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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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Welcome to an interview with Randy Crow, whose new enzyme product can help clean up wells that have problems with flow. He is looking for test wells, so if you have a well that you're about to plug because it seems to have insurmountable paraffin, flow, and pressure problems, you might evaluate this opportunity. 

We are interviewing Randy because he is an example of innovation during a downturn. We do not know if the product works, but we are impressed with the entrepreneurial, problem-solving spirit.

This is a part of the AAPG Learn! Interview Series. This is an interview series with AAPG members and participants in AAPG events so that you can learn about what they're doing and potentially get in contact, collaborate, and advance your knowledge. Our interviews also tie to our events such as a great new workshop that addresses ways to be profitable in a downturn.


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Welcome to the AAPG Learn! Interview Series. We are launching an interview series with AAPG members and also participants in our events so that you can learn about what they're doing and potentially get in contact, collaborate, and advance your knowledge. Our interviews also tie to our events such as a great new workshop that addresses ways to be profitable in a downturn.

Today we have an interview with William D. Chandler, whose work on the wellsite has led to the development of innovative new ways to identify productive zones.

Our goal is to learn from each other. Please share your own story or experience.  Contact Susan Nash (snash@aapg.org)

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This brief article is a continuation of "U.S. Oil and Gas Plays that Work Now for the Small Independent or Small Consultant Team (Part I)"  which aims to provide sources of information that can be used to develop a list of candidates to acquire, and to target wells and fields that can be revitalized using new technologies and team-based approaches. Some of the areas are potentially a better fit for a medium-sized company with significant access to capital. Some areas are ideal for the small independent or consultant. 
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AAPG is excited about presenting THREE Short Courses in four days!

  • Basic Seismic Interpretation   17-18 May 2016
  • "Old" (pre-1958) Electric Logs: A Quick Review 19 May 2016
  • Quick Guide to Carbonate Well Log Analysis   20 May 2016
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This course is intended for engineers who need a better understanding of the geology and geological concepts used in exploration and production decisions, including petroleum engineers, drilling and completion engineers and others who may need a basic petroleum geology refresher. It will also be valuable for GeoTechs, Landmen, Bankers, Office staff and others who work with geologists and need a basic knowledge of geology and geologic terminology and processes.
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Welcome to a prestigious conference that features the most recent scientific and engineering breakthroughs in the development of tight sand and shale plays in western China. The developments and lessons learned here have great relevance to shale and low permeability reservoirs worldwide.

Abstracts accepted now.

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Here are areas of often-overlooked opportunities that could be a perfect fit for the small independent or new team of independent geoscientists / engineers / landmen / petroleum accountants.  This article, which is excerpted from a larger study, is not intended to be all-inclusive, but is a starting point.
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Eight often-overlooked elements can mark the difference between definitive success and just "treading water" for your new venture. The concepts apply to all industries, but are especially important for those requiring a combination of technical expertise and client/customer responsiveness.

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The government of Rwanda, located in east-central Africa, has completed two projects that deal with exploring for oil and gas in the areas that are most prospective for the kinds of discoveries now being made in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. Now, a third project has been authorized, which involves seismic data acquisition and processing in Lake Kivu, Rwanda. The objective is to acquire and process multichannel seismic data in order to map the sediments beneath Lake Kivu, where methane seeps and near-surface accumulations are already being used for energy generation. Now, the goal is to evaluate the sediments beneath Lake Kivu for their hydrocarbon potential.

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Making students excited about the oil industry often requires hands-on engagement and a little bit of healthy competition. Welcome to an interview with Marc Bond, who has developed The Oil Exploration Game and has seen it spark interest and enthusiasm in many different schools.

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