AAPG E-Symposium Series: 1 hour live, plus 1 day independent study

AAPG is combining synchronous and asynchronous online instruction to give you a robust learning experience that allows you to reinforce your learning with readings, reflection, and learning activities.

Each e-symposium consists of one-hour live e-symposium, along with material for one full day of independent study.

The live portion will be followed by a full day of independent study (not a live event).  The one-hour live e-symposium can be accessed from any computer anywhere in the world using a high-speed internet connection.  After the event is over, you will receive via email information about accessing the asynchronous segment (not live) which consists of your independent study materials, to be accessed and studied at any time. You will be able to email responses to the readings, along with your study question answers for CEU credit (if you sign up for the extended package).

Wind Farm Operations:  Current Practices and Future Trends

June 25, 2009
2 pm CDT / 3 pm EDT (for the “live” segment)

Experience in wind farm operations, or just getting started?  Running large operations, or installing small, targeted-use operations?

Join our experts, which will include individuals from wind turbine manufacturing and wind farm operations.  Included in our speakers is Russ Agrusa, ICONICS renewable energy expert, who will discuss alternative energy/wind power applications, from installation to operations.  He will also provide information on case studies.  Our presenters will discuss many aspects of wind farm operations, and then will answer your questions.

1. Overview of Wind Farm Operations:  Challenges, Key Considerations
1a.  Large wind farms
1b.  Small – medium wind farms
1c.  Integrated solutions (wind energy, geothermal, fossil energy)
2.  Review of Portal for Wind Farm Operations
3. Using Virtual Earth with Smart Pins for viewing and managing assets
4. Integrating meteorological information
5. Reporting options for Wind Farm Management

Wind Farm operations
The presenters will discuss effective management of wind farm operations, and the challenges often encountered.  His presentation will cover all scales, levels, and kinds of wind farm operations. He will also discuss a few cases, which include real–time software solutions for renewable energy.  One key consideration is how to obtain real-time information about overall productivity of the wind turbines, alarm information from wind towers and local meteorological information for complete wind farm management.

3D Seismic Profiles of U.S. Shale Plays

July 23, 2009
2 pm CDT / 3 pm EDT (for the “live” segment)

As commodity prices have dropped, many shale plays have become uneconomical as statistical plays and have increasingly become recognized as geological plays demanding new insights from data.

This course provides an overview of the integrated use of 3D seismic data for exploration and development in major shale plays in the continental U.S. with applicability worldwide.
The expert, David Paddock, provides a petrophysical, geophysical, and geomechanical background of the major shale plays and discusses how to high-grade using seismic. The plays covered in the e-symposium include the following:

* Barnett
* Marcellus
* Fayetteville
* Woodford
* Eagle Ford
* Bakken
* Haynesville

Who should attend?
Anyone who is involved in U.S. shale plays may benefit from this webinar.

David Paddock is Principal Geophysicist and Advanced Projects Team Leader with Schlumberger Data & Consulting Services in Houston, TX, USA.


Cost:        $75 for AAPG members
$95 for non-members

$100 for AAPG members
$145 for non-members

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4 comments on this post.
  1. Okoko Davidson:

    Hello Susan,it is interesting to read that there is a position for an online intern.I would like to be one.I currently am based at the Department of Geology of the University of Ibadan.I am a member of the AAPG(Member No.10036596).I am also a member of the SEG and SPE.I have high Internet and computer skills from webdesign(basic)to word processing and powerpoint presentations.I am very familiar with the Internet-i have been online for more than 10 years.I also have access to the Internet.I have high research skills and I also am familiar with the aims and objectives of the AAPG.I have participated in several AAPG events.Recently I took part in the Imperial Barrel Awards(IBA) 2009 Regional Competition organized by the AAPG.I regularly interact with the Executive members of the AAPG Africa Region.I will be happy if you can accept me.I have succeeded in helping close to 1000 students and other professionals join AAPG.

  2. Susan Nash:

    Hi Okoko,

    Wonderful! Please contact me via email at snash@aapg.org and be sure to send your resume.

  3. Lindsay:

    Hi, Susan. I live overseas, but am interested in the 3D Seismic Profiles of U.S. Shale Plays course. Is there a way to access the presentation outside of the ‘live’ event, since it’s in the middle of the night here? Also, will the instructor cover the latest drilling technologies as they pertain to production?
    Thanks, Lindsay

  4. Susan Nash:

    Hi Lindsay,

    Absolutely! We will be archiving the live event, so you can access it at any time.
    Here’s David Paddock’s outline for the presentation:

    3D Seismic Profiles of U.S. Shale Plays — An AAPG E-Symposium
    Motivation: gas shales and their economics
    Challenges: Sweetspots, drilling, and completion
    Disciplines: Petrophysics and geomechanics
    How seismic can help
    Prediction of success
    Porosity and superior fracture stimulation
    Lithology alone in silty shales
    The seismic solution
    Porosity per se in carbonate-rich shales
    The seismic solution
    Superior fracture stimulation
    Brittleness and stress
    Brittleness and its rock physics
    The seismic solution
    Vertical transverse anisotropy
    The seismic solution
    Azimuthal stress variations
    Azimuthal anisotropy, curvature, 3DMEM
    Drilling the brittle or drilling the hot GR
    The rock physics of either approach
    A reminder of the seismic solution
    Directionality: How seismic can help
    Brittleness, containment, stress, and hazard avoidance
    Brittleness: a reminder on its rock physics and seismic
    Containment: Brittleness stratigraphy and seismic
    Stress: a reminder on VTI, az anisotropy, and seismic
    Hazard Avoidance: Enhanced fault delineation
    Prediction of success
    EUR as a function of gas in place, porosity, the frac, etc.
    Predicting success prior to development drilling
    Economics of the use of seismic
    Cost and benefit per square mile: a clear win
    Three year leases make its use problematic
    Sweetspots: Identify porosity and brittleness opportunities
    Drilling: Identification of brittleness and optimal azim
    Completions: Brittleness, containment, stress, hazards
    Predicting success