDAD DEL NORTE, Colombia
Victor O. Ramirez Victor Ramirez Convener AAPG LACR Advisory Counselor, Hydrocarbon and Energy Consultant, Colombia
Jaime Checa Jaime Checa Convener Geophysics Manager, Occidental Petroleum, Colombia
Emily Smith Llinás AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Manager
Diana Ruiz Vásquez AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Events Coordinator

Comments (1)

Very informative and fun
As an undergraduate student, I enjoyed learning about the research that was ongoing in my native region and I hope to join more of these type of events in the future!
9/7/2020 7:41:43 PM

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