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February 2002

Dr. Jay A. Raney and Rebecca C. Smyth traveled to Brownsville, Texas on February 28 to attend a forum on producing flood hazard prediction maps for a 200 square mile area spanning the Texas-Mexico border and including the municipalities of Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico. Representatives from the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science in Mexico City, the Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Center for Space Research at The University of Texas at Austin, the International Boundary and Water Commission, NASA Stennis Space Center, Texas Natural Resource Information Systems, and city planners for the cities of Matamoros and Brownsville, met to discuss project planning and coordination. 03/19/02

The Fracture Research and Application Consortium held its annual Applications Meeting outside of Monterrey, Mexico, February 24 through 26. The program included presentations on recent advances in fracture prediction and characterization and methods to incorporate fractures in flow simulation. Participants were given exercises to teach how to apply research results developed in the program. A field trip to view Cretaceous carbonate rocks illustrated new methods of fracture intensity quantification. For more information visit the FRAC section of this website. 02/13/02

Bureau Research Scientist
Dr. Susan D. Hovorka, together with Kathy Ellins from the Institute for Geophysics and Jay Banner from the Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Science Institute, were the featured speakers at the Bureau�s morning seminar Thursday, February 21. The title of this collaborative presentation is "UT Geoscience Alliance: Outreach Projects of the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences." [Abstract] 02/19/02  

The Austin Chapter of the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES) featured Bureau Director Scott Tinker at its monthly Luncheon on Wednesday, February 20, 2001. The title of his presentation: "Are Those Extra Dimensions Worth It? 3-D and 4-D Modeling of Oil Reservoirs and Aquifers." [Abstract] 02/01/02

Members of the Dallas Paleontological Society, led by noted author Charles Finsley, visited the Bureau's Publications Sales office to browse and purchase publications on Saturday, February 16, from 3 until 5 p.m. Their visit also included a stop at UT's NonVertebrate Paleontology Laboratory, also located in the J. J. Pickle Research Campus. Other visitors, particularly those unable to visit the Bureau's Publications Sales office during regular weekday hours, were cordially invited to come to the Bureau that Saturday afternoon. Visitors enter the Campus via the Burnet Road entrance and check in with the UT security guard on duty. Publications may be purchased by cash, check, and major credit card. To visit our publications online, click here. 02/14/02

Bureau Research Associate Paul R. Knox was the featured speaker at the Bureau's Friday morning seminar on February 15, 2002. The title of Paul Knox's technical presentation: "Of Hierarchies and Hydrocarbon Columns: Predicting Shale Characteristics."[Abstract] 02/13/02

Scott Tinker was the guest luncheon speaker for the North Houston Landmen's Association on Thursday, February 14. The title of his presentation was "Oil and Water: Rocks and Models Improve Resource Understanding." [Abstract] 02/01/02

Bureau Research Scientist Dr. Mike Hudec departed for Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on
February 10, 2002 to visit the offices of Applied Geodynamics Laboratory (AGL) Industrial Associate PanCanadian Petroleum Ltd. Mike will be transferring some of AGL's research results by teaching a short course and discussing the application of AGL research to various PanCanadian data sets.

On February 8, 2002, Steve Begg, Director for Decision Science for Landmark Graphics in Austin, addressed the Bureau as seminar guest speaker Friday morning. The title of his presentation: "I would rather be vaguely right than precisely wrong: A new approach to evaluating oil and gas investment decisions."[Abstract] 02/06/02

Bureau and Central Texas geologists! Please join the Austin Geological Society (AGS) at its upcoming Poster Session Meeting on Monday, February 4, 2002, 7:00�8:00 p.m., at the Lower Colorado River Authority Board Room, 1st Floor Hancock Building. All AGS members and area geologists are encouraged to bring poster presentations or "show-and-tell" items to the meeting. Past poster meetings have proved to be an excellent�and fun�way to share geologic work and interests with fellow geologists. For a list of some poster presentations, click here. 02/01/02

As part of the Applied Geodynamics Laboratory's (AGL) research program on the West African continental margin, sponsored by TotalFinaElf, Dr. Martin Jackson departed for France and Angola on February 2. Martin delivered the results of AGL research by presenting lectures, examination of data sets, and discussions of tectonic issues in exploration with TotalFinaElf Angola (Luanda), Total Gabon (Paris), and TotalFinaElf's research group (Pau). 02/01/02

This week�s Friday morning seminar was presented by the Bureau�s own Dr. Alan R. Dutton. His presentation, titled �Hydrogeology of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer in Central Texas, began at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 1, 2002 in the Main conference room. [Abstract] 01/31/02

A real class act� Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Shirley P. Dutton�s recently completed DOE project titled �Advanced Reservoir Characterization to Maximize Recovery in Slope and Basin Clastic Reservoirs, West Texas (Delaware Basin),� is the cover story for the Winter 2002 edition of The Class Act, DOE�s Reservoir Class Program Newsletter. PDF of Shirley�s article online. 01/31/02

In February, Bureau researchers David C. Jennette and Jerome A. Bellian conducted ILRIS 3-D (ground-based Lidar) surveys of deepwater outcrops in the Tabernas Basin in southern Spain. The work, part of a series of outcrop-based workshops sponsored by Shell, ExxonMobil, and ChevronTexaco became possible through the Bureau's recent purchase of the instrument. The workshops are part of the BEG's continuing program of understanding subsurface reservoirs through detailed outcrop characterization. 01/30/02

   

 

 
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