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April 2003

Senior Research Scientist Bridget Scanlon presented "Defining the Need for Augmented Recharge-Techniques for Quantifying Recharge" on April 30, 2003, to participants at the Artificial Recharge in California-Technical and Policy Challenges Workshop in San Jose, California. The workshop, presented by the Groundwater Resources Association of California, is a joint venture of the U.S. Geological Survey and the California Department of Water Resources. [PowerPoint Presentation] 04/29/03

EGL consortium members review recent industry findings with Bureau researcher Bob Hardage.

The Bureau's Exploration Geophysics Laboratory (EGL) industrial associate program held its annual review for members of the consortium on Tuesday, April 29. The agenda included presentations by EGL researchers Bob Hardage, Paul Murray, and Sergey Fomel. For more information about the EGL, visit its Website. 04/29/03


The late John A. Jackson proudly displays commemorative shovel from groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Geological Sciences Building.

On April 25, 2003, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Geology Foundation and celebrate the completion of the expanded geology building, The University of Texas John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences presented a special symposium: "Priorities in the Geosciences." This event marked the Dedication of the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Geological Sciences Building. The symposium took place in the Don R. Boyd Auditorium located in the new building. Click here for more information including a list of speakers. 04/17/03


Bureau Director Scott Tinker presents a copy of the Bureau's Lidar poster of Austin, Texas to departing BEG Advisory Committee member Mark Leonard. Mark is Director of Shell Deepwater Services.

The Advisory Committee to the Bureau of Economic Geology held their semiannual meeting at Bureau headquarters on Thursday, April 24, 2003. They were treated to a day of presentations by Bureau researchers, including Bob Hardage and David Jennette. Attending members included Russell Slayback, Chairman; Thomas Barrow, L. Decker Dawson, James Farnsworth, William Gipson, and Mark Leonard. [Other pictures] 04/25/03

Scott Tinker, wearing the dark suit, sitting at the middle at the table.

Director Scott Tinker chaired a National Research Council open session workshop titled "U.S. Natural Gas Supply and Demand Projections" in Washington D.C. on April 21, 2003. The workshop, sponsored by DOE Fossil, U.S. Mineral Management Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey, was attended by 80 representatives from a broad spectrum of Federal agencies, congressional staff, and the private sector. An NRC report will be published in August. 04/24/03

Former UT Professor and Bureau scientist Dr. Gus K. Eifler Jr., passed away April 18, 2003, in Austin, Texas. He was born in Taylor, Texas, on February 14, 1908. Gus worked at the Bureau from 1972 to 1973, and contributed extensively to the Geologic Atlas of Texas. [Obituary] 04/22/03

The Bureau has added two new researchers to the staff at the Houston Research Center (HRC); geologists Beverly DeJarnett (left) and Laura Zahm (right). Bev and Laura will curate, develop programs, and provide geological services and support to clients at the Houston facility. 04/15/03

On April 12, 2003, Bureau researchers Charlie Kerans,
Jerry Lucia
, and Bob Loucks led a fieldtrip for 55 attendees of the one-day GCSSEPM/South Texas Geological Society conference. The destination of the fieldtrip was the Red Bluff Creek area to examine Lower Glen Rose rudist reef complexes and associated facies. The guidebook for this fieldtrip is titled "Cretaceous Buildups and Paleokarst Systems, Lake Medina Area, South Texas." Tom Fett of Medina Lake organized the trip and Tom and his wife Kris hosted a lunch at their house where the group photo was taken. [Conference abstracts]. 04/14/03

Several Bureau researchers presented papers at the 2003 South Texas Geological Society/GCSSEPM Research Conference in San Antonio, Texas on April 11, 2003. L. Frank Brown, Jr., Robert Loucks, and Ramón Treviño are coauthors of "Revisiting Mature Fields with Modern Technology and Geologic Concepts: Examples from the Frio of South Texas." [Abstract]. Robert Loucks and Charlie Kerans are coauthors of "Description of a Lower Cretaceous Glen Rose 'Patch Reef' in the Prime Operating Company #1-84 La Paloma Well from the Chittim West Field, Maverick County, Texas." [Abstract]. Charlie Kerans and Robert Loucks are coauthors of "Evolution of Late Aptian/Albian Carbonate Platforms of the Northwest Gulf of Mexico." [Abstract]. A CD-ROM with conference presentations can be purchased through the office of Publication Sales. Click here for details. 04/07/03

Jerry Bellian records ILRIS image on beach in Southern California.

Bureau stratigraphers Dave Jennette and Jerry Bellian took a group of deepwater explorationists from Kerr-McGee on a field trip to the coastal exposures of southern California April 10–16 . The group examined lithofacies and architecture of channelized slope reservoirs from the Capistrano and Ardath/Scripps Formations. This excursion was the first clastics fieldtrip that combined the BEG's lidar technology with conventional field trip experiences. 04/10/03



(top) Color photograph and (bottom) ILRIS image of deepwater canyon complex at
Black's Beach, Torrey Pines State Park, California.

Dr. David Allen of the UT Department of Chemical Engineering, and Center for Energy and Environmental Resources was the speaker at the week's Technical Seminar on April 11. The title of his presentation was "The Texas Air Quality Study: State of the Science of air quality in Texas and implications for air quality policy." [Abstract] 04/07/03

Austin Geological Society Luncheon Meeting—Monday, April 7, 2003, 12:00 at the County Line on the Lake (RM 2222 East of Loop 360). AGS tried a change in format on a trial basis. In order to get everyone's attention, the meal cost $5 for all-you-can-eat Bar-B-Que. Call Randy Williams at 630-7472. 04/04/03

Research Associate Mark Holtz was in Dallas to present a paper at the 2003 SPE Hydrocarbon Economics and Evaluation Symposium which took place April 6–9, 2003. The title of Mark's presentation was "Integrated Prospect Portfolio Management for 3-D Seismic Volumes Combining Geologic, Engineering, and Economic Risk." [Abstract] 04/02/03

New from the Austin Geological Society: "Time, Land, and Barton Creek—An Excursion to Shield Ranch, Travis and Hays Counties, Texas," an AGS Field Trip Guidebook (AGS GB022) prepared by C. M. Woodruff and Edward W. Collins and others, is now available from the Bureau. [Details] [To Order] 04/14/03

Barton Creek at Shield Ranch.

The Austin Geological Society's Spring Field Trip was Saturday, April 5, 2003. The destination was Shield Ranch southwest of Austin. Click here for more information and pictures. 03/20/03

William Ambrose was the Bureau's weekly seminar speaker on Friday, April 4, 2003. The title of his presentation was "Definition of the Geological Framework of the Neogene in the Southern Laguna Madre-Tuxpan Continental Shelf of Eastern Mexico." [Abstract] 04/02/03

Senior Research Scientist Bob Hardage was the monthly lunch speaker for the Houston chapter of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE) on Wednesday, April 2, 2003. The title of his presentation was "Vertical Profiling and Multicomponent Imaging—Two Important Seismic Technologies in Reservoir Management." [Abstract] 04/02/03

Bureau Researcher Jerome Bellian, a.k.a. Jerry, is featured on the cover of the April 2003 edition of the AAPG Explorer as a lead-in the Explorer's main article titled "Lasers Taking 3-D to Next Level." The article, written by Explorer Correspondent Diane Freeman, is built around a presentation by Bureau Director Scott Tinker at the recent annual
3-D Seismic Symposium
sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists and the Denver Geophysical Society.
[AAPG Explorer] 04/09/03

Vecta Technology L. P. (Vecta) and its subcontractor, the Bureau's Exploration Geophysics Laboratory (EGL), were recently awarded two grants by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to investigate applications of elastic-wavefield seismic technology and shear wave imaging. Vecta is a long- time research partner and sponsor of the EGL. For more information and project descriptions, visit the EGL Website. 04/04/03

   

 

 
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