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November 30, 2005

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June 2004
  BEG researcher Shinichi Sakurai recently traveled to Noordwijk, Netherlands, to participate in the 45th SPWLA (Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts) Symposium, which was held June 6 through 9. Shinichi helped organize the Carbonate Petrophysics Workshop, attended Board of Directors meetings, served as a session chair, and presented “Petrophysics for
Integrated Reservoir Characterization, the Poza Rica Field, Mexico, a paper he coauthored with Bob Loucks, Charlie Kerans, Fred Wang, and Mario Rojano. [Abstract] 06/30/04
Research Scientist William Ambrose, lead author of “Upper Miocene and Pliocene Gas and Oil Plays in the Macuspana Basin, Southeastern Mexico, received the Best Paper Award from the Houston Geological Society (HGS) for his presentation at the HGS International Meeting in March. Bill’s coauthors are Khaled Fouad, Rebecca Jones, Mark Holtz, Shinichi Sakurai, Edgar Guevara, Javier Meneses-Rocha, Leonardo Aguilera, Lino    
Miranda, Roberto Rojas, José Morales, José Berlanga, Suhas Talukdar, and Tim Wawrzyniec [Abstract] 06/28/04

Dr. Robert Reed (at right) discusses Barnett Shale fracture and rock properties with colleagues. This Barnett Shale core is from the BEG’s core collection.
 

On June 22 and 23, Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute (EMGI), located at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, Texas, hosted its second Barnett Shale Symposium. An estimated 200 operators and others attended this popular event that included various presentations on Barnett Shale, such as hydrocarbon generation, geophysical needs, resource assessment, challenges of urban drilling, the need for more pipeline infrastructure, and stepping out from the traditional field area. EMGI will host a third Barnett Shale

symposium in January 2005. This event was co-sponsored by the PTTC Texas Region, a program managed by the Bureau. For more information, visit the PTTC Website. 06/28/04

Bureau Research Associate Xavier Janson and Research Assistant Ryan Phelps spent June 8 through 17 conducting fieldwork in the Dry Canyon area of the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico. These data will be used to help build a 3-D reservoir model of classic Pennsylvanian carbonates in the area. 06/28/04

 


Xavier Janson


Dr. Ursula Hammes talks about the STARR program with Gulf Coast operators.

  On June 15, a team from the STARR (State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery) project met with representatives of 15 operators of Texas State waters leases at the Houston Research Center (HRC). The meeting was held in conjunction with the PTTC Texas Region, represented by Sigrid Clift. The purpose of the meeting was to familiarize the operators with STARR and to foster
new working relationships between STARR and interested operators. Bob Loucks provided an overview of STARR and presented some of the recent research results from STARR’s work in Texas State waters. Ramón Treviño and Ursula Hammes presented overviews of some of STARR’s field studies. The operators also examined important core samples from the Corpus Christi Bay region and viewed posters that STARR has presented at recent professional society meetings. Also in attendance was Peter Boone, Chief Geologist of Mineral Leasing at the General Land Office, who answered questions concerning lease terms. The meeting was open to all Texas State waters operators and leaseholders. 06/23/04
Research Scientist Lesli Wood just returned from a week of teaching UT undergraduates enrolled in the Geo660 Field Camp at Rock Springs, Wyoming, in collaboration with Dr. Ron Steel. Lesli and Ron led the students through several outcrop exercises, measuring and describing sections and mapping rocks throughout the Rock Springs Uplift area. Units studied included the Upper Cretaceous clastic wedge successions of southwestern Wyoming. 06/23/04  



Geo660 students work in the field near Rock Springs, Wyoming, measuring a large incised valley in Upper Cretaceous strata.


3-D image, looking north along the Pecos River Canyon at Shumla Bend. The canyon here is approximately 80 m deep. 

  RCRL researchers Jerry Bellian, Charlie Kerans, Xavier Janson, Ned Frost, and Matt Davis recently completed 3-D imaging of Cretaceous carbonate reservoir analogs on the Pecos River. Their goal is to create a digital outcrop model. The data set of 78 laser scans that they gathered covers the 2-km2 area around Painted Canyon/Shumla Bend, at an average point spacing of 4 cm (a total of 200 million points). The digital outcrop

model will allow detailed geologic and simulation modeling of this critical outcrop analog. Click here to view a larger image. 06/17/04

Bureau Director Scott Tinker and Associate Director Jay Raney were in Stevenson, Washington, June 13–16, to attend the 2004  
meeting of the Association of American State Geologists. Highlights included dinner on the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge. 06/17/04
  Researchers at BEG and New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources have just completed a new digital oil-play portfolio of the Permian Basin of west Texas and southeast New Mexico. The portfolio defines 32 oil plays in the Permian Basin and assigns all significant-sized reservoirs that had cumulative production of >1 MMbbl through the year 2000 to a play. The project was funded by DOE as part of the PUMP program. The draft final report has been posted on the project Website; click here for more information. 06/10/04
On May 27, 2004, an NSF workshop titled “Curation of Terrestrial Scientific Cores, Samples, and Collections” was held at the Houston Research Center. The goal of the workshop was to bring together academic researchers to discuss needs of the geologic community for storage of terrestrial scientific cores, samples, and other collections. Participants from the  

academic research community were invited and asked to provide advice to NSF about logical approaches to curation, metadata management, and future accessibility of geologic samples. Click here for more information. 06/03/04