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Industrial Structural Geology: Principles, Techniques and Integration

28-30 November 2012, The Geological Society London

Structural geology is a key subsurface element that must be integrated into all stages of the Exploration and Production lifecycle in order to successfully generate value. To fully exploit the potential of traditional and evolving modern structural techniques, both specialists and generalists require a grasp of diverse theories, methods and data analysis tools which are in a state of constant flux.

We invite contributions covering all practical aspects of structural geology with application to the petroleum industry, including: mapping and fault validation; fault seal, trapping and compartmentalisation; regional geology, including restorations and plate-scale reconstructions; risk, uncertainty and volumetric assessment; geomechanics, fracture prediction and (HPHT) production behaviour; carbon storage; application of analogues; salt tectonics; data collection, synthesis and integration.

This three-day conference aimed to explore through a mixture of presentations, discussions and workshops, the rich legacy of structural geology which forms the foundation for current best practice in industry. A key aim is to define future trends and developments through better collaboration.

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Special Publication: SP421


East Africa: Petroleum Province of the 21st Century

 24-26 October 2012, The Geological Society London

East Africa was written off as an oil and gas province for many years. But the exploration campaigns of the last 5 years have changed that perception. Spectacular successes onshore Uganda and offshore  ozambique have attracted attention around the world and made East Africa an exploration hot bed of the second decade of the 21st Century. Activity continues to pick up speed and is now expanding into neighbouring regions triggering a dramatic change in our geological knowledge of the basins being explored. This conference will address the regional geological context, specific case studies and discuss the new and emerging exploration plays of East Africa. The meeting brought together experts from industry, academia, seismic contractors showing the latest data, with keynote speakers from Anadarko, ENI, Tullow, Ophir, Fugro Robertson, BG Group and others.

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Operations Geology Workshop

5 October 2012, King’s College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen

Operations geology is a critical function in the continuing wealth and health of the hydrocarbon industry. This conference aimed to highlight the importance of the discipline of operations geology in the industry today. The conference will provide an opportunity to share best practices through case studies and in doing so will demonstrate the central role that the operations geologist plays as an integrating link between drilling engineers and geoscientists. The conference will promote operations geology as a viable long term career path and demonstrate its value to the industry.

• NEW AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES - including remote operations, geosteering techniques, visualisation and integration tools

• TRADITIONAL DATA AND ANALYSES - maximising value from conventional data such as mud logging, drilling and real-time data

• OVERBURDEN GEOHAZARDS - shallow gas, pore pressure, geomechanics and

wellbore stability

• PLANNING, PROCESS AND PEOPLE - optimisation of the well planning process

and how to ensure integration between functions during execution

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High Fidelity: The Quest for Precision in Stratigraphy and its Applications

16-17 May 2012, The Geological Society London

There has been a quiet revolution in the precision with which geochronologists and biostratigraphers are able to date and correlate rock sequences. Recent advances in radiometric ITDMS U-PB dating of zircons and computer-based methods of quantitative biostratigraphy now make it possible to produce sub-100 k.y. resolution as far into deep time as the Palaeozoic. Orbital cyclicity has been demonstrated in the Cenozoic and Mesozoic and has been suggested for Palaeozoic successions, allowing age calibration using the 40-400Ky cycles. This conference brought together chronostratigraphy specialists, biostratigraphers and applied geologists to explore new synergies to bring the ‘new dating’ into ever wider applied and practical uses.

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Other Resources:

  • Petroleum Geoscience Research Collaboration Showcase (21-22 November 2012)
  • Petroleum Geoscience Research Collaboration Showcase Poster Abstracts (21-22 November 2012)