University of Texas at Austin

The 2019 Applied Geodynamics Laboratory Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday–Friday, November 7–8, 2019 in the Commons Center at the JJ Pickle Research Campus in Austin, Texas.

Slide Set 37 from the 2018 Applied Geodynamics Laboratory Annual Meeting is available in the Member's Area.

 

February 2019

lithosphere

 

New publication: 

Antje Lenhart, Christopher A.-L. Jackson, Rebecca E. Bell, Oliver B. Duffy, Robert L. Gawthorpe, Haakon Fossen; Structural architecture and composition of crystalline basement offshore west Norway. Lithosphere: doi.org/10.1130/L668.1

 


Westerngeco

Mike Hudec and John Snedden visited WesternGeco’s Houston office on February 7 to discuss collaborative research opportunities. 

 


Talos

Mike Hudec and Naiara Fernandez visited Talos Energy’s offices in Houston on February 19 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of Talos’ membership in the AGL consortium. 


Blazier elementary

 

Mike Hudec spent the day at Blazier Elementary School on February 22 as part of Career Day. Mike represented geosciences, and went through about a pound of dry ice while making a paper mache volcano erupt more than 100 times. 


January 2019

 

BEG

Mike Hudec presented “Evolution of the Salina del Bravo, Mexico: the Bravo Trough, Sigsbee Canopy and Perdido Fold Belt” as part of  the Bureau of Economic Geology Friday seminar series on December 11.

 


SHELL

Mike Hudec and Oliver Duffy visited Shell’s offices in Houston on January 14 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of Shell’s membership in the AGL consortium. 


December 2018

NOGS

 

Mike Hudec presented “Evolution of the Salina del Bravo, Mexico: the Bravo Trough, Sigsbee Canopy and Perdido Fold Belt” at the New Orleans Geological Society (NOGS) on December 3. Mike presented the talk twice: once in downtown New Orleans at the NOGS monthly luncheon, and later that evening in Covington for NOGS members working on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain.


November 2018

 

2018 AGL AM

More than 200 delegates from 30 AGL member companies attended the 30th AGL Annual Review Meeting, held in Austin on November 8–9. Delegates were treated to 23 presentations from AGL scientists and collaborators Gillian Apps, Laura Burrell Garcia, Jake Covault, Tim Dooley, Ollie Duffy, Dallas Dunlap, Naiara Fernandez, Mahdi Heidari, Mike Hudec, Chris Jackson, Chris Liu, Maria Nikolinaou, Frank Peel, and Juan Soto. Click here for a pdf of pictures from the meeting.

 


New Publication:

Nov 2018

Dooley, T. P., Hudec, M. R., Pichel, L. M., and Jackson, M. P. A., 2018, The impact of base-salt relief on salt flow and suprasalt deformation patterns at the autochthonous, paraautochthonous and allochthonous level: insights from physical models, in McClay, K. R. and Hammerstein, J. A., Passive Margins: Tectonics, Sedimentation and Magmatism: Geological Society, London, Special Publications, no. 476, 29 p., doi.org/10.1144/SP476.13.


AAPG

Mike Hudec visited AAPG Headquarters in Tulsa on November 12-13 to film his 2018–19 AAPG Distinguished Lecturer presentation. The presentation, entitled “Evolution of the Salina del Bravo, Mexico: the Bravo trough, Sigsbee canopy and Perdido fold belt” will soon be available for download on a variety of platforms. 


NEXEN

Mike Hudec, Frank Peel and Gillian Apps visited Nexen’s Houston offices on November 27 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. Parts of the visit were provided as part of Nexen’s membership in the AGL consortium. 


murphy

Frank Peel, Oliver Duffy, Naiara Fernandez, and Gillian Apps visited Murphy’s Houston office on November 28 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. Parts of the visit were provided as part of Nexen’s membership in the AGL consortium.


October 2018

salt tect

Salt Tectonics: Principles and Practice has won several awards for excellence in publishing. The salt-tectonics textbook, authored by Martin Jackson and Michael Hudec, won the 2018 May B. Ansari Best Geoscience Research Resource Work Award, presented by the Geoscience Information Society at the GSA annual meeting in Indianapolis. Earlier this year, the book was awarded the 2018 Tinker Family Best Publication Award, for best publication of the year coming out of the Bureau of Economic Geology. The book was also runner up for the 2018 Hamilton Book Award, given to the best book published at UT Austin, and Honorable Mention, Earth Science category of the 2018 Prose Awards from the Association of American Publishers.


gulfslope

Mike Hudec visited the offices of Gulfslope Energy in Houston on October 24 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. 


September 2018

 

hess

Mike Hudec led a field trip to the Paradox Basin, Utah, for 17 delegates from Hess on September 9-14. The field trip was entitled “Salt and extension tectonics in the Paradox Basin”


 

paradox sept 2018

 

Mike Hudec led a field trip entitled “Salt and extensional tectonics in the Paradox Basin” on September 16-21 for representatives from BHP, BP, Noble, Repsol, Shell, Total, and Universitat Autòonoma de Barcelona


 

Univ. college dublin

Gillian Apps and Frank Peel gave a day of invited presentations at UCD (University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland) to students and researchers on 20th September 2018.

Presentations included two given by Apps and Peel at the Penrose conference earlier this year, plus material from previous years' AGL . We also gave a non-AGL related presentation on the structural and stratigraphic evolution of the Annot Basin in the SW French Alps.
Peel and Apps met with PhD students to  provide mentoring and to discuss their work. One of the projects (a salt-detached growth faulting sequence on the NW Irish continental margin) has the potential to form a collaborative research project bewteen AGL and UCD. 

Apps and Peel were treated to a 3-day tour of the Carboniferous Ross Formation outcrops of County Clare by Dr Emma Morris of UCD, to examine and discuss one of the best outcrop analogs for the GoM study area.


Keystone co 2018

Mike Hudec gave an invited presentation at the 2018 SEG Keystone Conference on September 23. Mike’s presentation was entitled “Fluid flow around evolving salt structures and its influence on metal deposits”. The conference, which is held in Keystone, Colorado, every 4 years, was entitled “Metals, Minerals, and Society”. 


Tim Dooley

 

 

Effective September 1, 2018 Tim Dooley has been promoted to Senior Research Scientist


August 2018

 

bhp

Mike Hudec visited BHP’s Houston office on August 28 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of BHP’s membership in the AGL consortium.


July 2018

jsg

New publication:

Nolting, A., Zahm, C.K., Kerans, C., and Nikolinakou, M.A., 2018. Effect of carbonate platform morphology on syndepositional deformation: Insights from numerical modeling, Journal of Structural Geology, Vol. 115, p.91-102, doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2018.07.003

 


rock mechanics

New publication:

Nikolinakou M.A., Flemings P.B., Heidari M., Hudec M.R., 2018. Stress and pore pressure in mudrocks bounding salt systems, Rock Mechanics Rock Engineering, p1-12, doi.org/10.1007/s00603-018-1540-z


journal of structural geology

New Publication:

Pichel, L. M., Peel, F., Jackson, C. A-L., Huuse, M., 2018, Geometry and kinematics of salt-detached ramp syncline basins, Journal of Structural Geology, doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2018.07.016


geophysics

New Publication:

Heidari, M., Nikolinakou, M. A., and Flemings, P. B., 2018. Coupling geomechanical modeling with seismic pressure prediction, Geophysics, 83(5), B253-B267, doi.org/10.1190/geo2017-0359.1


Journal of structural geology

New Publication:

Duffy, O. B., Dooley, T. P., Hudec, M. R., Jackson, M. P. A., Fernandez, N., Jackson C. A-L.,
and Soto J. I., 2018, Structural evolution of salt-influenced fold-and-thrust belts: a synthesis and
new insights from basins containing isolated salt diapirs: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 114,
p. 206-221, doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2018.06.024


repsol

On July 10, Mike Hudec visited Repsol’s Houston office. During the visit he discussed salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was conducted as part of Repsol’s membership in the AGL consortium. 


June 2018

paradox june 2018

Mike Hudec co-led a field trip to the Paradox Basin for Equinor on June 3-8. The field trip was entitled “Exploration around salt bodies”, and involved discussions of salt tectonics, stratigraphy, seismic acquisition, seismic processing, and seismic interpretation.


 

Geology july 2018

New publication:

Coleman AJ, Jackson CA-L, Duffy OB, Nikolinakou MA, (2018) How, where, and when do radial faults grow near salt diapirs?, Geology 46 (7); pp. 655-658, doi: 10.1130/G40338.1

 

 


Maria 2


Maria Nikolinakou attended the 52 US Rock Mechanics Geomechanics Symposium (ARMA) in Seattle, Washington on June 16-20, 2018. She presented a talk on stress and deformation in roof sediments overturning in front of advancing salt sheets. 
The associated paper (ARMA 18-637 available on one-petro) won best paper award. 


seattle

Mahdi Heidari gave a talk at the ARMA conference held in Seattle, Washington June 17-20, 2018. His talk was about enhancing the modified-Cam-Clay model for large stress range. 


 

May 2018

solid earth

New Publication:

Gao, B., Flemings, P., Nikolinakou, M., Saffer, D., Heidari, M., 2018. Mechanics of Fold-and-Thrust Belts Based on Geomechanical Modeling, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 123, 4454–4474, doi.org/10.1029/2018JB015434

 


Maria 1

 

On May 15-16, 2018 Maria Nikolinakou and Peter Flemings visited Pemex at Cuidad de Carmen, Mexico as part of GeoFluids research efforts.


 

bp

On May 16, Mike Hudec visited BP’s offices in Houston to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of BP’s membership in the AGL consortium. 


 

exxonmobile

Mike Hudec visited ExxonMobil’s Houston office on May 22 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of ExxonMobil’s membership in the AGL consortium.


 

Maria 3


Maria Nikolinakou attended the annual Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI)  conference on May 29-June 1, 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and presented a talk on coupling stress and pore pressure in evolving salt systems.


April 2018

solid earth

New publication:

 

Phillips, T. B., Jackson, C. A.-L., Bell, R. E., and Duffy, O. B., 2018, Oblique reactivation of lithosphere-scale lineaments controls rift physiography - the upper-crustal expression of the Sorgenfrei-Tornquist Zone, offshore southern Norway: Solid Earth, v. 9, p. 403-429, doi: doi.org/10.5194/se-9-403-2018


 

woodside

Mike Hudec visited Woodside’s offices in Perth, Australia from April 7-14. While there, Mike taught a short course on salt tectonics, and reviewed interpretations in salt basins around the world. Portions of this visit were provided as part of Woodside’s membership in the AGL consortium. 


San anotonio seg

 Maria Nikolinakou presented at the monthly meeting of the San Antonio Geophysical Society on April 24, 2018. She gave a talk on pore pressure and stress in mudrocks bounding salt systems for the group.


March 2018

aapg bulletin

New publication:

Casini, G., Romaire, I., Casciello, E., Saura, E., Verges, J., Fernandez, N., and Hunt, D. W., 2018, Fracture characterization in sigmoidal folds: Insights from the Siah Kuh anticline, Zagros, Iran, AAPG Bulletin, v. 102, no. 3, pp. 369–399, DOI:10.1306/0503171615817076

 


Marine Petroleum

New publication: 

Nikolinakou MA, Heidari M, Flemings PB, Hudec MR (2018) Geomechanical mod
eling of pore pressure in evolving salt systems Marine and Petroleum Geology 93:272-286, doi: doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2018.03.13


February 2018

mt Sedom diapir

Mount Sedom diapir, on the shores of the Dead Sea as seen from the conference hotel..

AGL staff Mike Hudec, Frank Peel, Gillian Apps, Naiara Fernandez, Olly Duffy, Tim Dooley, and Maria Nikolinakou all attended the 2018 Penrose Conference on salt tectonics, held along the shores of the Dead Sea in Ein Bokek, Israel. The title of the conference was “Advances in salt tectonics: observations, applications, and perspective: in honor of Martin P.A. Jackson”. The meeting comprised two days of oral presentations, with two days in the field visiting the nearby Mt. Sedom  diapir. All the AGL attendees gave oral presentations at the meeting, which was attended by more than 50 salt researchers from around the world. 


Salt Tect cover

Salt Tectonics – Principles and Practice was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Earth Science category of the 2018 Prose Awards from the Association of American Publishers. The awards were given based on the scope, level of research, timeliness, production values, and newness of the books. 


January 2018

 

BP

On January 8, 2018 Frank Peel and Gillian Apps met with AGL member company BP Exploration in London UK. Frank gave 2 AGL presentations  on the early evolution of the Gulf of Mexico Basin and on rates of salt deposition. The presentations were broadcast to the main BP offices, in Houston, Aberdeen and Trinidad. Gill discussed mantle driven surface topography with Alex Bump, in preparation for the Penrose conference.  


Heriot-Watt

Frank Peel and Gillian Apps visited Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh UK on January 22, 2018. Both gave presentations to the student AAPG chapter. Frank presented on the mechanisms and rate of salt deposition in the Gulf of Mexico, and Gill presented  on Reservoir prediction in Deep Water Fold Belts. Representatives from Cairn Energy also attended.


petronas logo

Mike Hudec visited Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on January 22-25. During this visit, Mike presented two short courses on salt tectonics to Petronas staff. 


Manchester Uni

Frank Peel and Gillian Apps visited the University of Manchester, UK on January 25, 2018. Both worked with research students during the day, after which Gillian gave a presentation on Reservoir Prediction in Deep Water Fold Belts to the student AAPG chapter.


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