University of Texas at Austin

Visiting Committee Meeting 2017

August 23, 2017

Leadership from Texas State government, industry decision makers, and major supporters of the Bureau of Economic Geology recently gathered for the annual meeting of the Bureau’s Visiting Committee.

Discussion topics included the Bureau’s impact on future industry challenges, how the Bureau can ramp up its utilization of “big data” and coming computer advances, and issues surrounding the use and re-use of water in hydrocarbon production.

Bureau researchers and directors reported on several major initiatives, including TexNet/Center for Integrated Seismicity Research (its earthquake monitoring and mitigation program); ongoing research into water resources; the launch of the new 3D Unconventional Resource, Reserves, and Production research consortium; and land assessment using lidar and other technological capabilities of the Bureau’s Environmental Division.

The Visiting Committee convenes once a year to exchange insights and information in a day of conversation that helps to shape the future direction of Bureau research. The meeting is structured to allow for open discussion and dialogue about new ideas within the space where industry, government, and academia intersect.