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Technical Program

Each theme and subtheme are listed below. Check out the Itinerary Planner for date/time, type (oral/poster) and location, as well as use this online tool to review the abstracts and plan your trip.

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Theme 1: Emerging Frontiers and New Technology
Ideas and Innovations That Revolutionize the E&P Industry

How are recent breakthroughs in geoscience technology advancing the science of petroleum geology and contributing to emerging conventional, unconventional, deepwater, and subsalt plays, and to enhanced recovery in mature reservoirs?

Theme subcategories:

  • Quantitative Reservoir Description from Pore to Reservoir Scale
  • High Resolution Subsurface Imaging
  • Development and Application of Outcrop and Subsurface Analogs
  • Recent Advances in Geologic Modeling

Theme 2: Unconventional Resources
What Have We Learned So Far and Where Are We Going?

What is the current state of unconventional resources around the world? How can a better understanding of paleogeographic and tectonic events and burial history improve our knowledge of hydrocarbon accumulation, controls on production, and future potential of unconventional reservoirs? How are lessons learned in North American unconventional reservoirs being applied elsewhere?

Theme subcategories:

  • Shale Plays
  • Tight Oil Plays
  • Unconventional Liquids Plays
  • Unconventional Gas
  • U.S. Unconventionals
  • International Unconventionals
  • New Play Concepts/Research
  • Evaluation Methods, Old and New

Theme 3: Producing Oil and Gas Fields and New Conventional Plays: How Do We Maximize Recovery by Applying New Science and Multidisciplinary Approaches to Mature Fields and Plays?

Theme subcategories:

  • Remaining Resource Potential in "Mature" Fields
  • Reassessing Old Fields with New Concepts and Technologies
  • Keys to Unlocking the Ultimate Resource Prize
  • 21st Century Enhanced Recovery Case Studies
  • Brownfield Plays with Greenfield Upside
  • Conventional Plays 20.14 — The “New” Unconventionals

Theme 4: Siliciclastics

How can exploration and development results improve by applying new concepts in siliciclastic deposition, characterization, and stratigraphy?

Theme subcategories:

  • Alluvial, Eolian, Fluvial and Deltaic Systems and Architectures
  • Advances and Applications of Correlation Tools and Geo and Thermochronology Methods in Siliciclastic Basin Analysis
  • Shallow Marine and Nearshore Systems: Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Characterization and Controls
  • Integrating Depositional Models, Sedimentology and Diagenesis to Characterize Tight Sand Reservoirs
  • Sedimentology, Architecture and Process Controls of Deepwater Siliciclastic Systems
  • Turbidites and Contourites
  • Quantitative Measurement and Modeling of Sedimentary Systems: Successes and Innovations
  • Clastic Diagenesis and Reservoir Quality Prediction: Advances and Applications
  • Integrated Source to Sink Sedimentary Systems and Applications to Stratigraphic Prediction
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy of Siltstone Reservoirs

Theme 5: Carbonates and Evaporites

This theme will present new research into carbonate and evaporite deposits as applied to exploration and development.

Theme subcategories:

  • Unconventional Carbonate Reservoirs
  • Pore Systems, Permeability and Flow in Carbonate Reservoirs
  • Pre-Salt Carbonates of the South Atlantic
  • Carbonate Diagenesis
  • Seismic Stratigraphy, Geomorphology and Heterogeneity of Carbonates
  • Structural Controls on Carbonate Deposition, Diagenesis and Reservoir Properties
  • Reservoir Characterization of Carbonates and Evaporites
  • Advances in Carbonate and Evaporite Systems
  • SEPM Research Symposium: New Advances in Devonian Carbonates: Outcrop Analogs, Reservoirs and Chronostratigraphy

Theme 6: Energy and the Environment

Geoscience applications, environmental protection, and risk are intertwined in energy production and CO2 capture and storage. Environmental geoscientists will showcase their latest activities.

Theme subcategories:

  • The Great American Carbonate Bank — Geology and Economic Resources of the Cambro-Ordovician Sauk Megasequence
  • Water Management in Hydraulic Fracturing Projects
  • Microseismics for Drilling and Fracture Tracking
  • Managing Risk of Induced Seismicity in Water Disposal, Carbon Dioxide Storage, and EOR
  • CO2 Capture and Availability for EOR: Economics and Environmental Issues, Source-to-Sink
  • Environmental Impacts of EOR Activities, Onshore and Offshore
  • Arctic Drilling: Environmental Issues and Management

Theme 7: Geochemistry and Petroleum Systems Analysis

How does recent research in systems from sedimentary-basin- to nano-scale, including but not limited to mudrock stratigraphy and geochemistry, porosity and connectivity evolution in organic rich shales, mechanical properties of shales and carbonates, hydrocarbon generation, sorption, expulsion and migration, add to the integrated analysis and modeling of conventional and unconventional petroleum systems?

Theme subcategories

  • Petroleum Systems Modeling Research
  • Hydrocarbon Expulsion Efficiency — How Much is Left Behind?
  • Quantification of Porosity and Connectivity Evolution in Organic Rich Shales
  • Integrated Approaches in Pressure Prediction
  • Kinetics and Transformation of Kerogens
  • Biodegradation and Alteration, Biogenic Gas
  • Modeling Physical and Chemical Processes from Basin to Nano-Scale
  • Geochemistry and Petroleum Systems Modeling Case Studies: Rifts, Salt Basins, Conventional and Unconventional Systems
  • Petroleum Geochemistry and Source Rocks Characterization During the Last 50 years

Theme 8: Structure, Tectonics and Geomechanics

This theme will present the state-of-the-art approaches and research into tectonics, structural geology, and geomechanics from the basin to the reservoir. This theme also encompasses neotectonics, earthquakes, and related environmental concerns.

Theme subcategories:

  • Plate Tectonic and Neotectonic Controls on Basin Development and the Stratigraphic Response
  • New Models of Contractional Tectonics and Foreland Basin Evolution
  • Structure and Geodynamics of Extensional Margins and Impact on the Evolution of Petroleum Systems and Reservoir Productivity
  • Exploration and Development in Salt and Deepwater Structural Systems
  • Methods for Quantitative Seismic Structural Interpretation and Analysis
  • Understanding the Impact of Faulting, Fracturing, Stress and Rock Properties in Shale and Tight Reservoirs
  • Geomechanical Modeling of Naturally Fractured and Hydraulically Stimulated Reservoirs
  • Quantitative Trap Analysis: Fault Seal and Compartmentalization, Top Seal, Pore Pressure and Effective Stress
  • Unraveling the Relationships Between Deformation, Diagenesis and Reservoir Quality

Theme 9: Geophysical Methods for Exploration and Production

This theme will focus on established and innovative technologies and techniques used in geophysical interpretation, data acquisition, and data processing. Session topics will cover the multi-faceted aspects of global conventional and unconventional oil and gas exploration.

Theme subcategories:

  • Case Studies of Geological and Geophysical Integration Including Microseismic Methods
  • Non-Seismic Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production Methods (Potential Fields, Remote Sensing, Rock Physics)
  • Seismic Visualization of Hydrocarbon Play Fairways

AAPG and SEPM Student Poster Sessions

This theme will showcase the research and current work of student members of AAPG and SEPM.

This theme will showcase the research and current work of student members of AAPG and SEPM.

Special Session: History of Petroleum Geology

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