Research Scientist Lesli J. Wood won the 2004 Best Presentation Award from the International Division of the Houston Geological Society for her December 2004 presentation titled "Quantitative Seismic Geomorphology of Clastic Reservoirs and Systems" [Abstract]. Lesli is the Principal Investigator of the Quantitative Seismic Geomorphology Research Group. 3/29/05
On March 23, about 28 people attended a Bureau-sponsored field workshop on infiltration field assessment in the recharge zone of the Edwards aquifer. Adrien Lindley and Susan Hovorka's TCEQ-funded research was looked at. It dealt with infiltration of
small, soil-floored sinkholes using a large-diameter-ring infiltrometer. Results were compared with those of Nico Hauwert (City of Austin Watershed Protection Department), who researched water balance in karst closed basins. The trip was organized by Steve Walden and attended by staffers from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and City of Austin Watershed Protection Lands hosted the site visits. 3/29/05
Red Point Beach, NW Highlands, Scotland.
During the summer of 2005, the Jackson School of Geosciences is sponsoring an experimental field workshop in Scotland through its seed grant program. The goal of the workshop is to promote discussion of current research in Earth Sciences among School faculty and research staff and to attract outstanding graduate students to Austin. For
more information visit the Website or contact Steve Laubach, Bureau Senior Research Scientist. 3/29/05
The Bureau's own Dr. Stephen Ruppel, Senior Research Scientist, was the featured speaker for the Friday, April 1, seminar. Steve spoke on �Surprising Lessons from Multidisciplinary Characterization of a Permian Carbonate Platform Reservoir.� [Abstract] The seminar was held at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. No fooling. 3/28/05
On Friday, March 25th, the Bureau hosted Dr. John Holbrook, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Texas at Arlington, at its Friday seminar.
Dr. Holbrook spoke on �Base-Level Buffers and Buttresses: a Model for Upstream versus Downstream Control on Preservation of Fluvial Geometry and Architecture within Sequences.� The Friday seminars are held at 8:30 in the Bureau's Main Conference Room. 3/22/05
The Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) held its annual meeting in Washington D.C. on March 14, 2005. The PTTC program, partly funded by DOE Fossil Fuels, provides technology transfer opportunities to small U.S. Independents that produce oil and natural gas. The President's
Members of the PTTC Texas Region visit with Congressman John Carter. From left to right are Allen Gilmer, Allan Frizzell, Robert Lestz, Gene Ames, Congressman Carter, and Sigrid Clift.
FY �06 budget proposes terminating the DOE oil and natural gas technology program. The Texas Region of the PTTC, managed by the Bureau of Economic Geology, was represented by Allen Gilmer, Gene Ames, and Sigrid Clift, who visited members of Congress to provide information about the Independents' role in managing domestic oil and gas supply. They also discussed the significant impact that research and development of technology have on reducing costs and increasing domestic production. 3/15/05
Dr. Charles Jackson from the UT Institute for Geophysics was the Bureau’s Friday seminar speaker at 8:30 a.m. on March 18. The title of his presentation was “Climate Physics and the Problem of Abrupt Climate Change.” 3/16/05
Susan Hovorka spent February 28 through March 10 in Australia on behalf of the Bureau's CO2 sequestration program, beginning her tour as invited presenter at the Geosequestration Conference in Melbourne. The conference was attended by representatives of coal and electricity companies, state governments and the commonwealth, and international participants from UK and Canada. Sue spent the rest of her visit
(L to R) Bureau researchers Charlie Kerans and Bob Loucks.
Charlie Kerans and Bob Loucks are taking part in a cooperative project with Saudi Aramco to better understand the stratigraphic framework and reservoir architecture of the world's largest oil field, Ghawar. The project is being directed out of the Southern Fields Characterization Division of
Saudi Aramco and involves carbonate experts both within Aramco and from the Bureau, Virginia Polytechnical Institute, and the New York State Museum. The project will rely heavily on the extensive core database but will also work to integrate seismic, log, and related petrophysical data. 3/15/05
Chris Scholz, professor of rock mechanics at Columbia University and Lecturer for the UT Department of Geological Sciences Oualline Lectureship in Geological Sciences, lectured in Austin March 7�11. Part of that time, he visited with members of the Fracture Research and Application Consortium (FRAC) on campus and at the Bureau. Because of the many parallels between FRAC's fracture modeling and quantification and Dr. Scholz' work, it was a stimulating visit. 3/15/05
(L to R) Steve Laubach, Randy Marrett, Chris Scholz, Leonel Gomez, Julia Gale, and Meghan Ward review FRAC research results.
The Witte Museum in San Antonio held a grand opening on March 3 for its newest exhibit, titled "World of Water at the Witte." A cornerstone of the exhibit is a 3-D simulation of a journey through an underground aquifer created by BEG researchers Sue Hovorka, John Andrews, Jim Jennings,
Jerry Bellian, and consultant Reuben Reyes. The exhibit runs from March 5 through September 5, 2005. 3/11/05
Researchers Lesli Wood and Paul Mann (UTIG) recently led a field trip for Deep Marine Depositional Margins Research Group members to the shelf-edge delta deposits of the Mayaro Formation in eastern onshore Trinidad. These deposits produce enormous oil and gas reserves just a few tens of kilometers offshore in the Columbus Basin of Trinidad.
Researchers and company representatives from the Deep Marine Depositional Margins Consortium examine shelf-edge deltaic deposits of the Mayaro Formation, east coast of Trinidad, West Indies.
Members also toured the older Tertiary reservoir equivalents that outcrop inland, reviewed the structural framework of the region, and studied coarse-grained clastic turbidites of the Scotland Formation on the island of Barbados. 3/11/05
Alan Brown talks to students about reducing CO2 in the atmosphere.
Researchers Alan Brown and Sue Hovorka were among guest presenters at the annual BP CO2 Fest, February 21 and 22 in Houston. The event is designed to update BP staff and others on BP's companywide efforts to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere. Alan and
Papers presented by Bureau researchers Sergey Fomel and Paul Sava at the 2004 SEG Annual Meeting in Denver in October were judged by fellow SEG members to be among the top 20 best papers presented at the convention. They were chosen out of the more than 750 abstracts submitted for the
(L to R) Bureau researchers Sergey Fomel and Paul Sava.
meeting. Sergey's paper is titled "Theory of 3-D Angle Gathers in Wave-Equation Imaging" and Paul's paper, coauthored by Sergey, is titled "Wavefield Extrapolation in Riemannian Coordinates."
Sergey and Paul also recently presented Distinguished Heiland Lectures at the Colorado School of Mines. Sergey's presentation, titled "Local Slope as a Universal Seismic Attribute," was presented on February 24. Paul's presentation on January 27 was titled "Wave Equation Migration Velocity Analysis." 3/9/05
On March 8, nearly 200 people attended Director Scott Tinker's presentation to the North Texas Energy Council 17th Annual Symposium at Southern Methodist University. Scott spoke on "Unconventional Resources to Play Vital Supply Role as World Transitions to Gas." 3/9/05
John M. Sharp, Professor and Chevron Centennial Professor in Geology in UT's Department of Geological Sciences, spoke at the BEG Friday Seminar. Jack's talk was titled "Effect of Fracture Skins on Solute Transport." As always, Friday's seminar was held in the Main Conference Room at 8:30 a.m. 3/8/05
Kitty Milliken, Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Geological Sciences, has been invited to give a AAPG Distinguished Lecture tour in 2005�2006. Kitty is co-principal investigator of the Jackson School of Geosciences research initiative Fracture Opening Processes: Chemical/Mechanical Evolution of Fracture Systems, in collaboration with Steve Laubach, Randy Marrett, Jon Olson, and
On Friday, March 4, at 8:30 a.m., Cliff Frohlich, Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Geophysics, spoke at the BEG weekly seminar. The provocative title of his talk was "What Mother Never Told Me about Deep Earthquakes and the History of Science." 3/2/05