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As we’re all aware, the oil and gas industry is currently in the middle of a downturn. This isn’t the first and it won’t be the last.

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Only a short time ago, many in the oil and gas industry were concerned about the potential shortage of workers needed for a growing industry and a wave of retirements. Obviously, the demand has since dropped. However, we know it will go up again, and when it does, concerns about having technically qualified workers will return.

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It’s been a tough 18 months if you are in the energy industry. Of the five times I can recall this happening in my career, this downturn has a few extra twists that make this time different.

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The oil industry downturn has been, to paraphrase Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan (1651), "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and long."

If you're an oil industry professional, you may be feeling discouraged, even disgusted, and ready to throw in the towel, particularly as some analysts are predicting bargain basement oil until 2018 and the Saudi oil minister has told some countries they'll just have to get out of the business.

What's worse, is that you may have been in a very isolated niche specialty, and now you're not sure how to apply your skills to more general (and affordable) opportunities.

How do you keep from becoming collateral damage in a vicious economic war? And, perhaps more to the point, how do you use your background and experience to maintain involvement in the industry?
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The forum is sponsored by the DPA in conjunction with two local societies, the Pittsburgh Geological Society (PGS) and the Pittsburgh Association of Petroleum Geologists (PAPG). This one-day event will be preceded with a PAPG monthly dinner meeting on the evening of April 12, 2016; providing an opportunity to come to Pittsburgh the day prior to the forum, network with local geoscientists and enjoy an Appalachian Basin technical talk.
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Three outer continental shelf (OCS) oil and gas issues were prominent in 2015 policy debates and will continue in the policy limelight in 2016 as the federal government moves to release final versions of the permits, plans and rules.

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Everywhere I go and in every conversation I have with AAPG members, sooner or later – and it’s usually sooner– I’m asked what I’m hearing about the duration of this low price cycle. We’ve all heard the old saying that prediction is difficult, especially of the future.

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Every major producer in the Middle East will be represented at AAPG’s upcoming GEO 2016 conference in Bahrain next month.

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For the oil industry, the most worrisome news coming out of the Middle East doesn’t involve geopolitics. It’s well known by now that Iran wants to increase production by at least 500,000 barrels of oil per day as the lifting of international sanctions allows it to resume crude exports. But Iran isn’t alone.

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24 March 2016

The Rockies Playmaker Discovery Forum is focused on the elements both, commercial and scientific/technical, required to successfully get from lease sale to discovery. It will focus on the skills as well as professional and ethics requirements for prospecting, play generation, and deal screening.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
16-17 November 2016

This two-day workshop will be dedicated to capturing best practices and lessons learned in the field of knowledge management, especially in the context of a changing oil market. The upstream organizations within the Middle East’s NOCs, IOCs and service providers are paying close attention to the issue of knowledge management due to the major demographic shift which has been dubbed as the “Great Crew Change”.

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This presentation describes a proven workflow that uses a standard narrow azimuth 3D seismic, conventional logs, image logs and core data to build five key reservoir properties required for an optimal development of shale plays.

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This presentation will review the results of ongoing carbon storage research in Kentucky by the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) and industry partners.

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