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March 2004
The Bureau is proud to announce the promotion of Dr. Stephen C. Ruppel to Senior Research Scientist. This promotion is equivalent to Full Professor in the University. Steve has acquired international recognition for his pioneering research on silica-rich depositional systems, and this research, based on years of work on the Devonian chert in the Permian Basin, has produced many of the basic concepts for our understanding of this  
complex system. He is also recognized as an expert in applying radiogenic isotopes to stratigraphy and in carbonate reservoir characterization. He is widely published and has received a variety of awards, including the AAPG’s prestigious Wallace E. Pratt Award for Best Published Paper. Steve is currently Principal Investigator of the Fullerton Field (West Texas) reservoir characterization project. 03/30/04


  Friday's seminar presentation was an update on the Bureau's outreach activities by Sigrid Clift, Sue Hovorka, Rebecca Smyth, and Tiffany Hepner. Sigrid’s “Building Successful K-12 Outreach Programs” is posted here for others
interested in outreach. [Powerpoint] 03/29/04
A large number of Bureau researchers participated at the AAPG Hedberg Research Conference titled “Carbonate Reservoir Characterization and Simulation: From Facies to Flow Units” held in El Paso, Texas, March
15–18. Three keynote presentations were
 

given by Bureau researchers, including the lunch keynote talk by Director Scott Tinker titled “Three Generations of Reservoir Modeling.” Bob Loucks served as a conference convenor and presented “Overview of Paleocave Systems and Associated Suprastratal Deformation.” Click here for a complete list of talks and field trips presented by Bureau researchers. 03/22/04

  The Bureau was well represented at the Texas General Land Office Coastal Issues Conference in Corpus Christi March 10–12. Five Bureau researchers presented data, analysis, and cutting-edge
technology that generated much interest and discussion. Jim Gibeaut presented “Topographic Variations of Barrier Island Wetlands: Implications for Modeling Change During Rising Relative Sea Level.” [Powerpoint] as well as “The Texas Shoreline Change Project: Combining Lidar, Historical Photography, and Ground Surveys to Measure Shoreline Change Rates along Bay and Gulf Shorelines.” [Powerpoint] Tom Tremblay presented “Status and Trends of Wetlands and Aquatic Habitats on Texas Barrier Islands.” [Powerpoint] and Rachel Waldinger presented “Preliminary Analysis of Wetlands Status and Trends on Galveston Island.” [Powerpoint] Tiffany Hepner and John Andrews presented a demonstration titled “3D Virtual Reality Vision of the Texas Coast,” which was shown continuously during the conference. 03/22/04
Bureau Associate Director of Administration Jay Kipper (left) and Director Scott Tinker (right) confer with Abdulhahim Aal-Abdissalaam of Oxy Oman during the Sixth  
Middle East Geosciences Conference in Bahrain. More than 8000 attended the GEO 2004 Conference March 7–10, and the Bureau was present to exhibit the wide range of research completed or ongoing in the region and around the world. 03/17/04
  Long-time researcher and one of the founding members of the Applied Geodynamics Laboratory (AGL), Dan Schultz-Ela, has left the Bureau to return to his roots in western Colorado. His new life will include raising horses, finishing his eco-friendly home, teaching high school science, and—good news for researchers in the AGL— continuing his valuable expertise as a consulting mathematical
modeler now based at “Bureau West. We wish him and Lynea well. 03/12/04
Bureau researchers recently traveled to El Paso, Texas, to attend the Southwest Section AAPG 2004 Meeting that was held March 6–-9. Research Scientist Steve Ruppel presented “Regional Stratigraphy and Reservoir Development in Middle Paleozoic (Silurian and Devonian) Carbonate Successions, West Texas: A Review” [Abstract] [Powerpoint] and co-authored “Carbonate Facies Identification Using  
Borehole Image Logs: An Example from Fullerton Field, Andrews County, Texas” that was presented and coauthored by Shawn Fullmer. [Abstract] 03/11/04

  At 8:30 a.m.on March 12, Bureau Researcher Martin Jackson was the Friday Seminar speaker. The title of his presentation was“A New Mechanism for Advance of Allochthonous Salt Sheets.” The paper is coauthored by Mike Hudec. 03/10/04
Martin Jackson (left) and Mike Hudec (right)
   
Research Professor Frank L. Brown and wife Linda spent the month of February in South Africa, courtesy of Petrosa, the South African national exploration company, and Exxoteq, a marine drilling company headquartered in Calcutta and Dubai. They spent the month working and playing. Click here for details.03/09/04  


  The 6th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition, GEO 2004,
was held at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre March 7–10 in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. Several Bureau researchers attended the conference, including Director Scott Tinker and Associate Director Jay Kipper, who also hosted the Bureau booth.

Senior Research Scientist Charlie Kerans co-presented the Shu'aiba Core Workshop March 10–11. Charlie also coauthored “Integrated Reservoir Modeling of a Complex Carbonate Reservoir, Al Huwaisah Field, North Oman.” [Abstract]. Postdoctoral Fellow Tim Dooley coauthored “4-D Evolution of Fold and Thrust Belts: Comparisons of Analog Models with the Zagros Fold Belt, Iran.” [Abstract]
03/04/04
On February 18 and 19, 2004, UT Department of Geological Sciences Ph.D. candidate Tarek A. Elshayeb and Floyd Bo Henk of Pacheron Group held their second core workshop at the Austin Core Research Center for a limited audience of geologists, geophysists, and reservoir engineers. The workshop, based on Tarek's Ph.D. studies and research, was titled The Tight Gas Sands of the Cotton Valley Formation: A Core  
Workshop Integrating the Sedimentology, Ichnology, and Rock Properties Data for a Comprehensive Understanding of the Depositional Environments, Sequence Stratigraphy, Reservoir Characterization, and Log Interpretation (Low-Resistivity Pay). 03/04/04

   

 

 
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