The VR demonstration presented by
John Andrews was a big hit with the students.
The 3rd grade gifted and talented class from Lake Travis
Elementary School met Bureau researchers on November
26th. Rebecca Jones gave a presentation on
using core in a research project, John Andrews
gave a demonstration of the Virtual
Reality Lab, Tiffany Hepner talked
about Texas beaches, and Sue Hovorka presented
water resources using the Aquifer in a Tank activity. [Additional
Research Associate David C. Jennette gave
a series of presentations to geology departments at the Energy
and Minerals Applied Research Center (EMARC) at the
University of Colorado Boulder
on Friday, November 22, and at the University of Wyoming in
Laramie on Monday, November 26. Dave's presentations included
"A Revolution on the Outcrop:
New Laser Technologies for the 3-D Digital Capture and Analysis
of Field Geology," "The
Interaction of Shelf Accommodation, Sediment Supply, and Sea
Level in Controlling the Facies, Architecture, and Sequence
Stacking Patterns of the Forties and Tay Basin-Floor Fans,
Central North Sea," and "New
Insights into Mexico's Tertiary Turbidite Reservoirs, Southwestern
Gulf of Mexico: Deepwater Deposition in an Evolving Foreland-type
Alan L. Brown, of Landmark
Graphics Corporation, was the presenter at the week's
seminar on Friday, November 22, 2002 at 8:30 a.m. in the Bureau's
Main Conference Room. The title of his talk was "Outcrop
to Subsurface Stratigraphy of the Pennsylvanian Hermosa Group,
Southern Paradox Basin, U.S.A." [Abstract]
November 21, 2002, a major public lecture was given by Ing.
Raúl Múñoz Leos, Director General
of Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX).
This presentation, "PEMEX in
the Decade Ahead," (scheduled from 6:00 to 7:15
p.m. in the Bass Lecture Hall, Lower Ground Floor of the LBJ
School of Public Affairs) is one in the Mexican Center's "Distinguished
Mexicans in Texas" lecture series. [More
(left to right) Luis Ramírez
Corzo y Hernandez, Raúl Múñoz Leos, and
Director Scott Tinker.
Delegates from Petroleos Mexicanos
(PEMEX), including PEMEX Director General Ing.
Raúl Múñoz Leos, visited Bureau
headquarters on November 21, 2002. Bureau researchers David
Jennette and William Ambrose, together
with Director Scott Tinker and Associate
Director Eric Potter, gave briefings and
presentations about joint Bureau-PEMEX research. 11/21/02
Delegates from Petroleos
Mexicanos (PEMEX), including PEMEX Director General
Ing. Raúl Múñoz Leos,
were official guests of The University
of Texas at Austin during November 2002. Their welcome
included an official visit to the Bureau headquarters as well
as UT-hosted receptions, dinners, and a public lecture at
the Bass Lecture Hall. 01/03/03
PEMEX Director General
Ing. Raúl Múñoz Leos and BEG Director
Scott W. Tinker.
Left to right: Consulado General
de Mexico Javier Alejo Lopez, Ing. Raúl Múñoz
Leos, and UT President Larry R. Faulkner.
left to right: Larry R. Faulkner and Ing. Raúl Muñoz
Leos. Standing, left to right: Scott W. Tinker, Executive V.P.
and Provost Sheldon Ekland-Olson, UT Business School professor
Ehud Ronn, UT Vice Provost Victoria Rodriguez, Dept. of Petroleum
Engineering Mukul Sharma, Consul General de Mexico Javier Alejo
Lopez, Dept. of Geology professor Jay Banner, and Director of
the Mexican Center of LLILAS Peter Ward.
November 18, Senior Research Scientist Martin P.A.
Jackson gave the Fourth Annual Robert E. Sheriff
lecture to a dinner meeting jointly sponsored by the University
of Houston Geosciences Alumni Association and the Houston
Geological Society Division of International Explorationists.
Dr. Sheriff, a renowned geophysicist, attended
the event alongwith 200+ other geoscientists. Martin's talk,
coauthored by Bureau researcher Mike Hudec,
is titled "Kwanza Arcana: A New
Look at Angolan Salt Tectonics, Tectonostratigraphy, and Differential
Uplift." The talk summarized the most arresting
results from the Applied Geodynamics
Laboratory's three-year research program on the Kwanza
Basin. The abstract was published in the November issue of
the Houston Geological Society Bulletin. [Abstract]
The Bureau has added employees at its recently acquired Houston
Research Center (HRC). Randy McDonald
has been on the job as the Bureau's storage supervisor since
June 2002. He oversees two new employees at the HRC, Richard
Gutiérrez, who joined the Bureau on September
23, and our newest employee, Marcus Hafford,
who began working on November 18. 11/26/02
1315, the Bureau hosted the 2002 annual Cluster Meeting
of the central states State Geologists [American
Association of State Geologists, AASG and the United
States Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS delegation
was led by Pat Leahy. Bureau staff assisted
with logistics and presentations, and all staff efforts were
much appreciated. It was an opportunity for the USGS and the
State Geologists to see the depth and breadth of the Bureaus
programs. This meeting may contribute to developing additional
interactions with the USGS and other states. 11/15/02
Dr. Martin Jackson welcomes
participants to AGL Annual Meeting.
The 13th annual meeting of the Applied
Geodynamics Laboratory (AGL) Industrial Associates
program kicked off Wednesday morning, November 13. More than
75 delegates from the AGL's 14 member companies attended the
two-day meeting that featured 20 technical presentations of
results from physical modeling, mathematical modeling, and
geologic studies from basins all around the world. [More
Teachers from El Paso ISD sing a song
that they composed about the water cycle during the Water for
Texas short course.
and Sigrid Clift attended the Conference
for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) conference
on November 79 in El Paso, Texas. The theme of the conference
was Science without Borders and 4,000 teachers from Texas,
New Mexico, and Mexico attended. The UT
Geoscience Alliance booth, a collaboration between
Jackson School partners, was exhibited by Bureau staff and
UTIG's Kathy Ellins. Bureau staff taught
4 short courses that included GIS in the classroom and Texas
water resources. 11/12/02
(left to right) Frank Harris,
ChevronTexaco; Scott W. Tinker; and Mitch Harris, ChevronTexaco.
Bureau Director Scott Tinker recently gave
a Keynote address to a ChevronTexaco
in-house geology forum. Two hundred and fifty ChevronTexaco
folks attended Scott's presentation, titled "A
Decade of 3-D Modeling and a Brief Glimpse at the
Scientist Dr. Hongliu Zeng presented "Neural
Networks and Seismic Reservoir Characterization"
at Friday's seminar on November 8, in the Bureau's Main Conference
Administrative Assistant Katrina Wells has
been providing support for 2nd floor researchers since November
5. She recently graduated from UT with a B.S. Degree in Sport
Management and a minor in business. 11/22/02
BEG hosted the monthly Austin Geological
Society meeting on Monday, November 4. Media Technologies
Program Manager Scott Rodgers and Programmer
John Andrews presented a talk on virtual
reality titled "Virtual Imaging
as an Integrated Tool in Earth Science Research"
to a group of 30 souls who braved the weather and the roads.
Associate and Texas Public Information Geologist Sigrid
Clift, together with GLF Manager Daniel Ortuño,
are currently featured in the November 4th issue of UT's new
electronic newsletter, @Texas.
Their article, "University Logs
Hold Key to Oil and Gas Production in Texas,"
highlights the Bureau's Geophysical Log Facility. Click
here to see the article. 11/05/02
(Left to right)
Jerry Bellian with
Rami Kamal and
Aus Al Tawil of Saudi Aramco.
Bureau scientists Jerry Bellian and Dr.
Charlie Kerans spent several days in November collecting
high-resolution laser data along the Tuwaiq Escarpment near
Riyad, Saudi Arabia. Data will be used to help construct 3-D
analog models of this world-class outcrop. The Tuwaiq Escarpment,
part of which is shown at the top, is approximately 600 m
high and includes a complete Middle Jurassic section.
In conjunction with the 2002 GCAGS
Convention, the Bureau hosted seventeen geologists
from the AMGP, on a field trip to well-known turbidite exposures
of the Brushy Canyon Formation in West Texas. This trip was
generously sponsored by ChevronTexaco,
with coordination by Anselmo Jacobo of the
BEG and Carl Atallah of ChevronTexaco. Dave
Jennette led the field excursion with assistance
from Eric Potter, Luis Barreda,
Bill Ambrose, and Khaled Fouad.