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November 30, 2005

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September 2004
On October 1st, Bureau scientist and geophysicist Sergey Fomel was the weekly seminar speaker. His topic: Smooth Estimates of Seismic Attributes [abstract]. 09/29/04  
  Bureau Research Fellow Rob Lander recently presented a report on the Fracture Research and Application Consortium’s Basic Energy Sciences grant titled “Predicting Fracture Porosity Evolution in Sandstone” at DOE’s Geoscience Research Program
Symposium: “Flow and Transport: Characterization and Modeling from Pore to Reservoir Scales.” Rob’s presentation, titled “Theory for Quartz Cementation in Structurally Deformed Sandstones” [Abstract], was chosen by an independent review panel as the outstanding contribution from a University project. This study is a cross-departmental collaborative project. Co-principal investigators are BEG Senior Research Scientist Steve Laubach, Rob Lander and Linda Bonnell, Bureau Research Fellows and Geocosm LLD, Randy Marrett of the Department of Geological Sciences, and Jon E. Olson of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. In November the Bureau will host a discussion meeting on the topic of this research. [FRAC Events page] 09/28/04
On September 30, Bureau researchers Frank Brown and Ursula Hammes will make presentations at the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES) Houston Chapter One-Day Seminar titled “New Reserves from Mature Trends of the Onshore Gulf Coast.”  

Frank Brown
 
Ursula Hammes
Frank’s presentation is titled “Revisiting Mature Fields with Modern Technology and Geologic Concepts: Examples from the Frio of South Texas” [Abstract]. Ursula’s presentation is “Gas Reservoir Compartmentalization in Lowstand Prograding-Wedge Deltaic Systems: Oligocene Upper Lower Frio Formation, South Texas.” [Abstract] [Powerpoint]

At the request of SIPES organizers, Ursula has also prepared a memorial honoring Bob Goldhammer for display during the seminar. Bureau Director Scott Tinker will also attend the seminar and will share some of his memories of Bob Goldhammer and speak about the Houston Research Center. 09/28/04
  On September 16 at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York, Shirley Dutton gave a presentation about curation of terrestrial scientific cores, samples, and collections at the Houston Research Center. The talk was featured at a meeting of Curators of Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples. 09/24/04
Also on September 16, the San Antonio Chapter of the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES) had as its invited luncheon speaker Senior Research Scientist Bob Loucks, who made two presentations: “Project STARR” and “Understanding the Origin and Sequence Stratigraphy of Growth-Faulted, Intraslope Subbasins: Examples from the South Texas  
Oligocene Frio Formation” [abstract]. 09/22/04
 

Department of Geological Sciences legend and librarian extraordinaire, Dennis Trombatore, was the colloquium speaker at the Friday seminar at the Bureau. The informal talk served both as a refresher for experienced users and an overview for new users.

Topics included
UT Library On-Line:
Quick review of searching and services for the local collections


Geo-Ref Searching:
Tips and tricks, database developments, linking to full text

More Databases:
A few words about other science bibliographic databases, including Web of Science

On-Line Journals:
Where to find them, how to develop alert services, new packages

Walter Library Web page and Virtual Landscapes of Texas:
Quick review of our web page and what’s new on our full-text resources project pages

New Developments on the Horizon:
Coming changes that will affect the entire library system
09/22/04

Nancy Cottington recently rejoined the Bureau support staff as a Computer Illustrator. Nancy has been involved with Applied Geophysics Laboratory’s Salt Mine Atlas for several years now as a consultant and has returned to the Bureau in a full-time capacity for that ongoing project. 09/17/04  


 

A big Bureau welcome to new Postdoctoral Fellow David Pyles, who joins us after receiving his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in June 2004. David’s M.S. degree in geology is from the Colorado School of Mines (2000); his B.S. degree in geology is from California State University, Chico (1997); and his A.S. degree is from Riverside Community College (1994). David’s research interests include

stratigraphy, sedimentology, clastic facies analysis, and seismic data interpretation. 09/17/04

On September 17, 2004, veteran Bureau scientist and Research Professor, L. Frank Brown, Jr., spoke at the Friday morning seminar. Frank’s talk was Upper Pennsylvanian and Lower Permian Sequence Stratigraphic and Depositional Systems Tracts, Eastern Shelf and Adjacent Midland Basin, North- and West-Central Texas. 09/16/04  

Oblique photo of an analog model run at Royal Holloway showing the circular trace of the surface laser scanner as it scans the topography.
 

Bureau Post-Doctoral Fellow Tim Dooley spent 3 weeks in July and August in the physical modeling labs at Royal Holloway, University of London. Tim’s visit was part of an ongoing research project for the U.S. Navy Geothermal Program Office into the geometries and kinematics of transtensional pull-apart basins. Tim included some of these modeling results in his oral and poster presentation titled “Scaled Sandbox Modeling

of Transtensional Pull-Apart Basins—Applications to the Coso Geothermal System,which he gave at the Geothermal Resources Council 2004 Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California, August 29–September 1. 09/09/04