The Bureau of Economic Geology The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences
spcr
 

October 2013
Hichael Hudec (left) and Tucker Hentz With a large turnout and multiple major award winners, the Bureau made its presence known at GCAGS 2013 on October 6–8 in New Orleans. Senior Research Scientist Michael Hudec was awarded the 2012 A. I. Levorsen Memorial Award, recognizing the best paper presented, with particular emphasis on creative thinking toward new ideas in exploration. Hudec also received the 2012 GCAGS/GCSSEPM Thomas A. Philpott Excellence of Presentation Award for his paper, "Explanation for Differences in Deepwater Salt Tectonics between the North-Central and Northwestern Gulf of Mexico." Tucker Hentz (above, right) was awarded The 2013 GCAGS Distinguished Service Award, largely for his editorial Robert Reed (left) and Stephen Ruppelcontributions to the GCAGS Transactions and the newly created GCAGS Journal, but also for his many publications on Gulf Coast geology and for his generous volunteer service over the years. Others receiving awards were Robert Reed and Stephen Ruppel, who placed third in the Gordon I. Atwater Best Poster Award competition for "Pore Morphology and Distribution in the Cretaceous Eagle Ford Shale, South Texas, USA."

GeoTX
Tom Ewing, assisted by Heather Christensen, is authoring a book and companion website on the geology, resources, and physical environment of Texas. The book, written for the general public, will tell the story of Texas' earth history from earliest times to the present. The website will expand on ideas from the book, with links to pages describing Great Places to experience Texas geology, key maps and sections, and other statewide information. "

Nicot
J.P. Nicot (above right) and Brad Wolaver attended the Ecopetrol Unconventional Resources Forum held in Bucaramanga, Colombia, October 2–4. They presented an invited talk and poster on environmental issues related to unconventional resource development, based on U.S. experiences in water, air, and land best practices. J.P. and Brad also participated in two working groups addressing key aspects of unconventional development. Around 100 Ecopetrol staff attended the forum, in addition to environmental regulators, Ministry of the Environment staff, and Colombia-based environmental consultants. J.P. and Brad also met with Clean Technologies staff from the Instituto Colombiano del Petróleo to discuss possible research in CO
2 capture and storage source-sink studies, and to encourage other collaborative efforts with Ecopetrol.

Ukar Dr. Estibalitz (Esti) Ukar recently joined the Bureau as a Research Associate in the Energy Division. The focus of her research will be in field- and regional-scale structural geology. Esti received her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010. She received her Bachelor's degree in Geology from Universidad del País Vasco in 2003. Dr. Ukar has been in a Postdoctoral Fellow position at the Bureau since August 2011.

KlokovDr. Alexander Klokov recently joined the Bureau as a Research Associate in the Energy Division. The focus of his research will be diffraction imaging of natural fractures and small-offset faults, which can be important permeability pathways or zones of potential failure during hydraulic fracturing in unconventional hydrocarbon systems. Alexander received his Ph.D. in Seismic Imaging (2010), a Master of Science (2007), and Bachelor of Science (2005) in Seismic Processing, all from Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. He has been in a Postdoctoral Fellow position at the Bureau since July 2011.

1
The Fall meeting of the Texas Consortium for Computational Seismology (TCCS) took place on September 30–October 1 and was hosted by the Institute for Computational Engineering and Science (ICES) in the O'Donnell Building for Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences on the main campus of The University of Texas at Austin. The meeting was attended by 50 people, including representatives from 10 sponsor companies. Eighteen research presentations were given by TCCS staff and invited speakers, including professors Alexey Stovas (NTNU), Jiubing Cheng (Tongji University), and Stanley Osher (UCLA).

2


3 Lesli Wood of the QCL group received a grant from Statoil to continue work on the project titled "Seismic-based morphometrics of deep-water channelized lobe deposits; targeting understanding of the older Tertiary in the Gulf of Mexico." The project seeks to provide accurate and dense morphometrics on deep-water architectures, including detailed characterization of fan lobe and channel development. These data are being collected through an integrated process of quantitative seismic geomorphologic analysis of 3D seismic, log, and core data.

2
On Monday afternoon, September 30, the Bureau of Economic Geology hosted a live national webcast in support of its energy education partner, the Switch Energy Project. The webcast featured Bureau Director Scott Tinker and Harry Lynch, director of the documentary film, Switch, in a conversation with participants. People interested in energy, including teachers, college students and university faculty, and representatives from government, industry and other organizations logged in from around the country and asked questions. Dr. Tinker made an informative presentation on the state of the world's energy use and capacity, and, incorporating the latest data, updated a projection about when Mankind might make the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. Mr. Lynch shared a host of new educational efforts being implemented by the Switch Energy Project, and showed rough cuts of a new series of "Energy Lab" educational short videos. The successful webcast was produced by a talented crew from the information technology and media teams of BEG, and was conceptualized and coordinated by Mark Blount, Bureau external affairs.

1

 

 
Department of Geological Sciences
Institute for Geophysics
search BEG
 
News Archives
 
2014
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
 
2013
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December
 
2012
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December
 
2011
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December
 
2010
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December
 
2009
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December
 
2008
    January
    February
    May
    November
    December
 
2007
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December
 
2006
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December
 
2005
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December
 
2004
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December
 
2003
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December
 
2002
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December
 
2001
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December
 
2000
    October
spcr
©2014 Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin