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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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Asia Pacific Blog

Early bird deadline for AAPG's first GTW in Thailand is 17 February, 2016. Don't miss out on the savings.

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Explorer Policy Watch

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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Explorer Emphasis Article

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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Explorer Emphasis Article

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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Latin America Blog

Join E&P leaders at the SPE/AAPG Colombia Offshore Workshop—Challenges and Opportunities for an Emerging Industry to be held 2-3 March 2016 in Bogotá, Colombia. This technical workshop, jointly organized by AAPG and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) provides ground-breaking learning opportunities, including the exchange of ideas and lessons learned from other offshore regions.

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Middle East Blog

This is your last chance to register for the Source Rocks of the Middle East GTW, taking place in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 25-26 January. Do not miss out this exciting workshop!

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Learn! Blog

The AAPG 'Ambient Seismic Imaging Throughout the Life Cycles of Unconventional Fields' e-symposia provides an overview of a new ambient seismic imaging method and applications of the method throughout the lifecycles (exploration through refracing) of unconventional oil and/or gas fields.  These applications include: direct imaging of hydraulic fractures, hydraulically stimulated natural fractures, stimulated reservoir volumes, and producing volumes; stress mapping in three dimensions before, during and after fracing; and Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) frac and reservoir simulation.

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Explorer Article

Called IPSO, which stands for integrated production surveillance and optimization system, the tool has become a solution for an issue presently challenging the industry as a whole: the management of big data.

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Asia Pacific Blog

Register to attend this International Conference on Integrated Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences to be held in Kuala Lumpur

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Workshop
Virtual Workshop
Tuesday, 8 March Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This two-day virtual conference aims to bring together industrial and academic persons to present, explore and develop approaches that will benefit both sectors in the future. The virtual conference will focus on current techniques, the challenges and future solutions in understanding the Triassic stratigraphy of the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, West of Shetland, Atlantic margins, and northern Europe.

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VG Abstract

Hydraulic fracturing has been around for decades. This talk describes some of the first applications of the technology, how it developed over time, and our current understanding of its impacts with some discussion of both water and earthquake hazards.

Request a visit from Sherilyn Williams-Stroud!

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VG Abstract

This is a less-technical education topic. It can be condensed to an hour or given as 2 two-hour sessions. It stresses selected controversial aspects of fracking that touch some combination of environment and economics and includes a short video of how fracking is done.

Request a visit from David Weinberg!

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VG Abstract

This lecture will discuss the differences between carbonates and siliciclastics from their chemical composition through their distributions in time and space. Building on these fundamental differences, we will explore the challenges carbonates pose to petroleum geologists in terms of seismic interpretation, reservoir quality prediction, field development, etc. Peppered with humorous personal stories, still raging academic debates, and the heartfelt frustrations of real industry professionals, the aim is to inspire students and young professionals to rise to the occasion and embrace the reservoir rocks that petroleum geologists love to hate.

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VG Abstract

Microseismicity induced by hydraulic fracture stimulation of a horizontal well was mapped with a near-surface buried array. Distinct linear trends of events were not parallel to the direction of fast shear wave polarization measured in the reservoir with a crossed-dipole anisotropy tool. Analysis of core from a nearby well revealed numerous calcite-filled fractures that did not induce shear wave polarization, but did significantly impact the failure behavior of the reservoir rock during the stimulation treatment. Hydraulic fracture simulation with DFN modeling and source mechanism analysis supports the interpretation of reactivated existing fractures rather than the formation of hydraulically-induced tensile fractures.

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Request a visit from Sherilyn Williams-Stroud!

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VG Abstract

Analysis of microseismicity induced by hydraulic fracture stimulation in the Marcellus Shale shows changes in stress state for different zones of failure. During the treatment, shear failure occurs on both the J1 and J2 fracture orientations in response to different maximum stress orientations, indicating localized changes in the orientation during the treatment. Reactivation of a fault near the wellbore is associated with failure mechanisms with a higher volumetric component, indicating possible inflation of faults and fractures by the introduction of the slurry. Quantification of the stress conditions that are associated with inflation could potentially be used to optimize the stimulation by identifying which fractures will preferentially take on slurry volume.

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Request a visit from Sherilyn Williams-Stroud!

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