AAPG Europe Let's Connect Recordings


 Kirsten Siebach, Rice University

Roving Mars with Curiosity and Perseverance"

Join this webinar were we will discover the latest updates form Curiosity and Perseverance in Mars, from the hand of Kirsten Siebach, a talk moderated by Neil Hodgson

 Konstantin Sobornov

“Salt tectonics in the Timan Pechora Basin, NW Russia: structural setting and petroleum exploration opportunities"

New multidisciplinary G&G data provide many lines of evidence for the broad development of the Upper Ordovician evaporites in the northeastern part of the Timan-Pechora basin.  The formation of the Upper Ordovician evaporites occurred during the late rifting stage of the Uralian Ocean development.  During the following continental margin stage the salt migrated up-section with the formation of extensive diapiric walls in the Chernyshev Swell and Talota Thrust areas.  With the unset of the collisional shortening the salt provided detachment surface facilitated large-displacement thrusting.  The effective decoupling along the salt detachment resulted in the compressional folding controlled by salt.  This includes a broad development of backthrusting at the external part of the fold belt.  The displacement along the tilted surface coursed general uplift and erosion of the suprasalt section.  The observed structural development is interpreted to provide favorable conditions for oil accumulation if traps formed prior the general salt-related uplift.  Of prime interest are large high-relief traps related to the salt-related backthrusts in front of the thrust belt.  In the past they were bypassed due to poor resolution of the seismic data.

Temirlan Zhekenov

“Application of machine learning for lithology-on-bit prediction using drilling data in real-time"

LWD tools allow for geosteering in complex geological settings, however the distance between the logging tools and the drilling bit (around 15-30m) remains a blind spot.
Application of ML algorithms to the drilling data obtained in real time helps to identify the lithology on bit without the need for expensive BHA upgrade. Absence of data gap opens new possibilities for improved core sampling and increasing the N/G ratio.


Unfortunately, we have no permission to share the recording or slides. However, should you wish to contact the speaker and get the slides or further information, please contact him directly tzhekenov@geonaft.ai

 Tugce Yargici (Schlumberger)

“Primary Technical Risks in Geothermal Electricity Production Projects"

Geothermal presents unique challenges given the nature of source, projects’ tight timelines and limited budgets due to the current market conditions in renewable energy industry. To better plan and execute the production towards long term sustainable electricity generation, the primary risks need to be addressed as precisely as possible considering the investors’ point of view. This talk will focus on technical challenges frequently encountered in Geothermal Power Plant projects located at Turkey’s highly active geothermal fields which have 1.4 GW installed capacity, based on speaker’s experience gained in geothermal investor&consultancy companies. It aims to give insight about the root causes of major technical risks from very early stage of a project until the operation and provide some recommendations.

 Haydon Mort (Geologize)

“Public outreach strategy in the geosciences"

With falling enrolment on geoscience courses in universities across the world, two things are clear. One, our sector has a huge image problem and two, current outreach strategies haven’t worked. In this talk, I discuss the importance of geoscience outreach, what has gone wrong and what must change to shift the public’s perception. Haydon advocates radically different strategies to the ones hitherto commonly employed by academia and industry.

 Andrew Davies (Halliburton)

Hydrocarbons, Geoscience and the Energy Transition"

In this talk we will explore the impact the ongoing energy transition may have on hydrocarbons and geoscience in the coming decades. We will discuss: (i) the role affordable energy plays in society; (ii) the nature of the energy mix in coming decades and the pace of the energy transition; (iii) how the role of geoscientists may evolve, and (iv) how geoscience research may develop to meet the needs of a changing society. We will demonstrate that both geoscientists and the hydrocarbon industry will play a crucial role in supporting society through a period of unprecedented change.

Moderated by Mike Simmons (Halliburton)

 Angela Pascarella (Panterra)

Borehole Image Interpretation in Ultradeep Geothermal. A case study of the Dinantian carbonates in the Netherlands"

Fracture characterization studies for the geothermal industry are assuming an important role since deep and tight reservoirs have been considered for Ultradeep Geothermal (UDG) development. Since tight reservoirs require a connected fracture and or karst network to be able to flow, understanding fractures distribution and characteristics becomes an essential tool for the geothermal exploration and development. Target of the deep geothermal exploration in the Netherlands are the Dinantian carbonates of the Zeeland Formation, and they have been extensively studied in the UDG Greendeal Project, which was later integrated into SCAN, a government funded program finalized to scope out the potential of geothermal energy in the country. A borehole image-based fracture characterization was carried out by Panterra Geoconsultants as a part of a larger integrated Fracture Characterization study included in this Scan project (Fracture characterization of the Dinantian carbonates in the Dutch Subsurface – Scan report available in NLOG). The borehole image interpretation will be the subject of this discussion. The Dinantian Carbonates of the Zeeland Formation are found in the Netherlands at depths of over 4km, making them the perfect candidate for Ultradeep Geothermal Exploration. Their low porosity and complex diagenetic history make their reservoir quality highly dependent on secondary porosity resulting from karstification, dolomitization and fracturing. Two of the wells penetrating the Dinantian, Luttelgeest-01 and California-GT- 01 were logged with an image log. These logs were analysed to evaluate presence, type distribution and orientations of fractures and their relationship with present day stress and their possible contribution to the flow. Several fractures were identified in both wells and were classified based on their appearance on the image and their potential to flow. Greater attention was given to continuous and partially continuous conductive (potentially open) fractures and sub-seismic faults that in LTG-01 were often associated to important mud losses during drilling.

 Mike Cooper and Jeremy Lockett (1st Subsurface)

“Recent Major Developments in Oil and Gas in the South Atlantic. From Guyana to South Africa and from Morocco to the Falkland Islands - the huge potential for future growth"

Recent developments and discoveries in the South Atlantic have proven numerous new petroleum provinces and major multi-billion barrel developments. This talk will address the major finds on both sides of the South Atlantic conjugate margin. We will look at the amazing success for ExxonMobil and others in the Guyana-Suriname-French Guiana basin and compared that to the Transition Margin of Africa with specific reference to major finds in Ghana and selected other West African countries. Major developments in Morocco and the challenges of remote Falkland Islands discoveries will be compared with the recent successes in South Africa and future deepwater potential. With some imminent key wells in the region, we look to some of the most active basins globally and look to the future for the O&G industry post-Covid. In this whistle-stop tour of the major trends in South Atlantic exploration and production, in some of the latest active and successful hotspots on the planet, we will show how just six TROVE databases can inform and inspire geoscientists of the regional potential.

Understand how the major centres of future oil and gas activity will change global economics and how only a rapid response by O&G companies will enable them to share in the prize. Regulators in countries trying to win the 'hearts and minds' of explorers need to understand why industry attention is migrating to the South Atlantic. This 40-minute talk is intended to inspire explorers to re-think corporate strategies for future opportunities for growth.

 Mike Lakin (Envoi)

"The simple maths of Energy Transition & new E&P required to meet predicted post Covid19 Global energy demand"

Mike Lakin was one of our very first Let's Connect speakers back in April. 7 months later, he has accepted the challenge of giving us an updated situation of the global E&P and how the current E&P market and its potential return might change the type of E&P projects and deal making going forward.

 Lucy Crane (Cornish Lithium)

“Lithium and the Energy Transition”

Lucy’s talk will be about the lithium and its role in the battery supply chain. She will also introduce us to the work that Cornish Lithium are doing to establish a secure and environmentally responsible domestic supply of the metal for the UK battery and electric vehicle industry – giving an overview of our exploration programmes to date.

 Gehrig Schultz (EPI Group)

“Energy Poverty and the "Other" Energy Transition”

The talk will demonstrate that the world energy economy has several competing goals. We want to improve quality of life by providing the basic infrastructure but at the same time we wish to remove 65% of energy sources (wood, coal and oil) from the energy mix while energy consumption is set to double between today and 2050. Not an easy task to try and also reach net zero. 

Mike Cooper (1st Subsurface) 

"The Past, Present & Future Oil & Gas Fields of the North Sea and Atlantic Margin"

After man decades of research, 1st Subsurface has compiled a database of over 1,800 fields and discoveries offshore NW Europe. Trends in reservoir age, properties, hydrocarbon fluid properties and up-to-date life of field production histories and remaining reserves show the state of all the assets in all the basins. We will show a series of maps by geologic age for oil and gas discoveries and fields from the UK, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland & Faroe Isles - that is, the entire North Sea and Atlantic Margin. Interesting trends emerge, cross-cutting international boundaries seamlessly.

Many geologists operate within sub-basins or confined by national boundaries. TROVE databases (we call them ‘KnowledgeBases' as they cover so much more than tables of numbers and data!) cover every accumulation in all basins. See where your prospect, discovery or field fits within regional trends. Find analogues for opportunities your company is evaluating  - be it an exploration prospect, a proposal for funding or a farmout / IM. Enhance your acquisition or divestment proposal with a hub analysis showing all the tieback/hub potential around any chosen asset in the entire North Sea region.

To see an illustration of how future developments in this mature province requires collaborative hub developments , please visit https://www.1stsom.com/post/devex2020-many-discoveries-few-developments for an example of these comprehensive area evaluation techniques. This example covers over 10 undeveloped discoveries in a small geographic area.

Melvyn Giles  (Scottish Geology Trust)

"Geology a science for the future fading into Scotlands past"

Learn more from the Scottish amazing geological landscapes, and what it takes to preserve them, with Melvyn Giles presentation, Chairman of The Scottish Geology Trust, a newly stablished charity the purpose of which, lies with recognition of the value of geology to society as a whole and education in the earth sciences. The Scottish Geology Trust will be the only group acting for geosciences across all of Scotland and across industry, education and conservation.

Suri Bhat (Bluware) 

Exploit Seismic Data Cost Efficiently using the Cloud and Deep Learning

There are many studies that talk about the economies of scale associated with cloud storage that make it so cheap. Yet oil and gas companies managing petabytes of seismic data are struggling to jump on the cloud storage bandwagon. In this talk, Suri Bhat, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Bluware, will explore why moving petabytes of seismic data to the cloud is difficult. He will share some strategies for moving large data sets to the cloud and deriving significant business value. In the same way that lifting and shifting legacy tools and services to the cloud yields little value, moving seismic data to the cloud also yields little value. It is not until applications, workflows, and even the data storage formats are re-engineered that real business value and cost-savings can be uncovered. He will explore how this is possible today using a combination of open sourced and commercially available technologies.

Neil Hodgson and Karyna Rodriguez (Searcher)

“Source Rock workflows in the Southern South Atlantic

Join us to explore the workflows that reveal insights on the presence and effectiveness of source rocks at the southern end of the great divide; the conjugate margins of Argentina and South Africa. Thrill to sight of amazing reprocessed seismic, gasp at the use of AI to map working hydrocarbon generative basins, be astonished at the analog stretch of a new play to vast Alaskan oil fields. Karyna and Neil will discuss a workflow of Basin Analysis that suggests great things are soon to come to both sides of the southern South Atlantic.!

Panel Discussion with Luis Remisio (Partex Oil and Gas), Gehrig Schultz (EPI Group),Hamish Wilson (BluEnergy), James Lowrie (Sasol

Moderator: James Churchill (Shell

“Upturning the Downturn:  insights into the future of energy

Revisit this panel discussion 

Stephen Ehrenberg (Badley Ashton & Associates Ltd)

“The Etiology of Carbonate Porosity”

Based on a long career of research and practice in petroleum reservoir geology, Dr. Steve will present a review of the various processes that interact to determine the wide variations in porosity found in the carbonate strata containing conventional petroleum reserves. Examples are selected mainly from the various cases he has investigated personally. This will hopefully be intelligible and interesting for the non-geologist as well as the specialist, and there will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion.

Raffa di Cuia (DelTeng)

“Understanding Thrust Belt Settings: Sharing is the unlocking approach”

On July 15th, Raffa di Cuia and other members ouf the committee for our upcoming Workshop "Structural Styles and Hydrocarbon Prospectivity in Fold Thrust Belt Settings: A Global Perspective" will be joining the Let's Connect webinar. The call for abstracts for this workshop, to be held in November in Barcelona is open until July 30th. Join this webinar and learn more about how to tackle the issues of the Thrusted Belt Settings! 

Register for the webinar and learn more about the face to face GTW! 

Sunil Garg (dataVediK)

Sunil Garg is the founder and CEO of dataVediK, an early stage startup specializing in Consulting, Big Data, Data Analytics, Machine Learning and end-to-end Data Ecosystems for Oil & Gas industry. Prior to this, he spent 20+ years establishing and growing Data Management, Big Data and Analytics business for Schlumberger. Sunil is a sought-after speaker at various industry conferences and also conducts Big Data, Machine Learning and Blockchain trainings for the Industry, the Government and the Academia.

This presentation and demonstration will focus on a machine learning workflow in the upstream Oil and Gas domain to predict formation tops by applying artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to learn the well logs signatures. This deep learning model provides high quality predictions to aid the geologists in picking lithology markers consistently and in an accelerated fashion thus boosting their operational efficiency. The self-learning model, which is a unique differentiator of dataVediK and encompasses the detection of outliers and data quality issues and their subsequent validation and suggested corrections to improve the quality of data in an automated fashion during the model training process. The demo will then showcase a real-time drilling solution built using this ML model, whereby the formation tops are predicted, and the structural model is updated automatically as the GR log is acquired.

Jon Gluyas (Durham University)

Some like it hot, for others warm is sufficient: exploiting waste heat

Most of the time we take heat for granted, only noticing when it is too hot or too cold.  Humans tend to generate heat (on purpose) by burning things; wood, coal, oil, natural gas and from time to time hydrogen and other materials.  Heat is also the bit left over when engineers speak of the efficiency of an energy transformation process; the kinetic motion of a bicycle is dissipated as heat when the brakes are applied, the fridge or computer get hot when electricity is transformed to cooling in the fridge or processing power in the computer.  Steam locomotives turn coal (chemical energy) into motion but only at 6% efficiency.  The rest goes as vibrating molecules – that is heat and a little sound.

The Earth is hot, very hot and this is just as well because a cold planet would be a dead one.  Anyone who has been down a mine will know its warmer below ground and progressively warmer the deeper you go, typically around 30 degrees C per kilometer.  The same is true for oil and gas coming from the ground.  Oil produced from 3km beneath the North Sea issues at 100 degrees C as does any co-produced water.

This talk examines what we are missing the use of in terms of waste heat in both the petroleum industry and long abandoned coal industry of the UK, how we might use that heat and what the collateral benefits of heat use would be in terms of sustainability and the circular economy.

Gretchen Gillis (Aramco Americas) and Jane Whaley (GeoExpro)

Jane Whaley interviews Gretchen Gillis, from Aramco Americas and AAPG President Elect . 

Watch the webinar on demand and find out more about Gretchen's experience as a Woman in Geosciences! 

Ray Leonard |  Anglo Eurasia LLC

Ray Leonard is currently President of Anglo Eurasia LLC, a consulting firm for the Energy Industry and Senior Advisor with Linden Strategies. Ray will be talking to us about 'Climate Change, Covid-19 and the Effect on Energy’s Future'. Fossil fuels have led to a profound increase in world living standards but resulting emissions of CO2 and methane into the atmosphere are a primary factor in climate change. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 has resulted in a significant decrease in world economic activity, which in turn has led to a major, if temporary, decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, particularly CO2. Register for the Let's Connect and explore the different world paths with Ray.


Gil Machado |  Chronosurveys Lda

Gil is a Petroleum Exploration Geologist with a Ph.D in stratigraphy and source rock characterization. Gil's presentation "Reducing uncertainty and increasing chances of success using biostratigraphy",  will explore the role of biostratigraphy in the exploration workflow. Several success cases from around the World will be detailed, showing the uses of this discipline for sedimentation age determination, paleoenvironmental interpretation and source rock characterization.

For more information about biostratigraphy you can check this AAPG short course

Alan Foum | Zanzibar Geophysics

Petroleum Perspectives: Past, Present and Future. Enlightening the Energy Blind

Geophysicist with extensive worldwide experience in exploration, appraisal and development settings gained at BG group a major operator. He will talk about future energy demand modelling in terms of oil, gas and electricity including renewables with his presentation "Petroleum Perspectives ,Past Present and Future"

Andrea Moscariello  | UniGe

Producing Geothermal Energy from Sedimentary Basins: why are we holding back ?

In a world were the population grows at a rate of 10 people every 5 seconds the energy demand will endlessly increase. At the same time, the demonstrated effect of burning fossil fuel on climate, require a shift in global population usage of hydrocarbon and actively look at alternative, cost-effective, reliable and possibly renewable sources of energy. Geothermal energy has a role to play in this quest of new accessible energy sources. Sedimentary basins generally characterized by geothermal gradients varying between 25 to 75 degree/km can offer opportunities for power generation, direct use of heat and heat storage. However, the small economic attractiveness of such projects, compared to other geo-energy sources, associated with their technical challenges have not allowed yet this type of energy to develop at large scale. This and related topics will be addressed and expanded in this talk which will provide few examples of past and ongoing projects from which important lessons can be learnt and used to help the future development of geothermal energy in sedimentary basin.

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