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December 2004

More than 60 people from 40 companies attended 2 meetings--one in Midland on November 30 and one in Houston on December 7 —to learn about a new BEG program that will create an integrated depositional and stratigraphic synthesis of the Permian Basin. This synthesis will result in an integrated database of geological, geophysical, and petrophysical information that will provide fundamental information for guiding future exploration and development of the remaining hydrocarbon resources in the Permian Basin. Partial funding for the

 


Steve Ruppel (center, in sweater) discusses aspects of the Permian Basin study with members of the petroleum industry. PTTC Texas Region is providing logistical support for the project.

program has been provided by the Department of Energy, and BEG is soliciting involvement of industry groups who want to participate in the program. For more information, contact project manager Steve Ruppel by clicking here. 12/16/04
  Pinnacle Technologies, Inc., recently conducted a study for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on hydraulic fracturing of deep gas wells. In the study, workers assessed current and projected U.S. deep-gas-drilling activity; reviewed rock mechanics and fracture

growth in deep, high-pressure/temperature wells; and studied a few wells in selected areas.

On December 8, more than 80 professionals from industry attended a PTTC Texas Region workshop at the Houston Research Center. The workshop covered results of the Pinnacle study, including case histories that reviewed fracture design, execution, and evaluation.

For more information about this program, and to contact Pinnacle project manager Steve Wolhart click here. 12/14/04

Bureau Research Scientist Jeff Paine was quoted in the December 3 issue of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in an article titled “Helicopter to be Used in Salt Test: Petronila Creek Shown to Have High Level of Salt. You can read the article in PDF format by clicking here. 12/13/04  
  The 2004 Third Place Gordan I. Atwater Best Poster Award was given to Bureau scientists Frank Brown, Bob Loucks, and Ramón Treviño for their presentation “Isochronous Correlation of Sandstone Facies within and between
Growth-Faulted Frio Intraslope Sub-Basins: Common Correlation Pitfalls. The poster was presented at the GCAGS meeting held October 10–12, 2004, in San Antonio. 12/13/04
The subject of Friday’s seminar was “Integrating Ground-Penetrating Radar in Seismic Modeling and Interpretation. Lars Nielsen, Adjunct Professor of the Geological Institute, University of Copenhagen, was the presenter. 12/09/04  
  Director Scott W. Tinker was an invited speaker at the 2nd Annual Enhanced Oil Recovery Carbon Management Workshop in Midland on December 7. He spoke on “The Converging Forces: The Size of the Prize.12/07/04

On Thursday, December 2, 2004, 5th grade students from Saint Andrews School in Austin visited BEG for a classroom tour. Students, teachers, and parents were treated to hands-on activities and presentations by researchers Ramón Treviño, Ursula Hammes, John Andrews, and Sue Hovorka. Amanda Masterson, Claudia Gerardo, and Tatiana Fomel served as tour guides. 12/06/04

 


Ramón Treviño presented the hands-on activity Aquifer in a Tank to the students, which teaches them about groundwater processes.

  The featured speaker at Friday’s seminar was BEG’s own Charlie Kerans, who presented “3D Modeling of Carbonate Ramp Systems: Permian and Cretaceous Examples. [Abstract] 12/02/04

   

 

 
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