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Dr. Randall Marrett, a co-principal investigator of the Fracture Research and Application Consortium (FRAC) at the Bureau, and Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences has just been appointed to the editorial board of GEOLOGY.

Dr. Jon Olson, a co-principal investigator of the Fracture Research and Application Consortium (FRAC) at the Bureau, was granted tenure in the Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. The announcement was made during the latter part of the Fall Semester, 2001. Congratulations Jon!

  On December 7, 2001 the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists awarded prizes for the three best papers presented during 2000–2001 at the luncheon meeting in Denver. Steve Laubach's presentation of research on prediction of the location of open fractures in tight gas sandstones conducted in the Fracture Research and
Application Consortium snared the award for 3rd most popular paper. 02/06/02

The Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) recently announced 2002 medal and award recipients for research presented at the 2001 SEPM Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The following awards were announced for members of the FRAC research group.

SEPM Honorable Mention Oral Presentation (awarded November 2001)
J. Stowell, S. E. Laubach, R. Marrett, J. Olson, J. Holder: Understanding Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs.

SEPM Excellence of Poster Presentation (awarded November 2001)
S. J. Choh, K. L. Milliken, E. F. McBride: Interactive Sandstone Petrology: A Digital Tutorial for Future Reservoir Geologists

SEPM Honorable Mention Poster Presentation (awarded November 2001)
S. E. Laubach: Degradation beyond the Emergent Threshold

  Visiting Scientist Juan Guevara, from Petroleos de Venezuela, the state oil company of Venezuela, is working with the Fracture Research and Application Consortium on techniques for the characterization of fractured reservoirs and deeply buried siliciclastic reservoirs. Mr. Guevara will be at the Bureau until the middle of November. 10/31/01
Orlando J. Ortega-Perez received a best-student-speaker award from the Department of Geological Sciences for "Natural Fracture Frequency Controls, Barremian-Aptian Carbonate Platform, Northeastern Mexico."


Open fracture in a horizontal core, Rocky Mountain region.

  On October 1, 2001, Researcher Dr. Steve Laubach traveled to Denver to present two papers at the Structural Traps and Fractured Reservoirs of the Rocky Mountain Region Fall Symposium sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. The papers were titled "Identifying open fractures in Rocky Mountain reservoirs" and "Drilling and stimulation strategy: Are open fractures aligned with maximum horizontal
stress in the Rockies?" Dr. Laubach also visited with several Denver-based Fracture Research and Application Consortium members. Click here for information about the meeting.
Scanned cathodoluminescence images grace the cover of the Bureau of Economic Geology's Midyear Report. The fractures are from a gas-storage facility in Illinois. Rob Reed collected the images.
  Visiting Scientist Alberto Ortiz Fernandez, from Ecopetrol, the state oil company of Colombia, worked with the Fracture Research and Application Consortium on techniques for the characterization of fractured carbonates. Dr. Ortiz Fernandez was at the Bureau for six weeks. 09/05/01
Research Associate Dr. Julia F. W. (Stowell) Gale presented "Effect of modern state of stress on flow-controlling fractures: a misleading paradigm in need of revision" at DC Rocks, the American Rock Mechanics Association’s 38th U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium held in Washington, D.C., Monday, July 9, 2001. (Abstract) 07/09/01
  Senior Research Scientist Dr. Stephen E. Laubach presented "Predicting Fractures Using Cathodoluminescence" at the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists luncheon meeting in Denver on Friday, July 20, 2001. (Abstract) 07/03/01
Bureau Scientist Stephen E. Laubach visits with representatives of the Kuwaiti Oil Company at the Middle East Oil Show and Conference held March 17–20, 2001 in Bahrain. Steve and Bureau Associate Director Doug Ratcliff traveled there to represent the Bureau at the conference.