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GCAGS Meeting Set in Lafayette

The annual meeting of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, which will use a unique, high-tech site for its technical program, will be held Sept. 25-27 in Lafayette, La.

“Visualize the Possibilities” is the theme for the meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Prospect Expo, sponsored by the Louisiana Independent Oil and Gas Association.

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The annual meeting of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, which will use a unique, high-tech site for its technical program, will be held Sept. 25-27 in Lafayette, La.

“Visualize the Possibilities” is the theme for the meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Prospect Expo, sponsored by the Louisiana Independent Oil and Gas Association.

Also involved is the International Geological Correlation Program (IGCP) 490, which studies Holocene geological disasters and their effect on ecosystems. It will join with GCAGS to evaluate the effects of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

To highlight the “visualize” theme, some technical sessions will be held in a 3-D stereo immersive environment at the new Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) facility, just a short shuttle ride from Lafayette’s Cajundome Convention Center.

The technical program features more than 125 oral and poster presentations, including one session dedicated to “The Geology of Mexico.” The technical program will begin with a forum on “The Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Industry: The Road Ahead,” which will feature six panelists representing different sectors of the industry.

Other sessions range from salt tectonics, to the effects of natural disasters to deepwater depositional environments.

Other meeting highlights include:

  • The All-Convention Luncheon, set Tuesday, Sept. 26, featuring Michael Economides, professor at the University of Houston, who will discuss “Energy Geopolitics.”
  •  The GCAGS-DPA Luncheon, set Wednesday, Sept. 27, featuring R. Brent Yantis, director of the Regional Application Center, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, whose talk is titled “Louisiana View: A Foundation for Sharing, Integrating and Using Data Easily and Consistently.”

For more information go to the Web site at http://www.gcags.org.

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