Attending ACE Is As Important Now As Ever

Have you made plans to attend ACE this year?

AAPG’s 2016 Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) is a dedicated opportunity for our members and other professionals to get together.

And this June we’re headed to the great city of Calgary where General Chair Paul McKay and General Vice Chair Jen Russel-Houston and their organizing committee have developed a stellar line up of technical and social activities that will help you be a better petroleum geoscientist.

Once again, ACE will be conducted together with SEPM, the Society for Sedimentary Geology, and is hosted this year by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG).

We received a record number of abstract submissions for the 2016 ACE, and the technical program committee, led by co-chairs Laurie Bellman and Ryan Mohr, selected nearly 900 technical talks and posters covering a wide variety of themes:

  • Siliciclastics.
  • Carbonates and Evaporites.
  • Energy and the Environment.
  • Geochemistry, Basin Modeling and Petroleum Systems.
  • Structure, Tectonics and Geomechanics.
  • Unconventional Resources.
  • Oil Sands.
  • Resources to Reserves.
  • Geophysics.

In addition to these technical themes, SEPM will conduct a research symposium on foreland basin drainages and deposition from Monday to Wednesday.

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Have you made plans to attend ACE this year?

AAPG’s 2016 Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) is a dedicated opportunity for our members and other professionals to get together.

And this June we’re headed to the great city of Calgary where General Chair Paul McKay and General Vice Chair Jen Russel-Houston and their organizing committee have developed a stellar line up of technical and social activities that will help you be a better petroleum geoscientist.

Once again, ACE will be conducted together with SEPM, the Society for Sedimentary Geology, and is hosted this year by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG).

We received a record number of abstract submissions for the 2016 ACE, and the technical program committee, led by co-chairs Laurie Bellman and Ryan Mohr, selected nearly 900 technical talks and posters covering a wide variety of themes:

  • Siliciclastics.
  • Carbonates and Evaporites.
  • Energy and the Environment.
  • Geochemistry, Basin Modeling and Petroleum Systems.
  • Structure, Tectonics and Geomechanics.
  • Unconventional Resources.
  • Oil Sands.
  • Resources to Reserves.
  • Geophysics.

In addition to these technical themes, SEPM will conduct a research symposium on foreland basin drainages and deposition from Monday to Wednesday.

There are 16 short courses offered in conjunction with ACE, ranging from technical subjects, such as “Basin Analysis Methods for Exploration” to “Sequence Stratigraphy for Graduate Students” and “Decision and Risk Analysis for Uncertain Times in the Energy Industry.”

Field Trips and Special Sessions

June is a perfect month to get into the field, and we’ve got 15 opportunities for you to get outside with experts to investigate local geology and better understand the petroleum industry in Alberta.

This year, the organizing committee has also created dedicated field seminars for students and faculty and for young professionals to provide additional opportunities to learn and network with peers.

Naturally, we’ll also offer special sessions including the History of Petroleum Geology, exploring how the industry and profession have evolved over the past century. The Discovery Thinking forum returns again this year with its focus on what it takes to turn a discovery into a commercial success. And, Tim Dodson, executive vice president of Statoil ASA, will present the 2016 Michel T. Halbouty Lecture.

A feature of ACE in Calgary is the CSPG International Core Conference, which will run Thursday and Friday after the convention concludes. The theme for the workshop is “Redefining Reservoir: Core Values” and will be held at the Alberta Energy Regulator’s Core Research Centre.

Attendees at the core conference will have the opportunity to inspect core from across the globe, including Turkey, Brazil, Germany and North America, and will include rocks from both conventional and unconventional oil and gas plays, siliciclastics, carbonates and evaporites, shales, oil sands and displays related to carbon capture technology.

This truly is a unique experience that will round out your week in Calgary.

Networking Opportunities

Spending a week in Calgary will provide ample opportunities to learn and grow professionally. But don’t forget networking, and the organizing committee has you covered on that front, too.

The exhibition is your chance to come up to speed on the newest in technology that will help you be a more successful petroleum geoscientist, meet with service providers, run into friends from the past and make new friends.

The exhibition starts with the Icebreaker on Sunday night and runs through Wednesday midday.

Luncheons, student activities, young professional gatherings and social activities all offer opportunities to expand your professional network.

We’ll also have a career center set up if you are currently looking to find a job or looking to hire talented geoscientists.

Ever since this downturn began I’ve been writing about the importance of community and sticking together as petroleum geoscientists. There’s no better place to do that than at ACE.

It’s your ability to keep your technical skills fresh, to connect with fellow geoscientists and professionals, and to find inspiration and enthusiasm for your next career move that will propel you forward.

Register before April 19 for our early-bird registration rate.

Make your plans to join us in Calgary from June 19-22 at ACE. Invest in your success.

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