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4D Subsurface Modelling: Predicting the Future

Date:
20 - 21 February 2019
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Conference
Organised by:
1. Geological Society Events
Venue:
The Geological Society (Burlington House)
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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Deadline: 30th September 2018

A workshop for Petroleum, Mining and Civil Engineering

Conference outline

To enable and manage this ambitious process, we capture our current thinking in the form of models, each one shaped by the problem it is specifically built to examine, the techniques that will inform it and the mindset of the people that will build it.

A comprehensive model of the Earth’s subsurface will want to account for:
  • Structural history that provides the geological framework & wider regional context
  • Effects of past & present stress fields & resultant pore pressure regime
  • Mechanical properties of the observed lithologies & regoliths
  • Genetic processes that have led to the deposition of lithologies
  • Distribution of relevant minerals within any commercial deposit & their quality
  • Actions of all fluids likely to be present & their reactions with lithology
  • Quality & distribution of data available seeking to discern the subsurface
  • Uncertainties inherent in techniques & theories used as premises for interpretation
  • Changes induced through modification of the volume of interest by human activities 
This pioneering event examines current approaches and the vulnerabilities they create for high quality depictions of the subsurface in industrial contexts, the decisions we need to make about it, and our ability to accurately predict its future evolution.

In this forum earth scientists building virtual representations of their target environment share ideas with the engineers who build structures in response to them and managers who make decisions based on them. 

The event is also designed to build on previous related GSL events to continue to raise debate on how and why we build such depictions of the subsurface, the nature of inter-disciplinary interaction that goes on around them, and their effectiveness in risk mitigation and value creation.

Conference objective

As geoscientists, we strive for an integrated view of the Earth beneath our feet. Yet, barriers are created by technical disciplines, prevailing methods and data availability. This unique workshop examines what can be gained from building shared models through time and how challenges that lie in their way can be overcome.

By inviting subsurface professionals - engineers and geoscientists - from the three industrial sectors of mining, civil engineering and energy (petroleum, geothermal, gas storage), we aim to not only bridge technical silos within given sectors but across industries to seek better approaches to geomodelling through time and optimising its value for its customers in engineering.

Who should attend?

  • Professional geomodellers from the worlds of mining, civil engineering, petroleum and geothermal
  • Any geoscientist or geo-engineer working in these industries interested in the present and the future of subsurface modelling in 3D through time
  • Technical leads, project or asset managers wanting a better understanding of what geomodelling can offer for the future of their areas of responsibility
  • Researchers investigating the capabilities and potential of modelling the subsurface for industrial application

Call for abstracts - Deadline 30th September 2018

For this event, we’re keen to attract proposals for the following types of presentation:

  • 20 mins presentations for the main session from each industrial sector that address our general 4D subsurface modelling themes. Each will be followed by 10 min of Q&A.
  • Facilitated workshops around common themes relevant to all sectors that will form imaginative break-out sessions. Shared learning and question-raising is the name of the game here.
  • Mini-presentations of 10 min on specific topics in or across sectors that can form the basis of highly interactive debate in a dedicated working area*

*Note: This will in the place of the usual poster session and we feel would be more appropriate to the visualisation-rich nature of the topic

If you are interested in submitting an abstract, please submit a Word abstract of no more than 500 words to georgina.worrall@geolsoc.org.uk no later than 30 September 2018.

Conference brochure

A downloadable PDF brochure is available with further information about the conference.

Convenors

John Booth (Geotechnics) GSL Science Committee Advisor
Glen Burridge (Glen Burridge & Associates) - Co-chair
Thomas Finkbeiner (KAUST) - Co-chair
Jorg Herwanger (MP Geomechanics)
Wolfgang Hohl (Hohlraum ZT)
Richard Plumb (Plumb Geomechanics) - Co-chair
Michael Prycz (University of Austin)
Katherine Royse (British Geological Survey)
Benedikt Steiner (Camborne School of Mines)

Registration rates

£ 120.00
£ 170.00
£ 120.00
£ 120.00
£ 20.00
£ 70.00

Geolsoc Contact

Georgina Worrall

Burlington House
Piccadilly
W1J 0BG