Welcome to an interview with Niven Shumaker, Noble Energy, a convenor in the upcoming Geosciences Technology Workshop on Deepwater Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico GTW (January 18-19, 2011 – Houston). 

a)  What is your name and your affiliation?
 My name is Niven Shumaker from Noble Energy Inc.

b)  What is your role in deepwater E&P?
My current role is Pore Pressure Specialist. I work with the prospecting and drilling communities to evaluate geologic prospect risk and to plan exploration wells. I work mostly offshore in the Deepwater GOM, Mediterranean, and West Africa.

c)  What do you think is important for all E&P professionals to know about deepwater geology, geophysics, and/or engineering?
Deepwater plays typically target younger basins where the fluid system is very dynamic over geologic time. Burial history and fluid flow are intimately related.

d)  How does taking an interdisciplinary approach help in developing an understanding of deepwater operations?
Playing the deepwater is high risk/high reward. The opportunity to make a big play is promising, however, playing the deepwater is tantamount to operating a giant construction project in a remote, hostile environment. Decisions of great impact are the responsibility of a small number of technical experts; understanding the challenges of each sub-discipline is critical to optimally executing a deepwater project.

e)  Why are you excited about the upcoming AAPG Deepwater Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico workshop, and how is it a special event?  What differentiates it from other events?
I enjoy the audience participation of the workshop format. In my opinion the workshop format allows the audience to be intimately engaged with the presenter. The break-out discussions enable the audience to add input beyond the presenter’s prospective.

 To register:  http://www.aapg.org/gtw/GOMReservoirs2011/index.cfm

This two-day workshop is targeted at geoscientists and reservoir engineers who are actively involved in deepwater exploration, development, and technical studies. The goals of the Deepwater GTW include providing a forum that showcases integrated studies of deepwater reservoirs, affording ample opportunity for dialog and lively group discussions, and facilitating interdisciplinary innovation in these challenging environments. Each session will include an IPOD discussion (in-depth discussion on issues, problems, opportunities, and directions).

We are planning a full day of talks and discussions focused on pre-Tertiary (Paleogene) exploration and development, as well as a full day on the Miocene and Pliocene. Most presenters hail from either the asset teams or research teams of some of the most innovative deepwater operators, including Shell, Chevron, Anadarko, Statoil, Noble, BP, Nexen, Ecopetrol, and Petrobras.  Academia and top service providers will also be well represented, both as presenters, and adding to the quality of the group discussions. 

For informed, small-group discussions that focus on practical, relevant geosciences, there is nothing like an AAPG Geoscience Technology Workshop. We are very privileged for 2011 to have the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) as a co-sponsor of the Deepwater GTW!


Warren Winters, Anadarko
Gene Narahara, Chevron
Girish Saigal, Statoil
Niven Schumaker, Noble Energy
Dianna Shelander, Schlumberger
Anthony Kratochvil, BHP Billiton
Cleveland Jones, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Selim Shaker, Geopressure Analysis

Accepted Presentations (Partial List, to be Updated)

Architecture and Sequence Stratigraphy of Deep-Water deposits: Processes and Products
 Henry Posamentier – Chevron

Pore Pressure and the Petroleum System of the Miocene Primary Section in Central Green Canyon
 Niven Shumaker – Noble

K2 Field reservoir characterization – coupled surface/subsurface simulation and evaluation of recovery options
 Walt Dobbs and Richard Drumheller – Anadarko

A source-to-sink perspective on sand volumes predicted to pass from shelf edge to basin floor: input to GOM models
 Prof. Ron Steel and Andy Potter, UT Austin

Wilcox – A Regional Perspective
 Larry Zarra, Chevron

Cascade & Chinook Development: Expanding the Frontier
 Salvador da Matta Jr. – Petrobras

Seismic Imaging limitations and Challenges for sub salt Paleogene reservoirs
 Jerry Young – CGG Veritas

Great White WM12 Reservoir and Silvertip M. Frio Field: Development Plans and Comparison of Recent Well Results With Pre-Drill Models
 V. Eikrem, R. Li, M. Medeiro, B. McKee, E. Schumilak, B.L. Boswell, R. Mohan – Shell International E&P Company

The Jurassic Norphlet Formation of the Deep Water Eastern Gulf of Mexico: A Sedimentologic Investigation of Aeolian Systems and their Stratal Relationship with Extradunal Facies Types
 S. W. Douglas, John Wagner, Steve Dworkin, and S. G. Driese – Nexen

Quantifying the Drilling risk of Exploration and Development wells in the Sub Salt Arena: The use of 3D Mechanical Earth Models to risk well locations and trajectories.
 Donald Lee (Schlumberger), Alfred Liaw, Bob Quitzau, and Arnold Rodriguez (Anadarko), Robert Newman and Jose Adachi, (Schlumberger)

Regional Risking:  Back to Basics
 Elsa Jeanneth Jaimes Romero, Lynne Goodoff*, Dr. Steve Cossey, Dr. Eric Pasternack, Andres Fuenzalida Etcheverry, Nadin Saleh, Carlos Escalante, Milton Carrero (Ecopetrol and RPS)

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