Explorer Article

How much effort is going toward improving recover from already producting fields? A survey taken of nearly 300 AAPG members in five U.S. cities by the AAPG Reservoir Development Committee may surprise readers with their answers.

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Explorer Article

AAPG's international meeting and exhibition in Birmingham, England turned out to be a time of optimism and anticipation for the next century. Held in September, it attracted more people than expected.

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Explorer Article

This article is the first in a series about integrated disciplinary teams. Though not a new concept to the industry, the explosion of new technology such as 3-D and 4-D seismic, reservoir simulation and a host of drilling innovations has created the need for technical staff from several geoscience and engineering disciplines to work together.

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Explorer Article

Rare is the financier who can look at a 2-D map and visualize the pertinent data in three dimensions. But when a 3-D model is available, the folks who deal with capital can better understand complex geological concepts by actually seeing fault closure, stratigraphic traps and such, thereby leaving less to the imagination.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

A couple of professors manage to turn their vision for deep water technology research and development into a reality, they propose a revitalization of technology R&D, specifically targeting the deep water (i.e. anything off the continental shelf) Gulf of Mexico.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Deep water play in the Gulf of Mexico keeps getting deeper and hotter. A look at some discoveries in 5-6,000 feet of water shows how they may propel the industry into the Gulf.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Exploration in the deep water Gulf of Mexico may be even better than the success of drilling on the Gulf shelf. The deep offshore Gulf has more remaining, recoverable resources than the shoreward provinces. Recent discoveries seem sure to increase resource projections for the Gulf.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Three-dimensional modeling and reservoir visualization tools are increasingly used to add value to California heavy oil projects.

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Short Course
Houston, Texas
Thursday, 11 June Friday, 12 June 2020, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Deltas are extremely important depositional systems and often source and contain prolific hydrocarbon accumulations. This workshop includes topical lectures, key cores, and a suite of exercises that integrate core, well logs, experimental flume data, and seismic sections to develop identification and subsurface mapping skills of hydrocarbon accumulations within deltaic settings.

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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

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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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

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

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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