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March 2012


On February 16 - 17 the Quantitative Clastics Laboratory consortium held the second of its two annual meetings at the Bureau's Houston Research Center. This second meeting focused on those components of the research program involving shelf-edge and deep-water depositional systems. The 2-day meeting involved a day of talks ranging in topics from physical modeling of minibasin sedimentary fills to regional studies of sediment and structure interaction at shelf margins to regional Cretaceous studies of the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, a half-day workshop made use of core from the Tuscaloosa Sandstone (Lower Cretaceous, Gulf of Mexico). Talks and core-workshop materials are available for members in the SANDatabase and in the 2012 member archive. The meeting was attended by 30 company representatives, and technical talks were given by 3 Bureau researchers plus 6 graduate students working on their M.S. and Ph.D. projects as part of the QCL research program.





On February 16 and 17, the UT GeoFluids Consortium convened its 2012 annual meeting in Austin. Approximately 70 attendees representing 10 different companies responded enthusiastically to 23 presentations. Among these presentations were preliminary observational and modeling results from a new study at Mad Dog field, an initial demonstration of the consortium's experimental capability in resistivity measurements, a synthesis talk discussing work on resedimented mudstones around the world, and key presentations from industry leaders Hess and BP. In addition, members saw a presentation of the newly developed UTGeofluids experimental database, which provides members immediate access to laboratory test results, analysis, and scanning electron microscope (SEM) images. Members also participated in a hands-on resedimentation workshop using the equipment and techniques necessary to create specimens of resedimented mudrock and to test resedimented material.




Switch, featuring Bureau Director Scott Tinker, was chosen as winner of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival’s “Best of Fest” award from among more than 50 films. Directed by Harry Lynch, the documentary examines the world’s growing demand for energy and the choices it faces in meeting those needs. With a string of sold-out screenings across the country and critical acclaim from advocates on all sides of the energy issue, Switch is a departure from previous films. “While many other energy films set out with an agenda, then advocate for one energy type or another,” Tinker said, “Switch is different. We started with a question then went out to find the answers, working hard to remain unbiased and open to new ideas. I’ve been studying our energy transition for 10 years, and working in energy for nearly 30 – and I learned many, many new things on our journey. And they’re in the film. It’s based on practical, realistic, evidence from the field – and the many other experts we interview! Its controversy is in its balance and candor. In that respect, there is no other energy film like this.”





The Bureau's Mudrock Systems Research Laboratory (MSRL) consortium held its annual sponsors review meeting March 5 - 9. Events in Austin included a premeeting workshop by Kitty Milliken and oral and poster presentations by 18 project team members. Attendees included 101 geologists, geophysicists, and engineers from 24 member companies. The oral program included 19 talks by Director Scott Tinker, Project Director Steve Ruppel, Ray Eastwood, Mike Fairbanks, Greg Frebourg, Julia Gale, Ursula Hammes, Farzam Javadpour, Jiemin Lu, Kitty Milliken, Seay Nance, Rob Reed, Fred Wang, Tongwei Zhang, and Hongliu Zeng. Other participants included John Browning, BEG Sloane project; Nick Hayman, UT Institute for Geophysics; Albert Maende, Worldwide Geochemistry; and Harry Rowe, UT Arlington. Posters and cores were displayed by Robert Baumgardner and Bob Loucks, as well as by Fairbanks, Frebourg, Milliken, Nance, Ruppel, and five of Rowe's students. The meeting was followed by a field trip to Eagle-Ford equivalent Boquillas outcrops near Comstock, Texas, which 38 members and MSRL team members attended. Critical logistical support for the meeting was provided by Sammy Jacobo, Laura Zahm, Cathy Brown and the BEG graphics group, and the CRC team (James Donnelly, Nathan Ivicic, and Josh Lambert).


 

 

 
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