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Petroleum Geoscience Research Forum

11-12 November 2008, Northern Hotel, Aberdeen

This international conference presents state-of-the-art petroleum geoscience research carried out in industry or jointly between industry and academia. The conference aimed to attract leading academics and industry researchers alike and to provide an early-stage forum for ongoing post-doctoral and postgraduate research. This conference thus provides an excellent opportunity for industry and academia to meet, get inspired and to develop future collaborative research links. This is also an excellent opportunity for graduates to meet potential future employers and vice versa. The conference themes include:

• Reservoir geology, petrophysics, and geological modelling

• Clastic and carbonate sedimentology and stratigraphy

• Structural geology and basin evolution

• Geochemistry, diagenesis and fluid flow

• Applications of seismic interpretation in geological analysis

• Case histories of joint industry-academia research and knowledge transfer

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Rivers, Estuaries, Deltas & Beaches: Traps for Fossils Fuels

6-7 November 2008, The Geological Society London

Advances in sedimentology, fundamental processes, facies models within stratigraphic context, derived from flume tank studies, numerical modelling, modern analogues and seismic geomorphology. Application of sedimentology and facies models in paralic environments to exploration and exploitation of the subsurface.

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Subsurface sediment remobilization and fluid flow in sedimentary basins

21-22 October 2008, The Geological Society London

The remobilization and injection of mud and sand is both a response to and a control on fluid flow in sedimentary basins. Understanding fluid flow is the key to efficient and safe hydrocarbon exploration and to understanding the evolution of sedimentary basins. Sediment remobilisation and injection has implications for hydrocarbon exploration and production by impacting source, migration, reservoir, trap and seal

aspects of the hydrocarbon system and poses potential drilling hazards. Currently, there is a poor understanding of sand and mud remobilization processes and associated focused fluid flow systems and perhaps an even worse understanding of the diagenetic impact of focused fluid flow and vice versa. This conference aimed to bring together scientists from a variety of disciplines (geologists, geophysicists, geochemists) from both academic and industrial communities to present and discuss the stateof- the-art understanding of subsurface sediment remobilization and fluid flow in sedimentary basins.

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Fault Zones: Structure, Geomechanics and Fluid Flow

16-18 September 2008, The Geological Society, London

Faults play a crucial role in controlling strain accumulation in the Earth’s crust. At the largest scale they control the form and evolution of sedimentary basins and at the smallest scale, the development of fault zones results in a change in the mechanical and hydrological properties of the fault rocks, thereby impacting on their mechanical strength and permeability. With recent advances in subsurface, modelling and field-based studies, this conference aimed to bring together a diverse range of scientists interested in fault growth, fault zone properties and their effects on other processes such as fluid flow and earthquake processes.

Specific themes included:

• Control of fault growth on basin structure and stratigraphy in various tectonic regimes.

• Importance of faults for the flow of hydrocarbon, water, ore and waste fluids.

• Fault structure, development and earthquake processes.

• Numerical and analogue modelling of fault development.

• Fault development in different lithologies (especially in clays and shales).

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Rift Renaissance: Stretching the Crust and Extending Exploration Frontiers

19-21 August 2008, Museum of Natural Sciences, IMAX Theatre, Houston, Texas USA

The Petroleum Group of the Geological Society of London and the Society for Sedimentary Geology are privileged to collaborate with the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences and acknowledge the support of co-sponsors to present this world-class 3-day international technical conference. The conference “Rift renaissance: stretching the crust and extending exploration frontiers” provides an important technical forum to challenge rift model paradigms. These paradigms underpin the fundamental understanding and exploration of, pre-cursor rift basins and continental rift basins. Numerous aspects of crustal evolution and lithospheric extension models remain contentious and new sub-surface datasets have highlighted important apparent paradoxes. Heat flow, subsidence and passive margin formation are subject to both temporal and spatial anomalies related to rift processes. The technical program is uniquely constructed to share the most recent observations, interpretations and models from leading industry and academic contributors. The meeting will address the understanding of rift basins and constrain our comprehension of rift-related petroleum geology.

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Fold-Thrust Belt Exploration: the next technical frontier

14-16 May 2008, The Geological Society London  

Against a backdrop of continued success in deep water exploration, the relative complexity of thrust belt geology may account largely for the modest level of hydrocarbon exploration in fold-thrust belts worldwide. The attention of an opportunitypoor oil industry will predictably return to such areas of complex geology, where petroleum systems are poorly understood and large discoveries still possible. This conference is intended to examine key themes and issues relating to fold-thrust belts worldwide, from outcrop studies through to hydrocarbon exploration and production. The conference covered the different thrust systems, and focus on structural concepts, models and techniques, thermal regimes, petroleum systems, current methods of thrust belt interpretation and exploration, and specific oil & gas field case studies.

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Reservoir Compartmentalization

5-6 March 2008m The Geological Society London

Modern exploration and production portfolios often contain fields in which hydrocarbon trapping and disruption to dynamic fluid flow, is influenced by complex distributions of faults, fractures and stratigraphic heterogeneities. Understanding the nature of static and dynamic compartmentalization in these fields, is a key to locating connected reserves, identifying unswept blocks, and safely optimising field development, to increase production rates and ultimate recovery.

This 2-day international conference examined approaches to recognition, characterisation and prediction of geological controls on Reservoir Compartmentalization - through integration of geoscience and reservoir engineering studies (structure, geomechanics, geophysics, stratigraphy, sedimentology, diagenesis, fluids and pressures). Contributions from industry and academic researchers, specialist service  roviders, and practitioners - provided a collective benchmark of the modern science and related technology applied to Reservoir Compartmentalization.

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Special Publication: SP347



Maximising the Remaining Potential of the Central North Sea

28th June 2008, The Geological Society London

Over the last 5 years the Central North Sea has seen the entry of a large number of new players joining the major and large independent energy companies in exploring for and developing hydrocarbons. Existing assets have been purchased by smaller independent operators and new players eager to rejuvenate fields, develop dormant oil and gas discoveries and conduct new exploration. This has been helped by significant discoveries such as Buzzard (2000) and Jasmine (2006), in addition to the rise in oil prices. New innovative techniques are being used to understand the sub-surface and deplete reservoirs more effectively to maximize value. Following on from the successful one day workshop held on the Southern Gas Basin in 2007 this joint SPE/Geological Society, one day, informal workshop aimed to encourage the sharing of understanding gained from exploration, development and production activities in the Central North Sea between companies active in the basin.

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