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August 2010

Welcome to Dr. Michael H. Young, who, on August 23, 2010, will become Associate Director for Environmental Systems and a member of the Graduate Studies Committee in the Jackson School. He comes to the Bureau from Desert Research Institute (DRI), Nevada, where he served most recently as Acting Executive Director of the Division of Hydrologic Sciences and Research Professor. His broad experience in administration, research, teaching, and mentorship will be a tremendous asset to growing the environmental programs at the Bureau and overseeing our already strong programs in carbon sequestration

Dr. Michael Young
and hydro. Michael has published extensively in the broad fields of water resources and soil science and is Co-Editor of Vadose Zone Journal, and Associate Editor of Soil Science Society of America Journal. He has served the past 5 years as Technical Reviewer for the National Science Foundation.

AEC symosium attendees
The AEC conducted its second in-depth, technology-specific workshop in Houston on July 19 and 20 to explore the utility of nanoparticles as contrast agents in oil and gas reservoirs. Sixty-five technologists and academics attended. Three member-company experts began the workshop, reviewing the state of current geophysical and remote-sensing techniques (Paul Rodney, Halliburton), reservoir-production considerations (Usman Ahmed, BakerHughes), and current geophysical surveys using nanoparticle contrast agents (John Ullo, Schlumberger). Principal investigators then reviewed synthesis and characterization of particular nanoparticles, theoretical and experimental limitations of approaches, and integration and data-inversion concerns. In addition to identifying key issues and potential show stoppers, these groups helped develop a timeline applying nanoparticle contrast agents in fracture jobs, waterflood mapping, and reservoir characterization.

 


Gurcan Gulan (right) in Ghana On May 20, CEE’s Gurcan Gulen made a presentation to a delegation from the American Chamber of Commerce in Brazil. The GHP, in collaboration with the Brazil-Texas Chamber of Commerce (BRATECC) and the Consulate General of Brazil, hosted the group. GHP invited Dr. Gulen to talk about the importance of the energy industry to Houston and Texas economies and other energy developments in the region and the U.S. Between July 13 and 15, Dr. Gulen lectured on upstream economics, natural gas and LNG value chains, and renewable portfolio standards to 22 Assistant Energy Experts from the Energy Market Regulatory Authority of Turkey.
The group was attending a long-term capacity-building program hosted by the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University. As part of CEE's ongoing work in Ghana on oil and gas sector assessment, on July 27, CEE partnered with the U.S. Department of Commerce for an event featuring Philip Cummings, Chief of the Economic Section,American Embassy in Accra, Ghana. For more info, click here.

The Bureau congratulates Bob Hardage on his new status as President-Elect of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). An SEG member for 44 years, Bob previously served on the Executive Committee as Editor and First Vice President. He became internationally known in the 1980’s for being an early proponent of vertical seismic profiling, now a standard geophysical technique. Bob has received several awards, including Honorary Membership, the SEG’s second-highest award. He will serve on the incoming Executive Committee as President-
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Elect and will ascend to the presidency at the conclusion of SEG’s Annual International Meeting in September 2011. For more information, click here.
The Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC) and nanoscale technologies were the featured cover story of the July 2010 American Oil and Gas Reporter. Formed in 2008 and managed by the Bureau, AEC now has 10 industry partners. This year the consortium will fund more than 25 different research entities working to develop nanoscale technologies for a wide range of energy exploration and production applications. For the complete story, click here. a

b Sergey Fomel and his collaborators from the Madagascar open-source software project organized a PTTC-sponsored workshop and school on reproducible computational geophysics. The workshop, which took place July 23 and 24 in Houston at the BEG Houston Research Center, attracted more than 50 participants. Program presentations by eight instructors focused on different aspects of computational technology development and transfer using the Madagascar software package.

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The Bureau's Houston Research Center (HRC) has completed a series of renovations to maintain its standing as one of the top rock-material repositories in the world. In 2009, a new 25,000 square-foot warehouse was constructed to store rock material from Texas, the nation, and from around the world. Then, in early 2010, a state-of-the-art rack system to hold this material was begun. The Bureau anticipates that once racks have been installed throughout the new warehouse, we will be able to accept 200,000+ boxes of additional rock material. The center currently has on hand 800,000+ boxes, and, with the additional storage space, we will be capable of storing more than 1 million boxes. The HRC is supported entirely by outside donations to the Bureau. Monetary donations are welcome.

 

 

 
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