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.


Now is the time to equip yourself with training and education. If you are a student, or have been recently caught up in corporate restructuring, please check AAPG Education websites for our special pricing and scholarships.


Change is challenging, and no one likes downturns. However, there can be no doubt that dramatic environmental perturbations liberate people, economies, and organizations from some of their bindings, and they are able to explore new opportunities, to transform themselves and create dynamic, responsive organizations that fully take advantage of new opportunities.

In other words, become entrepreneurial. The entrepreneur is an expert in identifying and assessing opportunities. Here are some of the opportunities that can emerge in times of low oil prices. They can range from providing services, identifying properties, or acquiring entire companies.

Investment banking firms that specialize in oil and gas are currently making funds available. The IPAA Private Capital Conference which took place January 29 included a number of presentations by private capital providers. Many detailed the opportunities and criteria they use for providing capital.

This article reviews key opportunities and discusses ways to take advantage of them. It also refers to AAPG events that provide information and networking opportunities.

AAPG Education is offering scholarships and discounts for independents and those recently laid off. Please inquire: educate@aapg.org



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Case studies and biographies of successful companies and individuals often reveal that they made their biggest gains during downturns. When times were good, they were too busy, and there was no incentive for them to innovate. In contrast, a downturn opened up new avenues, with significant rewards. Many people who were successful during a downturn did not have a choice. So, they rose to the challenge, changed directions, and enjoyed the fruits of their efforts. Continue reading to examine six ways to survive and even prosper during a downturn.

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In times of political, economic, social, and supply chain instability, it's tempting to pull back and retreat into your comfort zone and to wait for the storm to pass. While a conservative approach is advisable when you're tempted to do something rash, it is not a viable long-term strategy. Survival may mean retooling yourself and your skills, to the point of reinventing yourself. For your business, it may mean exploring new ventures, or making dramatic changes to what you've been doing in the past. In each case, survival hinges on innovation. AAPG encourages you to attend the DPA Reserves Forum | Feb 26-27 in Houston, and also the AAPG-EAGE Carbonates Workshop, Feb 4-5 in New Orleans. Don't miss Reservoir Optimization for Times with Low Oil Prices | Oklahoma City, Feb 19.

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On September 24, the Aberdeen (Scotland) Young Professionals held for the very first time a virtual field trip presented by award winning lecturer, Garry F. Hayes. 


Designed to expose geoscientists to the language and methodologies commonly employed by reservoir engineers to estimate oil and gas reserves, this course will include a brief review of reservoir rock properties, introduction to fluid properties, reservoir drive mechanisms, and commonly used techniques for estimating reserves including analogy, volumetric analysis, material balance, decline curve analysis, and computer simulation.

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Discover the basic fundamentals of structural geology, the response of natural materials to deformation, and what changes occur due to the application of stress and or strain energy. Practical Geomechanics will be covering the many aspects of exploration, assessment and production phases of petroleum reservoir development.

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The Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES) would like to invite you to join us in Houston on October 24th, 2014 at the Marathon Oil Building for the SIPES Continuing Education Seminar.

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Looking at a formation as a source rock, then turning around and considering it a viable reservoir requires you to be able to shift your thinking and to analyze a great deal of data in a new way. If you don’t, you risk not understanding the nature of “sweet spots” and how to accurately complete or use reservoir characterization studies.

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Designed for geologists, geophysicits, petrophysicists and petroleum engineers this course will present the concepts of sedimentary geochemistry and biogeochemistry, along with the framework to interpret elemental and mineralogical records in such organic rich mudstone sequences

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