100 Years of Science
Fueling 100 Years of Prosperity
Houston Texas

On behalf of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), its divisions, the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), and our host, the Houston Geological Society (HGS), it is my pleasure to welcome you to Houston and the 2017 Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE).

In addition to the stellar technical program you have come to expect at AAPG’s Annual Convention, this year we are celebrating AAPG’s 100th anniversary. In 1917, AAPG was formed for the purpose of promoting the exchange of ideas on petroleum geology through publications and oral communication. As members and geoscientists, we can be justifiably proud of the legacy that has been created over the last century. Our theme, “100 Years of Science Fueling 100 Years of Prosperity,” signals our intention to honor the past while shaping the future.

The planning by the 100th Anniversary Committee began over ten years ago, in an environment of $80 to $100/barrel oil, and we are executing those plans in a $50/barrel reality. Some of the projects that have come from this effort are video interviews with prominent petroleum geoscientists, a study of outcrops that changed the way we practice petroleum geology, a compilation of significant papers in petroleum geology, and a compilation of field trip guidebooks that are available on AAPG’s website.

In addition, the Professional Women in Earth Sciences Committee (PROWESS) is honoring 100 years of women in petroleum geology and their accomplishments. Take a few minutes to visit their timeline of the first 100 female members of AAPG in the hallway outside the oral session rooms.

The oral sessions corridor is also where you will also see excerpts of the GeoLegends interviews and a display of past AAPG presidents and Sidney Powers Award winners.

More than 220 exhibitors have joined us to celebrate our 100th anniversary. They have contributed greatly to the advancement of petroleum geology over the decades, and they will be displaying the technology that will carry us into the next 100 years.

The Preservation of Geoscience Data committee has a core and data display in the exhibit hall featuring cores from discoveries that highlight the changes and shifts in the plays, traps, and reservoirs that have been targeted over the decades. Also in the exhibit hal, you can experience demos of the Datapages Archives, Datapages Digital Exploration Objects (DEO) and the new Digital Immersive Geosciences program.

Thank you for attending this 100th Anniversary edition of ACE. It should prove to be an informative and entertaining week.


Dave Rensink
General Chair
AAPG 2017 Annual
Convention and Exhibition (ACE)

David Rensink General Chair,
AAPG 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition

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