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November, 2009

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The 4th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences was hosted by Dr. Lorena Moscardelli here at the Bureau November 7 - 12, 2009, as part of the International Geoscience Programme (project 511), a joint endeavor of UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences. A total of 55 oral presentations and 40 posters were presented during the
conference, from regional characterization of submarine mass movements to geotechnical properties and tsunami modeling. Presentations were recorded and will be available online in the next 2 months. A total of 122 scientists from academe, industry, and government from 11 countries attended the conference. Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences , 4th ed., Springer, part of a series on advances in technological hazards research and containing 64 peer-reviewed papers on topics of the meeting (available for sale online or at the BEG Bookstore), was available at the meeting. A preconference field trip was conducted on Saturday, November 7 - Geology, Frontier History, and Selected Wineries of the Hill Country Appellation, Central Texas - and a postconference virtual field trip was held on Thursday, November 12.
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The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Energy Economics (CEE), at the request of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will assess the state of the oil and gas sector in the west African country of Ghana.
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The assessment will act as a map for developing the infrastructure and expertise to most effectively manage Ghana’s emerging oil and gas industry. The final report, to be completed in early 2010, will also make recommendations to USAID and other key international donors to help plan an integrated, coordinated energy assistance program for Ghana. The assessment kicks off Nov. 9 when the survey team arrives in Accra, Ghana. [UT Press Release] [JSG Press Resease]

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px Hongliu Zeng and Sergey Fomel recently participated in a workshop titled "What's New in Seismic Interpretation?" at the SEG Annual International Meeting in Houston and presented invited talks "Stratal Slicing: Benefits and Challenges" and "Volumetric Surface Extraction by Predictive Painting." The workshop was organized by research scientists from
ExxonMobil, BP, and Chevron and attended by a large international audience.

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Bill Ambrose, along with co-authors Tucker Hentz, Flo Bonnaffe, Bob Loucks, and Fred Wang, just received word from GCAGS that their paper, "Strategies for Optimized oil Recovery in Fluvial-Dominated Deltaic Reservoirs in the Lower Woodbine Group, East Texas Field," has been awarded First Place in the Thomas A. Philpot Excellence of Presentation Award. The notification said that their "...coverage of the subject was most educational." The award will be presented at the meeting of the GCAGS in San Antonio next year. Congratulations one and all!


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Centennial Distinguished lecturers, Sergey Fomel and Bob Hardage, gave several presentations in September and October. Sergey gave his lecture, "Seismic Data Patterns," at Shell in Houston on September 28th. Bob gave a total of four lectures in October: "Stratigraphy to the Full-Elastic Wavefield" to the Geophysical Society of Tulsa on the 10th and the Geophysical Society of Houston on the 21st. He presented a combination of "Expanding Seismic Stratigraphy" and "Deepwater Hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico" to the Southwest Louisiana Geophysical Society of Lafayette on the 13th and "Deepwater Hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico" to the Geophysical Society of Houston on the 20th. Approximately 140 people attended these events.


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The Carbonate Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory (RCRL) held its annual review meeting in Cloudcroft, NM, October 10th through October 13th. Attendees from RCRL’s 19 member companies listened to 16 presentations by RCRL staff and invited presentations by Lowell Waite (Pioneer Natural Resources), Mark Sonnenfeld (Whiting Oil Company), and Phil Resor (Wesleyan University). Seven graduate students also presented research results. Key areas of RCRL research presented were microporosity in carbonates, mechanical stratigraphy and fracture prediction in reservoir models, paleokarst modeling, evaporate karst, and carbonate outcrop analogs, including grainstone geobody research and paleokarst systems. Data from reservoirs of Ordovician, Permian, Cretaceous, and Tertiary age were presented. A premeeting field trip to the Sacramento Mountains was led by Xavier Janson. Following the meeting, a field trip led by Bea Garcia-Fresca and Charlie Kerans along the Algerita Escarpment included a full suite of exposures illustrating reservoir architecture changes from the inner-ramp evaporitic belt to distal parts of the ramp and slope.


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AAPG award winners Frank Brown, Martin Jackson and Bob Hardage
The Bureau congratulates three scientists who have recently been informed that they are 2010 recipients of three prestigious AAPG Awards. Frank Brown will receive the Sidney Powers Memorial Award, which, according to the AAPG web page "is given in recognition of distinguished and outstanding contributions to, or achievements in, petroleum geology. It is AAPG's most distinguished award...." Martin Jackson will receive the Robert R. Berg for Outstanding Research Award, which "is given in recognition of a singular achievement in petroleum geoscience research. It is AAPG's fifth highest award...." Bob Hardage will receive the Distinguished Service Award, which is "presented to members who have distinguished themselves in singular and beneficial long-term service to AAPG." Bob has been the moving force behind a monthly column, Geophysical Corner in the AAPG Explorer, having written or co-written articles on geophysics for nearly 4 years. Kudos one and all!

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Svetlana Ikonnikova, working jointly with BEG, CEE, and CIEEP, recently received notification that her paper “Investment Options and Bargaining Power: the Eurasian supply chain for natural gas,” has been accepted by the Journal of Industrial Economics. The paper is a joint effort with Professor Franz Hubert, Humboldt University of Berlin. On November 12, Svetlana presented her paper “Coalitional Games with Externalities: Games the Parties of the Eurasian Gas Supply Network Play” at SMU in Dallas, where she also

Svetlana Ikonnikova
met with SMU Professor Shlomo Weber to investigate possible future projects.

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November was a busy month for three of the Bureau’s distinguished lecturers. On November 10, Jerry Lucia gave his presentation titled "Locating Remaining Oil in Carbonate Reservoirs: The Reservoir Characterization Problem" to more than 90 people at the monthly Dallas Geological Society (DGS) luncheon meeting at Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute (EMGI) at Farmers Branch, Texas. DGS and organizers of the Bureau’s STARR/PTTC short course held on the same day at EMGI joined forces, and more than 40 attendees at the short course attended Jerry’s lecture. On November 11 Sergey Fomel gave his distinguished lecture titled "Predictive Painting of 3D Seismic Volumes" at the Permian Basin Geophysical Society monthly luncheon meeting. Approximately 30 people attended this event, and Sergey received a commemorative plaque with a slice of Permian core as a gesture of appreciation from PBGS. Bob Hardage presented lectures at four venues in November. On November 12 he presented his lecture titled "Seismic Stratigraphy to the Full Elastic Wavefield" to the Denver Geophysical Society, on November 17 to the University of Calgary, and on November 18 to the Canadian SEG. On November 19th, he presented his seismic stratigraphy lecture, as well as his lecture titled "Deep-Water Hydrates," at the University of Alberta, Institute for Geophysical Research. More than 160 people attended these events. Bob was also prominently featured in the Canadian SEG Recorder.


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The Bureau's STARR program partnered with the PTTC Texas/SE New Mexico region to conduct a short course and core workshop titled Sequence Stratigraphy, Depositional Systems, and Production Trends in the Atoka Series and Mid-Pennsylvanian Cleveland and Marmaton Formations, Western Anadarko Basin. They were held at the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute in Farmers Branch, Texas, on November 10. This 1-day session presented findings of integrated studies of the Atoka Series and the mid-Pennsylvanian Cleveland and Marmaton Formations in the Anadarko Basin of the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma. This part of the western Anadarko Basin is the units' primary play area. More than 150 boxes representing four whole cores from the Bureau's Core Research Center were displayed and discussed. Sixty geologists, geophysicists, and engineers attended the event. Instructors included David Carr, Tucker Hentz, Bill Ambrose, and Eric Potter from the STARR team.

 

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Bureau Celebrates Centennial

    On October 9, 1909, the Board of Regents of the University of Texas established the Bureau of Economic Geology as a research unit of the university and the geological survey of Texas. One hundred years later, the Bureau thrives as a vibrant, global, geoscience research institution.
    To commemorate the year, the Bureau hosted a celebration in August, bringing together more than 200 staff, alumni, and guests at a reception and dinner, and then held a Centennial Symposium on water and energy for the 21st century to an overflow crowd exceeding 300. The Bureau also introduced a podcast series, "Time on Earth," featuring interviews with geoscientists on current issues; published Earth’s Art, a spectacular, large-format book of photographs and stories by current and former staff created to highlight Bureau research and researchers; named a slate of Centennial Distinguished Lecturers to deliver talks and workshops throughout the year to global audiences, reaching thousands of attendees; and created a timeline of historical events featured on the Bureau website.
    Proudly summing up the spirit of the Centennial, BEG Director Scott Tinker said, "The Bureau has earned its place in history as a leader in geoscience research. We are eager to define and meet future research frontiers in the coming century."

 
 
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