AAPG’s Energy Minerals Division (EMD) is excited to present a strong and informative technical program at the 2016 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition being held in Calgary, Canada, June 19-22 (plus pre- and post-events).
EMD has an intriguing program this year, covering a variety of unconventional energy topics of current interest to both EMD and AAPG members.
EMD Vice Chair Sharleen Overland and the theme chairs organized 13 oral sessions (99 talks), six poster sessions (79 posters), one joint workshop (with DEG and SEG) and the annual EMD Luncheon.
EMD’s sponsored theme of Unconventional Resources, “Continuously Evolving and Expanding What We Know and Exploring What We Don’t,” includes EMD’s unconventional spectrum in:
- Alternative energy.
- Coal-bed methane.
- Oil shale.
- Unconventional plays (local and international).
In addition, recent advancements in pore scale techniques, microscale imaging, technology, source potential, maturity, stratigraphy and reservoir evaluation will be covered.
Poster topics include:
- Advancements in technology.
- Reservoir characterization.
- Reservoir and fluid analysis.
- North American and other energy mineral plays.
EMD’s sponsored theme of Oil Sands, “Responsibly Exploring and Developing Vast Bitumen Resources,” includes talks on facies, stratigraphy, reserves, caprocks and environment plus a general poster session on oil sands.
The full program details are found at ACE.AAPG.org.
The EMD is also sponsoring a workshop to highlight the global nature of the oil sands and heavy-oil resource, advances in recovery technologies, and the contributions resource geoscientists are making to the challenges of environmental protection, social license and sustainable energy development.
The EMD, along with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and AAPG’s Division of Environmental Geosciences (DEG) will host a joint, multidisciplinary, technical Oil Sands and Heavy-Oil Workshop: “Furthering the Collaborations and Sharing the Learnings.” This engaging and interactive one-day workshop will be held Sunday, June 19, and includes several talks and panel discussions covering investment, geology, reservoir engineering, geophysics, environment challenges and risk. Speakers include presenters from the Canadian Energy Research Institute, Suncor Energy Inc., University of Calgary, Devon Energy, Terra-IQ, Shell, NEXEN CNOOC ULC, University of Alberta and Alberta Energy Regulator/Alberta Geological Survey.
Workshop information can be found at ACE.AAPG.org/2016/program/workshop.
EMD Luncheon: ‘Green’ Energy Solution
With the impact of current low natural gas and oil prices on unconventional resources, we are pleased to announce that our speaker at the EMD Luncheon on Wednesday, June 22 is Reg Olson, a former senior adviser of mineral resources with the Alberta Geological Survey, whose talk on uranium is titled “A Look Back in Canada and Forward to a Possible Worldwide ‘Green’ Energy Solution.”
In addition to Olson’s talk, during the luncheon EMD will host its annual Honors and Awards ceremony recognizing those who have served the organization with distinction in various capacities, as well as presenting awards for the best oral and poster presentations from the 2015 ACE in Denver (see the accompanying EMD 2016 Honors and Awards announcement).
We encourage all AAPG members to discover the “unconventional” aspects of EMD – and we look forward to seeing you at the EMD sessions, workshop and luncheon in Calgary.
Lastly, the EMD would like to thank all volunteers (theme chairs, abstract reviewers and future session chairs) who are helping to create our program this year. The EMD is always looking for new members and volunteers. To become a member of EMD, just log onto the AAPG website, click on “My Profile,” find the Involvement tab to view your Division status and finally locate and click the “Join EMD” button.