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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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Coiled tubing drilling is an area where geologists and engineers must work together very closely, because an understanding of the formation is absolutely vital when planning wells drilled in tight gas sands, unconventionals, and in re-entries.

 New developments in coiled tubing have made it possible to economically drill and produce often overlooked zones and re-entry drilling.

Welcome to an interview with Richard Stevens, an expert in the area of coiled tubing drilling, who discusses the drilling technique and the importance of teams that include engineers and geologists.

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New products can revitalize under-performing wells in mature fields. However, it is important to understand precisely why the well is not producing and to select the treatment that will work for the unique conditions of the well.

Welcome to an interview with Olivia Carey, who has committed herself to finding new solutions for wells in need of revitalization. She discusses the products, candidate wells, and increased production using new products. 

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“No Money Down Revitalization” is a great deal. First, the operator who is really hurting in this low price environment does not have to put up any initial capital. Second, the service provider is able to charge a slightly higher price to account for the financing and the additional guidance. Finally, geologists and engineers are able to be paid for locating candidates, developing workflows, and overseeing the match-making out of the increase production.
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The "New Thinking and Value Propositions in Exploration and Production: ProActive Steps Now" GTW Workshop was an excellent opportunity to knowledge share in a time of low price environments every where.   

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The goal of this two-day workshop is to proactively create opportunities yourself and your company in a low price environment. You will learn how to bring value propositions to operators. Revitalize reservoirs for less than the cost of plugging and abandoning, paid for by increased production. Rethink reservoirs and push paradigm shifts that will result in breakthroughs.  We will discuss how to use these times to pilot new products and technologies and thus position innovative companies to boom when conditions improve. This event is for engineers, geologists, geophysicists, land professionals, and entrepreneurs.

*Please see our discounted rates for unemployed geoscientists, students and young professionals

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Understanding fractures and fracture networks is absolutely vital for determining the best places to drill and for pinpointing sweet spots. Fracture characterization is also important for optimizing completion and production, both in vertical and horizontal wells. In mudrocks and shale plays, understanding fractures as well as the geomechanical properties is an important part of the well design.

Welcome to an interview with Stephen Sturm, whose work with fractures and fractured reservoirs spans many of the world's shale plays.

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While EOR has played an important role in U.S. onshore production, during times of extended low prices, it becomes more important than ever because, if planned well, the costs per barrel recovered can be quite low. Of the recent EOR methods, carbon dioxide floods have had some of the most dramatic results.

Welcome to an interview with Jesse Garnett White and Mike Raines, whose focus has been on determining the best ways to recover some of the previously unrecoverable oil and gas from mature fields.

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Stay tuned! Find out more about the AAPG Technical Interest Group on CO2 and EOR.

AAPG will have a new series, Making Money with Mature Fields, which will include valuable information and opportunities to present papers, obtain training (with certificates), and network. Please join the LinkedIn group, Build Your Own Business Opportunities. Questions?  Contact Susan Nash (snash@aapg.org). 


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Welcome to an interview with Bryan Turner, whose work at the University of Oklahoma's Institute of Reservoir Characterization focuses on chemostratigraphy. 

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The unprecedented downturn is creating unprecedented opportunities, especially in mature fields. Join us in Houston to learn how new techniques and technologies are increasing production in old wells, and are turning boring old fields into exciting, new, revitalized sources of new revenue and recoverable reserves.

Sign up today for AAPG's GTW in Houston, May 17-18, New Thinking and Value Propositions. Check out the huge discounts for laid-off workers, young professionals, and students. Prepare yourself for huge success now! For more information, please read the entire post, which includes the full schedule. 

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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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