John Weber, from the Department of Geology at Grand
Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, presented
"Trinidad Neotectonics from Geodesy,
Geology, Geomorphology, and Paleoseismology" in
the Bureau's main conference room on Tuesday, December 17.
John's specialty is neotectonics in Central Europe and the
southern Caribbean. He has been collaborating with the Ministry
of Energy in Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Associate Roberto Gutiérrez was a
contributor for the "Symposium
on Terrain Analysis for Water Resources Applications"
held December 1618, 2002 at the UT Commons Center. Roberto
presented "Lidar Technology Update,"
moderated a session titled "Lidar
Application Track," and taught a short course
titled "Introduction to Geodesy
and GPS for LIDAR Applications." 12/18/02
Sponsors & organizers for 2002 CO2 Conference
in Midland are, from left to right:
Bob Kiker, Program Manager PTTC Texas Region; Martha Cather,
PTTC Southwest Region; Steve Melzer, Conference Director; Sigrid
Clift, PTTC Texas Region; and
Lance Cole, PTTC National Headquarters.
The UTPB Center for Energy and Economic
Diversification (CEED) was a packed house on December
10 and 11, 2002. There approximately 260 people from the U.S.,
Canada, and Scandinavia attended the 8th
Annual CO2 Conference in Midland. Themes
included a short course on wellbore management in CO2
floods, CO2 operations, the new SPE CO2
flooding monograph, and CO2 flood case histories.
Dale Simbeck of SFA
Pacific, Inc., gave the luncheon presentation titled
"CO2 Capture and Storage:
The Essential Bridge to the Hydrogen Economy."
Sponsors of the event included ExxonMobil
Gas Marketing, Kinder Morgan
CO2 Company, Nicholas
Consulting Group, PTTC Southwest
and Texas Regions, Russell K.
Hall and Associates, Permian
Basin SPE, and Trinity CO2
LLC. Steve Melzer of Melzer
Consulting and UTPB/CEED was the Conference Director.
Research Fellow F. Jerry Lucia and Research
Associate Julia F. Gale recently traveled
to London to present papers at a workshop titled "The
Geometry and Petrogenesis of Dolomite Hydrocarbon Reservoirs"
that was held December 34, 2002, at Burlington House-Piccadilly.
Jerry presented "Origin and Petrophysics
of Dolostone Pore Space" [Abstract].
Julia's presentation was titled "Predicting
and Characterizing Fractures in Dolomite Reservoir: Using
the Link Between Diagenesis and Fracturing" [Abstract].
December 15, 2002, Bureau scientists Tiffany
L. Hepner and Rebecca C. Smyth,
together with Texas Aircraft Pooling
Board pilot Randy Smedley, flew a
Lidar mission and completed preliminary processing to check
aerial coverage on the southwestern coast of California. They
mapped 80 km of coastline from Point La Jolla to Dana Point
while dodging military aircraft, commercial airliners, and
private planes. Their work, funded by the Scripps
Institute of Oceanography, is part of an ongoing Southern
California Beach Process Study. [Photos]
Bureau's weekly seminar was held on Friday, December 6, at
8:30 a.m., in the Main Conference Room. Bureau scientist Jerome
A. Bellian presented, "Laser
Intensity Mapping of Outcrop Geology: Over 1 Billion Surveyed,"
which was a discussion of the Bureau's Lidar and ILRIS 3-D
Austin Geological Society had
its monthly meeting on Monday, December 2, 2002, 7:00 to 8:00
PM, at the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) campus, Board
Room, 1st Floor Hancock Building. The speaker was Dr.
Richard Ketcham, Research Scientist, Jackson School
of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin. He presented
"Geology in 3D: Inspection, Visualization,
and Quantification Using High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography
The Bureau welcomes
two new researchers to its growing staff.
Janson, a carbonate researcher with a Ph.D. from
the University of Miami (2002),
will join the RCRL team. Xavier received his M.S. degree from
the Institut Français du Pétrole
(IFP school, 1997) and his B.S. Degree from Joseph
Fourier University in Grenoble.
Florence Bonnaffé has a M.A. in Applied
Geophysics from Pierre et Marie Curie
University in Paris, and a B.A. in geology from Grenoble
University. Her expertise will be applied to several
ongoing Bureau research projects. 12/04/02
Research Scientist Bridget Scanlon gave a
Keynote address at the National Ground
Water Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas in December
2002. The title of her talk was "Current
and Innovative Approaches for Quantifying Recharge at the
Watershed Scale." [PowerPoint]
conducted by Senior Research Scientist Shirley Dutton
is the featured cover story on the December issue of the AAPG
Bulletin. The title of her paper, coauthored by Christopher
D. White, Brian J. Willis, and Djuro
Novakovic, is "Calcite
Cement Distribution and Its Effect on Fluid Flow in a Deltaic
Sandstone, Frontier Formation, Wyoming, USA."
The Bureau congratulates Shirley on this prestigious showcase
of her research. [Abstract]
coastal geologist Jim Gibeaut spent 6 weeks
in November and December 2002 along the shoreline of the Eastern
Province of Saudi Arabia from Al-Jubal to the Kuwait border
in the Persian Gulf as part of a multidisciplinary team assessing
the ecological damage and residual oil from the 1991 Gulf
War. Information from this detailed and large-scale study
will help determine damages to be assessed against Iraq by
the United Nations Compensation Commission.
It will also provide data for determining how to mitigate
this environmental disaster. 01/06/03