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Session II: Volcanic Passive Margin Basins 2 - Basin Analysis Session Wrap-Up

South Atlantic Basins Research Symposium Panel Discussion
AAPG Distinguished Lecture

Moderator: Bruno Conti, ANCAP; Javier Hernández-Molina, Royal Holloway, University of London

Participants: Vitor Abreu, ACT Geosciences; William Dickson, DIGs (Dickson International Geosciences); Randall Etherington, TGS; Eric Newman, NOPEC Geophysical; Karyna Rodriguez, Searcher

Conveners Bruno Conti and Javier Hernández-Molina moderate a discussion with presenters, who answer questions and share final thoughts to conclude Session II, Volcanic Passive Margin Basins 2 – Basin Analysis, at the South Atlantic Basins Virtual Research Symposium.


Convener: Bruno Conti, ANCAP

Bruno is a geologist from the Universidad de la República, Uruguay, and holds a MSc in Geoscience from Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil.

With 11 years of professional experience, he currently is Exploration Geologist at ANCAP, Montevideo, Uruguay, where is responsible for seismic interpretation, sequence stratigraphy and petroleum systems analysis of Uruguay sedimentary basins. Before ANCAP, he worked for 4 years in UME (Uruguay Minerals Exploration). Bruno is a member of AAPG.

Convener: Javier Hernandez-Molina, Royal Holloway, University of London

Javier holds a PhD from the University of Granada (1993). He is Professor in Sedimentary Geology at the Royal Holloway, University of London.

Vitor Abreu, ACT-GEO

Vitor is an internationally recognized consultant, considered one of the world leaders in sequence stratigraphy and deep-water reservoirs, proposing deep-water models with strong impact in reservoir characterization. He received his PhD degree at Rice University (Houston).

He has 35 years of experience in the oil industry in petroleum exploration, retired from ExxonMobil in 2016 and currently the owner of Abreu Consulting and Training – ACT-GEO.

Vitor is Past-President of the Society of Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) and an Adjunct Professor at Rice University. More than 1000 students from around the globe have taken his short course on “Sequence Stratigraphy for Applied to Exploration” in the last 15 years. He is also one of the industry leaders on Sequence Stratigraphy and is the chief editor of SEPM’s book “Sequence Stratigraphy of Siliciclastic Systems”, which has sold almost 4000 copies since publication in 2010. He was the recipient of the AAPG’s Jules Braunstein Memorial Award and was appointed AAPG’s inaugural International Distinguished Instructor in 2006.

William Dickson, DIGs (Dickson Int'l Geosciences)

William earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba.

He has more than 40 years of experience in the industry, working at majors and independents and, since 1998, at DIGs in Houston. He has worked frontier and producing basins around the Atlantic margins, EAME region, SE Asia & Canadian arctic and coordinated projects with subject matter experts across multiple disciplines. Peer-reviewed publications are primarily on petroleum systems analysis of Atlantic margin basins. Currently, as owner and VP Technology at DIGs, he is in charge of R&D, project coordination and fulfillment. William is member AAPG, EAGE, SEG, SPE and local societies in Houston, England, SE Asia & Australia.

Randall Etherington, TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company

Randall earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Utah State University, and a MSc in Geology from Brigham Young University.

His more than 40 years of experience in the industry include several positions in companies as ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, Phillips, Devon, YPF-Regsol, Pennzoil, Cobalt, Murphy; Maersk, among others. Currently, he is Exploration Advisor at TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company, where is responsible for geophysical interpretation and basin analysis. Randall is a member of AAPG and SEG.

Eric Newman, TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company

Eric graduated as a Geophysical Engineer from the Colorado School of Mines. With 36 years of experiences, he is Geoscience Director – Latin America at TGS, Houston, where is responsible for basin evaluations and presentations to industry.

His previous experience include working in companies as Amoco in Latin America and Far East, Union Texas Petroleum in Pakistan and South Atlantic New Ventures, Apache Corporation in China and Egypt, Burlington Resources in China, Peru and Colombia, Newfield Exploration in China and Indonesia, BHP Billiton in Central Africa and India, Maersk Oil in Brazil and Norway NV, Hess in South Atlantic New Ventures. Eric is a member of AAPG, SEG and HGS.

Karyna Rodriguez, Searcher

Karyna earned a BS and a MSc in Geology from the Oxford University and a MSc in Stratigraphy from the University College London.

With 31 years of experience in the industry, Karyna is VP Global New Ventures at Searcher, UK, where she is responsible for developing and managing Searcher projects which support energy companies’ ongoing and future energy exploration campaigns. She previously worked in companies as British Gas, PEMEX, Apache, Pioneer. Her professional affiliations include AAPG, EAGE, PESGB, London Geological Society.

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