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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

Virtual Poster by Dietmar Mueller, University of Sydney for Structural Geology and Our Future - The Role of Tectonic Geoscience in Energy Transition, Focusing on the Asia-Pacific Region, an AAPG GTW.
Virtual Poster by K. B. Bhavya, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation for Structural Geology and Our Future - The Role of Tectonic Geoscience in Energy Transition, Focusing on the Asia-Pacific Region, an AAPG GTW.
The presentation will focus on hydraulic fracture geometry in shales, the materials used in the fracturing process, and treatment monitoring via microseismic.
EXPLORER Live in Five, Episode 8. A new year, a fresh start, a journey begins. What’s in store for 2022? Join AAPG President Gretchen Gillis and Executive Director David Curtiss as they take a lively look back at some important lessons they learned as well as what lies ahead for AAPG, the profession and the global energy community. How will AAPG impact the world in the coming year? How will the world impact us? Five questions, five minutes. The Explorer Live in Five, streaming now.
EXPLORER Live in Five, Episode 7. Yes, 2021 was a challenging year – but through it all, new geoscience developments and insights were introduced in AAPG publications, on the web and at a host of meetings. The world of petroleum geology kept spinning, thanks largely to the steady hand of AAPG elected editor Bob Merrill. Join Bob for a quick look back and a hopeful look forward for finding, sharing and publishing important geoscience information. What IS the state of petroleum geology? Five questions, five minutes. The Explorer Live in Five, streaming now.
EXPLORER Live in Five, Episode 6. The Perseverance rover landed on Mars, spectacularly, last February. Nine months of exploring. Nine months of gathering. Nine months of learning. Nine months of … rocks! And what have we learned so far? Kathryn Stack Morgan, a research scientist and deputy project scientist for the Mars Science team, shares some exciting updates with AAPG Astrogeology Committee vice co-chair Doug Cook in a new episode of Explorer Live in Five. Join them for a quick chat that covers what’s happened, what’s happening and what’s coming next on Mars. Five questions, five minutes. The Explorer Live in Five, streaming now.
EXPLORER Live in Five, Episode 5. The big question: Since geothermal energy can supply power 24/7 for hundreds of years – AND create thousands of new jobs while providing an attractive investment option – why does so much of this clean, natural resource remain in the ground? Spencer Nelson, senior research director at ClearPath, has some big answers that he shares in a lively conversation with AAPG’s Susan Nash, who knows a lot herself about innovations and emerging technology. Join them for a quick chat that covers both the science and the economics of geothermal. Five questions, five minutes. The Explorer Live in Five, streaming now.
Overview of climate change, sustainability and net zero and what it means for the energy industry and oil and gas workers. Explain what is meant by a 'Just Transition' and different legislation and grass roots initiatives out there to support oil and gas workers as the energy industry transforms, including the SPE Gaia Sustainability Program. I can present different pathways to net zero from an energy perspective and what that means in terms of specific technologies and skill development requirements. Speaker Alison Isherwood, Causeway GT

Recent HQ Webinars

EXPLORER Live in Five, Episode 8. A new year, a fresh start, a journey begins. What’s in store for 2022? Join AAPG President Gretchen Gillis and Executive Director David Curtiss as they take a lively look back at some important lessons they learned as well as what lies ahead for AAPG, the profession and the global energy community. How will AAPG impact the world in the coming year? How will the world impact us? Five questions, five minutes. The Explorer Live in Five, streaming now.
EXPLORER Live in Five, Episode 7. Yes, 2021 was a challenging year – but through it all, new geoscience developments and insights were introduced in AAPG publications, on the web and at a host of meetings. The world of petroleum geology kept spinning, thanks largely to the steady hand of AAPG elected editor Bob Merrill. Join Bob for a quick look back and a hopeful look forward for finding, sharing and publishing important geoscience information. What IS the state of petroleum geology? Five questions, five minutes. The Explorer Live in Five, streaming now.
EXPLORER Live in Five, Episode 6. The Perseverance rover landed on Mars, spectacularly, last February. Nine months of exploring. Nine months of gathering. Nine months of learning. Nine months of … rocks! And what have we learned so far? Kathryn Stack Morgan, a research scientist and deputy project scientist for the Mars Science team, shares some exciting updates with AAPG Astrogeology Committee vice co-chair Doug Cook in a new episode of Explorer Live in Five. Join them for a quick chat that covers what’s happened, what’s happening and what’s coming next on Mars. Five questions, five minutes. The Explorer Live in Five, streaming now.
EXPLORER Live in Five, Episode 5. The big question: Since geothermal energy can supply power 24/7 for hundreds of years – AND create thousands of new jobs while providing an attractive investment option – why does so much of this clean, natural resource remain in the ground? Spencer Nelson, senior research director at ClearPath, has some big answers that he shares in a lively conversation with AAPG’s Susan Nash, who knows a lot herself about innovations and emerging technology. Join them for a quick chat that covers both the science and the economics of geothermal. Five questions, five minutes. The Explorer Live in Five, streaming now.

Recent Asia Pacific Videos

Presented by David McNamara, University of Liverpool A 60-90 minute talk on 'Fractured geothermal systems: Processes enabling and hindering fluid flow'. Summary: Many geothermal systems are hosted within rocks where permeability is predominantly controlled by open structural networks. On the flip-side, fracture, if sealed with mineral material following fluid-rock interactions, can also form fluid flow baffles in geothermal systems. Characterisation of these structural networks and how they evolve is critical if we are to understand how they facilitate geothermal fluid circulation through the crust and improve well targeting and field planning. Doing this requires the adaptation of a range of existing analytical and sub-surface characterisation techniques, including borehole imaging, and mineral microanalysis. This talk will explore the use of these techniques to geothermal systems, highlighting where it has brought new insights to this sector.

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

Hear panelists discuss about strategies for reducing emissions and removing CO2 from the atmosphere in order to meet the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s goal to cut emissions to zero by 2050. Panelists will share their companies’ strategies for reducing emissions and discuss COVID-19’s effect on climate change. Webinar presented via Zoom on 24 June 2021 8:00 to 10:00 Houston time, CST (UTC-6)
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.

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