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ACE Program Session

Sunday, 7 June 2020, 11:55 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

History of Petroleum Geology

The History of Petroleum Geology Committee will again hold its annual forum in a special session of high-quality papers. Its program will be very diversified, with presentation dealing with various aspects of petroleum geology and petroleum industry. 

ACE Program Session

Monday, 8 June 2020, 8:00 a.m.–9:25 a.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

What is the Future of the Upstream Business?

This session will address key strategic themes facing the upstream industry and their business implications including; investors, global energy supply, new exploration areas, and competition. Energy is a key driver in this economic success story. The industry has continued to provide fuel and power in an accessible and affordable fashion ultimately changing people’s lives for the better. Cleaner cooking fuels, reliable lighting, refrigeration, and motorized transportation are some of these enablers. Reducing costs of energy production and reducing the impacts of energy use on the environment are other factors facing industry. Technology is key—it is the foundation for meeting the challenges we face. More than any single factor, technology will shape our energy future. It has enabled us to help eradicate peak oil, capture efficiencies, and create value. Through free markets and strong partnerships, we can harness the technology potential and rise to the challenge and shape a future that meets our shared aspirations.

ACE Program Session

Monday, 8 June 2020, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

Special Session: In Honor of Dr. Albert W. Bally

Late in July 2019, the geocommunity lost one of its icons. Dr. Albert W. Bally passed away at the age of 94 after a long career that not only helped usher in the era of integrated geology and geophysics as applied to exploration, but also gifted the industry with his influence on numerous students and colleagues. 

ACE Program Session

Monday, 8 June 2020, 10:05 a.m.–11:50 a.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

Will Exploration and Production Regain Its Luster for Investors?

The E&P business is undergoing major structural changes as it matures—total capex is now down 25% from its 2014 peak; drilling activity is flirting with new ten-year lows, and exploration discoveries are at 52-year lows. Moreover, E&P companies are out of favor with investors; and make up less than 5% of the New York Stock exchange S&P 500, the lowest in 15 years.

ACE Program Session

Monday, 8 June 2020, 10:05 a.m.–11:50 a.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

Mega-Plays that Changed the World—Examples Around the Globe

This session will address exploration areas around the globe with significant discoveries in the last decade, and challenges in bringing them online with great efficiency.

ACE Program Session

Monday, 8 June 2020, 10:05 a.m.–11:50 a.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

Perfecting the Search: Learning from Dry Holes to Enable Future Exploration Success

Global experts will share hard-won lessons on decision tree analysis, post mortem case studies, probabilistic analysis for conventional dry holes, privileged insights from global direct hydrocarbon indicators (DHIs), critical elements in look-alike analogs, and how corporate look-backs reinforce the importance of maintaining and regenerating healthy prospect inventories. The goal of this session is to help explorers improve their success rate through illustrative methodologies and examples.

ACE Program Session

Monday, 8 June 2020, 1:15 p.m.–2:40 p.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

Energy Transitions and the Carbon Question

This session features talks from industry leaders on the latest issues with respect to the energy mix and carbon management. Topics will include new technologies for sustainable exploration and development of petroleum resources and how it relates to global business opportunities including carbon capture projects. The panelists will also discuss how professional societies are addressing the technical roles of geoscientists and engineers in the energy transition and the positive impact their work in the petroleum industry can have on global energy development.

ACE Program Session

Monday, 8 June 2020, 1:15 p.m.–5:05 p.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

NPC CCUS Study

The session will focus on both the technical and non-technical aspects of CCUS being commercially ready for deployment and will look closely at the main chapters of the NPS CCUS report. Technical touch points will focus on the core petroleum engineering discipline capability of CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and CO2 Storage, as well as other CCUS supply chain components of capture and transport and the alternative of non-EOR utilization. Non-technical topics include policies, regulations, legal aspects, and stakeholder engagement.

ACE Program Session

Monday, 8 June 2020, 1:15 p.m.–5:05 p.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

“Giant Discoveries I”

The “Discovery Thinking” Forum will be the twenty-second presentation of the AAPG 100th Anniversary Committee’s program recognizing “100 Who Made a Difference.” These Forums, co-sponsored by AAPG’s Division of Professional Affairs (DPA), will feature invited speakers who will describe major and significant discoveries. We are pleased to announce this Forum will continue at Houston ACE 2020 with four (or more) very notable discovery presentations. 

ACE Networking Event

Monday, 8 June 2020, 5:10 p.m.–6:10 p.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

Business Acumen and Soft Skills in an Everchanging Exploration World

The talk will present real life examples that give a front view of the action concerning the sometimes-difficult phase of negotiation coming once an exploration project evaluation has been carried out and validated. Lessons from the cases will be discussed, concerning particularly the business insight needed to find “out-of-the-box” ways to implement a winning strategy.

ACE Networking Event

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

Addressing the Three-Dimensionality of the Stratigraphic Record: Implications for Sequence Stratigraphy

This SEPM research symposium is aimed at directly addressing three-dimensional stratigraphic variability and better understanding allogenic and autogenic controls on this variability.

ACE Program Session

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 8:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

Making the Business Case for Geology

With the increased focus on cost reductions in the current commodity price environment, many companies are cutting costs by removing geological data gathering. While many geologists inherently understand the value of collecting and analyzing geological data, it is more challenging to articulate the economic benefits, especially to non-geological team members. This session will include examples of leveraging existing data from public sources, new analytical techniques applied to existing data, and collection of new data and how this new information has provided the opportunity to make better or faster business decisions. 

ACE Program Session

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 8:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

Business of Petroleum: Using Science for Economic Benefit: Valuation and Investment Decisions in Oil and Gas Ventures

Technical ideas need financial backing, but first value must be determined. Valuations fluctuate depending on perceptions by a willing buyer and seller. ESG increasingly plays a significant role. Attend the session to answer: What factors affect my project valuation? How do financiers account for risk? What is role of ESG? Panel Q&A sessions will enhance audience participation. 

ACE Program Session

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 1:15 p.m.–5:05 p.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

Business of Petroleum: Using Science for Economic Benefit: Financing Oil and Gas Ventures

Financial backing is the connector between ingenious technical ideas and successful tests. Financing methods evolve through time, and this session contains the latest varieties of available financing forms and geologists that use them. Attend the session to answer: What forms of financing are available? Which one is best for my project? Panel Q&A sessions will enhance audience participation. 

ACE Program Session

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 1:15 p.m.–5:05 p.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

Brazil Presalt Basins—Santos Basin: Deep-water Reinvents Itself—Scenarios to Build for the Ultimate Depths

The session will focus in the understanding of the elements and processes of the Petroleum System Approach that make the pre-salt hydrocarbon province of the Santos basin, one of the most important petroleum frontiers in the deep- and ultra-water realm in the world.