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An ever-growing collection of webinars and virtual event recordings from AAPG Headquarters and AAPG Regions. These videos are available for viewing on demand.

Recent Webinar Videos

Welcome to the first Explorer Live! for 2021. This lively and informative video presentation features: Charles Sternbach’s conversation with Scott Neal (Chevron) about “The Quest for the Best in the Permian Basin.” Take a “Renewed Look at the Anadarko Basin” with Molly Turko and Vern Stefanic. Cat Campbell asks Jonathan Allen about the “New STEMulating Diversity and Inclusion SIG Launch.” Plus AAPG president Rick Fritz and editor Bob Merrill, provide insights into the Association’s strategic planning and upcoming geoscience you won’t want to miss. All that, and more, in this month’s Explorer Live!
Dr. Scott Tinker describes the effects of energy poverty and how creating a supply of clean, affordable and accessible energy can improve lives and communities.
Want to make an impact on sustainable development and the future of energy? Denise Cox describes some of the opportunities available to geoscientists.
Tip Meckel illustrates the various ways to manage CO2 emissions with carbon capture and sequestration (CCUS) methods.
How has the COVID pandemic affected global climate change? Ray Leonard compares the state of climate change from just prior to the outbreak to now.
You’re a geoscientist looking for a job in an industry downturn. You might ask, “What Do I Do Now?” Mike Party has some great advice.
Go deeper into the December Explorer with this lively and informative video presentation, this month featuring:  EMD president Ursula Hammes chats with Dallas Dunlap about energy minerals, the energy transition and the need for new explorationists.   Award-winning professor Paul Mann talks about geoscience education in the era of COVID.  Stephanie Nwoko talks about her journey as a woman in the energy industry: Challenges, opportunities, successes.  Plus AAPG president Rick Fritz talks about the importance of community and the AAPG Foundation, and editor Bob Merrill shares why some geoscience papers are better than others.  All that, and more, in this month’s Explorer Live!
Go deeper into the November Explorer with this lively and informative video presentation, this month featuring: Anne Draucker’s conversation with geoscientist Karelia La Marca Molina about machine learning and the future of seismic interpretation. John Underhill’s perspective on the North Sea super basin and its role in today’s energy transition. Rachelle Kernen’s update on the new AAPG Salt Basins TIG. Plus AAPG president Rick Fritz and editor Bob Merrill, providing insights into the Association’s current state of affairs as well as the upcoming geoscience you won’t want to miss. All that, and more, in this month’s Explorer Live!

Recent HQ Webinars

Welcome to the first Explorer Live! for 2021. This lively and informative video presentation features: Charles Sternbach’s conversation with Scott Neal (Chevron) about “The Quest for the Best in the Permian Basin.” Take a “Renewed Look at the Anadarko Basin” with Molly Turko and Vern Stefanic. Cat Campbell asks Jonathan Allen about the “New STEMulating Diversity and Inclusion SIG Launch.” Plus AAPG president Rick Fritz and editor Bob Merrill, provide insights into the Association’s strategic planning and upcoming geoscience you won’t want to miss. All that, and more, in this month’s Explorer Live!
Dr. Scott Tinker describes the effects of energy poverty and how creating a supply of clean, affordable and accessible energy can improve lives and communities.
Want to make an impact on sustainable development and the future of energy? Denise Cox describes some of the opportunities available to geoscientists.
Tip Meckel illustrates the various ways to manage CO2 emissions with carbon capture and sequestration (CCUS) methods.

Recent Asia Pacific Videos

Patawarta Diapir, approximately 2-6km2 located in the Central Flinders Ranges, South Australia, has been interpreted as a single allochthonous salt sheet containing Tonian-aged igneous and layered evaporite sedimentary intrasalt inclusions derived from the Callanna Group. In this webinar, Rachelle Kernen describes the diapir as five primarily silty limestone inclusions (0.5-2km2), re-interpreted as Ediacaran-aged Wonoka Formation and Patsy Hill member of the Bonney Sandstone (Wilpena Group). Webinar presented Thursday 3 December 2020 at 11:00 SGT (GMT+8) Singapore time
Hear John Kaldi speak about Integrated Approaches to Determining Net Pay: Caveats & Lessons Learned. Webinar presented via Zoom on Thursday 19 November 2020 at 11:00 SGT (GMT+8) Singapore time.
Join us to hear Jean-Jaques Biteau talk about key parameters controlling pressure regimes, trap sealing at the level of both the basin and the prospect, as well as areas of uncertainty. Webinar was presented on Thursday 22 October at 15:00 SGT (UTC+8) Singapore time zone.
Join us as Doug Peacock discusses how changes in oil price impact reserves in theory, and with practical industry examples. Webinar was presented via Zoom on Thursday 8 October 15:00 SGT (UTC+8) Singapore time zone

Recent Europe Videos

This presentation and demonstration will focus on a machine learning workflow in the upstream Oil and Gas domain to predict formation tops by applying artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to learn the well logs signatures. This deep learning model provides high quality predictions to aid the geologists in picking lithology markers consistently and in an accelerated fashion thus boosting their operational efficiency. The self-learning model, which is a unique differentiator of dataVediK and encompasses the detection of outliers and data quality issues and their subsequent validation and suggested corrections to improve the quality of data in an automated fashion during the model training process. The demo will then showcase a real-time drilling solution built using this ML model, whereby the formation tops are predicted, and the structural model is updated automatically as the GR log is acquired.
This talk examines what we are missing the use of in terms of waste heat in both the petroleum industry and long abandoned coal industry of the UK, how we might use that heat and what the collateral benefits of heat use would be in terms of sustainability and the circular economy.
Join us as Jane Whaley, geologist and Editor-in-Chief of GEO ExPro Magazine, interviews Gretchen Gillis, President-Elect of AAPG, about her experiences as a woman in the oil-and-gas industry.
Ray Leonard will be talking to us about 'Climate Change, Covid-19 and the Effect on Energy’s Future'. Fossil fuels have led to a profound increase in world living standards but resulting emissions of CO2 and methane into the atmosphere are a primary factor in climate change. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 has resulted in a significant decrease in world economic activity, which in turn has led to a major, if temporary, decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, particularly CO2. Join Ray Leonard via Zoom on June 15 at 12:00 GMT+1

Recent Latin America & Caribbean Videos

Conveners: Lizbeth Calizaya, Ecopetrol Brasil; Renato Darros de Matos, Independent Researcher and Consultant Participants: Márcio Mello, Brazil Petroleum Studies; Sean Romito, University of Houston; Hualing Zhang, University of Houston; Tom Wilson, Core Laboratories UK; Randall Etherington, TGS; Pedro Victor Zalan, ZAG Consulting in Petroleum Exploration Conveners Lizbeth Calizaya and Renato Darros de Matos moderate a discussion with presenters, who answer questions and share final thoughts to conclude Session IV, Northeast Brazilian Basins, at the South Atlantic Basins Virtual Research Symposium. Bios: Convener: Lizbeth Calizaya, Ecopetrol Brasil Convener: Renato Darros de Matos, Guarini Services Renato is geologist graduated from the Universidade de Brasília, Brazil (1979) and holds a PhD from Cornell University (1992). He has 40 years of professional experience, which includes 21 years at Petrobras, 4 years at academia (UFRN) as researcher, founder of Flamoil Services, E&P Director of Potioleo, Aurizonia and Imetame Energia (small independent oil companies); Coordinator and first President of ABPIP (Brazilian Independent Petroleum Producers Association); Exploration Manager of Petrobras International in Libya and Turkey; Management Director of the first board of the government controlled PPSA (Pré-Sal Petróleo S.A.). Currently, he is Director and Senior E&P Consultant at Guarini Services, Natal and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Renato is a member of AAPG, ABGP and SBGf. Marcio Rocha Mello, Brazilpetrostudies (BPS) Marcio holds a PhD from Bristol University, England. With 43 years of experience in the industry, he is the President of Brazilpetrostudies (BPS), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prior to BPS he worked at Petrobras, HRT Petroleum. Marcio is a member of AAPG, ABGP and ALAGO. Sean Romito, University of Houston Sean earned a BSc in Geology from the University of Texas at Dallas, and currently is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the University of Houston, where he develops large-scale tectonic research within the Caribbean plate and the Brazilian passive margin. He has experience as intern on prospect generation within onshore US basins; field work as a wellsite geologist in the Permian; and intern on geologic risk within the Texas panhandle. Sean is a member of AAPG and HGS. Hualing Zhang, University of Houston Hualing is a PhD student at the University of Houston. She is a member of AAPG and AGU. Tom Wilson, Core Laboratories Tom is a geologist from Kingston University and holds a MSc in Palynology from Sheffield University. With 24 years of experience in the industry, he is Senior Geological Advisor at Core Laboratories, UK, where, as part of the regional studies group his main technical role is reviewing stratigraphic data, coordinating new analyses and interpreting the results to produce consistent stratigraphic interpretations and well correlations; working with regional and reservoir geologists to place the well data in tectono-stratigraphic context, better understanding basin evolution, reservoir distribution and reservoir quality. He spent 16 years at Robertson, initially as a palynologist working principally on West African basins. Subsequently moved to multi-client studies as a Petroleum Geologist looking at basins in the South Atlantic and then around the globe. A move to the proprietary studies department resulted in a change to working on license rounds and prospect analysis, later becoming a Technical Advisor in this department. Upon leaving Robertson he went to Xodus as a Senior Geologist looking at exploration opportunities in Africa and then spent 3 years in the Central North Sea exploration team at Eon E&P, before joining Core Lab early 2017. Tom is a member of AAPG, PESGP and Micropalaeontological Society, Randall Etherington, TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company Randall earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Utah State University, and a MSc in Geology from Brigham Young University. His more than 40 years of experience in the industry include several positions in companies as ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, Phillips, Devon, YPF-Regsol, Pennzoil, Cobalt, Murphy; Maersk, among others. Currently, he is Exploration Advisor at TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company, where is responsible for geophysical interpretation and basin analysis. Randall is a member of AAPG and SEG. Pedro Victor Zalán, ZAG Consulting in Petroleum Exploration Pedro holds a MSc and a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines. With 42 years of experience in the industry, he is independent consultant in petroleum exploration at ZAG Consulting in Petroleum Exploration, in Rio de Janeiro. He worked for 34 years in Petrobras. Pedro is a member of AAPG and ABGP.
Authors: Pedro Victor Zalan (presenter), ZAG Consulting in Petroleum Exploration; Eric Newman, Mike Saunders, TGS With the fantastic exploratory success obtained by ExxonMobil and Apache in Guyana and Suriname it is logical to follow the trend southeastwards, passing through the Zaedyus discovery in French Guyana, into the Foz do Amazonas and Pará-Maranhão Basins in Brazil (Figure 1). The northern portion of the FOZ, bordering French Guyana, had several blocks adjudicated to majors that had acquired 3D seismic and defined several drilling locations aiming stratigraphic traps similar to the discoveries further north. New long-offset, broadband reprocessed, 2D seismic data acquired in deep/ultra-deep waters in the southern part of the FOZ and in PAMA, have unraveled the exciting geology and the enormous petroleum potential of these basins. Three distinct seismic-stratigraphic sequences were mapped in the Drift Sequence: (1) a basal unit composed of Late Albian-Coniacian source rocks, plus abundant turbidite bodies, followed by (2) an intermediate unit displaying low-energy seismic facies, typical of effective seal strata, plus Santonian-Lower Paleogene turbidite bodies, capped by (3) Upper Paleogene-Neogene shales/claystones and enormous amounts of turbidite bodies (Figure 2). The source rock strata had been downwarped by the load exerted by the Amazon Cone and by huge volcanic edifices to depths spanning the entire thermal maturation range (Figure 2). One regional and one local HC kitchens were mapped. HCs emanating from these kitchens tend to migrate towards the compensation highs created in response to these downwarps in the Pará-Maranhão Basin (Figure 2). On these migration routes innumerous stratigraphic and mixed traps were identified, some with very large dimensions, some with strong DHI response (Figures 3-6). The scenario is ready for the replication of the exploratory success happening in Guyana and Suriname and, across the Ocean, in Ghana and Ivory Coast. Bio: Pedro Victor Zalán, ZAG Consulting in Petroleum Exploration Pedro holds a MSc and a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines. With 42 years of experience in the industry, he is independent consultant in petroleum exploration at ZAG Consulting in Petroleum Exploration, in Rio de Janeiro. He worked for 34 years in Petrobras. Pedro is a member of AAPG and ABGP.
Authors: Randall Etherington (presenter); Eric Newman, TGS The Potiguar Basin is the largest oil-producing region in equatorial Brazil along the onshore and near offshore areas of the basin. The petroleum system of the basin contains lacustrine to marine prolific source rocks of rift to post-rift spanning in age from Barremian through Turonian. Proven reservoir rocks range in age from Barremian to Eocene times. Seal rocks are observed throughout the entire stratigraphic column and are represented by intra-formational lacustrine shales, fine-grained argillaceous sandstones and shales, and thick deep marine pelitic rocks. The Pitu well, announced in December of 2013 became the first deep water oil discovery of the Potiguar Basin. The Pitu well found a 188 meter hydrocarbon column in Upper Aptian sands of the Pescada Formation in a rift structure at depths of 4,300 meters, thus confirming that the proven petroleum system extends into the deep water. Two main play types have been identified. The confirmed ‘Rift’ play which follows the Potiguar oil basin off the shelf is the same play as Pitu and extends across all of the basin. The well-defined horst blocks at Pescada Formation level show several thickened intervals. The greatly anticipated ‘Drift’ Late Cretaceous-Tertiary play is a turbidite sand play of channel sands and toe of slope fans, many with amplitude anomalies. Broadband, long offset 2D seismic clearly shows the Aptian ‘Rift’ play and evidence of the ‘Drift’ Late Cretaceous-Tertiary turbidite channel complex and basin floor fans. The most recent 3D data takes the seismic image and detail of the Cretaceous turbidite channel/fan complexes and Aptian ‘Rift’ structures to an all-new level. Bio: Randall Etherington, TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company Randall earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Utah State University, and a MSc in Geology from Brigham Young University. His more than 40 years of experience in the industry include several positions in companies as ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, Phillips, Devon, YPF-Regsol, Pennzoil, Cobalt, Murphy; Maersk, among others. Currently, he is Exploration Advisor at TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company, where is responsible for geophysical interpretation and basin analysis. Randall is a member of AAPG and SEG.
Authors: Tom Wilson (presenter), Joseph Whiting, Corneliu Cosovanu, Ann Watkins, Anne McAfee, Core Laboratories UK The emergence of a significant submarine fan play, in the ultra-deep waters of the Sergipe Basin, is exemplified by 6 discoveries since 2010. This paper integrates biostratigraphic and sedimentological data to better understand the evolution of the Late Cretaceous deep-water fan systems. Success in the Calumbi play, for example in the Barra, Moita Bonita and Farfan discoveries, is characterised by accumulations within stratigraphic traps basinwards of the Alagoas Hinge Line. Biostratigraphic analysis of exploration wells shows Upper Cretaceous sediment packages, which are thin or absent on the present-day shelf, thicken outboard of the Hinge Line. These packages can be related to the Drift-Transgressive and Regressive sequences and are associated with channel and fan sands. The marked increase in accommodation space occurred during the transition and drift phases, initiated by a basinward shift in the rift / spreading axis. Hyperextension of the continental crust, emplacement of magmatic crust and SDRs gave way to thermal sag and an increase in accommodation space in the outboard region. Extensive core logging of Upper Cretaceous Calumbi sections allowed the differentiation of interbedded coarse-grained sand and gravel-rich intervals into turbidity current and hyperpycnal surge facies, driven by increased fluvial discharge (figure A.). These sediments were transported across a narrow shelf and preserved within stacked channel systems on the steep and terraced slope. Observed facies include inboard bypass deposits giving way to levee-confined slope systems consisting of amalgamated channel complex sets and associated mass transport deposits, and distal lobes characterised by discrete low-density flows. These rock-based observations are integrated with downhole logs and information on the regional geology to extrapolate the sedimentary succession and create palaeogeographic maps. Bio: Tom Wilson, Core Laboratories Tom is a geologist from Kingston University and holds a MSc in Palynology from Sheffield University. With 24 years of experience in the industry, he is Senior Geological Advisor at Core Laboratories, UK, where, as part of the regional studies group his main technical role is reviewing stratigraphic data, coordinating new analyses and interpreting the results to produce consistent stratigraphic interpretations and well correlations; working with regional and reservoir geologists to place the well data in tectono-stratigraphic context, better understanding basin evolution, reservoir distribution and reservoir quality. He spent 16 years at Robertson, initially as a palynologist working principally on West African basins. Subsequently moved to multi-client studies as a Petroleum Geologist looking at basins in the South Atlantic and then around the globe. A move to the proprietary studies department resulted in a change to working on license rounds and prospect analysis, later becoming a Technical Advisor in this department. Upon leaving Robertson he went to Xodus as a Senior Geologist looking at exploration opportunities in Africa and then spent 3 years in the Central North Sea exploration team at Eon E&P, before joining Core Lab early 2017. Tom is a member of AAPG, PESGP and Micropalaeontological Society,

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