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ACE FT 07 | Unconventional Source Rock Reservoir Field Seminar: Eagle Ford Group (West Texas)

AAPG Energy Minerals Division (EMD)

Wednesday, 5 April – Saturday, 8 April 2017, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.  |  Houston, Texas, United States

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Who Should Attend

Geoscientists and Engineers who are exploring for, as well as exploiting, unconventional source rock reservoirs.


  • Opportunity to examine spectacular outcrops of the Eagle Ford Group, as well as the underlying Del Rio and Buda, and the overlying Austin Group, in West Texas
  • Illustrate how integrated 21st Century field techniques, coupled with porting the subsurface stratigraphy to the surface exposures, can be used to make outcrops relevant again.
  • Observe the vertical variably within the Eagle Ford Group at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.
  • Gain a better understanding of the factors that control the distribution and thickness variations of the primary unconventional source rock pay zones within the Eagle Ford Group in the subsurface of South Texas.
  • Use the outcrops of the Eagle Ford Group as props to discuss other unconventional source rock plays

About Field Trip

The Eagle Ford Group can be seen, accessed and examined at numerous spectacular cut-bank exposures within Lozier canyon and its tributaries located in Terrell County, Texas. Within a 50 square mile region of this canyon system, tens of Eagle Ford outcrops, each with thousands of feet of lateral continuity and hundreds of feet of vertical relief. These outcrops provide an unparalleled opportunity examine the facies, key stratal surfaces, chronostratigraphic units, as well as the lateral continuity and vertical variability of an unconventional source rock reservoir, from the completion to field scale.

The purpose of this seminar will be three-fold. First, it will demonstrate how 21st Century field techniques can be used to port the subsurface stratigraphy to the surface exposures, in order to make outcrops relevant again. Second, it will demonstrate that the learnings from the Eagle Ford outcrops in West Texas can be directly applied to explaining and predicting the distribution and thickness variations of Eagle Ford unconventional source rock reservoirs in the subsurface of South Texas. Thirdly, these stunning exposures will facilitate discussions on the geologic, engineering, and drilling challenges associated with exploring and exploiting unconventional source rock reservoirs.

Many of the localities that will be visited during this field seminar are on private property with restricted and proprietary access. Thus, this fieldtrip provides a unique opportunity to visit some of the classic Eagle Ford localities in West Texas that have been inaccessible for over 50 years.


Wednesday, 5 April

Leave Houston at 1:00 p.m. arrive in Del Rio at 730 (Del Rio Ramada: Group Dinner)

Thursday, 6 April

Depart for field at 7:00 a.m. Examine Del Rio, Buda, Eagle Ford, and Austin in outcrops along US Highway 90. Overview of Eagle Ford at Lozier Canyon. Return to Del Rio at 6pm (Group Dinner)

Friday, 7 April

Depart for field at 7:00 a.m. Detailed examination of Eagle Ford Group in Antonio Creek drainage of Lozier Canyon. Return to Del Rio at 630pm (Group Dinner)

Saturday, 8 April

Depart for Houston at 8:00 a.m. Arrive in Houston at 3:00 p.m.


Professionals: $1,375

Students: $1,200

Applicable Credits: 0

Limit: 35 people, 8 (students)

Includes: Hotel, ground transportation, breakfast (Thursday, Friday, Saturday), lunch (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) and guidebook.

Notes: This trip includes a day-long 8+ -mile hike, so individuals should be in good physical condition for this fieldtrip. Proper field boots as well as climbing helmets are required.


Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston Texas 77010
United States
(713) 853-8000
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AAPG Instructor  
Texas A&M, Houston, Texas

Important Notes Regarding Field Trips

  • Field trips are limited in size and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and must be accompanied by full payment.
  • If you do not plan on attending the convention, a US $30 enrollment fee will be added to the field trip fee. This fee may be applied toward registration if you decide to attend the convention at a later date.
  • A wait list is automatically created if a field trip sells out. The AAPG Convention Department will notify you if space becomes available.
  • Before purchasing non-refundable airline tickets, confirm that the trip will take place, as trips may be canceled if under-subscribed.
  • Please register well before 23 February. Field trip cancellation due to low enrollment will be considered at this time. No refunds will be allowed on field trips after this date.
  • We will continue to take registrations for field trips not canceled until they are either sold out or closed.
  • It is important that you note your gender when registering for hotel room assignments.
  • Prior to the field trip you will receive an itinerary with details of meeting points, transportation with the trip phone numbers and email addresses of hotels and trip leaders, etc.
  • Proper clothing and supplies are needed for the outdoors (hat, windbreaker, sturdy footwear and rucksack).
  • Depending on location, temperatures can range from 40 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit with or without rain. Participants are advised to check local weather forecasts for latest updates.
  • Insect repellent and sun protection (sunscreen and hats) are recommended.
  • AAPG, the sponsoring organizations nor field trip leaders and their employers maintain insurance covering illness or injury for individuals.


There are a limited number of discounted registrations available for students on a first-come, first-served basis. If a discounted space is still available, it will show up during the online registration process. If discounted spots are no longer available, you may register at the full fee; if we are able to add additional discounted spots we will refund the difference at that time.

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