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July 13, 2006

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January 2003

Margaretha (Peggy) Rijken from UT's Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering was Friday's seminar speaker on January 31, 2003. The title of her presentation was "Predicting Fracture Attributes in the Travis Peak Formation using Quantitative Mechanical Modeling and Structural Diagenesis." [Abstract] 01/27/03


(left to right) Alli Marshall, Patrick Elliott, Mike Hudec, Bruno Vendeville

EnCana geoscientists Alli Marshall and Patrick Elliott visited the Bureau on January 31, 2003. During their stay, they toured the Applied Geodynamics Laboratory facilities. Here, accompanied by Mike Hudec, they are given a demonstration of the physical modeling of salt structures in Bruno Vendeville's laboratory. 01/31/03

On January 29–30, 2003, Martin Jackson traveled to Anadarko Petroleum's office in The Woodlands. Here he gave a series of presentations and discussed seismic data with Anadarko's staff. Part of the visit was provided to Anadarko as a benefit of AGL membership. 01/31/03

F. Jerry Lucia presented "Evaporative Reflux Dolomitization and Reservoir Prediction" to ExxonMobil geologists in Houston at a luncheon meeting on January 26, 2003, as part of the mentoring program available to sponsors of the Carbonate Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory (RCRL). See Industrial Associates Programs for more information about the RCRL program. [Abstract] 01/30/03

Dr. Lesli J. Wood spoke at the Bureau's weekly seminar on Friday, January 24, 2003, at 8:30 a.m. Her presentation was "Mud Volcanoes, Shale Diapirs and Fluid Systems: Making Mud Pies on a Grand Scale." [Abstract] 01/22/03

On January 24, 2003, Bureau researchers Cari Breton and Sigrid Clift attended the 2003 GeoTech Conference at Bishop Dunne Catholic High School in Dallas, Texas. GeoTech is a GIS-focused event for geography teachers. Renowned technologist John Kuglin, retired Associate Deanat the University of Montana and Executive Director of NASA's EOS Project, gave the keynote address at the conference. Cari and Sigrid exhibited LIDAR and other GIS applications used in Bureau research. 01/27/03

On January 23, 2003, Senior Research Scientist Dr. Stephen E. Laubach gave an invited presentation, "Targeting Natural Fractures: Opportunities for the Domestic Petroleum Industry" to the Geology Department at the University of Idaho. Steve's presentation is part of AAPG's Visiting Geologist Program. 01/21/03

Friday, January 17, 2003, was the start of the Bureau's Spring Technical Seminar Series. As has become tradition, Dr. Scott Tinker was the first speaker with his yearly review of the Bureau. His presentation was titled "BEG 360°." Click here to see a complete list of the Spring Seminars. 01/10/03

The January meeting of the Houston Structural Geology Group (HSGG) was held at the Bureau of Economic Geology's Houston Core Research Facility on January 16, 2003 at 3:30 p.m. Dr. Julia Gale was the speaker and her talk was about "Predicting and characterizing fractures in hydrocarbon reservoirs: using the link between diagenesis and fracturing." After her presentation, Julia lead a tour of the facility. The BEG facility is near the intersection of Beltway 8 and Highway 290. Directions to the facility can be found on the Bureau web site. Frank Bilotti of Unocal organized the HSGG to be a forum for presentation and discussion of new and topical ideas in structural geology. 12/04/02

Research Scientist Mike Hudec visited the offices of ExxonMobil in Houston from January 15–16, 2003, to present recent AGL research results. The titles of his presentations were "Evolution of Contractional Structures, Lower Congo Basin, Deepwater Gabon" and "A New Look at Angolan Salt Tectonics: Tectonostratigraphy, and Differential Uplift in the Kwanza Basin." 01/16/03

Long-time Core Research Center (CRC) employee Rick Richardson (left), shown here with his wife Caroline and Austin CRC Curator George Bush, retired after 16 years with the Bureau. Rick spent many years in Midland, Texas, managing the Midland CRC, and recently returned to the Austin CRC. On Wednesday, January 15, Bureau friends presented Rick with a gift certificate from Golfsmith to help him enjoy his leisure time—happy retirement, Rick! 01/16/03

On January 8, Bureau Research Associate and coastal geologist Jim Gibeaut presented "The Texas Shoreline Change Project: Combining Lidar, Historical Photography, and Ground Surveys to Measure Shoreline Change Rates along Bay and Gulf of Mexico Shorelines" at the Coastal GeoTools Conference held January 6–9 in Charleston, South Carolina. [Abstract] 01/06/03

The Bureau introduces two new additions to its popular Down to Earth series of publications.

"Down to Earth at Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas: Geologic Map and Trail-Side Geology,"
by Christopher D. Henry and
Jay A. Raney
.

"Down to Earth at Mustang Island, Texas," by Jay A. Raney and William A. White. 01/06/03