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April 2014

Greg FrebourgThe Quantitative Clastics Laboratory (QCL) held its 2014 Deepwater Systems meeting in Austin, Texas, on April 4, preceded by an introductory field course in Little Rock, Arkansas, from March 31 through April 3 and followed by a core workshop on April 5. Attendees of the field trip examined the high net:gross deepwater deposits of the Pennsylvanian-Age Jackfork Group of central Arkansas, as well as the Atoka Formation. Subsequent presentations in Austin featured research on current-driven deepwater deposits, influence of shelf and shelf-edge structure on deepwater deposits, Late- Cretaceous clastics of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, healing-phase top fills over mass transport deposits, petrophysical character and sealing nature of eastern Gulf of Mexico mass-transport deposits, and reservoir-performance predictability of offlapping lobes. Attendees of the core workshop viewed and discussed a suite of four core QCL Research Fellow Dr. Darrin Burton and Principal Investigator Dr. Lesli Woodcollected through the canyons and slope-location deepwater facies and facies associations (channels, levees, contourites, mass-transport deposits) of the Wilcox (Eocene) depositional systems. In other QCL news, Dr. Darrin Burton (QCL Research Fellow) and Dr. Lesli Wood (QCL Principal Investigator) will receive the 2014 Norman Falcon Award for their paper "Geologically-based permeability anisotropy estimates for tidally-influenced reservoirs using quantitative shale data," published in the February 2013 issue of Petroleum Geoscience (vol. 19, no. 1, p. 3–20). The Norman Falcon Award is presented by the European Association of Geologists and Engineers (EAGE) to the author(s) of the best paper published in Petroleum Geoscience in the calendar year preceding the award.
Tom "Mac" McGilvery of member partner ConocoPhillips speaks about the Atoka on April 2 during the Little Rock field course.


1 Where can you learn about the latest Bureau research, hear from great speakers, mingle with guests from companies and agencies large and small, and have Texas barbecue among the rocks of one of the largest core collections in the world? Nowhere else but the Bureau's Industry Day! This year's event, "Discovering the Bureau: Energy, Economics, and the Environment", was held on April 11 in the Core Research Center. Sixty-five guests from 33 companies and eight state agencies experienced firsthand the breadth of BEG research by talking to Bureau researchers and students at 38 research posters featuring everything from new findings in carbon capture and storage to pore structures in shale plays. Guest speakers Scott Anderson of the Environmental Defense Fund and Peter Duncan of MicroSeismic presented new information in their respective fields which was of great interest to attendees. Director Scott Tinker's luncheon keynote highlighted the many important Bureau-industry partnerships. Associate director Eric Potter was also able to unveil plans for a new West Texas Resource Initiative to an interested crowd during Industry Day's special session. The annual event accomplished its goal of informing a broad spectrum of industry and agency representatives about new ways to engage with the Bureau.
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BEG Director Scott W. Tinker  is presented TIPRO's 2014 Hat's Off Award
The Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) presented itsBureau Director Scott W. Tinker addresses TIPRO's 68th Annual Convention 2014 Hat's Off award to Bureau director Scott W. Tinker at its 68th Annual Convention on March 24. TIPRO periodically recognizes individuals who have taken exceptional strides to help ensure continued safe and responsible hydrocarbon development in Texas by presenting them with one of its highest awards. Tinker was recognized with this distinction, "For his tireless pursuit of truth through science and education; For his leadership in examining the intersection of energy, the environment and the economy; For his research endeavors in fields of study vital to the oil and natural gas industry; For his dedication in striving for Texas excellence; and, For his service to the citizens of Texas."


Remote sensing specialist John Hupp with the Airborne Spectral Imaging SystemThe Bureau has begun testing its newly acquired Airborne Spectral Imaging System. Assembled by OptoKnowledge (OKSI) out of Torrance, California, the one-of-a-kind system integrates all of the components necessary to capture spectral information from 400nm up to 14µm in a single airborne platform. This includes VNIR (very-near infrared), SWIR (shortwave infrared), MWIR (midwave infrared), and a thermal imaging microbolometer camera sensitive from 7000-14000nm. The unit includes an integrated IMU with an internal GPS receiver and a complete data collection and storage system. Used on an airborne platform, the hyperspectral instruments are capable of collecting data at a higher spatial resolution than that from a satellite-based hyperspectral sensor and promises a multitude of applications ranging from coastal processes to mapping of minerals, vegetation and soil types. Used in conjunction with BEG's Chiroptera lidar instrument, the Bureau will have unequalled capability for 3D and 4D topographic and bathymetric mapping and Earth-surface imaging.
Unrectified VNIR image of terrain north of Oxnard, California





 

 
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