Bureau of Economic Geology will be closed from Monday, December
24, 2001 until Wednesday, January 2, 2002, as will all departments
and offices of The University of Texas at Austin. Please feel
free to leave Voice-mail and E-mail messages for Bureau staff.
Texas and Southwest regions joined forces to present
a workshop titled "Optimized
Horizontal Well Technology" in Midland on December
18, 2001. Instructor Bob Knoll, of Maurer
Technology in Houston, presented this one-day program
that covered well design and operational issues of borehole
Research Scientist Dr. Bridget R. Scanlon
was in San Francisco, California December 10-14, 2001
to attend and participate in the Annual
Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Bridget
chaired a technical session titled "Evaluation
of Unsaturated Flow Models, Recent Advances and Applications"
and presented "Intercode Comparisons
for Simulating Water Balance of Near-Surface Soils,"
a paper coauthored by Marty Christman, fellow
Bureau researcher Robert C. Reedy, and Jirka
Bureau?s weekly seminar presentation was held Thursday, December
6, 2001 in the Main conference room. Senior Research Scientist Dr. Bob Loucks presented "Characterizing
the Three-Dimensional Architecture of a Coalesced, Collapsed-Paleocave
System in the Lower Ordovician, Ellenburger Group by Integrating
Ground-Penetrating Radar, Shallow-Core, and Outcrop Data."
Austin Geological Society?s December meeting was held on Monday
evening, December 3, 2001, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the
Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Board Room, 1st Floor
Hancock Building, 3701 Lake Austin Blvd. Bureau Senior Research
Scientist Dr. Bruno C. Vendeville
presented "The Weird Tectonics
of Play Sand and Silly Putty." [Abstract]
Jon Olson, a co-principal investigator of the Fracture
Research and Application Consortium (FRAC) at the Bureau,
has just been granted tenure in the Department of Petroleum
& Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at
Austin. Congratulations Jon! More information about Dr. Olson's
research on fracture system modeling can be found at the FRAC's
web area titled FracCity.