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February, 2007


BEG Civil Engineer Andrew Tachovsky will present "Reconnaissance Study of Groundwater Recharge in the Texas Panhandle" as the invited speaker at this Friday's Bureau Seminar. The talk will review a reconnaissance study of groundwater recharge in different land use settings in the Texas Panhandle, including natural rangeland, dryland agriculture, and irrigated agriculture. The Seminar will begin at 8:30a in the Bureau's Main Conference Room. [abstract] 02/14/07

Bureau Research Scientist Mike Hudec recently completed his second two-week tour as a 2006-07 AAPG Distinguished Lecturer. During the tours, Mike made presentations to the Asociación Mexicana de Geólogos Petroleros A.C. (Delegación Poza Rica), New Mexico State University, The University of Texas – El Paso, Montana State University, the Montana Geological Society (Billings), University of

Wyoming, Dalhousie University, Bowling Green State University, Ohio State University, Northern Illinois University, Indiana University, University of Missouri – Rolla, University of Kentucky, and Florida International University. Mike’s two talks were entitled “Advance mechanisms of allochthonous salt sheets: implications for predicting subsalt pore pressure” and “Evolution of suprasalt minibasins in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.” 02/13/07

Jim Jennings, a reservoir engineer with the Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory (RCRL), delivered a 3-day industry short course on Carbonate Reservoir Modeling to Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) in Muscat, Oman, January 21-23.  The course was attended by 25 geoscientists and engineers from PDO and covered permeability models, spatial statistics, scaleup, and model construction methods.  PDO has been a

contributing member of the RCRL for over 10 years and this is the third short course that Jennings has presented in Muscat, Oman. 02/12/07

Senior Research Scientist Stephen Laubach will present "New Approaches to Structural Complexity in Structurally Simple Fractured Reservoirs and Reservoir Analogs" to the Fort Smith Geological Society as the guest speaker at the FSGS meeting Tuesday, February 13th.  Dr. Laubach is a structural geologist specializing in fracture analysis, and is the author of numerous publications pertaining to fracture analysis. 02/09/07

Thurs, Feb. 8, 2:00p, in the BEG Main Conference Room: Dennis Newell, postdoc candidate for FRAC. "Geochemistry of mineral springs of the Mount Everest region; a window into three structural levels of the lithosphere beneath the Tibetan Plateau" examines geochemical tracers in mineral spring waters and gases of the Tibetan Plateau that provide insights into present-day tectonic processes within the Himalayan-Tibetan orogen. [abstract]
Friday, Feb. 9, 10:30a, in the BEG Main Conference Room: David Connolly and Geert De Bruin, dGB - USA. "3D Sequence Stratigraphy Interpretation System" looks at dGB’s new Sequence Stratigraphic Interpretation System (SSIS). [abstract]

Chad Weisenburger, graduate research assistant with the Quantitative Clastics Laboratory and masters candidate at the Jackson School of Geosciences, received a 2007 Chevron Fellowship. The $5000 award will be used to continue his research in salt tectonics and evolution of the northwestern Moroccan margin. Chad is using an extensive 3D seismic data set belonging to the Moroccan Government and provided to the

Bureau through a research partnership with Vanco Energy in Houston. Additional information on Chad's research can be found at Quantitative Clastics Laboratory Morocco. 02/06/07

Bureau Geological Engineer J.P. Nicot will present this Friday's technical seminar. Titled "Ground Water Use in the Gas-Producing Barnett Shale Area: How Much Water Is Truly Used by Industry?" the talk will examine a recent study assessing future groundwater use by industry in the Barnett Shale area, including geologic risk, technological, and operational factors. The seminar will begin at 8:30am in the BEG Main Conference Room. [abstract] 20/06/07

Christopher Zahm joins the Bureau to work with the Carbonate Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory (RCRL).  His work will include characterizing fracture and other discrete features in analog systems and working to understand how these features influence fluid flow in the subsurface. Zahm received his Ph.D. in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines and returns to the University of Texas, where he received his Masters degree. Welcome, Chris! 02/05/07

Bureau Director Scott Tinker spoke to public groups in Helena, Montana this week, then met with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (left) in his Capital office to discuss energy issues. The talks were part of a program sponsored by the Helena Education Foundation to advance public discourse on future energy choices. Tinker delivered “The Future of Global Energy: An Energy,

Economy, Environment Waltz” to more than 200, then participated in a two-hour talk and QA session titled “Global Energy: Myths and Misconceptions” with more than 140 attendees. 02/01/07

 
   

 

 
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