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News 2006

Eleven of 12 member companies were represented at the Quantitative Clastics Laboratory's annual Industrial Associates meeting, which was held in Austin November 2 and 3. QCL PI Lesli Wood, fellow QCL researcher Dallas Dunlap, and seven graduate researchers presented 17 talks over the 1½ -day meeting, covering topics that ranged from tectonic controls on fluvio-deltaic reservoir orientation and architecture in Indonesia, to mass-transport complex and submarine channel morphology in offshore Morocco and West Africa. Guest speaker and collaborating scientist David Mohrig (JSG Department of Geosciences) presented additional material that was based on seismic interpretation and extensive experimental physical modeling of deep water channel evolution. The meeting continued for an additional two days, with the first half day spent reviewing various data sets under study by the research group and the last day and a half spent in an in-depth short course in Seismic Geomorphology of Deep Marine Systems. Nov 20, 2006

The field trip to the Sego and core short course was a great success. We did lose a day to weather, but the core proved of great interest coming on the heels of two days examining reservoir and regional scale architecture in outcrops and logs. Thanks to all the participants. ConocoPhillips, Anadarko, Chevron, IMP, ExxonMobil all sent representatives. Next year we hope to run a trip to the examine the clastic systems along the active tectonic margin of Trinidad, Tobago and Barbados. This trip will include estuaries, shelf edge deltas and super coarse-grained turbidites. I guess we can start worrying about that in 2007. Thanks again to you all for making the trip so great. Oct 5, 2006

Sego
Lesli Wood

Dr. Lesli Wood visited spent a day in September with geoscientists from member company Kerr-McGee discussing QCLIA research results as part of their membership access to QCLIA geoscientists. It was a productive day. Oct 5, 2006

Lesli Wood

Dr. Lesli Wood spent the day in September with ExxonMobil in their Greenspoint office and their Greenway Plaza offices, visiting about research results and updating EM geoscientists in both the research lab and the exploration and production company about the current status of the SAND Box database. Oct 5, 2006

Lesli Wood

Dr. Lesli Wood attended a research conference at Statoil's offices in Trondheim as their guest at a gathering of ~20 scientists to discuss the latest developments in stratigraphy and sedimentology. She presented a talk titled Name Magic: Deciphering the true meaning of stratal packages and the surfaces that bound them. Oct 5, 2006

Lesli Wood

Dr. Lesli Wood visited Norsk Hydro's office in Bergen and their offices in Oslo to update their scientists on the most recent work of the QCLIA consortium, of which they are a member, as well as provide them an update on the status of the SAND Box and receive feedback from their scientists on issues and problems that they would like see addressed by the research organization in 2007. Such visits are part of the values of membership that member companies receive each year. Oct 5, 2006

The Quantitative Clastics Laboratory Industrial Associates program is preparing for their fall research meeting in Austin, Texas November 13–16. The meeting includes two days of a short course in Seismic Geomorphology of Deep Water Systems, followed by a two day meeting to discuss the results from research projects underway in the research group in 2006, as well as plans for 2007. A large contingent of graduate students in the Jackson School's clastic research program will be making presentations. 10/05/06

Bill Ambrose, BEG Research Scientist will join the QCL IA research team for a short 3 month stint from July to September. Bill has years of experience involving research in clastic systems and reservoirs throughout the U.S. and South America. He has published on topics ranging from moon craters to CO2 sequestration. He will be involved in studies of delta morphology and tidal deposits, as well as participating in the fall field trip to the Sego Sandstone in eastern Utah. Jul 26, 2006

Ryan Ewing, UT Ph.D. Candidate is working for QCL IA this summer analyzing dune field morphometrics. Ryan's research involves patterns of dune field development, both spatial and temporal, as well as examining means for predicting the occurrence and spatial extent of various facies, such as evaporitic ponds in the fields, or the spatial extent of individual morphologic bodies. Click on photo to enlarge. Jul 26, 2006

Jed Flint, QCL IA research assistant is finishing his M.S. and joining the working world as a geoscientist with Apache. Jed's M.S. research involved analysis of the influence of tectonic forces on the orientation and morphology of channelized reservoirs in the West Natuna Basin, Sunda Shelf of Indonesia. Jul 26, 2006

Lesli Wood

Lesli Wood recently returned from co-leading a field trip from Anchorage, Alaska across the Brooks Ranges to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska July 9-18. Clark Wilson, UT Geoscience department head co-leading the trip, and Gil Mull, Mr. Alaska Geology, was also a co-leader. After visiting glaciers around Seward and Denali, the group linked up with several students and faculty from University of Alaska at Fairbanks for a trip over the Alaska Pipeline Haul Road from Fairbanks to the Arctic Ocean at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The trip is part of a summer field excursion for 6 graduate students who then flew from Prudhoe Bay and to Point Barrow to board an NSF cruise, co-led by Larry Lawver with the UT Institute for Geophysics for a six week NSF-funded study the Arctic Ocean. While on the trip, several outcrops were reconnaissanced for future field study as part of the QCL IA's developing research initiative in the surface and subsurface study of the Alaska North Slope. Jul 26, 2006

Lorena Moscardelli begins a summer internship June 1 with BHPBilliton in Houston. Lorena will be working on mass transport deposit as Gulf of Mexico Basins. Jun 28, 2006

Carla Sanchez begins a summer internship end of May with Marathon. 06/28/06

Nysha Chaderton begins a summer internship with ExxonMobil mid-May after a semester working on the coarse-grained deep water deposits of the Scotland Formation in Barbados. Nysha will spend her summer working projects in Colombia. Jun 28, 2006

Julie Maher begins her summer internship with ExxonMobil working in the Gulf of Mexico. Jun 28, 2006

Sean Sullivan begins a summer internship with ConocoPhillips studying the worldwide distribution of mercury. Jun 28, 2006

The QCL IA research group welcomes the return of Dallas Dunlap in mid-June. Dallas will be involved in 3D visualization and mapping of data sets in Morocco, made possible by a generous contribution of data by Vanco Energy. Dallas comes to the group after a stint with SGI. He has expertise in all manner of interpretive software and visualization technologies. He will work with John Andrews to transform the QCL IA science into visual training modules. Jun 28, 2006

QCL IA welcomes new member Kerr-McGee. 06/28/06

Lesli Wood

Lesli Wood presented a talk on "Mars Deltas" to the Austin Chapter of the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists at their May meeting. Jun 1, 2006

Lesli Wood

Lesli Wood presented a talk titled "Seismic Geomorphology: the future of 3D reservoir characterization and risk analysis" to the UT Civil and Petroleum Engineering Department in May. Jun 1, 2006

Lesli Wood

Lesli Wood visited with consortium member company Anadarko in their Woodlands Office. A general presentation of consortium ongoing research and early 2006 results was given for an audience of about 40 geoscientists. The remainder of the visit was spent in conversations with reservoir and basin modelers and field geologists. These visits are provided member companies as part of their annual membership to the QCL IA. Jun 1, 2006

Marissa Cardina will be joining the research group for the summer. Marissa recently graduated from high school and will be attending UT in the Fall. She will be involved over the summer in a myriad of data compilation, core analysis and field projects with team members. Welcome Marissa! Jun 1, 2006

Stacey Bilich will be joining the research group as a Laboratory Technician the first of June. Stacey recently graduated in geology and will be in charge of sedimentologic analysis of core, as well as assisting with ongoing field work on the Sego, Frewens and Fall River Formations of the western U.S. Stacey will also have various duties as the Program Assistant for the QCL IA members. Welcome Stacey! Jun 1, 2006

New Publication: Recently published paper on the development of deltas on Mars in GSA Bulletin in May 2006. Wood, L., 2006, Quantitative geomorphology of the Mars Eberswalde delta: GSA Bulletin, Vol. 118, No. 5, pp. 557–566. May 16, 2006

Lesli Wood

Lesli Wood presented a talk on the applications of Seismic Geomorphology to attendees of the Dallas Geological and Geophysical Society, May 3 at the Grapevine Convention Center. May 16, 2006

Julie MaherLorena MoscardelliCarla SanchezNysha Chaderton

Several QCLIA student researchers received recent grants and awards. Julie Maher (Candidate for M.S.) received a $1000 grant from the East Texas Geological Society to support her research in the Seismic Geomorphology of the eastern Trinidad Shelf. Lorena Moscardelli received an AAPG Grants-in-Aid award for her Ph.D. research in the nature of mass transport deposits. Carla Sanchez (Candidate for M.S.) received an AAPG Grants-in-Aid award for her work in the quantitative seismic geomorphology of Pliocene and Miocene-age reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico Shelf Region. Finally, Nysha Chaderton (Ph.D. Candidate) received an AAPG Grants-in-Aid award for her research into coarse-grained Eocene-age turbidites in Barbados. Congratulations to everyone! May 16, 2006

Nysha Chaderton is returned. Nysha has come back to the States at least. She recently completed significant field work on Barbados. Nysha has a summer internship in Houston with member company ExxonMobil. 05/15/06


Nysha sitting on the Scotland Formation contemplating life.
Lesli Wood

Lesli Wood visited Talisman Energy's Calgary office April 19 and 20 to discuss seismic data in offshore Trinidad and present preliminary 2006 research results to the larger company. This work is part of the QCL's research program investigating the proximal to distal sediment transport in transpressive margins. Apr 20, 2006

Lesli Wood

Lesli Wood visited BG's Calgary office March 29 to discuss research initiatives in fluvial-deltaic and paralic systems, and present preliminary 2006 research results to the larger company. This work is part of the QCL's research program investigating the three-dimensional reservoir architecture and quantitative seismic geomorphology of these systems. Apr 20, 2006

New Publication: The first paper in a series of publications on mass transport deposits is to be in press in the AAPG Bulletin in July 2006. Moscardelli, L., Wood, L. and Mann, P., 2006, Mass transport complexes and associated processes in the offshore area of Trinidad and Venezuela: AAPG Bulletin, v. 90, no. 7 (July 2006), pp. 1–30. Apr 20, 2006

Lesli Wood

Lesli Wood recently returned from a two day visit with Chevron in San Ramon where she presented a talk on Mars Deltas to the larger audience and spent the remainder of the time providing several presentations on the 2005 research results and the proposed and ongoing 2006 research program. Apr 20, 2006

The QCL IA Research Team will present several papers at the upcoming AAPG meeting in Houston April 9–11. IA Members can access copies of some of these presentations at the Members Only location using their user name and password. Presentations include:

A. Osman and R. Steel

Deltaic to Estuarine Regime Change on Proximal Paleo-Orinoco Shelf: Morne L'Enfer Formation, South Trinidad

Selected Academic Research Topics: AAPG Student Presentations
Poster

Monday
Exhibition Hall C
8:30–12:00

L. Moscardelli and L. Wood

Seismic Geomorphology of Mass Transport Deposits and Controls on Formation and Character, Eastern Offshore Trinidad and Venezuela

SEPM Research Symposium: The Significance of Mass Transport Deposits in Deepwater Environments I
Poster

Tuesday
Exhibition Hall C
8:30–12:00

M. Flint and L. Wood

Deltaic and Shallow-marine Seismic Geomorphology of the West Natuna Basin: Implications for Reservoir Architecture and Basin Evolution

Practical Significance of Geobodies in Facies Modeling (SEPM)
Poster

Tuesday
Exhibition Hall C
1:15–5:00

L. Moscardelli, D. Woods, and L. Wood

Quantitative Seismic Geomorphology Study in Fluvial Systems — A New Approach

Recent Advances in Siliciclastic Facies Models: Implications for Reservoir Characterization II (SEPM)
Poster

Tuesday
Exhibition Hall C
1:15–5:00

C.M. Sanchez and L. Wood

Quantitative Seismic Geomorphology of Pliocene and Miocene-Age Fluvio-Deltaic Reservoirs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Shelf Province

Practical Significance of Geobodies in Facies Modeling (SEPM)
Poster

Tuesday
Exhibition Hall C
1:15–5:00

L. Wood

Source-to-Sink Sediment Movements in Structurally Complex Setting: The Role of Gateway Basins

Modern Analogs from Source to Sink (SEPM)

Wednesday
8:25 a.m.
Room 306

Chaderton, N., L. Wood, and P. Mann

Seismic Stratigraphy and Structure of The Crest of The Barbados Prism and Adjacent Tobago Basin

Regional E&P in the Americas (AAPG)
Poster

Wednesday
Exhibition Hall C
8:30–12:00

Garciacaro, E.J., P. Mann, Escalona, A., and L. Wood

Stratigraphic Architecture and Basin Fill Evolution of the Columbus Foreland Basin, Eastern Offshore Trinidad

Regional E&P in the Americas (AAPG)
Poster

Wednesday
Exhibition Hall C
8:30–12:00

M. D. Soto, P. Mann, and L. Wood

Structural and Stratigraphic Evidence for the Offshore Extension of the Central Range Fault Zone of Trinidad into the Eastern Offshore Region

Regional E&P in the Americas (AAPG)
Poster

Wednesday
Exhibition Hall C
8:30–12:00

Apr 3, 2006

Lesli Wood

Lesli Wood was down in Trinidad visiting with consortium member British Gas in January. They spent some time viewing BG proprietary data and conveying research results. It also gave her a chance to meet with the organizing committee for the upcoming Hedberg Conference on Mobile Shale Basin being held in Port of Spain June 4–7. Feb 28, 2006

Lorena Moscardelli and Lesli Wood will be attending the GSL/SEPM Drivers of Deep Marine Sedimentation conference May 27–29 in London. They will present two papers: "Morphometry of Mass-Transport Complexes in Offshore Trinidad" [Abstract], and "Influences on deep marine sedimentation along the continental margins of northeastern South America: Orinoco and Amazon systems" [Abstract]. Feb 28, 2006

QCL IA research team will miss Nysha Chaderton this spring as she will be spending several month in Barbados doing field work for her Ph.D. research. Feb 28, 2006

Kristine Mize accepts the award for Best Poster for the 2004 AAPG Convention, presented to her at the 2005 SEPM Business Luncheon by then-SEPM President Rick Sarg for her poster entitled "Quantitative Seismic Geomorphology of Deep Marine Channels, Offshore Trinidad and Eastern Venezuela." Kris is currently employed with Encana in Denver. Jan 6, 2006

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