Industry support is needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Imperial Barrel Award Program.
With the anticipated growth in the number of participating universities for 2009, the most critical aspect for the future of the program is the availability of petroleum industry datasets. If the IBA is to be sustainable, relevant and exciting in the long term, new datasets are needed to keep the program fresh.
Contributed datasets are used for educational applications only, and will be used by student teams in universities around the world.
Imperial College London has generously provided the IBA competition datasets to date – AAPG now appeals to the petroleum industry worldwide to step up and support this exciting program with dataset contributions.
“Our vision is to develop a library of regional subsurface datasets that are representative of different basin types worldwide, with variable types of petroleum plays,” said IBA technical subcommittee member Howard Johnson.
The key requirements for suitable IBA datasets is that they are regional in scope and, ideally, relatively poorly known in terms of their subsurface geology and hydrocarbon potential.
Datasets from already discovered, major hydrocarbon accumulations are much less suitable than those from under-explored or frontier basins.
The datasets should be technically challenging and geologically interesting. Confidentiality issues need to be resolved at the source.
For data requirements, contact Carol McGowen .
Data providers will be acknowledged at all Imperial Barrel Award functions in both the Regions and Sections qualifying competitions and at the global finals competition.