Explorer Emphasis Article

The moment Leslie B. Magoon was told he had won the 2021 Sidney Powers Memorial Award, he was speechless. Presently a senior research geologist with the United States Geological Survey, Magoon simply never considered himself in the running for such a high honor.

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Explorer Article

Desperate to ship crude oil from the oil-rich province of Alberta to the Irving Oil Refinery on Canada’s east coast, Cenovus Energy took the path of least resistance last summer. It sent oil 710 miles through the Trans Mountain Pipeline to its west coast terminal in British Columbia, loaded it on a tanker, and began a 7,500-mile journey – through the Panama Canal – and up the eastern seaboard to New Brunswick. To an outsider, that statement might seem absurd, when the distance between Alberta’s prolific oil sands and the refinery is 2,600 miles – less than a third of the distance traveled by Cenovus. Yet, it was considered a successful transaction, given the fact that there is no pipeline connecting Alberta, the location of the world’s third largest oil reserves, to Canada’s east coast, the location of the country’s largest refinery.

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Explorer Article

As companies work toward developing alternative sources for a world with ever-increasing energy demands, energy minerals are moving to the forefront of the conversation. AAPG’s Energy Minerals Division finds itself in the spotlight these days for its work in prospecting alternative energy sources, such as geothermal and hydrates, for commercial use. “We’ve got good momentum right now with interest in alternative energy,” said Ursula Hammes, AAPG Member, EMD president and president at Hammes Energy and Consultants.

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Explorer Article

Understanding source rock provides a key to evaluating the hydrocarbon potential of super basins and an important tool for basin exploration. Geologists get the basics right, in general, but sometimes they might be thinking about source rock the wrong way. They are definitely talking about it in the wrong way.

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Explorer President’s Column

This Executive Committee and the past five EC have been working hard on your behalf. AAPG had a couple black swan events in 2014 and 2015. The Executive Committees during these few years have been working very hard to cut costs and bring the budget into balance in this new commodity price environment. The bottom line to all this is that in five years we have righted the ship, bailed the water, and are sailing once again.

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Explorer Historical Highlights

I was involved in the 2006 discovery of Parshall Oil Field in the Bakken reservoir of North Dakota, one of the largest oil fields in North America. My prospect idea was based on meager geologic data that included two key wells and used the potential of new horizontal drilling technology.

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Explorer Article

Some of the world’s largest oil companies have pumped up their shale investments recently, targeting increased future production from shale oil plays. At the same time, some independents have been cutting back on shale spending, in part because of lower oil and gas prices and shareholder demands for improved returns. The result is a not-so-subtle shift toward shale dominance by Big Oil.

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Explorer Article

Owing to the unique performance characteristics in unconventional reservoirs, gas/oil ratio models, which are predictive in conventional wells, may or may not be accurate in determining the success or failure of the unconventional.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Friday, 1 October 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Implementing carbon capture, usage, and storage (CCUS) projects at large scales is becoming a growing subject of interest for the geophysics community. This workshop will present what is already achievable but also the unknown and specificities that the geophysical community will face in the future. Technical presentations will serve as an opening for discussion between the audience and the invited speakers.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Friday, 1 October 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The Gravity and Magnetics Committee jointly with the Near Surface Technical Section and the Mining Committee call for papers for a workshop scheduled for two half-days and focusing on magnetic methods in memory of a potential-field pioneer, Afif Saad. Workshop organizers welcome contributions from academia, industry, and government organizations that emphasize various applications of the magnetic method to a wide range of scientific and applied problems. Students and early- and mid-career participants who are willing to explore new career directions are particularly encouraged to participate.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Friday, 1 October 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Cities around the world, and especially in densely populated regions like Asia, have the potential to be the most efficient form of human society. Maintaining sustainability in megacities is crucial to seeking a global sustainable solution for the limited space, water, and energy resources. Geophysics has the potential to provide essential knowledge for urban planning, urban activity monitoring, and urban circular economy. To fully release such potential, innovations are needed to integrate new and conventional sensors, as well as nondedicated sensors and open social information. Furthermore, both physics-based and data-driven methods are essential to delineating different sources for urban activity monitoring and urban space characterization. Bridging the gap between geophysics, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, digital informatics, and social economics provides the framework to guide project owners and local authorities to develop specific strategies for the sustainable development and management of urban environments.

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Friday, 1 October 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Geophysical challenges in presalt plays are significant from acquiring the right data, imaging, to property estimation of the subsurface in presalt environment. The focus of this workshop is to discuss latest geophysical ideas, and industry practices from locating, imaging to characterizing the reservoir.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Friday, 1 October 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

As demands for metals increase globally, many national governments have initiated programs toward critical mineral mapping that leverage legacy potential-field data combined with newly acquired data at national to global scales. Potential-field data provide an essential framework for integrated analysis as the gravity and magnetic data are available over reconnaissance to tectonic scales and, importantly, are most often publicly available. In this session, we invite the community of geophysical service companies, government agencies, industry, and academia, particularly students, to this distinct and engaging session in order to share experience and engender new collaborations.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Friday, 1 October 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

DAS, DTS, and DSS are the three distributed fiber-optic sensing (DFOS) technologies that have drawn much attention in recent years. This workshop focuses on sharing the recent development of the hardware, software, and interpretation methods of DFOS applications in all fields of applied geophysics.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This workshop aims to provide an introduction to 3D computer geologic earth models and will include a discussion of how to make geophysical earth modelling more interoperable with geologic earth modelling, thus facilitating closer interaction between geologists and geophysicists.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Implementing carbon capture, usage, and storage (CCUS) projects at large scales is becoming a growing subject of interest for the geophysics community. This workshop will present what is already achievable but also the unknown and specificities that the geophysical community will face in the future.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Gravity and Magnetics Committee jointly with the Near Surface Technical Section and the Mining Committee call for papers for a workshop scheduled for two half-days and focusing on magnetic method in memory of a potential-field pioneer, Afif Saad. Workshop organizers welcome contributions from academia, industry, and government organizations that emphasize various applications of the magnetic method to a wide range of scientific and applied problems. Students and the early- and mid-career participants who are willing to explore new career directions are particularly encouraged to participate. Agenda 3D Euler applied to Magnetics and Gravity data for exploration - some real data examples: Antony Price TBA: Dom Fournier and John McGaughey Magnetic data through the lens of remanent magnetization: Yaoguo Li Large scale rock property and depth models for exploration targeting beneath cover: David Pratt Inferring Dyke Geometry from Magnetic Survey: Des Fitzgerald Group Discussion

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

There is a significant amount of applications of machine-learning algorithms published in the area of applied geophysics in the past few years. In this workshop, we will discuss machine-learning applications for applied-geophysics problems with an emphasis on the value of machine learning over conventional approaches and workflows.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Applied geophysics has a major role to play in the development of environmental impact assessment and monitoring of renewable energy sources such as geothermal, hydro, nuclear, wind, wave, tidal, and solar. Many future opportunities will require a refocusing of our most powerful 3-D imaging and inversion methods from the deeper earth toward the near surface.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

As demands for metals increase globally, many national governments have initiated programs toward critical mineral mapping that leverage legacy potential-field data combined with newly acquired data at national to global scales. Join us to hear from geophysical service companies, government agencies, industry, and academia on how synthesis of multiple geophysical data sets to image the concealed parts of the geology is crucial to filling the gaps in our knowledge in understanding both commercial and noncommercial geology.

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

DAS, DTS, and DSS are the three distributed fiber-optic sensing (DFOS) technologies that have drawn much attention in recent years. Sensing fibers can be deployed in places that are otherwise inaccessible due to small size, high endurance to harsh environments, long sensing range as well as limited cost. This workshop focuses on sharing the recent development of the hardware, software, and interpretation methods of DFOS applications in all fields of applied geophysics.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This workshop will focus on applications of anisotropic models and methods to seismic fracture characterization and microseismic monitoring of hydraulic fracturing.

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Field Seminar
Fort Collins, Colorado
Saturday, 25 September 2021, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Unconventional petroleum reservoirs productive in the Denver Basin include the Niobrara Formation and the Codell Sandstone. Both units are characterized by low porosity and permeability. These units are well exposed in outcrops along the west flank of the basin and will be the subject of this field trip.

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Field Seminar
Grand Junction, Colorado
Wednesday, 22 September Sunday, 26 September 2021, 12:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

The Book Cliffs of eastern Utah are among the most spectacular outcrops of marginal marine strata anywhere in the world. During this field trip we will make use of field analogs, subsurface correlation exercises and core photographs to link outcrop observations to practical subsurface applications.

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Field Seminar
Pueblo, Colorado
Thursday, 30 September – Friday, 1 October 2021, 8:00 a.m.–9:55 a.m.

This two-day trip will examine classic exposures of the Middle to Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian to Campanian) strata of the southern Denver Basin near Pueblo, Colorado. Although the focus is on exceptional mudrock and tight sandstone outcrops of the Graneros, Greenhorn, Carlile, and Niobrara formations, currently of great interest for oil and gas exploration, lessons learned are directly applicable to other unconventional systems.

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Field Seminar
Morrison, Colorado
Sunday, 26 September 2021, 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

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Online e-Symposium
Thursday, 12 July 2012, 12:00 a.m.–12:00 a.m.

This presentation will look at well placement vertically in the pay, well azimuth and well trajectory with explanations of how geology and post-depositional effects can make the difference between a successful well and a failure.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Online e-Symposium
Thursday, 9 December 2010, 12:00 a.m.–12:00 a.m.

The Mississippian-Devonian Bakken Petroleum System of the Williston Basin is characterized by low-porosity and permeability reservoirs, organic-rich source rocks, and regional hydrocarbon charge.

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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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Request a visit from Noelle Joy Purcell!

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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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