It may be hard to imagine how, where, and how the petroleum industry will look twenty years from now. Technology is changing how we explore for and drill for oil and natural gas, and it is making reserves accessible that were once too difficult to produce, too deep, or otherwise problematic. Should universities offer a multi-disciplinary MS in Petroleum Geology? This post is intended as a discussion piece — a point of departure.
Added on 18 February, 2012
It is not easy to witness the departure of so many talented and dedicated geologists. Every month, we read of more losses within our ranks, and it’s very painful to see how fleeting one’s impact is, particularly when juxtaposed with the almost unfathomable unfoldings of geological time.
Added on 06 February, 2012
Shale reservoir characterization and seismically-detectable drivers for success in shale exploration will be the topics of discussion in this AAPG E-Symposium taught by David Paddock and to be held on February 9 at 2 pm CST.
Added on 24 January, 2012
In highly heterogeneous plays that are geographically extensive, it is extremely important to take a multi-pronged approach that integrates geophysical, geochemical, petrophysical, and geological techniques at every step of the way. Highly heterogeneous reservoirs such as the Eagle Ford are characterized by sweet spots – the sweet spots are often much sweeter than anyone suspected. By the same token, the barren expanses are definitely barren.
Added on 16 January, 2012
IBM’s new CEO, Virginia Rommety, sees opportunity as cloud computing expands to many realms and more companies leverage the information from web-based sources to make strategic decisions. How can general information gleaned from the web provide strategic guidance to exploration and production? What are the uses of non-technical information? The answers may surprise you.
Added on 02 January, 2012
Join us to learn new techniques for determining heterogeneity in carbonates, and the best ways to find sweet spots and to effectively produce hydrocarbons from complex, often frustrating yet highly productive plays. Sign up for Heterogeneity in Carbonate Reservoirs, an hour-long webinar, plus day’s worth of additional materials / readings / questions (for CEU credit).
Added on 31 October, 2011
This presentation demonstrates how 3D seismic data will contribute significantly to the understanding of the Marcellus. Geophysical analysis and evaluation, although in the early stages, look very promising for optimizing well locations.
Added on 18 October, 2011