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Events Blog

This is your source for learning about the opportunities, trends and people shaping AAPG's conferences and conventions. From ACE, ICE and URTeC to APPEX, GEO Convention and IPTC, AAPG’s Promotions and Sales team bring you the latest event news. You'll also hear from event committee members serving as guest bloggers.

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URTeC 2021 Registration Now Open! Plan to join us at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) 26–28 July 2021, in-person at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas and online.

Learn! Blog

Learning is important—now more than ever. How do you equip yourself for changing times? How do you deepen and broaden your knowledge? Here is an informal place to find out what we’re doing, what we’re planning, and how we’re listening to you. Dr. Susan Nash, AAPG’s Director of Education and Professional Development, shares the new territory she’s introducing to AAPG with courses and dynamic new workshops. She is also planning more interactive, Web 2.0 offerings. So, give her your input about the best and worst of the wild and woolly world of webinars, Web-based training, and open courseware.

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As drilling conditions evolve with new technologies, wellbore stability is more important than ever. Welcome to an interview with Cory Fehr, Integrity Insitu. Cory and his team have invented a tool that can conduct downhole tests to assure wellbore stability and integrity.

wwwUpdate Blog

News, updates, and commentary from all corners of AAPG’s web world. Web Producer Bogdan Michka keeps you up to date on what’s new and exciting around AAPG.ORG and its subsites, with input from AAPG HQ staff including Datapages, GIS-UDRIL, Information Technology and more.

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In this issue:

  • 2021 Recap
  • Ongoing initiatives
  • Nominations Open!

Student Outlook

News and discussion geared toward AAPG’s Student Chapters and their members, maintained by the AAPG Programs Team.
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Candice Pettijohn, a geologist with ConocoPhillips, and Jensen Angelloz, consulting geologist, landman and cartographer, are co-chairs of the new IBA Alumni Special Interest Group (SIG).

Foundation Update

Updates from the AAPG Foundation, brought to you by the AAPG Programs Team.

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With a history of her innovative approach to geoscience education, her involvement in the industry and her service to the profession, Gómez is the first educator from Latin America to receive the Foundation’s IGEA. 

Energy Policy Blog

Dedicated to where the energy geosciences, public policy, politics, and business meet—both in the United States and abroad.

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The House Natural Resources Committee recently held a hearing to discuss energy development in the Mancos shale formation of the Piceance basin, which is a geographic area that spans Colorado and Utah and much of the resource is located on federal lands. The purpose of the hearing was to highlight the release of a recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assessment which found that the Mancos shale has a large volume of recoverable energy resources.

EMD Blog

Stay up-to-date on EMD news, announcements and events, brought to you by the EMD leadership and AAPG HQ Staff. EMD supports technical program sessions at several of AAPG's meetings including the annual meeting, international meetings and section or region meetings.

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The China Ministry of Natural Resources reported on 27-March-2020 that several breakthroughs were made during a recent trial gas hydrate production test in the South China Sea. The tested was conducted in the Shenhu sea area at a water depth of 1,225 meters, the test produced 861,400 cubic meters of gas, with an average daily production rate of 28,700 cubic meters. The ministry's geological survey bureau, together with more than 70 entities including China National Petroleum Corporation and Peking University, launched the country's second gas hydrate production test startings on 17-February-2020 and was completed on 18-March-2020.

DEG Blog

Stay up-to-date on DEG news, announcements and events. DEG supports technical program sessions at several of AAPG's meetings including the annual meeting, international meetings and section or region meetings. Often, DEG members hear of symposia and workshops of interest to the DEG membership. These are included in this blog.

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Welcome to the December 2018 issue of DEG's Spheres of Influence, which is now available online or as a downloadable PDF file.

PSGD Blog

Stay up-to-date on PSGD news, announcements and events, brought to you by the PSGD leadership and AAPG HQ Staff.

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The AAPG Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division (PSGD) has announced the 2016 Best Paper Awards at the Annual Convention and Exhibition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Congratulations to William L. Ellsworth, awarded "Best Recent Publication" for "Injection-induced earthquakes, Science, v. 341, DOI: 10.1126/science.1225942".

We thank everyone for nominating the candidates. We also thank Bob Krantz, Bob Hatcher, and Gary Couples for their diligent work on the PSGD Best Paper Committee.

Africa Region Blog

News and announcements from the Lagos office of the AAPG Africa Region, brought to you by Delia Kuye and friends.

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AAPG recently held its first workshop in Namibia on ‘Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia’ which took place from the 7th – 9th June 2022 at the Hilton Hotel, Windhoek. The workshop attracted 110 attendees from 43 different companies and 13 different countries. The three-day workshop also included 25 oral presentations, 5 poster presentations, and an invite only Students and Young Professionals Meet n Greet evening which was sponsored by Petrofund.

Asia Pacific Region Blog

News and announcements from the Singapore office of the AAPG Asia Pacific Region, brought to you by Adrienne Pereira and friends.

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AAPG recently held its first hybrid workshop on ‘Structural Geology and Our Future - The Role of Tectonic Geoscience in Energy Transition, Focusing on the Asia-Pacific Region’ which took place from 6 -7 July 2022 at Club York Sydney and Online. The workshop attracted 71 attendees (38 in-person and 33 virtually) from 42 different companies and 14 different countries.

Canada Region Blog

News and announcements from the AAPG Canada Region, brought to you by AAPG Headquarters staff.

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Congratulations to the newly elected Canada Region leadership.

Europe Region Blog

News and announcements from the AAPG Europe Region, brought to you by the London Office staff.

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Join us for the AAPG IFP Student Chapter webinar "Introduction to Borehole Imaging and Case Study of a Wireline Resistivity Image in Netherlands Offshore".

Latin America & Caribbean Region Blog

News and announcements from the Bogota office of the AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region, brought to you by Emily Smith Llinás and friends.

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The 2nd Suriname Energy, Oil & Gas Summit & Exhibition will be hosted by Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname N.V. (in person) on the 28-30th June 2022 at the Royal Ballroom of hotel Torarica, Paramaribo, Suriname. For the second time, the AAPG Young Professionals Suriname Chapter is delighted and privileged to be an endorsing partner at this summit, which will feature roundtable discussions, technical presentations, workshops and networking opportunities.

Middle East Region Blog

News and announcements from the AAPG Middle East Region, brought to you by the Dubai Office staff.

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Another success story to add to the list of outstanding Middle East geosciences events! The AAPG Geological Process-Based Forward Modeling GTW was held from 23-25 May 2022 at the Westin Golf & Spa hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE with the main purpose of identifying and discussing key challenges in geological process-based forward modeling, finishing with a concluding session to define a practical way forward.

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