Depositional Margins Industrial Alliance Research
Deep-marine settings are the frontier of research in the 21st
century. Research on deep-marine sedimentology, structure,
process stratigraphy, hydrocarbon habitat, and seafloor stability
is being conducted by Lesli Wood of the BEG
and Paul Mann of UTIG. [more]
The Reservoir Characterization Research
Laboratory (RCRL) presented a three-day workshop focused
on constructing flow models of carbonate reservoirs. F.
Jerry Lucia presented the results of research on
defining flow layers using the rock-fabric method and James
W. Jennings discussed geostatistical and scaleup
methods that he has developed. Charlie Kerans
gave an overview of sequence stratigraphic methods. The participants
were from companies that sponsor the RCRL and included 11
engineers, 3 petrophysicists, and 7 geologists. The material
was well received and discussions were lively and constructive.
Scientist Sue Hovorka, together with 8th grade Wimberley
ISD teacher Maggi Cayhill, recently
taught a short course titled "New
Views of Familiar Places: Using GIS for Environmental Inquiry"
to teachers from Region XIII, our local Regional
Science Collaborative. The workshop was held the mornings
of June 26 and 27 at Hutto High School, in Hutto, Texas. Teachers
used local data GIS data sets to explore relationships among
geology, topography, population, and tornados. 07/02/02
Bureau Director Scott Tinker and Associate
Directors Doug Ratcliff and Jay Raney
traveled to New Harmony, Indiana, to attend the annual meeting
of the Association of American State
Geologists, June 2326, 2002. 06/27/02
BEG Director William Fisher, Charles G. Groat, Director of the
United States Geological Survey, and BEG Director Scott Tinker
at Cape Sandy Quarry, the largest quarry operation in Indiana.
Below: Doug Ratcliff, William Fisher, and Scott Tinker.
Sandstones of the Rockies were the focus of the June Workshop
and Field Trip conducted by the Fracture
Research and Application Consortium. The field trip
started in Kemmerer, Wyoming on the morning of June 21, with
a workshop that followed on June 22 at Snow King in Jackson,
Scott Tinker traveled to Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California,
on June 18, 2002, and presented "Upstream
Technology for the Coming Natural Gas Economy."
Australia, was the destination for Research Scientist Mike
R. Hudec, who traveled "down under" May
30June 15 to attend a field trip to the Flinders Range
and visit the offices of Woodside Petroleum.
The field trip, led by Dr. Ian Dyson, featured
visits to the world-famous diapirs of the Adelaide
Geosyncline. At Woodside Petroleum, Mike presented
"Contractional Salt Tectonics
in Deep Water," and, as part of AGL's technology
transfer efforts, consulted with work groups studying the
Gulf of Mexico and Mauritania. 06/03/02
Bill Fisher was selected by the Texas
Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO)
as winner of this year's Hats Off!
Award, which is given to public servants who have distinguished
themselves not only in their fields, but also in their service
to independent producers and royalty owners. Dr. Fisher is
the only recipient in the history of the award that has been
chosen from the field of academia. 06/19/02
Bureau is proud to welcome new Research Associate Sergey
Fomel, who received his Ph.D. in Geophysics from
Stanford University in 2001
and most recently plied his craft as visiting assistant professor
at the University of California at
Berkeley. Sergey, who was awarded the J.
Clarence Karcher Award in 2001 by the Society
of Exploration Geophysicists for "numerous contributions
to seismology," will work with Senior Research Scientist
Bob Hardage. 06/14/02
Former Senior Student Associate Scarlett Hurt
has chosen, upon her recent completion of a B. S. degree in
Communication Studies at UTand to the immense joy of
many here at the Bureauto become a full-time BEG employee.
Scarlett's new position is titled Administrative Assistant.
Welcome aboard, Scarlett!