The 2015 Applied Geodynamics Laboratory Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday–Friday, November 12–13 in the Commons Center at the JJ Pickle Research Campus in Austin.

Slide Set 33 from the 2014 Applied Geodynamics Laboratory Annual Meeting is available in the Member's Area.

Salt animation updates - please see the slide set page in the Members' Area

June 2015

AGL welcomed new postdoctoral fellow Maggie Ellis to the BEG on June 17. Maggie joins an active group of young researchers in AGL, and will be working on regional restorations in the Gulf of Mexico basin. Welcome, Maggie! 7/15

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On June 18-19, Mike Hudec taught a short course in salt tectonics at CGG’s Houston office. AGL’s Olly Duffy, Maggie Ellis, and Naiara Fernandez were also in attendance as part of their new-hire training. 7/15

Mike Hudec visited the Houston office of Cobalt International Energy on June 29-30, to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic. Part of the visit was provided as part of Cobalt’s membership in the AGL consortium. 7/15

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We welcome new member company Venari Resources to the AGL consortium. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Venari. 7/15

New publication:

Ellis, M.A., and Barnes, J.B., 2015, A global perspective on the topographic response to fault growth: Geosphere, v. 11, no. 4, doi:10.1130/GES01156.1 7/15

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May 2015

New publication:

Bleamaster, L. F., III, and Jackson, M. P. A., 2015, Canyon, in H. Hargitai and A. Kereszturi, Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms: New York, Springer Science and Business Media, p. 216-221. 6/15

 

Maria Nikolinakou attended the 2015 International Society of Rock Mechanics Congress held in Montreal, Canada May 10-13, 2015.  Maria was Junior Keynote speaker on the 13th and presented the talk “Modeling of Shales in Salt-Hydrocarbon systems”.

Photo provided by Maria Nikolinakou. 6/15

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Mike Hudec visited Woodside’s offices in Perth, Western Australia on May 11-15. Mike taught a short course on salt tectonics and discussed salt structures in the South Atlantic. Portions of the visit was provided as part of Woodside’s membership in the AGL consortium. 6/15

Tim Dooley was an invited speaker at an NSF-funded workshop that took place from May 13-15 at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst entitled "Analog Modeling of Tectonic Processes”. Tim gave a 50-minute-long talk called “Modeling Salt Tectonics”. This was followed by a lively 20-minute Q&A session. 6/15

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On May 27, 2015 the American Rock Mechanics Association announced that Maria Nikolinakou was elected to their board. She will be officially seated on the board during the upcoming 2015 Symposium in San Francisco at the end of June. 6/15

Rod Myers of ExxonMobil visited AGL on May 28 to discuss ideas for collaborative research. 6/15

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aapg 2015

Oliver Duffy and Tim Dooley attended the AAPG Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado (May 31st-June 3rd). Oliver presented posters entitled ‘The Growth and Interaction of Faults in Multiphase Rift Fault Networks: Horda Platform, Norwegian North Sea’ and ‘The Topology of Evolving Rift Fault Networks: Implications for Reservoir Compartmentalization’. Tim presented a poster entitled 'Formation, Rotation, and Translation of Thrust Systems Formed at Basement Ramps During Early-Stage Salt Flow: Application to the Eastern Gulf of Mexico'.

Oliver was also co-author on posters presented by Rebecca Bell, Antje Lenhart, and Thomas Phillips, researchers from the Basins Research Group at Imperial College London, on aspects related to the structural evolution of multiphase rift basins. 6/15

April 2015

Maria Nikolinakou visited the Geosystems Department at Georgia Tech on April 3, 2015 and presented a seminar titled “Geomechanical modeling near salt systems”. 6/15

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Mike Hudec visited Nexen’s Calgary office on April 13-14 to discuss salt structures in the South Atlantic. 6/15

Jaume Vergés of the Spanish National Research Council, Barcelona visited AGL on April 22 along with Grégoire Messager of Statoil to discuss ideas for collaborative research on salt structures in the High Atlas of Morocco.

Photo: Halokinetic sequence on the flank of the Tafraout diapir, Morocco 6/15

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In April, Maria Nikolinakou, Mike Hudec and Peter Flemings were awarded the 2015 Tinker Family Bureau of Economic Geology Publication Award in recognition of exemplary publications of scientific or economic impact for novel numerical approaches in the geomechanics of rising salt diapirs. 6/15

March 2015

AGL welcomed new research scientist Oliver Duffy to Austin on March 2. Olly recently completed a post-doc at Imperial College working on quantitative analysis of normal-fault populations on the Horda Platform in the North Sea, and before that did a Ph.D. at the University of Manchester on interaction of stratigraphy with salt tectonics. Olly brings strong skills in seismic interpretation, stratigraphy, and salt tectonics. To begin his career at AGL, he will be working on projects in the Precaspian basin and Gulf of Mexico. 4/15

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Mike Hudec visited Andarko’s Houston office on March 24 to discuss salt tectonics in offshore Brazil. This visit was provided as part of Anadarko’s membership in the AGL consortium. 4/15

On March 24, 2015 Maria Nikolinakou visited the offices of BP with Mahdi Heidari and Peter Flemings. Maria gave a series of  talks titled (a) “Stress, strain, and potential failure in upturned flaps around salt domes”, (b) “Geomechanical modeling of diaper-to-salt-sheet transition with concurrent sedimentation” and (c) “Pore-pressure prediction based on seismic velocities coupled with geomechanical modeling”. 6/15

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February 2015
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On February 2, 2015 Maria Nikolinakou visited the offices of Statoil in Austin to discuss upturned flaps near salt domes, salt dome to salt sheet transitions, and salt welds. 3/15

Mike Hudec visitied Marathon’s Houston office to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico on February 9. The visit was provided as part of Marathon’s membership in the AGL consortium. 3/15

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Mahdi Heidari and Maria Nikolinakou each gave two presentations at the 2015 GeoFluids Consortium Annual Meeting on February 26-27. Mahdi’s talks concerned pore pressure near rising salt walls and stresses around salt welds, whereas Maria described stress changes occurring during diapir-to-sheet transition and the influence of salt-related stresses on seismic velocities. 3/15

New publication:

Jackson, C.A.-L., Jackson, M.P.A., Hudec, M.R, Rodriguez, C.R., Enigmatic structures within salt walls of the Santos Basin–Part 1: Geometry and kinematics from 3D seismic reflection and well data, Journal of Structural Geology (2015), doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2015.01.010 3/15

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New publication:

Dooley, T.P., Jackson, M.P.A., Jackson, C.A-L., Hudec, M.R., Rodriguez, C.R., Enigmatic structures within salt walls of the Santos Basin–Part 2: Mechanical explanation from physical modelling, Journal of Structural Geology (2015), doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2015.01.009 3/15

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January 2015
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Mike Hudec visited the Houston offices of CGG on January 6 and 8 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. Parts of the visit were provided as part of CGG’s membership in the AGL consortium. 1/15

Mike Hudec visited Murphy Oil in Houston on January 7 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of Murphy’s membership in the AGL consortium. 1/15

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Mike Hudec visited the Houston offices of Freeport-McMoRan on January 9 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of Freeport-McMoran’s membership in the AGL consortium. 1/15

AGL welcomed new postdoc Naiara Fernandez to Austin on January 12. Naiara brings skills in structural analysis and finite-element modeling. Over the next two years, Naiara will be working on projects in the Precaspian basin and Gulf of Mexico. 1/15

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Chris Jackson from Imperial College London visited AGL for two weeks from January 12, 2015 - January 23, 2015. Chris was here to discuss future collaborative research projects.1/15

On January 21, 2015 Maria Nikolinakou gave a talk titled "Geomechanical modeling of stresses adjacent to salt bodies" at the SEAM Pore pressure prediction project meeting in Houston. 3/15

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On January 27, 2015 Maria Nikolinakou visited Anadarko's offices in the Woodlands presenting a seminar on evolutionary salt modeling. 3/15

New publication:

Weijermars, R., 2015, Analytical models of suture formation in salt canopies for safer well planning: Tectonophysics, v. 640-641, p. 1–19. doi: 10.1016.j.tecto.2014.11.009 1/15

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New Publication:

Weijermars, R., 2015, Sheet coalescence in the Walker Ridge region (Gulf of Mexico): Insights from analytical models: Tectonophysics, v. 640-641, p. 39–52. doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.11.018 1/15

New publication:

Dooley, T. P., Jackson, M. P. A., and Hudec, M. R., 2015, Breakout of squeezed stocks: dispersal of roof fragments, source of extrusive salt and interaction with regional thrust faults: Basin Research, v. 27, p. 3-25, doi: 10.1111/bre.12056 1/15

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