The 2020 Applied Geodynamics Laboratory Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday–Friday, November 5–6, 2020 in the Commons Center at the JJ Pickle Research Campus in Austin, Texas.
Slide Set 37 from the 2018 Applied Geodynamics Laboratory Annual Meeting is available in the Member's Area.
More than 160 delegates from 24 AGL member companies attended the 31st AGL Annual Review Meeting, held in Austin on November 7–8. Delegates were treated to 24 presentations from AGL scientists and collaborators, Gillian Apps, Donald Christie, Tim Dooley, Jean Joseph d'Hooghvorst, Ollie Duffy, Naiara Fernandez, Baiyuan Gao, Mahdi Heidari, Mike Hudec, Chris Jackson, David Mohrig, Maria Nikolinaou, Frank Peel, and Juan Soto. Click here for a pdf of pictures from the meeting.
Hudec, M.R., Dooley, T.P, Peel, F.J., and Soto, J.I., 2019, Controls on the evolution of passive-margin salt basins: Structure and evolution of the Salina del Bravo region, northeastern Mexico: GSA Bulletin, doi: 10.1130/B35283.1
Fernandez, N., Hudec, M.R., Jackson, C.A-L., Dooley, T.P., Duffy, O.B., (2019) The competition for salt and kinematic interactions between minibasins during density-driven subsidence: observations from numerical models. Petroleum Geoscience. DOI: 10.1144/petgeo2019-051
Hooghvorst J.J*, Harrold T.W.D., Nikolinakou M.A., Fernandez O., Marcuello A. (2019): Comparison of stresses in 3D vs 2D geomechanical modelling of salt structures in the Tarfaya basin, West African Coast; Petroleum Geoscience, https://doi.org/10.1144/petgeo2018-095
Jackson C.A-L, Duffy O.B., Fernandez, N, Dooley T.P, Hudec M.R., Jackson M.P.A and Burg G. 2019. The stratigraphic record of minibasin subsidence, Precaspian Basin, Kazakhstan. Basin Research. https://doi.org/10.1111/bre.12393
On August 26, 2019, Maria Nikolinakou visited the UTEP Geological Sciences department and was the first seminar speaker for the Fall 2019 semester. Maria also spent time with students from the salt groups of Dr. Giles and Dr. Langford.
Heidari M., Nikolinakou M. A., Hudec M.R., and Flemings P.B., Influence of a reservoir bed on diapirism and drilling hazards near a salt diapir: a geomechanical approach. Petroleum Geoscience, 25, 282-297, 2019, doi.org/10.1144/petgeo2018-113.
Nikolinakou M. A., Goteti R., and Heidari M., Mechanics of salt systems; state of the field in numberical methods, Petroleum Geoscience, 25, 249-250, 23 July 2019, doi.org/10.1144/petgeo2019-086
The August issue of Petroleum Geoscience is the 25th Anniversary issue for the Journal.
Coleman A.J., Duffy O.B., and Jackson C.A-L. 2019. Growth folds above propagating normal faults. Earth-Science Reviews. Volume 196. doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.102885
Duffy O.B., Fernandez N., Peel F.J., Hudec M.R., Dooley T.P., and Jackson C.A-L. 2019. Obstructed Minibasins on a Salt‐Detached Slope: An Example from above the Sigsbee Canopy, Northern Gulf of Mexico. Basin Research. doi/full/10.1111/bre.12380
On July 22, Mike Hudec and Mahdi Heidari visited BHP’s Houston office to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of BHP’s membership in the AGL consortium.
Tim Dooley visited Hess in Houston on July 25 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of Hess' membership in the AGL consortium.
Maria Nikolinakou attended the 53 US Rock Mechanics Geomechanics Symposium (ARMA) in Brooklyn, New York on June 23-27, 2019. She presented a paper on geomechanical modeling of sediment stress-level dependency with application to a salt system. Maria also chaired a session on Constitutive behavior in geomechanics: experiments, simulations and applications, and was member of the organizing committee. Picture: Organizing committee 2019
Mahdi Heidari attended the 53 US Rock Mechanics Geomechanics Symposium (ARMA) in Brooklyn, New York on June 23-27, 2019. He was the chair of Awards Committee and presented an oral talk entitled:"Impacts of stress-level dependency of mudrock mechanical behavior on the pore pressure and geometry of critical tapers".
Pichel, L. M., Jackson, C. A-L., Peel, F., & Dooley, T. P. (2019). Base‐salt relief controls salt‐tectonic structural style, São Paulo Plateau, Santos Basin, Brazil. Basin Research, 363(1), 303–32. doi.org/10.1111/bre.12375Basin Research, 363(1), 303–32. doi.org/10.1111/bre.12375
Nikolinakou M.A., Heidari M., Hudec M.R., Flemings P.B., 2019: Stress and deformation in plastic mudrocks overturning in front of advancing salt sheets; implications for system kinematics and drilling; Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00603-019-01852-2.
Michael R. Hudec, Ian O. Norton; Upper Jurassic structure and evolution of the Yucatán and Campeche subbasins, southern Gulf of Mexico: AAPG Bulletin (2019) 103 (5): 1133-1151, doi 10.1306/11151817405
On May 7, 2019 Maria Nikolinakou visited Hess to present her work in geomechanical modeling.
On May 12–17, Mike Hudec led a field trip for Repsol entitled “Salt and Extensional Tectonics in the Paradox Basin.” Mike and roughly 20 delegates from Repsol studied salt structures and their sedimentary response in the spectacular scenery of southeast Utah.
Members of the AGL team made a strong showing at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition 2019, held May 19-22, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas:
Mahdi Heidari presented his poster “Integration of Geomechanical Modeling and Seismic Data to Predict Pore Pressure and Stress in Complex Subsurface Settings”.
Oliver Duffy gave an oral presentation, “Minibasin Obstruction by Base-Salt Welding on a Salt-Detached Slope: An Example from the Northern Gulf of Mexico”. Authors: Duffy O, Fernandez N, Peel F, Hudec, M, Dooley T, Jackson C A-L.
Frank Peel gave an oral presentation, “How long does it take to deposit a salt giant? (Louann Salt, Gulf of Mexico)”. Author: Peel F
Tim Dooley presented two posters. (1) “Shortening of Diapir Provinces: Translation, Tilting and Rotation of Minibasins in Isolated Minibasin Systems”. Authors: Dooley TP, Duffy O, Hudec MR, Fernandez N and (2) “Loading a Complex Salt Isopach: Progradation Across a Salt-Filled Rift System”. Authors: Dooley TP, and Hudec MR
Maria Nikolinakou gave an oral presentation, “Evolution of Pressure and Stress in Salt-Suture Mudrocks”. Authors: Nikolinakou M, Heidari M, Hudec MR, Flemings PF. Maria also was a co-organizer of the Salt Sub-theme and co-chaired with Oliver Duffy a salt sub-theme poster session.
Mike Hudec gave a talk titled “Evolution of the Salina del Bravo Region, Mexico: The Bravo Trough, Sigsbee Canopy and Perdido Fold Belt”, Authors: Hudec MR, Dooley TP, and Peel F.
The entire salt tectonics session was a tribute to the scientific achievements of the late Martin Jackson, founder of AGL.
Maria Nikolinakou presented at Chevron’s Geomechanics workshop on May 19, 2019.
Oliver Duffy attended the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, Austria from April 8th-11th. Oliver delivered an oral presentation on recent AGL work focusing on how minibasins become obstructed on salt-detached slopes, using an example from the Gulf of Mexico. This work was co- authored by Naiara Fernandez, Frank Peel, Mike Hudec, Tim Dooley and Chris Jackson.
Oliver Duffy then continued his European adventure and attended the AAPG GTW workshop on EuroAsian Mature Salt Basins in Krakow, Poland from April 16th-18th. Oliver delivered an oral presentation on recent AGL work on the Precaspian Basin. In addition, posters on related themes, lead-authored by Naiara Fernandez and Tim Dooley, were also presented. As part of this trip, Oliver took part in a field trip to the world famous Wieliczka Salt Mine. The mine has been active since 1330 and contains vast underground chambers and ornate chapels carved from salt.
On April 8, 2019 Oliver Duffy, Tim Dooley, Mike Hudec and Naiara Fernandez received the 2019 Tinker Family BEG Publication Award for Exemplary Publication of Scientific or Economic Impact for their paper:
Duffy, O. B., Dooley, T. P., Hudec, M. R., Jackson, M. P. A., Fernandez, N., Jackson C. A-L., and Soto J. I., 2018, Structural evolution of salt-influenced fold-and-thrust belts: a synthesis and new insights from basins containing isolated salt diapirs: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 114,p. 206-221, doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2018.06.024
Maria Nikolinakou visited Northern Illinois University at DeKalb, Illinois on April 19, 2019 to give the Geology and Environmental Geosciences departmental seminar.
Mike Hudec visited the Petronas office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 25–April 2. While there, Mike taught two short courses on salt tectonics and discussed salt structures in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Brazil, offshore West Africa, and Red Sea with Petronas staff. Parts of the visit were provided as part of Petronas’ membership in the AGL consortium.
Antje Lenhart, Christopher A.-L. Jackson, Rebecca E. Bell, Oliver B. Duffy, Robert L. Gawthorpe, Haakon Fossen; Structural architecture and composition of crystalline basement offshore west Norway. Lithosphere: doi.org/10.1130/L668.1
Mike Hudec and John Snedden visited WesternGeco’s Houston office on February 7 to discuss collaborative research opportunities.
Mike Hudec and Naiara Fernandez visited Talos Energy’s offices in Houston on February 19 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of Talos’ membership in the AGL consortium.
Mike Hudec spent the day at Blazier Elementary School on February 22 as part of Career Day. Mike represented geosciences, and went through about a pound of dry ice while making a paper mache volcano erupt more than 100 times.
Mike Hudec presented “Evolution of the Salina del Bravo, Mexico: the Bravo Trough, Sigsbee Canopy and Perdido Fold Belt” as part of the Bureau of Economic Geology Friday seminar series on December 11.
Mike Hudec and Oliver Duffy visited Shell’s offices in Houston on January 14 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of Shell’s membership in the AGL consortium.