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May 2004
  A grand opening of the Houston Research Center (HRC) was held on Friday, June 4, 2004, at the facility located at 11611 West Little York Road, Houston, Texas. The event was grand, with 200+ attendees and an impressive list of speakers. Click here for details. 05/27/04
 

UT Ph.D. aspirant Lorena Moscardelli discusses results of some of her research in deep-marine Mass Transport Complex development to a standing-room-only AAPG crowd. Lorena’s co-presenter from Landmark illustrates the latest edition of GeoProbe, which supported Lorena’s research.

Members of the Depositional Margins Industrial Alliance (Click here for web page) presented some of their research results at an invited forum hosted by Landmark Graphics at the recent 2004 AAPG Annual Meeting. Graduate students and researchers at BEG use the latest in Landmark interpretation and visualization software for their research through a University Grant from Landmark, Inc. 05/28/04

BEG Research Scientist Sergey Fomel has received Honorable Mention, Best Paper Award in Geophysics, from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Sergey’s paper, coauthored with Paul Sava, is titled “Angle-Domain Common- Image Gathers by Wavefield Continuation Methods.” 05/27/04  

  During May, Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory geologists visited the Pecos River Canyon area to collect data for 3-D modeling of carbonate reservoir analog facies. Geologists Jerry Bellian, Xavier Janson, Charles Kerans, Ned Frost, and Matt Davis
collected approximately 1 billion data points so that they could accurately model the geometry of the sequences and bedding architecture of the system. In this photo, Xavier Janson operates the laser scanning system at Painted Canyon on the Pecos River. 05/19/04
The Bureau is proud to announce the promotion of F. Jerry Lucia to Senior Research Scientist—a position equivalent to Full Professor in the University. Jerry is well known throughout the geologic and petroleum engineering communities for his pioneering work in carbonate and evaporite sedimentology and diagenesis and in carbonate reservoir characterization. Two of his publications  
(1994 and 1995) on carbonate reservoir characterization research were awarded the prestigious Wallace E. Pratt Award presented by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He co-authored a landmark paper in Science (1994) on marine dolomites and has published an internationally recognized book on carbonate reservoir characterization. His early work at Shell concentrated on fundamental principles of carbonate and evaporite deposition and diagenesis. Jerry has also long been recognized for a number of geologic principles that are now common knowledge—seepage reflux dolomitization, reduction of porosity by dolomitization, relationship of facies to diagenesis and reservoir quality, and large-scale collapsed paleokarst reservoir systems. 05/17/04
  Research Scientist Dr. Lesli Wood recently traveled to Trinidad and Tobago, where, among other things, she presented a talk titled “Deep Marine Morphology and Processes of the Trinidad Continental Margin” to the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago. Lesli has been a society member for 8 years. [Abstract] 05/17/04
Sandia Technologies, field service provider to the Gulf Coast Carbon Center’s Frio Brine Pilot Experiment (click here for project description), recently completed a workover on the monitoring well owned by Texas American Resources. This     
experiment involves injecting a small volume of carbon dioxide (CO2) into a well-known volume of the subsurface of South Liberty oil field and then closely monitoring the well to calculate rates of leakage. Remediation of existing wells is one of the key unknowns in the plan to reduce atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide by reinjecting the CO2 into oil reservoirs in decline in order to enhance production. 05/17/04
  Tarek A. Elshayeb, a Ph.D. candidate in the UT Department of Geological Sciences, recently received the Technical Session Best Speaker award from the Department for his talk titled Integrated Reservoir Characterization, 3D-Diagenetic Modeling and Reservoir Assessment and Prediction of the Cotton Valley Sandstones, East Texas.” This award is made in recognition
of superior presentation by a Ph.D. candidate. Tarek is shown here with his primary advisor, Dr. Earle F. McBride.05/07/04
Jenny Turner, a member of BEG’s Administrative Staff in Human Resources, will be awarded one of 30 Staff Excellence and Outstanding Supervisor Awards at the 43rd Annual Staff Recognition Program and President’s Reception today at the Frank C. Erwin, Jr., Special Events Center. The Staff Recognition Program and President's Reception recognizes nonteaching UT Austin  

employees who have made outstanding contributions to the continuing success of the University.

Annual UT Staff Service Awards will also be presented at the 43rd Annual Staff Recognition Program and President’s Reception. The Service Award Program recognizes the importance of contributions of loyal and committed staff toward the betterment of the University. Bureau employees receiving awards this year (years of service in parentheses) are Bill White (30), Jean Abernathy (25), Glynis Morse (25), Jay Raney (20), Sigrid Clift (15), Sharon Bierschenk (10), Roberto Gutierrez (10), Bob Loucks (10), and Lisa Remington (10). 05/05/04

  On Tuesday, May 11, 2004, a special Bureau seminar featured William L. Abriel, a geophysicist at Chevron-Texaco USA, San
Ramon, California. Mr. Abriel presented “Earth Model Complexity and Risk Description in Resource Exploration and Development” as part of his SEG Distinguished Lecture tour. His biography and abstract are posted on the SEG Website. Click here for more information. 05/05/04

   

 

 
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