ICE 2017 Forums and Special Sessions

Our industry continues to make new oil and gas discoveries using advanced technologies and improved processes – enabling us to go deeper, more quickly, more accurately, and more safely than ever before. To do so, we must manage the uncertainty of geopolitical risks, economic risks, financial risks, geologic risks, project risks, policy risks, regulatory changes, and the supply and demand volatility inherent to commodity markets. The challenge is to develop cost-effective and environmentally friendly technologies that tackle issues such as seismic imaging advances, hydrocarbon phase prediction, complex reservoirs, rock mechanics, reservoir management, and production forecasting to improve the industry’s ability to predict. With nearly 1.3 billion people lacking access to electricity and 2.6 billion people relying on biomass for their domestic cooking and heating needs, how can the oil and gas industry play a role and make a difference by using its strength as a technology and innovation leader in the energy sector?

Invited Speakers:

  • Mike Cousins, Executive Vice President, ExxonMobil Exploration Company
  • Adif Zulkifli, Senior Vice President, Petronas
  • Ibraheem Assaadan, Vice President Exploration, Saudi Aramco
  • Luca Bertelli, Chief Exploration Officer, Eni Upstream & Technical Services
  • Mario Carminatti, Exploration Manager, Petrobras

We all have individual ways of thinking, different ideas, and unique backgrounds. These can be powerful money-making tools for companies engaged in oil and gas exploration and production — or science-making tools for academic and research organizations — because of the creativity that comes with diversity. This session will focus on ways that organizations can benefit from all forms of diversity.

  • Better Together – The Role of Diversity in Decision Quality: Liz Schwarze, General Manager Exploration, Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production, Chevron
  • Recognizing and Rewarding Excellence Without Blinkers – A Close-to-Home Case Study: Christopher A-L Jackson, Statoil Professor of Basin Analysis, Co-Director MSc Petroleum Geoscience (Projects), Basins Research Group (BRG), Department of Earth Science & Engineering, Imperial College London
  • Diversity in Central/Eastern Europe as Seen From Both the Inside and the Outside: Linda Lerchbaumer, Exploration Geologist, and Chloé Asmar, Geoscientist, OMV Upstream
  • Using New Technologies to Overcome Barriers and Find Enduring Success – My Journey: Deborah Sacrey, President, Auburn Energy

Extract oil from the ground, the Earth moves; inject water into the ground, the Earth moves; mine rock, the Earth moves; impound water, the Earth moves. All of the key primary industrial activities developed by humans in modern society, be they winning of materials for energy, manipulating water resources, accessing resources for the material world, or disposing of waste through injection in the subsurface, have an effect. The Earth may move through creep or suddenly in the form of an induced earthquake. This session will explore the occurrence, measurement, and impact of human induced Earth movements. The four invited speakers have been chosen because they are able to cover the range of activities in this emerging field. The recognition from time to time mines collapse with catastrophic impact is centuries, likely millenias old. But that the same impact can happen from water, oil, and gas abstraction or injection is comparatively new. Virtually all such activity results in some readjustment of the subsurface, a modern observation made possible through the deployment of satellite and other technology.

But how much and what type of movements will society tolerate to keep its high energy consumption, high waste production, material world? Given that we now know consumption of energy, water, and materials has this effect, how will society pay to ameliorate or avoid such effects and what is the role of an insurance industry in this arena? The four speakers will provide information allowing the audience, during the question session, to explore the relationship between our industries and society in terms of Earth movements.

  • A Global Review of Industrially Induced Earthquakes: Gillian Foulger, Professor of Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University; Co-Authors: Miles P. Wilson, Jon G. Gluyas, and Bruce R. Julian
  • Anthropocene Tectonics – Human Induced Ground Motion: Stuart Marsh, Professor of Geospatial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Nottingham University
  • Effects of Oil and Gas Production and Wastewater Injection on Surface Deformation in North Central Oklahoma: Alessandro Novellino, Remote Sensing Geoscientist, British Geological Survey; Co-Authors: S. Grebby, A. Sowter, D. Gee, and E. Gilliland
  • A Land Motion Baseline Map for the United Kingdom: Andy Sowter, Chief Technical Officer, Geomatic Ventures Ltd.; Co-Authors: A. Athab, A. Gee, D. Bhatia, P. Gluyas, and J. Geomatic

The London Discovery Thinking Forum will be the 19th presentation of the AAPG 100th Anniversary Committee’s program recognizing “100 Who Made a Difference.” These Forums, co-sponsored by AAPG’s Division of Professional Affairs (DPA), will feature invited speakers who will describe major and significant discoveries.

A special tribute “Lessons in Exploration Creativity From a Decade of Discovery Thinking Forums” will start the program. We will feature a few brief look-back vignettes of representative landmark discoveries featured in Discovery Thinking Forums over the past decade. As a tribute to the accomplishments of more than 100 extraordinary men and women who have participated in these forums, we will celebrate their successes and recall key lessons relevant to explorers today and in the future.

Each speaker and their colleagues overcame significant business, technical, and professional challenges. Topics to be discussed will include philosophy of exploration, stories from remarkable careers, professional insights, colorful anecdotes, and lessons learned on the path to success. As technology advances and younger geoscientists enter our profession, the organizers see continued interest in forums such as these. These forums provide a venue for explorers to discuss the personal side of success and what has been called the “art of exploration.” As always, the audience is fortunate to hear the speakers share abundant technical data and insights derived from costly and hard won experience.

AAPG offers many technical sessions. Discovery Thinking forums fill an important gap in how technical and professional skills combine to turn prospects into discoveries.

This year, AAPG is pleased to present Significant New Discoveries, New Frontiers. London is a headquarters of many global exploration companies and a great venue to celebrate significant game-changing discoveries in Africa and the Arctic..

  • Lessons in Exploration Creativity From a Decade of Discovery Thinking Forums: Charles Sternbach, President, Star Creek Energy
  • Goliat Discovery – A Knowledge-Based Approach and Persistence, and the First Commercial Oil Development in the Norwegian Arctic: Filippos Tsikalas, Adjunct Professor Delineation Projects & Stranded Discoveries Valorisation Manager, Eni Norge
  • Zohr Giant Gas Discovery – A Paradigm Shift in Nile Delta and East Mediterranean Exploration: Andrea Cozzi, Vice President, Geology & Geophysics Studies, Eni Upstream & Technical Services
  • The Senegal Discoveries and How Two New Plays Were Opened in North West Africa: John Clayburn, Head of Exploration Cairn Energy PLC
  • East African Rift Basins: A New Oil Province Heads Towards Production: Kevin Christopherson, East Africa Exploration Manager, Tullow Oil

On the 100th Anniversary of the AAPG, particular emphasis has been put on students and young professionals. It not only aligns with reaching out to women and overseas in modernizing the ‘grandad’ of petroleum associations, but it also aims to support our next generation in a tough and uncertain economic climate. There is a wide variety of topics ranging from deep offshore to shallow onshore and remote sensing. This is a presentation session with a senior and engaging keynote, and there will also be poster sessions where you can interact with speakers one-on-one. Come and see what the next generation has to offer, and feel free to engage with young professionals to encourage them in our petroleum profession. As famous young feminist Emma Watson said at the United Nations: “If not me, who? If not now, when?”

Invited speakers:

  • Tales of an Ex-Elf - Career Paths for a Petroleum Geologist: Stuart Harker
  • Diagenesis and Reservoir Quality of Pannonian Lacustrine Deposits in the Makó Trough, Southeastern Hungary: Emese Szocs
  • The Next Generation: Young Professionals and the AAPG Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division: Richard Wessels
  • Shale Gas Hydraulic Fracturing: Investigating the Impact on Groundwater System: Chukwuemeka Onaa
  • 3-D Fault Inversion and Negative Inversion Architecture, Taranaki Basin, Offshore New Zealand: Isaac Kenyon

A focal conference session, the Landmark Discoveries of the Last 100 Years‘, will provide an overview of the shifting focus of exploration around the globe over the last 100 years and the impact these discoveries had and have on the global oil and gas business.

This special session was developed to illustrate the progression and shift of exploration focus around the globe over the last 100 years.

Each of the speakers has been asked to characterize the evolution of exploration in his region, the key discoveries that opened the province, the key technologies employed at the height of exploration, and where, within the life cycle of a basin or province, the area sits today.

  • Keynote: Andrew Latham, Head of Exploration Research, Wood Mackenzie
  • USA: Rasoul Sorkhabi, Research Professor, Energy and Geoscience Institute, University of Utah
  • FSU: Ken Sorensen • Middle East: Sa’id Hajri, Manager, Exploration Technical Services, Saudi Aramco
  • North Sea: John Underhill, Shell Professor of Exploration Geoscience and Chief Scientist, Applied Geoscience Unit, Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
  • South America: Victor Vega, Exploration Business Development Manager, Shell Exploration and Production Company
  • Africa: James Painter, President of Exploration and Appraisal, Cobalt International Energy, Inc.
  • Mediterranean: Matt Warner, Africa New Ventures Manager, BP Exploration

Technology continues to be a game-changer in oil and gas exploration and production and it is predicted to play an evengreater role in the nearby and long-term future. Technology is changing at a fast rate in every industry and the oil & gas industry is no exception. “The Future of Oil and Gas E&P Technology” provides technical discussions and case studies about exciting new applications of technology and new directions in geosciences and engineering. It identifies interdisciplinary new technologies that are having a profound impact on upstream processes and procedures and takes a close look at analytics, new sensing capabilities, robotics, and other innovations. Learning how the new tools can be used to find new reserves and to empower geoscientists is at the heart of this session.

Invited Speakers:

  • How New Technologies Are Changing the Oil and Gas Industry: John Peak, Vice President Subsurface Technical Centre, Upstream Technology, BP
  • Practical Knowledge Representation for Data Access to Subsurface Data – The Achievements and Potential of OptiquePlatform: David Cameron, Executive Manager, SIRIUS Centre, University of Oslo
  • The Virtuous Circle of Information Management in an Industry Focused on Efficiency: Glenn Mansfield, Director, Flare Solutions
  • Cognitive Computing in Oil & Gas – How AI Technologies Will Change the Way We Work: Ulisses Mello, Director, IBM Research Brazil
  • Probabilistic Seismic Reservoir Characterization: Patrick Connolly, Independent Consultant
  • Interactive Processing and Interpretation of Huge Pre-Stack Datasets Using In-Memory Supercomputers: Bill Shea, Chief Executive Officer, Sharp Reflections
  • Machine Learning and Property Modeling: Colin Daly, Advisor Reservoir Modeling, Schlumberger
  • Deep Learning in Integrated Geophysical and Geological Reservoir Models Using Structured and Unstructured Data: Kamal Hami-Eddine, Director of Data Science, Deep Learning, Paradigm
  • The Growing Role of Unmanned Vehicles and Robotics in the Oil Industry: Hisham Saadawi, SPE Technical Director Production & Facilities, Ringstone Petroleum

Posters in Room:

  • Recent Developments in the Use of Big Data, Deep Learning, and Artificial Intelligence in Upstream E&P: Susan Nash, Director of Innovation and Emerging Science / Technology, AAPG
  • 3-D Imaging Incorporating Drone-Derived Photogrammetry, Infrared, and Fugitive Gas Sensors: Thibault Sergent, President, Xamen