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ACE Activity

Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.,

Opening Session

Start your ACE 2020 adventure at the Opening Session and Awards Ceremony. ACE General Chair and BP Senior Vice President, Cindy Yeilding, will open the convention with an overview of more than 1,100 technical and business presentations that make the ACE 2020 convention the most exciting and comprehensive in AAPG’s history. Then, Mike Party, AAPG’s president will give his State of the Association address, with in-depth details about AAPG’s opportunities and challenges and collected insights into the future of energy geosciences. Finally, you can share great pride in the profession as the industry’s most remarkable explorers, scientists, leaders, and patrons are honored with AAPG’s highest awards.

ACE Networking Event

Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 8:35 a.m.–9:15 a.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 Program Session

Tuesday, 29 September 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

Tuesday, 29 September 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 focus on exploration successes in the last decade, the challenges in bringing the resources online, the impacts on global supply and demand, and their importance to the economies of their regions.

ACE Networking Event

Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m.,

Energy in The Twenty First Century and the Role of Hydrocarbons

The energy transition is often described as the switch from carbon-based fuels to non-carbon fuels. . At this luncheon, Dr. Scott Tinker will discuss how it is vital that the energy dialog seek compromise and non-partisan convergence on workable solutions, which will vary by country and region.

ACE Program Session

Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 1:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m., Austin, TX

Discovery Thinking Forum – Giant Global Discoveries I (AAPG/DPA)

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

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 8:00 a.m.–11:50 a.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

Wednesday, 30 September 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

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 8:00 a.m.–11:50 a.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

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 8:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m., Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center

Special Session: In Honor of Dr. Stephen Craig Ruppel

Dr. Stephen Craig Ruppel passed away peacefully at his home in Austin, Texas, on October 21, 2019. Steve was a Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology who had more than 40 years of research experience in the sedimentological and geochemical characterization of carbonate and mudrock reservoir systems. 

ACE Program Session

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m.,

The Coming Energy Transformation: Drivers, Consequences, and Implications for Geopolitics

Dr. Bazilian challenges us to consider our role as scientists and global citizens on the road to net-zero. EMD and DEG Divisions will also honor technical and service contributions of our members through presentation of awards. Please join EMD and DEG members for this interesting featured speaker presentation.

ACE Program Session

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 12:15 p.m.–1:45 p.m.,

Tackling the Challenge of an Imperfect Stratigraphic Record

Climate, tectonics, and life influence the flux and caliber of sediment transported across Earth’s surface. These environmental conditions can leave behind imprints in the Earth’s sedimentary archive, but signals of climate, tectonic, and biologic change are not always present in the stratigraphic record. Dr. Kyle Straub will talk about how emergent and self-organized patterns and processes in landscapes fundamentally control the likelihood of environmental signal preservation in sedimentary deposits.

ACE Program Session

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 1:15 p.m.–3:00 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

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 3:30 p.m.–4:55 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 Networking Event

Thursday, 1 October 2020, 8:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m., Austin, TX

Discovery Thinking Forum – Giant Global Discoveries II (AAPG/DPA)

The “Discovery Thinking” Forum will be the twenty third 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 with very notable giant field discovery presentations.

ACE Program Session

Thursday, 1 October 2020, 8:05 a.m.–9:25 a.m., Austin, TX

ANP – Brazilian National Petroleum Agency Special Presentation

This presentation will focus on the oil and gas industry in Brazil, attractiveness of sedimentary basins, aspects related to the environment, and provide information on the schedule for upcoming bid rounds for exploratory blocks and oil fields. The Brazilian Bid Rounds encompass opportunities for different company profiles, in the three different environments of exploration and production in Brazil: onshore, conventional offshore and pre-salt.

ACE Program Session

Thursday, 1 October 2020, 10:00 a.m.–4:55 p.m., Austin, TX

Carbon Capture Use OR Storage: Understanding the Geoscience, Engineering, Regulatory, and Business Aspects of CCUS and CCS Projects

Entry cost and CO2 supply have long been barriers to traditional Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) applications, but new tax regulations may break the stalemate, providing both for feasible EOR capture from a larger range of anthropogenic sources, and potential CCS options. After years hovering on the horizon, CCUS is poised to become a much larger part of the world's energy portfolio.

ACE Program Session

Thursday, 1 October 2020, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., Austin, TX

AAPGWN: Understanding Causal Factors of Induced Seismicity: Integrated Geological Modeling of the Delaware Basin

Increasing unconventional oil and gas production has been accompanied by increasing rates of seismicity in many basins. Some of this seismicity can be related to hydraulic fracturing operations, reservoir depletion and associated changes in stress state, or disposal of hydraulic fracturing flowback and produced water. Understanding the causal mechanisms of induced seismicity requires an integrated geological modeling approach to address questions concerning the dominant physical processes causing earthquakes and how they are related to operational activities. In this seminar, researchers from the Center for Integrated Seismicity Research and the TexNet Earthquake Monitoring Network will present recent geological research on the Delaware Basin of west Texas and southeast New Mexico. Topics covered will include earthquake sequences in the basin, spatiotemporal trends in production and disposal, geomodeling of saltwater disposal intervals, unconventional velocity modeling for more accurate earthquake locations, and characterization of faults and integration with earthquake data to identify potentially seismogenic faults.