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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.

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EXPLORER Live in Five, Episode 4. Move over, Col. Drake – as well as a lot of other industry pioneers who thought they were doing something new. Drilling techniques and ambitious extraction projects were recorded in ancient China around 2,250 years ago – and Oliver Kuhn, past president of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, tells the story in this segment of the Explorer Live in Five. Susan Nash, who knows a lot about China, innovations and emerging technology, leads the interview. It’s lively, historical, a bit quirky and definitely interesting to all geoscientists. Five questions, five minutes. The Explorer Live in Five, streaming now.
EXPLORER Live in Five, Episode 3. The subject: The energy industry’s focus on “Positioning for green” in a low-carbon world. The format: Five questions about the challenges and strategies impacting the industry – and professional geoscientists. The experts: Deloitte LLP executives Amy Chronis and Marlene Motyka, talking with AAPG Sustainable Development Committee member Julian Chenin about complex choices and successful options. Live in Five. Streaming now.
Chairs: Susan Nash, AAPG Director of Innovation and Emerging Science and Technology César Patiño, Chairman, EOR Technology Collaboration Program, International Energy Agency
Tony Rebec examines the Marcellus shale as revealed with full 3D multi-component seismic data including the dataset used for the examination and will discuss the geophysical strategy used to reveal the properties and attributes of this unique shale formation.
Chairs: Leopoldo Olavarría, Counsel, CMS Rodríguez Azuero, Mexico Denise Cox, President, Storm Energy, USA
EXPLORER Live in Five, Episode 2. Principal geologist Ashley Douds (Core2Core Geologic Consulting Services) talks with EMD President Justin Birdwell about the importance of critical minerals in today’s transitioning energy world – and as a potential new career path for tomorrow.
EXPLORER Live in Five – Season Premiere. AAPG President Gretchen Gillis talks with David Curtiss about challenges and potential transformations facing the profession, the industry and the Association. Five questions, five minutes. Streaming now.
The goal of this e-symposium is to provide an overview of the latest trends and technologies for water management for oil and gas drilling, completions, and production. The e-symposium will include a number of in-depth case studies as well as descriptions of new directions (including new technologies and legislation). A discussion of new recycling initiatives will be covered as well.

Recent HQ Webinars

EXPLORER Live in Five, Episode 4. Move over, Col. Drake – as well as a lot of other industry pioneers who thought they were doing something new. Drilling techniques and ambitious extraction projects were recorded in ancient China around 2,250 years ago – and Oliver Kuhn, past president of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, tells the story in this segment of the Explorer Live in Five. Susan Nash, who knows a lot about China, innovations and emerging technology, leads the interview. It’s lively, historical, a bit quirky and definitely interesting to all geoscientists. Five questions, five minutes. The Explorer Live in Five, streaming now.
EXPLORER Live in Five, Episode 3. The subject: The energy industry’s focus on “Positioning for green” in a low-carbon world. The format: Five questions about the challenges and strategies impacting the industry – and professional geoscientists. The experts: Deloitte LLP executives Amy Chronis and Marlene Motyka, talking with AAPG Sustainable Development Committee member Julian Chenin about complex choices and successful options. Live in Five. Streaming now.
EXPLORER Live in Five, Episode 2. Principal geologist Ashley Douds (Core2Core Geologic Consulting Services) talks with EMD President Justin Birdwell about the importance of critical minerals in today’s transitioning energy world – and as a potential new career path for tomorrow.
EXPLORER Live in Five – Season Premiere. AAPG President Gretchen Gillis talks with David Curtiss about challenges and potential transformations facing the profession, the industry and the Association. Five questions, five minutes. 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.
Presented by Latinas in Earth and Planetary Sciences A 60-90 minute free webinar presented by Latinas in Earth and Planetary Sciences on 'GeoLatinas Beyond Borders: Multidisciplinary and Multiscale Careers in Industry and Academia'. Abstract: The under-representation of women in science and engineering is a reality and, although recent efforts have been made, gender balance has not yet been achieved. Moreover, this problem is exacerbated in the case of women of mixed heritage or from developing countries, who are rarely represented in leadership positions in academia and industry. GeoLatinas leaders from around the world and representing a wide range of disciplines, have overcome barriers such as stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination to belong to and thrive in the geosciences. We will showcase a range of technical profiles, highlighting a variety of data sources, temporal and spatial scales, objectives, workflows and the impact of each discipline on academia, industry and our communities. We work with and integrate data at various spatial and temporal scales to investigate the earth, explore and produce resources, and solve industry challenges. Integrating data from all scales is relevant for executing research ideas and informed business decisions. From crustal deformation analysis, sedimentary basin evolution, to reservoir and fluid characterization, in this team presentation we will illustrate the value of multiscale data integration and workflows that leverage successful research and multidisciplinary projects in industry.
Pesented by Dr. Yong Li, China University of Mining and Technology The Ordos Basin, China's second-largest sedimentary basin, boasts widespread resources in an area of 370, 000km2. It contributes most to the reserves of natural gas, coalbed methane (CBM), and coal already proven in China, accounting for nearly 6%, 13%, and 20%, respectively. Ordos Basin contains about 11 trillion m3 natural gas and 19 trillion m3 CBM. Upper Paleozoic sequence is an independent petroleum system separated from the Mesozoic and the lower Paleozoic strata. In this petroleum system, the source rocks are widely distributed coals and dark mudstones occurring in the Carboniferous–lower Permian coal measures. Continuous hydrocarbon accumulation units were identified within the Upper Paleozoic, including the Permian Taiyuan, Shanxi and Xiashihezi formations with great tight gas potential, and the Taiyuan and Shanxi formations also containing shale gas and coalbed methane. To clearly know the super gas bearing section, a few main questions require answers: (1) the capability of gas supplement from shale, and if there is development potential of the widely deposited transitional shales; (2) the temporal and spatial evolution of hydrocarbon accumulations in the vast area (500 km length); and (3) the accumulation mechanism of different types of natural gases, and if there is any favorable strata combinations.
Presented by Dr. Luca Guglielmetti, University of Geneva A 60-90 minute talk on 'Geothermal Energy: Opportunities Beyond Energy Production'. Summary: Geothermal energy is a renewable and flexible energy source with a broad variety of application spanning from power generation to heat production and storage. Covering a broad range of temperature, geothermal resource can also provide a clean supply of energy to the food supply chain and the number of commercial projects in increasing globally. From greenhouses to aquacolture, from beer to dairy processing, food dying and spirulina, these are only some of of the application of geothermal energy in the agri-food sector. This talk will provide an overview of geothermal energy, it's applications in complex energy systems and will provide insights on it's role in decarbonizing and creating new market opportunities in the agri-food 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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