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October 2005

Bureau Director Scott Tinker was the invited keynote luncheon speaker for two large meetings last week. On October 25, Scott presented “Independents Must Think Unconventionally”  [Abstract] [ppt] to 500+ attendees of the Independent Petroleum Association of America's monthly luncheon in Houston. On October 27, Scott presented “Beyond EOR, the West Texas

Scott Tinker

Energy Future [Abstract] at the West Texas Geological Society Fall Symposium in Midland. 10/31/05

On October 20 and 21, the Applied Geodynamics Laboratory held its 18th annual review meeting for companies sponsoring the consortium. A record 114 visitors registered to hear 19 new technical presentations by the AGL team on the diverse topics of salt tectonics. Guests Joe Cartwright and Peter Cobbold were featured speakers. The meeting concluded with an optional tour of the physical modeling lab, where a model is under way. 10/26/05

The Bureau proudly presented JSG Distinguished Visiting Scientist from Cardiff University, Professor Joe Cartwright, as its seminar speaker for Friday, October 28. The topic: “The Kinematics of Giant Submarine Landslides: Quickstep or Waltz?[Abstract] The talk was given at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. 10/25/05

Joe Cartwright

Bob Loucks

On October 19, Bob Loucks was the invited speaker at the Corpus Christi Geological Society and Coastal Bend Geophysical Society Luncheon meeting held in Corpus Christi. Bob presented “Revisiting the Importance of Secondary Dissolution Pores in Tertiary Sandstones along the Texas Gulf Coast.” 10/21/05

L. Frank Brown was a presenter at the October 18 SIPES symposium in Dallas, which was titled “New Technology Enabling New Plays.” Frank spoke on �Sequence Stratigraphy of Upper Pennsylvanian and Lower Permian Strata on the Eastern Shelf and Margin of the West Texas Basin: New Seismic Technology and New Stratigraphic Concepts Merged to Provide New Insight into Prospecting for

L. Frank Brown

Subtle Plays.” His presentation was based on long-term surface and subsurface studies completed and published at the Bureau. Click here for details about the symposium. 10/21/05

Steve Ruppel, Jim Jennings, and Jerry Lucia represented the Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory at the Chevron Subsurface Characterization Forum held at The Woodlands, Texas, October 12 and 13. Steve

presented a poster titled “Reservoir Modeling of Carbonate Facies and Rock-Fabrics, Fullerton Field, Permian Basin.” Jim's poster presentation was titled “Fluid Flow in a Touching-Vug Cretaceous Carbonate Outcrop — Measurements and Models from Millimeters to Kilometers.” Jerry gave an oral presentation titled “Carbonate Rock Fabrics: the 'Petro' Part of Carbonate Petrophysics.10/19/05

Unfortunately Kitty Milliken, the scheduled Friday seminar speaker, was indisposed and had to cancel her Friday talk. We hope she will be available at a later date. Seay Nance, who was scheduled a few weeks hence, kindly offered to step in on short notice. Seay spoke on “Interaction between Surface Water and Groundwater along the Upper Colorado River, West Texas.” Time and place were unchanged:

Seay Nance

8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. 10/20/05

Tom Markowski

Tom Markowski, who works part time in the Geophysical Log Facility scanning logs and updating the well-log database, received the Austin Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities Employee of the Year Award, which is presented to an Austin citizen having a disability whose employment attests to the strengths and talents such employees contribute to the

economic life of the community and whose selection would encourage employment of others who have disabilities. 10/11/05

Friday's seminar (October 14) featured Bureau Research Scientist Sergey Fomel, who spoke on �Estimating Structural Uncertainty in Seismic Images. [Abstract] The seminar was held in the Main Conference Room at 8:30 a.m. 10/12/05

Sergey Fomel
Bob Loucks

As part of the Texas A&M ConocoPhillips Lecture Series on October 6, Senior Research Scientist Bob Loucks was invited to give two presentations. Bob's presentations were titled “A Multiple Origin Approach to Understanding the Development of Breccias and Fractures in Ordovician Carbonate Reservoirs” and “Understanding the Origin and Sequence

Stratigraphy of Growth-Faulted, Intraslope Subbasins: Examples from the South Texas Oligocene Frio Formation.10/11/05

Graduate student and Bureau Research Assistant, Kira Diaz Tushman, was the speaker for the Friday, October 7 seminar. Kira spoke on “Expanding the Tectonic History of the Highlands: a Strain Study Utilizing Fractures from Cambrian Eriboll Group Sandstones.[Abstract] The seminar was held at 8:30 in the Main Conference Room. 10/5/05

Kira Tushman

As Hurricane Rita approached the Texas coast last week, the Coastal Studies Group (CSG) received and fulfilled requests for its lidar data of vulnerable areas along the upper coast. These

data were acquired during the last several years by the Bureau as part of ongoing research in environmental mapping, beach erosion, and the effects of severe storms. The data provide highly detailed and accurate models of coastal topography and can be used to show which areas will flood or be washed over by a storm surge. The data can also be used to assess damage after a storm. Organizations requesting and receiving data included FEMA, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Texas Natural Resource Information System, and Louisiana State University.

Data on potential storm-surge penetration were also viewed and downloaded from CSG's Texas Coastal Hazards Atlas Website. 10/03/05

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