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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.

Learn! Blog

Dr. Susan Nash, AAPG’s Director of Education and Professional Development, shares the new territory she’s introducting 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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Optimizing reservoirs and developing an ever-evolving intelligent model of a reservoir are key concerns for operators, particularly in challenging times. For that reason, they must have good production geologists on hand. A production geologist bridges a number of disciplines, most notably geology and engineering, but also geochemistry, geophysics, and numerical methods. Welcome to an interview with Terngu Utim who discusses production geology, its new potential and opportunities.

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"Drones are going to have a positive impact on the world" observed Ryan Cowell, Soaring Sky, and he is a part of a movement that has increased momentum due to changes in technology, uses, and regulations. Welcome to an interview with Ryan, who discusses the opportunities and changes, and also how he is providing training to all, including high school-age students, to be successful drone pilots and thus get started in a high-growth field.

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Noble Exploration has had some of the most eye-opening deepwater discoveries in recent years with their Levant and Leviathan fields in the Mediterranean. What was the secret to Noble's success? Welcome to an interview with Henry Pettingill, Noble Energy, who discusses the technologies and mindsets that enabled the Noble teams to succeed.

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AAPG's new drone workshop and short courses can get you started with drone-based mapping — and help you to generate your own AAPG drone-focused project.

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Drones can help collect very important surface data that helps in exploration, production, and environmental quality assurance in shale plays. Welcome to an interview with Dick Zhang, Identified Technologies, who talks to us about how digital data acquired through drones has revolutionized the world of construction as well as oil and gas operations.

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Finding new ways to reduce the cost of hydraulic fracturing while improving its effectiveness has been the focus of much research. AltaRock (http://altarockenergy.com/) has developed unique new diverters that can be customized to increase zonal coverage. Welcome to an interview with Laura Nofziger, AltaRock Energy, who discusses new geothermal crossover technologies to improve stimulation and production in oil and gas wells.

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The dynamics of fluid behavior and structural movement on the nano-scale can be complicated and not always what was expected. New research that analyzes the well information and cores using new techniques and technologies is yielding important and useful results. Welcome to an interview with Wen Zhou, Chengdu University of Technology, who discusses recent research findings.

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Primary research in hydrocarbon generation is yielding new insights into the natural gas geochemical characteristics of conventional and unconventional reservoirs, along with discoveries relating to the geomechanical processes. Welcome to an interview with Chenglin Liu, China University of Petroleum-Beijing, who discusses enlightening new findings regarding the relationship between salinity and hydrocarbon geochemical characteristics.

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Attend the AAPG Drone Workshop and Short Course (Nov 30, Dec 1-2 in Houston) and let AAPG launch your new or expanded ventures. Emerge with a project that will help you land contracts and connections.

All attendees will learn how to get started with drone-based mapping, and each attendee will receive his or her own AAPG drone-focused project which can help you build your resume. Use your AAPG project to launch your new line of business and new sources of revenue. We will also discuss marketing your services.

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During a downturn, diversify! Broaden your base with drones.

New information on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, drones, and how they can be utilized in the detection of methane leaks around unconventional gas and oilfield sites, are of great interest in the oil and gas industry today.

Dyan Gibbens of Trumbull Unmanned, in Houston, TX will discuss the challenges, advancements and lessons learned at the New Opportunities with Drones: New Needs, FAA Rule Changes, New Technologies workshop December 1-2, 2016, at the Norris Conference Center in Houston, TX.

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