AAPG Europe Let's Connect Recordings

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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