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Theme 1: Unconventional Resources

Theme Co-Chairs: Mark Sonnenfeld (Whiting Petroleum), Harris Cander (BP Americas), Keith Shanley (Discovery Group) and Steve Cumella (Endeavour International)

A look at major unconventional resource plays around the world and what technologies are being used to better understand and develop these resources. Includes low-permeability mudrock, carbonate and sandstone reservoirs exploited with fracture stimulation.

  • Shale Plays in the Wet-to-Dry Gas Windows
  • Tight Oil Plays
  • Tight Gas Sandstones Including Horizontal Drilling Applications
  • New Technologies in Unconventionals
  • Petrophysics of Resource Plays: Unconventional Core Analyses and Pitfalls, Pore-Scale Imaging
  • Reservoir Characterization Including Both Static and Dynamic Modeling of Resource Plays
  • Pilot Projects in Unconventional Resources: Insights Gained
Theme 2: Developments and Discoveries: From Known to Re-Emergent

Theme Co-Chairs: David Taylor (Noble Energy), John Roesink (Bill Barrett Corp.) and Heather Henry (Chevron North America E&P)

How are new technologies being applied to better find, produce and manage successful reservoirs? What are the best ways to navigate through the data explosion to develop thoughtful, integrated exploration and production programs?

  • Use of Large Datasets (“Big Data”) to Better Understand Existing Reservoirs as Well as Explore for New Resources
  • What Was Old Is New Again: Utilizing New Technologies to Better Understand and Produce Legacy Fields
  • Recent Advances in Geologic Modeling
  • Creative Use of Analogs: Structures, Strata, Outcrops and/or Fields
  • Best Practices for Integrated Subsurface Teams
Theme 3: Carbonates and Evaporites

Theme Co-Chairs: John Humphrey (Colorado School of Mines), David Katz (Whiting Petroleum) and Jerry Bellian (Whiting Petroleum)

This theme will present current understanding and recent research into all aspects of carbonate and evaporite systems as applied to hydrocarbon exploration and development.

  • A Celebration of the Career of Paul "Mitch" Harris
  • Bridging the Carbonate Conventional-Unconventional Gap
  • Recent Advances in Carbonate Diagenesis
  • Modeling of Carbonate and Evaporite Systems
  • Conventional Carbonate Reservoirs
  • Unconventional Carbonate Systems
  • Carbonate and Evaporite Subsurface/Seismic Characterization
Theme 4: Siliciclastics

Theme Co-Chairs: Piret Plink-Bjorklund (Colorado School of Mines), Ron Steel (University of Texas, Austin) and Evan Jones (Colorado School of Mines)

Current concepts and new research into processes of erosion and deposition, stratigraphy and characterization of siliciclastic rocks as applied to exploration and development.

  • Alluvial, Fluvial and Eolian Systems
  • Large Fluvial Fans: Their Recognition in the Ancient, Modern Analogues and Interaction With Axial Systems
  • Deltaic, Estuarine and Shallow Marine Systems
  • Deepwater Systems
  • Source-to-Sink Analysis
  • Quantitative Characterization and Modeling of Sedimentary Systems
  • Rocky Mountain Basins
  • Mudrock Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Clastic Diagenesis and Effects on Reservoir Quality
Theme 5: Structure, Tectonics and Geomechanics

Theme Co-Chairs: Thomas Hearon (ConocoPhillips), Douglas Paton (University of Leeds), Ned Sterne (Independent) and Bruce Trudgill (Colorado School of Mines)

Presents cutting-edge research, new approaches and current understanding across a broad spectrum of rock deformation from outcrops to the subsurface as applied to the exploration and development of petroleum resources.

  • Tectonics and Unconventionals
  • Structural Insights From Microseismic Imaging
  • Geomechanics of Unconventionals
  • New Insights From the Classics — Contraction, Extension and Strike Slip
  • Structural Plays in an Unconventional World
  • Salt of the Earth and Its Role in Structure
  • Tectonic Evolution of Passive Margins
Theme 6: Energy and the Environment

Theme Co-Chairs: Douglas Peters (Arnevut Resources) and Steven Goolsby (Vecta Oil & Gas)

Presents a range of topics including the nexus of hydrocarbons and water, risk, environmental protection, regulatory issues, CO2 storage and EOR, geophysical applications to environmental issues and public perceptions of energy issues including the hydraulic fracturing debates.

  • Stray Gas and Forensic Geochemistry for Environmental Issues
  • CO2 Storage and EOR: Two Sides of the Same Technology
  • Geophysics Applied to O&G Environmental Issues
  • Public Policy and Relations for “Happy” Exploration and Development
  • Water Access, Use and Recycling Issues for Drilling and Completions Operations
  • The Use of Solar and Wind Energy in Oil and Gas Production
  • Unintended Consequences: Anticipating Environmental Impacts of Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development
Theme 7: Geochemistry, Basin Modeling and Petroleum Systems

Theme Co-Chairs: Joe Curiale (Chevron), Ron Hill (EOG Resources) and Vincent Nowaczewski (Chesapeake)

Latest techniques in petroleum geochemistry and basin modeling and their application in solving complex problems in exploration and development. Emphasis also on utilizing basin modeling and petroleum-system analysis to develop and refine new and existing play concepts.

  • Exploration and Production Applications of Basin Modeling
  • Porosity in Source Rocks
  • Gases: Hydrocarbons and Non-Hydrocarbons
  • Source Rock Evaluation: New Technologies Including Integration With Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Molecular Geochemistry in Exploration and Development
  • Reservoir and Production Applications of Geochemistry
  • The Petroleum-Systems Concept in Action: Practical Applications
  • Applications of XRF and ICP to Understanding Organic Matter
Theme 8: Geophysics: Integration, Inversion and Illumination

Theme Co-Chairs: Tanya Inks (IS Interpretation Services), Warren Agena (U.S. Geological Survey), Tom Bratton (Colorado School of Mines), Bruce Golob (ION Technologies), Phyllis Spear (Anschutz Exploration) and Sarah Gach (Ultra Petroleum)

Presentations will focus on leading-edge technologies and recent advances in geophysics with emphasis on case studies showing how the integration of geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering is used to improve the success of exploration and production efforts.

  • Interdisciplinary Exploration Case Studies or Basin Evaluation
  • Interdisciplinary Exploitation or Field Development Case Studies
  • What’s Shakin’?: Causes and Cures for Induced Seismicity
  • Advanced Interpretation Techniques (e.g. Inversion Methods and Results, Depth Conversion and Modeling, Multi-Variant Statistical Methods, Fracture Detection, etc.)
  • Non-Seismic Exploration and Production Methods (e.g. Integrating Potential Fields, Magnetics, Remote Sensing, etc.) With Geologic and Petroleum Engineering Studies
Theme 9: The Other Unconventionals: The Expanding World of Energy Minerals

Theme Co-Chairs: Jeff Aldrich (MHA USA), Jeremy Boak (Colorado School of Mines), William Ambrose and Bruce Cutright (Bureau of Economic Geology)

Oil sands, coal, CBM, uranium, gas hydrates, geothermal and thermally cracking hydrocarbons in-situ (or mining!). This EMD theme will showcase the other 50% of the world’s energy production. From syn-gas to clathrates and all reservoirs in-between, these global subcategories showcase the latest in technology and new concepts.

  • Global CBM Developments
  • Extra-Terrestrial Helium Deposits
  • The Reality of Gas Hydrates
  • Geothermal Challenges and Delivery
  • Coal Resources for the Next Hundred Years
  • Oil Sands and Bitumen Deposits: Resource to Refinery
  • New Views of the Solar System; Mars Curiosity/Dawn Ceres/Saturn Cassini
Theme 10: Core – The Ultimate Source of Underground Truth

Theme Co-Chairs: Jack Beuthin (Weatherford Labs) and Marshall Deacon (Noble Energy)

Examining core from various reservoirs and source rocks is a foundation of petroleum geoscience. Discussion will be centered on relationships between different attributes such as facies variations, sequence stratigraphy, structure/natural fractures, reservoir/source rock quality, completion quality and petrophysical models.

  • Mudstone Sedimentology: Process and Product
  • High-Resolution Chemostratigraphy From Cores
  • Understanding Your Rock Through SEM Imaging
  • CT Scanning Applications of Core
  • Impact of Depositional Fabric/Texture on Reservoir Quality
  • First Look at New/Emerging Plays

NOTE: The core poster session will be a full-day event and will be held in a secure room.  Presenters are expected to attend the entire session. Displays will be limited to one six-foot table for core layout and one eight-foot long poster panel.

Theme 11: The Past Is the Key to the Present! History of Facets of Petroleum Geology

Theme Co-Chairs: Robbie Gries (Priority Oil & Gas) and Rasoul Sorkhabi (Energy & Geoscience Institute)

Presents historical perspectives on GeoLegends, watershed events, first or giant discoveries and conceptual or technical developments in the oil and gas exploration of the Rockies, the Appalachians and other fold-thrust belts and foreland basins around the world.

Topics Include:

  • History
  • Petroleum Geology
  • GeoLegends
  • Foreland Basins
  • Subthrust Discoveries
Theme 12: SEPM Research Symposium—Channels: From Geomorphic Expression to Stratigraphic Record

Theme Co-Chairs: Andrea Fildani (SEPM), Steve Hubbard (SEPM), Jake Covault (SEPM) and Brian Romans (SEPM)

This Symposium will emphasize channels characterized from multiple datasets and a breadth of environments, as well as their expression in the stratigraphic record. Submissions that interpret sedimentary processes of how channels form on Earth and other planets and their products in geomorphology, strata and surfaces preserved in the rock record are encouraged.

Theme 13: AAPG and SEPM Student Poster Sessions

Theme Co-Chairs: Susan Waters (Shell), Rick Sarg (Colorado School of Mines), Howard Harper (SEPM), and Alex Janevski (Shell)

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

  • AAPG
  • SEPM
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