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October, 2007


On October 29, CEE’s Mariano Gurfinkel gave a summary presentation on the recently completed National Petroleum Council study “Facing the Hard Truths About Energy” to one of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering's graduate seminars. 10/31/07

The Bureau's guest speaker for the Friday, November 2, technical seminar will be John Hooker of BEG's Fracture Research and Application Consortium. John's topic: "Color SEM-CL as a quartz grain provenance indicator." The talk will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. Come early for conversation and donuts. [abstract] 10/31/07

Nearly 100 delegates from 27 member companies attended the Applied Geodynamics Laboratory Annual Meeting October 8–9, 2007. In celebration of AGL's 20th anniversary, the meeting was held in Moab, Utah, on the crest of the Spanish Valley salt wall. Delegates listened to 14 presentations on salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean, Paradox Basin, South Atlantic, and Mars(!), along with another 5 presentations showing physical models of salt structures. In addition to AGL geoscientists Tim Dooley, Mike Hudec, and Martin Jackson, AGL welcomed guest lecturers Frank Peel of BHP and Angie McDonnell from BEG's Deep Shelf Gas Project. Following the meeting, more than 50 attendees stayed on to participate in a 2-day field trip in the Paradox Basin. The trip, led by Mike Hudec, visited the Needles Fault Zone, Upheaval Dome, the Cane Creek salt anticline, and Onion Creek salt dome. Here's to another 20 years for the AGL consortium! 10/29/07

Yet another Bureau winner at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists meeting was Sergey Fomel, who received the award for Best Poster Paper Presented at the 2006 SEG Annual Meeting. The title of Sergey's poster - “Local Seismic Attributes.” Way to go, Sergey! 10/29/07

SEG president Leon Thomsen presents Best Paper in TLE Awards to Milo Backus, Paul Murray, Bob Graebner, and Bob Hardage.

Milo Backus (lead author) and Paul Murray, Bob Graebner, and Bob Hardage (co-authors) received awards for “Best Paper in The Leading Edge at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists in San Antonio. Their paper, “High-Resolution Multicomponent Seismic Imaging of Deepwater Gas-Hydrate Systems,” was developed from the team’s research of deep-water hydrates. It appeared in the May 2006 issue of the SEG journal. Kudos to all!

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) awarded senior research scientist Bob Hardage an Honorary Membership at the 2007 SEG Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Honorary Membership is the oldest and the second-highest award granted by SEG. Only 139

Honorary Memberships have been bestowed in the 78 years since the award was established in 1930. SEG requirements for Honorary Membership are laid out in the following: “Honorary Membership is conferred upon persons who, in the unanimous opinion of the Honors and Awards Committee and the Executive Committee, have made a distinguished contribution, which warrants exceptional recognition, to exploration geophysics or a related field or the advancement of the profession of exploration geophysics through service to the Society.” The description fits Bob Hardage to a T! Congratulations, Bob!

The Bureau’s Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership program is in the news these days as the result of a Department of Energy grant of $38 million for research on CO2. In the October 25 issue of

the University’s Daily Texan, Director Scott Tinker is quoted as saying “This is the next step in a series of bureau-led experiments to test much-needed carbon capture and storage technologies.” For the whole story click here. And in the October 24 issue of the Houston Business Journal, the article “Underground CO2 Storage Research Project Gets $38 Million in Funding,” and the October 24 issue of The Dallas Morning News, the article “UT Gets $38M Deal to Study Way to Cut Greenhouse Gases,” tell similar stories. 10/25/07

BEG Research Scientist Bill Ambrose served as co-chair with EMD Uranium Committee Chairman Michael D. Campbell for the technical session “Energy Frontiers” at the 2007 Annual GCAGS Convention in Corpus Christi on October 23. Bill also gave the leadoff presentation in the session, which was titled “Depositional Systems of Uranium in South Texas.” A PowerPoint file of the presentation is posted in the “Presentations” section of this Website. 10/25/07

The Bureau's guest speaker for the Friday, October 26, technical seminar will be Charles Brewster of Gulf Energy Exploration, Austin, Texas. His topic: "A geological exploration model for offstructure, geopressured, gas accumulations in Lower Miocene Sandstones, offshore Texas across Deep-Water Hydrate Systems." The talk will begin at 8:30

a.m. in the Main Conference Room. Come early for conversation and donuts. [abstract] 10/24/07

Members of the FRAC consortium gather in Valley of Fire in Nevada. Photo by Eric Flodin.

The Fracture Research & Application Consortium held its annual research meeting and field trip October 15–17, 2007, in Las Vegas. The field trip in the Valley of Fire was led by Peter Eichhubl of the Bureau and Eric Flodin of Chevron. 10/23/07

CEE has been named a finalist for the prestigious World Oil Awards in the Best Outreach Program category. CEE's nomination featured its "Africa Partnerships," which are focused on helping to prepare younger generations of energy industry professionals and developing an understanding of the energy industry among the general public in

Africa, as well as educating the Houston community about Africa energy-sector issues. As recognized by the World Oil Advisory Board and the Next Generation Committee, the awards are designed to "applaud and showcase innovative thinking and next-generation leadership." 10/23/07

Bureau scientists Frank Brown and Bob Loucks (among many others) are attending the GCAGS-GCSSEPM meeting in Corpus Christi, which is being held October 21–23. Frank and Bob will be presenting a poster on Gulf of Mexico Tertiary chronostratigraphy. Preparation of part of that poster, the stratigraphic chart, has been a major endeavor for the Bureau Media Department, Computer Illustrator John Ames in particular. The photo shows (left to right) John, Bob, and Frank working on last-minute revisions. In true collaborative spirit, attendees at the poster session will be given marker pens and invited to modify the chart, if they are able document their changes. 10/22/07

F. Jerry Lucia was a keynote speaker at the annual convention of the Society of Professional Well Log Analysts, which was held in Breckenridge, Colorado, October 14–17, 2007. His topic—“Three Dimensional Petrophysics: The “Petro” Part of Carbonate Petrophysics.” Mr. Lucia is a Senior Research Scientist at BEG and co-PI of the Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory for Carbonate Reservoirs. 10/22/07

Jerry Lucia (standing) presents research findings to attendees of the RCRL annual review.

The Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory for Carbonate Reservoirs held its annual review meeting and field trip October 7–12, 2007. For the first time a core workshop was held on the Sunday before the meeting. The meeting was attended by 65 geologists, geophysicists, and engineers from 19 companies. Presenters included Jerry Lucia, Chris Zahm, Xavier Janson, Jerry Bellian, and Keumsuk Lee from BEG, Charlie Kerans from DOGS, Jim Jennings from Shell Oil Company, Sam Scott from Oxy Permian, and Ned Frost from Conoco/Phillips. In addition, six graduate students presented results of their thesis studies. 10/19/07

The Deep Shelf Gas Consortium, consisting of 19 member companies, held a review meeting at the Houston Research Center on October 17th. Sixty two participants heard Ruarri Day-Stirrat, Shirley Dutton, Bob Loucks, Angela McDonnell, and Eric Potter present the project’s latest research results. The major research goal of this industry consortium is to decrease reservoir risk for deep to ultradeep drilling in the


Angela McDonnell and Ruarri Day-Stirrat discuss Deep Shelf Gas research.

Texas area of the Gulf of Mexico shelf. 10/18/07

Dr. Michelle Foss, Chief Energy Economist and Head of CEE, sat on a panel titled "What Are the Trade-Offs/Consequences/Options?" panel at the Latin American Forum III, which was held in Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico, September 30 through October 2. The panel, which was chaired by Bureau Director Scott W. Tinker, was part of the Energy Matrix for Latin America session in the Forum. The event was

the latest in a series of activities sponsored by the Jackson School. See Latin American Forum on Energy and the Environment.

On October 8, CEE’s Michelle Foss spoke at the Fourth Annual Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society forum (STS Forum), which was held from October 7 to October 9 in Kyoto, Japan. [more]. 10/11/07

On October 9, Bob Loucks presented a talk titled “Ancient Geologic Controls on Rock Heterogeneity in Quarries in the Marble Falls/Burnet, Texas Area” at the Annual Meeting of the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association, which was held in Marble Falls, Texas. 10/10/07

The Bureau's guest speaker for the Friday, October 12, technical seminar will be Bob Hardage of BEG's Exploration Geophysics Laboratory. Bob's topic: "Applying Multicomponent Seismic Data across Deep-Water Hydrate Systems." The talk will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. Come early for conversation and donuts. [abstract] 10/04/07

BEG's guest speaker for the Friday, October 5, technical seminar will be Vladimir Gretchka of Shell Research. Vladimir's topic: "Seismic Characterization of Multiple Fracture Sets: Theory and Case Study." The talk will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. Come early for conversation and donuts.[abstract] 10/04/07

Hudec
Bellian
Reed
Smyth
Collins
Hentz
Holtz

Bureau scientists are moving up in the world. Effective June 1, Mike Hudec was promoted to Senior Research Scientist; effective September 1, Jerry Bellian, Rob Reed, and Rebecca Smyth were promoted to Research Scientist Associate IV; and also effective September 1, Eddie Collins, Tucker Hentz, and Mark Holtz were promoted to Research Scientist Associate V. The Bureau congratulates one and all. We’re very proud of you! 10/02/07

The Bureau’s FutureGen project was front-page news in the Tuesday, October 2, Austin American-Statesman in a story titled “Tiny Jewett Pins its Hopes on Coal Plant of the Future: Texas Has 2 Contenders for $1.5 Billion Science Project.” In the article, Director Scott Tinker is quoted as saying

“You can store carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, or you can store it in rocks, which act as good, safe storage vessels.” For the whole story plus a link to Bureau promotional videos for both Odessa and Jewett sites, click here. 10/02/07

F. Jerry Lucia was a keynote speaker at the Society of Exploration Geophysicist workshop “Carbonate Rock Physics Workshop: Are We There Yet?” which was held in San Antonio, September 27, 2007. The presentation, “Acoustic Travel Time, Rock Fabric, Porosity, and Permeability in Carbonate Reservoirs,” was co-authored by Xavier Janson. Mr. Lucia is a Senior Research Scientist at BEG and co-PI of the Industrial Associates program Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory for Carbonate Reservoirs. 10/01/07

   

 

 
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