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Geoscientists Without Borders supports humanitarian applications of geoscience around the world.

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Since the dramatic expansion of AAPG/ AAPG Foundation’s Visiting Geoscientist program in the fall of 2014, thousands of students around the globe have benefited from it.
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When OPEC announced a six-month agreement to curb production and reduce the world’s crude-supply surplus, skeptics quickly observed that a lot of people would have to keep their promises in order to make a meaningful dent in the world’s oil supply.

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The terms “resilient” and “flexible” are not often used to describe OPEC. But they might be the best two words to characterize the organization.

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Cuts in capital expenditures today mean lower production tomorrow, which means a rebound in prices.

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Dry hole. Two of the worst words in offshore exploration. When per-well costs offshore can reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars, no one wants to drill a duster. So are dry holes nothing but failures? “Not if they provide information that sets up the next discovery,” said AAPG member John Snedden.

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While many are working to forecast when the price of oil might reach $80 a barrel again, renowned international strategist and geopolitical analyst Peter Zeihan, the author of “The Accidental Superpower,” predicts in stunning detail the rising and declining energy plays of 2025 and the countries that will ultimately triumph as the world’s leading producers.
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Selected highlights from international exploration activity in 2015.
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When one of us joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1980, seven out of 27 young professionals in the basic training course were Swiss – a remarkable number of students from a tiny country that does not produce oil or gas. The term “Swiss mafia” was coined by our Dutch colleagues, and it wasn’t meant in a complimentary sense.

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The idea of nationalizing Venezuela’s oil industry had been in the wind for a few years leading up to 1976, and conditions in the global oil market lent considerable momentum to the popularity of the proposal. Weighed in the balance of 40 years of hindsight, though, nationalization has proven to be nothing short of tragic for the nation’s oil and gas sector.
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Field Seminar

Jakarta Jakarta Indonesia 18 September, 2017 20 September, 2017 41523
 
Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia
18-20 September 2017

Supporting organisation IAGI will be conducting a Workshop and Field Trip on “Modern and Ancient, Integration of Outcros, Modern Depositional Processes and Subsurface Data”. This will be led by Erlangga Septama, PhD, and Ir Herman Darman, M.Sc. More information including the program, investment fees and contact details can be found here.

Short Course

Jakarta Jakarta Indonesia 04 September, 2017 07 September, 2017 38896
 
Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia
4-7 September 2017

Our ability to predict reservoir presence or map net reservoir in clastic depositional systems is dependent on our understanding of the depositional geometries of the various depositional systems and the variation of patterns within those systems. The processes associated with sediment delivery and sediment dispersal is the fundamental control on the architectural geometry of a depositional system. The processes associated with the interplay between sediment input and accommodation space are the fundamental controls on the lateral and vertical stacking patterns within that geometry.

The geometry of the depositional system is similar regardless of the depositional location or scale. As such, the patterns within the geometries are also similar, and, therefore, predictable. This is a powerful concept that the interpreter can use in predicting depositional geometries and patterns. Whether the reservoir being studied was deposited on land or on a submarine fan, or whether it is 100’s of kilometers in scale or a kilometer, the geometry of the deposit is similar. Therefore, interpreters need only become familiar with the basic geometries of clastic depositional systems and the patterns that occur within those geometries.

Modern and outcrop analogs will be used, along with subsurface examples to provide the interpreter with a sound understanding of the reservoir distribution and quality, both laterally and vertically of the clastic depositional systems most commonly encountered as oil and gas reservoirs. The course is exercise-oriented and taught in PowerPoint format. A course manual is provided. The exercises in this course are designed to give you a strong working knowledge of the many depositional settings you are likely to encounter in your career. They are aimed at helping you to learn how to recognize them from well logs, and how to map them.

Schedule
Day 1: Interpreting Clastic Reservoir Systems
  • 10 Habits of Highly Successful Oil Finders
  • Well Log Correlation
  • Integrating Paleo, core and cuttings
  • Cross Sections
  • Sand Percent, Isopach, and Isochore Maps
  • Stratigraphic Principles, stacking patterns, and Walther’s Law
  • Sequence Stratigraphy
Day 2: Architectural Geometries of Clastic Reservoir Systems
  • Depositional Geometries; delivery versus dispersal systems
  • Sediment Input vs. Accommodation Space
  • Alluvial Fans
  • Braided Rivers
  • Meandering Rivers
  • Anastomosing Rivers
Day 3: Architectural Geometries of Clastic Reservoir Systems
  • Entrenched Rivers
  • Sabkha and Aeolian Deposits
  • Alluvial Fans
  • Deltas
  • Submarine Canyons and Fans
Day 4: Core Workshop
  • Core Workshop (using actual-size core posters)
  • Braided River
  • Meandering River
  • Anastomosing River
  • Tidal Delta
  • Lacustrine Delta

Workshop

Bandung West Java Indonesia 13 September, 2017 14 September, 2017 29370
 
Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
13-14 September 2017

Headed by a steering committee comprised of Syamsu Alam, Upstream Director, Pertamina, Noor Syarifuddin, Vice President Geoscience & Reservoir, Total Indonesia and Rovicky Dwi Putrohari, Vice President, Saka Energy,the technical committee is planning a strong program to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration to understand the challenges of exploring mature basins.

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