Explorer President’s Column

At the recent URTeC conference, I gave a luncheon talk about the importance of the geology within the Permian Basin as it relates to the unconventional and horizontal plays within the basin. As we move into the “mining stage,” one tends to forget that these plays exist because of the geology. Technology allows us to get the oil out, but the geology put the oil in.

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

Estimating density from seismic data is a desirable goal to obtain the spatial sampling of the attribute in between the well locations. Various have been introduced that integrate seismic, well and geological data. Although these methods have been around for quite some time, some seismic interpreters remain skeptical about the accuracy of such density estimations.

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Correlator Article

The vibrant colors of fall will be in full force for the Eastern Section Meeting, held Oct. 12-16, in Columbus, Ohio. Steve Zody, General Chair, offers an overview of the meeting that includes short courses, field trips, a workshop and the annual Student Job Quest. Zody notes that the technical program this year will be exceptional.

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Explorer Historical Highlights

Little more than a novelty when first discovered, helium has become a key commodity. It is used extensively in medical cryogenics, analytical and lab applications, breathing mixtures, as a lift gas, for arc welding, leak detection and, contrary to popular belief, only a little is used to inflate party balloons. There are few substitutes for helium and so, as its applications have become more common, demand has grown and supply is struggling to match demand.

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

In this article, we demonstrate the identification of organically rich sweet spots within the Point Pleasant interval using 3-D seismic data, the available well and core data.

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

During the last decade, as the shale resource characterization has come to the fore, the term “brittleness” has become a buzzword.

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Explorer Division Column DEG

I have very much enjoyed representing the Division as its president. It has given me the opportunity to work with all levels of AAPG membership in the United States and internationally. AAPG is truly a global organization.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

In the past few years, a wave of schools geared to training students in science and mathematics in the hope of creating the next generation of oil and gas professionals have popped up in several oil-producing states.

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Explorer Policy Watch

Even though oil prices are up from their January lows, many people are focused on the current economic hardships, business bankruptcies and layoffs, and the question naturally arises – was the boom worth it?

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Paul E. Potter will receive the Sidney Powers Memorial Award, the Association’s most distinguished honor. It will be the latest of numerous awards for the famed geologist and educator.

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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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