The Deepwater and Ultra Deepwater Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico GTW will help participants develop knowledge that can enhance exploration, production, and appraisal efforts in deepwater reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico.  They will geology, geophysics, and engineering data to the challenges of exploration, appraisal, development drilling, and reservoir characterization and simulation.

Experienced practitioners and researchers will:
· participate in lively discussions
· share both personal experiences and best practices.
· include results of studies on existing fields, as well as exploration frontiers, geophysical issues, and emerging technologies for imaging and data acquisition.
· conclude with “big picture” discussions in which lessons learned are applied to future endeavors.

To facilitate the exchange of ideas, there will be no abstracts or publications released from this symposium, much like the very successful SPE Advanced Technology Workshops. The open discussion format provides an excellent opportunity to network.

The cost of the conference is $695 for AAPG members and $795 for non-members if you sign up before February 15 – after that the price goes up! Register here.

PRELIMINARY AGENDA
MARCH 16, 2010

8:00 – 8:45 am  OPENING PLENARY SESSION

8:45 – 10:45 am SESSION 1: Challenges in DW Appraisal and Development
The goal of this session is to review the results of field studies conducted by the DeepStar consortium, and sponsored by RPSEA, and then to relate those sometimes surprising results to specific fields in the GOM. By doing so, participants will improve their understanding of the characteristics of deepwater reservoirs and thereby enhance development efforts and appraisal outcomes.

DeepStar and RPSEA Projects in the Gulf Of Mexico:  Overview
Lookback Study of Appraisal Programs: How Well Have We Predicted Reserves and Rates in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico?
Directional Drilling Created Log Response Issues Resolved Through Innovative Data Gathering and Interpretation Techniques
Reservoir Connectivity in Deep-Water Reservoirs – A Critical Issue for Pressure Maintenance
Reservoir management at the Independence Hub – real time pressure and performance monitoring, connectivity assessment, and reservoir simulation: Vortex and Jubilee Gas Fields, eastern Gulf of Mexico

11:00 – 12 noon  OPEN “IN-THE-ROUND” DISCUSSION
Breakout discussion groups who respond to questions, and pose questions to presenters

12 noon – 1:15 pm LUNCH: KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

1:15 – 3:15 pm  SESSION 2: Deepwater Exploration Frontiers
This session will focus on current and historical exploration challenges in the unique aspects of different parts of the Gulf of Mexico.  Participants will discuss lessons learned from established fields, and will review data acquisition and processing methods.  Which attributes mean the best production?  Large fault blocks with relatively little large-scale faulting and fracturing?  Uniform lithologies?  Overpressured reservoirs?  Participants will discuss published data and case studies.

Late Paleocene Submarine Canyons: Distribution, Characteristics, and Role in Deep-Basin Wilcox Sand Deposition
Wilcox Submarine Canyons: Distribution, Origin, and Role in Sand Bypass to the Basin Floor
Exploration Perspectives of DW Gulf of Mexico
Study of Late Cretaceous Tuscaloosa
Gas Hydrates and Microbiological Processes – In Search of new Approaches
Predicting Gas Hydrates Using Pre-Stack Seismic Date in Deepwater GOM

3:45 – 5:15 pm  OPEN “IN-THE-ROUND” DISCUSSION
5:15 – 7:30 pm  NETWORKING RECEPTION/POSTER SESSION
POSTER: Workflow for Comprehensive Geohazards Analysis for Planning and Drilling

MARCH 17, 2010

8:00 – 10:30 am SESSION 3: Practical Solutions to Deepwater Geophysical Issues
Deepwater and ultra deepwater present opportunities for innovative and progressive geophysical technologies that can be used in conjunction with geological information for reservoir characterization and modeling.

“Direct seismic indicators of gas hydrates in the Walker Ridge and Green Canyon area, Deepwater Gulf of Mexico”
Virtual Shear Checkshots
Dirty vs. Clean Salt: Their Impact on the Sub-Salt Wilcox Deep Water Exploration Plays
Quantifying Seismic Imaging Uncertainty for Subsalt Objectives
Depth-Calibrating Seismic Data in the Presence of Allochthonous Salt
New Marine Technology For Deep Water Exploration

10:45 – 11:45 am  OPEN “IN-THE-ROUND” DISCUSSION
11:45 – 1:15 pm  LUNCH: KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

1:15 – 3:45 pm  SESSION 4: The Value of Cross Disciplinary Integration in Deepwater Exploration and Development
Presenters take a look at the “big picture” and discuss how to maximize what we know and to use the information, techniques, and approaches to be more successful in exploration and production, appraisal, evaluation, and development.

Risk Reduction by Non-Seismic Integration: How Salt and Subsalt Imaging Can Be Improved
Primary Basin Boundaries in GOM & Its Application to Deepwater GOM Exploration
Value of Cross-Disciplinary Integration: Case Studies
Basement Controls on the Distribution And Geometry of Salt Structures In the Central-Eastern Gulf Of Mexico

4:00 – 5:00   OPEN “IN-THE-ROUND” DISCUSSION

AAPG Geoscience Technology Workshop
Deepwater and Ultra Deepwater Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico
March 16 – 17, 2010
Norris Conference Center / CityCentre / Houston, TX

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