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15 Distinguished Lecturers Named

Program's Most Ambitious Season
 

AAPG's Distinguished Lecture program, an integral part of the association's global outreach effort, will offer its most ambitious slate ever for the 2002-2003 season.

The program, funded by the AAPG Foundation, will offer 15 speakers — nine domestic and six international — the largest number of speakers ever assembled for one season.

The season is ambitious in another way: It marks the first time an AAPG-SPE intersociety lecturer is included in the list. Also included will be an AAPG-SEG intersociety lecturer, the continuation of the cooperative program.

Presenting the inaugural AAPG-SPE Joint Distinguished Lecture will be Dennis Beliveau, vice president of business development for Epic Consulting Services in Calgary, Canada. His lecture will be "Reservoir Heterogeneity, Geostatistics, Horizontal Wells and Black Jack Poker."

The AAPG-SEG lecture — the fourth in the series — will be given by Jerry M. Harris, professor and chairman of the department of geophysics at Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. His lecture will be "Crosswell Seismic Profiling: The Decade Ahead."

AAPG's Distinguished Lecture program was developed to expose students, young geologists, college faculty members and members of geological societies to current information, research and thinking.

Incomplete records show that last year's 14 lecturers spoke to a record 10,718 people on 120 domestic and 65 international visits. (The numbers do not include William Galloway's August tour of China and Southeast Asia.)

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AAPG's Distinguished Lecture program, an integral part of the association's global outreach effort, will offer its most ambitious slate ever for the 2002-2003 season.

The program, funded by the AAPG Foundation, will offer 15 speakers — nine domestic and six international — the largest number of speakers ever assembled for one season.

The season is ambitious in another way: It marks the first time an AAPG-SPE intersociety lecturer is included in the list. Also included will be an AAPG-SEG intersociety lecturer, the continuation of the cooperative program.

Presenting the inaugural AAPG-SPE Joint Distinguished Lecture will be Dennis Beliveau, vice president of business development for Epic Consulting Services in Calgary, Canada. His lecture will be "Reservoir Heterogeneity, Geostatistics, Horizontal Wells and Black Jack Poker."

The AAPG-SEG lecture — the fourth in the series — will be given by Jerry M. Harris, professor and chairman of the department of geophysics at Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. His lecture will be "Crosswell Seismic Profiling: The Decade Ahead."

AAPG's Distinguished Lecture program was developed to expose students, young geologists, college faculty members and members of geological societies to current information, research and thinking.

Incomplete records show that last year's 14 lecturers spoke to a record 10,718 people on 120 domestic and 65 international visits. (The numbers do not include William Galloway's August tour of China and Southeast Asia.)

As in past years, support for several tours comes directly from the AAPG Foundation's Distinguished Lecture Fund. They are:

The Allan P. Bennison Distinguished Lecturer — An international lecturer, provided by contributions from longtime Tulsa geologist Allan Bennison, who now resides in Glass Valley, Calif.

The Bennison lecturer this year will be Lidia Lonergan, Royal Society University Reserach Fellow and Lecturer at Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London, UK. Her lecture will be "Sand Remobilization and Injection in Deepwater Systems: Implications for Enhanced Reservoir Production."

The J. Ben Carsey Distinguished Lecturer — provided by contributions from J. Ben Carsey Jr., of Houston, to establish a named lecturer in memory of his father, who served as president of AAPG in 1967-68.

This year's J. Ben Carsey lecturer is Emery D. Goodman, project manager, eastern Gulf of Mexico exploration, ExxonMobil Exploration, Houston. His topic will be "Genetic Approach to Understanding a Complex Hydrocarbon System: Caribbean Colossus of East Venezuela."

The Haas-Pratt Distinguished Lecturer — provided by contributions from the late Merrill W. Haas, in honor of famed geologist Wallace Pratt (Haas' mentor), and granted for emphasis on a specific case history application of geology in a discovery.

The Haas-Pratt lecture will be presented this year by John B. Anderson, Maurice Ewing Professor of Oceanography, Rice University, Houston. His topics are:

  • "Variations in Late Quaternary Stratigraphic Architecture in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Generating Stratigraphic Models from Case Studies."
  • "Antarctica's Contribution to Eustacy."

The Roy M. Huffington Distinguished Lecturer — provided by contributions from the Huffington family in honor of the oilman-geologist.

The Huffington lectures this year will be presented by Charles F. Kluth, Denver consultant formerly with ChevronTexaco, San Ramon, Calif., who will be speaking on a Latin America tour. His topic will be "Fun With Dip! The Predictive Use of Dip Data to Improve the Interpretation of Fold Traps."

The Dean A. McGee International Distinguished Lecturer — provided by contributions from Kerr-McGee, which annually supports international speaking tours.

This year's McGee lecturer is Timothy Garfield, stratigraphy advisor, ExxonMobil Upstream Geoscience, Houston. He will be speaking on a tour of western Europe, offering the topic "Sequence Stratigraphy and Facies Architecture of Deepwater Reservoirs: New Data, Tools and Concepts."

This year's list of domestic Distinguished Lecturers also includes:

Thomas S. Ahlbrandt, world energy project chief for the U.S. Geological Survey, Denver. His topic is "Assessment of Global Oil, Gas and NGL Resources Based on the Total Petroleum System Concept."

John Delaney, professor, school of oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle. His three topics are:

  • "Anatomy of a Submarine Hydrothermal Field."
  • "Neptune: A Submarine Network of Interactive Laboratories at the Scale of a Tectonic Plate — A New Paradigm in Ocean and Earth Sciences."
  • "Volcanoes, Oceans, and Life in Our Solar System."

G. Michael Grammer, associate professor of geology, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. (formerly with ChevronTexaco, Houston). His two topics are:

  • "Predicting the Distribution and Geometry of Platform Carbonate Reservoirs — Insights from the Integration of Modern and Outcrop Analogs."
  • "Using Comparative Sedimentology to Unravel the Dynamics of Carbonate Systems — Lessons Learned and Future Directions."

Cindy A. Yeilding, exploration, operations, development and production geologist, BP, Houston. Her topic will be "The History of a New Play: Thunder Horse Discovery, Deepwater Gulf of Mexico."

This year's international Distinguished Lecturers also include:

John Kaldi, director, National Centre of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, University of Adelaide University, Adelaide, Australia.

His tour will visit groups in India, Asia and Indonesia, and he will be offering four topics:

  • "Evaluating Seal Potential of Top and Intraformational Seals."
  • "Rocks, Holes and the Fire Brigade: Understanding the Pore Geometry of Reservoir Rocks."
  • "Seals and Leaks in Dynamic Petroleum Systems: The East Java Sea, Indonesia and the Timor Sea, Australia." (co-authored with Geoffrey W. O'Brien and Tomasz Kivior, National Centre Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Adelaide.)
  • "Upstream of Upstream: Preparing Professionals for the Petroleum Industry."

Gordon Knox, consultant, Balzan, Malta. His tour will visit groups in Australia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and he will be offering two topics:

  • "Subsurface Risk and Uncertainty Assessment in Petroleum Exploration — The Challenges."
  • "Ways of Working and Organization in Exploration."

Rick Sarg, stratigraphy coordinator, ExxonMobil Exploration, Houston. He will tour the Middle East, and offer three topics:

  • "Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy — Future Directions for Exploration and Development."
  • "Predictability of the Stratigraphic Record from the Outcrop to Multiple Seismic Attributes — Past, Present and Future."
  • "Sequence Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Economic Importance of Evaporites and Evaporite-Carbonate Transitions."

A.M. Celal Sengor, Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey, who will tour Central Asia and Europe. He will offer two topics:

  • "Tectonic Evolution of the Altaids and Continental Evolution in Asia in the Paleozoic and Mesozoic."
  • "Tectonic Evolution of the Tehysides."

For more information on the tours or the program contact Barbara Davis in the education department at AAPG headquarters. Watch for updates in the EXPLORER.

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