Houston to Celebrate Heritage

Over 900 Technical Papers Set
A heritage that is filled with historic success — and one that holds the inspiration for future endeavors — will be explored and celebrated this month in a city that is synonymous with today's international oil industry.

The 87th AAPG Annual Meeting begins March 10 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, designed around the theme "Our Heritage: Key to Global Discovery."

Members of the hosting Houston Geological Society have been working for nearly two years to prepare for the meeting, which will mark the tenth time AAPG has used Houston for its annual meeting location.

"All of us on the Committee trust our event will be enjoyable, be valuable and be remembered as a celebration of our profession," said meeting chairman Jeff Lund.

Lund pointed out that technology is a "key factor in our profession, but it isn't everything" when it comes to finding success.

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A heritage that is filled with historic success — and one that holds the inspiration for future endeavors — will be explored and celebrated this month in a city that is synonymous with today's international oil industry.

The 87th AAPG Annual Meeting begins March 10 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, designed around the theme "Our Heritage: Key to Global Discovery."

Members of the hosting Houston Geological Society have been working for nearly two years to prepare for the meeting, which will mark the tenth time AAPG has used Houston for its annual meeting location.

"All of us on the Committee trust our event will be enjoyable, be valuable and be remembered as a celebration of our profession," said meeting chairman Jeff Lund.

Lund pointed out that technology is a "key factor in our profession, but it isn't everything" when it comes to finding success.

"We believe our quest to discover the earth's mineral resources, and the success of decades of exploration by geologists, is driven by our heritage."

More than 900 technical presentations sorted by 12 major themes are scheduled, as well as 17 short courses and 12 field trips.

The exhibits hall, always an attraction with its array of the latest in cutting-edge technology, is on track to be one of the largest — and perhaps the absolute largest — displays in AAPG history. At EXPLORER press time a total of 264 exhibitors and 963 booths were booked for the meeting.

And, this year the popular International Pavilion, a growing part of the exhibits hall area, is expected to attract more than 30 countries.

This year's meeting also features the continuation of the "interactive E-poster" sessions, which this year will focus on:

  • Deepwater Source Rocks and the Petroleum Systems of the Atlantic Margin.
  • Rock Physics: The Missing Link Between Geology, Geophysics and Production (three sessions).
  • Portfolio Economics and Management.

This year's Michel T. Halbouty Lecture will be given by David Rainey, with BP, who will discuss the historic Gulf of Mexico Crazy Horse discovery.

As usual, pre-meeting events — various short courses, field trips, meetings and entertainment-related activities — will be held for early arrivers. For example, this year's Career Transition Workshop will be offered at 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Doubletree Allen Center. (Convention registration is not required to attend.)

But the annual meeting begins in earnest at 4 p.m. on that Sunday, with the opening session and awards ceremony at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

That will be followed by the traditional Icebreaker reception, held in the exhibits hall, allowing participants a chance to enjoy refreshments while getting a first-look at the latest in technology.

Technical sessions begin at 8 a.m. Monday, March 11.

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