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Training Center Opens in London

AAPG, Foundation Make Grants

A new center for the training and development of professional-level geoscience skills was dedicated at Imperial College, London, England, in February, the first international venture for AAPG-funded training centers.

It is one of six operating centers sponsored by AAPG, and the first to be located outside the United States.

Also in November Foundation Trustees approved $25,000 as seed money toward a new mid-career training center in Canada. The "Canada Geoscience Technical Training Centre" will be located at the University of Calgary as part of its department of geology and geophysics.

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Professionals can continue their training at the new geotechnical training center that AAPG and the AAPG Foundation helped fund at Imperial College, London, England.

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A new center for the training and development of professional-level geoscience skills was dedicated at Imperial College, London, England, in February, the first international venture for AAPG-funded training centers.

It is one of six operating centers sponsored by AAPG, and the first to be located outside the United States.

Also in November Foundation Trustees approved $25,000 as seed money toward a new mid-career training center in Canada. The "Canada Geoscience Technical Training Centre" will be located at the University of Calgary as part of its department of geology and geophysics.

The funds are aimed at creating the centers that focus on state-of-the-art training for mid-career geoscientists, and in some instances provides financial assistance for attendees.

AAPG has made gifts totaling $309,000 and the AAPG Foundation has donated an additional $246,500 to fund the training centers.

AAPG and the AAPG Foundation each provided $50,000 in seed funding for the London facility. An additional $10,000 was donated from the Society of Exploration Geologists. The Joint Association of Petroleum Exploration Courses has also donated £60,000.

The European Geoscience Technology Training Centre will offer a range of training courses to geologists, geophysicists and petroleum engineers at various points in their careers, using the latest and most relevant tools in petroleum exploration and development.

The Centre is a joint collaboration between Imperial College, the Geological Society and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain.

The Centre comprises three adjacent computer laboratories in the Royal School of Mines building at Imperial College's South Kensington campus. Two rooms are equipped with a total of 30 PC workstations and a Unix-based laboratory is equipped with 6 twin-screened workstations.

Software donations have been received from a range of service sector companies, including major donations from Schlumberger and Landmark Graphics.

Speaking at the opening ceremonies, AAPG President Robbie Gries highlighted the progress that had been made in the past by petroleum geologists who had been prepared to "Think Outside the Box," and how necessary it will be to continue if new reserves are to be identified and exploited.

Other mid-career technology centers that have received funds from both AAPG and the AAPG Foundation include:

  • Houston -- North Harris College Geoscience Technology Training Center.
  • Midland -- Midland College Petroleum Geotechnology Training.
  • Dallas -- Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute, at Brookhaven College.
  • Golden, Colo. -- Colorado School of Mines.
  • Bakersfield, Calif. -- Cal State University-Bakersfield.

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