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October, 2009

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BEG Director Scott Tinker welcomes delegates at the opening session of the AGL Annual Meeting.
The Bureau's Applied Geodynamics Laboratory (AGL) held its 21st Annual Meeting on October 16-17 in Austin. More than 180 delegates from AGL's 31 member companies registered to attend, shattering the former record of 130. Delegates listened to 20 technical presentations during the course of the day-and-a-half meeting. Topics ranged from details of salt-sheet advance in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to salt tectonics on Mars!

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Bureau scientist Bob Hardage recently accepted an invitation from Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman to serve on the Department of Energy's Unconventional Resources Technology Advisory Committee (URTAC) as a Special Government Employee. The committee was established in 2006 to provide advice to the Secretary on development and implementation of activities related to unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resources. Bob will provide the committee with his expertise in these areas. He will serve through 2010. Bob Hardage

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Nyasha Chaderton The final doctoral examination for Nysha Chaderton, whose dissertation Lesli Wood supervises, has been scheduled for October 20, in JGB 6.128 (Dean's Conference Room) at 11:30 a.m. Nysha's project is titled "Sedimentation within the Tobago Forearc Basin with Implications for the Evolutionary History of the Southern Barbados Accretionary Margin." Committee members include Mark Cloos, William Fisher, Xavier Janson, and Ron Steel. A copy of the dissertation is available for examination
in the Walter Geology Library, GEO 4.202. The defense is open to all members of the University community and the public.

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William Ambrose co-chaired the technical session "Current Research Issues in Lunar Stratigraphy" at the 2008 Annual GSA Convention in Houston on October 8. He also gave a presentation titled "Distribution and Chronostratigraphy of Asymmetric Secondary Craters Associated with Lunar Basins." The session was also co-chaired by David A. Williams from Arizona State University. William Ambrose

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The Advanced Energy Consortium received an overwhelming response to its inaugural Request for Proposals titled “Micro- and Nanosensors for Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Applications,” nm
which was released on July 14, 2008. A wide variety of preproposals was received, and a “taxonomy” of the topics was developed to explain the portfolio (see diagram).  Sensor proposals fell into one of two categories—“electric” and “nonelectric”; electric sensors included proposals for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), and nonelectric sensors proposed constructing useful devices by exploiting the unique properties of a variety of nanoscale chemistries. As expected, a number of proposals aimed at building up our fundamental understanding of how nanoscale particles will move in complex fluids through semiporous oil and gas reservoir rocks (using models, simulation programs, and experimental designs). And, thankfully, there were some “Surprises and Opportunities” that were unanticipated. Finalists were contacted and have been invited to submit full proposals by October 20, 2008

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On Thursday, September 18, Steve Ruppel was invited speaker at a luncheon of the Reservoir Study Group of the Midland, Texas, chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Steve’s talk, “Geological Approaches to Carbonate Reservoir Model Construction,” was based on the Bureau’s integrated research on carbonate reservoir systems in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico. Stephen Ruppel

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xv Chris Zahm taught a Wyoming Geological Association short course titled “Laramide-Style Folding and Secondary Structures” in Laramie, Wyoming on September 5 as part of the 2008 WGA Annual Field Conference.  The course examined characteristics of basement-involved folds and the mechanisms that cause secondary folds, faults and fractures as they relate to hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation.

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Darrin Burton (M.S. Candidate, 2008) received notice that he is the recipient of a 2008 Chevron Research Fellowship for exceptional work in his graduate study.  Darrin's masters thesis is on "Seismic geomorphology of rift basin sediments; Sunda Shelf, Indonesia".  Darrin, who interned with ExxonMobil this summer, will graduate in December and plans to continue for his PhD with the QCL IA. vxdz;

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Scott Tinker spoke to the Governor's Panel at the IOGCC in Biloxi, Mississippi, on October 5th. His talk, titled "The Current and Future Role of Unconventional Gas in U.S. Energy," was presented to Governor Perry of Texas, Governor Brad Henry of Oklahoma, Governor Sean Parnell of Alaska, and other representatives and attendees. Dr. Tinker then traveled on October 7th to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he presented the lunch keynote at the Canadian Offshore Resources Exhibition and Conference to an audience of 300. The talk was titled "Global Energy: Myths and Realities." Scott spoke that

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evening to faculty, students, and the public at Dalhousie University on "Energy, Economy, Environment, and Policy: A Glimpse at the 21st Century." On October 12th, Dr. Tinker gave the keynote lunch talk to 250 attendees at the SW Section AAPG meeting in Tulsa, where his topic was "Developing Intellectual Resources in Geosciences," and on October 13th he presented "Global Energy-Build Bridges, Not Walls" to the Roswell Geological Society.


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AEC hosted nearly 100 attendees at its Midyear Review event held in September on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus at The University of Texas at Austin. Twenty-two AEC funded research projects representing nine different U.S. universities provided an overview of their current projects during the 2-day event. In attendance were member company engineers and scientists (BakerHughes, BP, ConocoPhillips, Halliburton, Marathon, OXY, Petrobras, Pasquali, AEC
Schlumberger, Shell, and TOTAL), AEC funded researchers, staff from the Bureau of Economic Geology, and Dean Sharon Mosher of the Jackson School of Geosciences. Project scientists summarized their initial objectives, current findings, unexpected discoveries, and new insights on a broad range of projects directed toward developing micro- and nanosensors that will enable improved recovery of oil from conventional reservoirs. The 2-day event included time for extended interactions, including Q&A sessions, panel discussions, poster sessions, and informal breaks and reception. Proceedings and videotapes from the event will be posted for member company access in the AEC Members Forum. AEC panel


 
 
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