Deepwater – Ultra Deepwater Geoscience Technology Workshop: Invitation to Submit a Presentation Proposal

The Deepwater -  Ultra Deepwater Reservoirs Geosciences Technology Workshop, March 16-17, 2010 in Houston, TX, focuses on geological, geophysical, and engineering information useful in exploration and production in deepwater and ultra deepwater reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico.  Consisting of presentations, dynamic discussions, exciting cross-disciplinary perspectives on deepwater and ultra deepwater reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico reservoirs, the event will be a great place for experienced geoscientists to discuss published papers, and for young geologists to become familiar with the key issues. (See call for papers)

The event focuses on integrating geological, geophysical, and engineering information.  Presenters may also discuss the impact of technology on economics.  The event is  a cooperative endeavor between AAPG, Houston Geological Society, and PTTC (

This event is envisioned first in an annual series and unique in that it offers an opportunity for discussion of wide-ranging topics.

Call For Abstracts:

Share your insights — get involved.  DW and UDW reservoirs constitute some of the most strategic areas in U.S. energy today.

We welcome your abstracts for a 10-15-minute talk — please send them by December 21, 2009 so that our organizing committee review them.  E-mail address:

* Title of Presentation
* Topics / themes
* Your name / brief bio sketch (1 or 2 sentences)

Photo by MMS

Photo by MMS

How It Works:
Presenters make brief 10-15-minute presentations, then open the floor for discussion.   The goal is to encourage exchanges on topics of value to geologists, geophysicists, and engineers.  We believe that there are not enough places or opportunities for geoscientists to discuss papers and education.

Core Session Themes:

(1a) Lower Tertiary from an exploration perspective
(1b) Lower Tertiary from an appraisal / development perspective
(2a) Miocene production and performance history
(2b) Miocene appraisal / development

Additional Session Themes

(1) Deep shelf potential // methane hydrates
(2) Exploration / appraisal in the eastern Gulf (mainly Mesozoic and
“bright spot” gas plays)
(3) Pliocene production and performance history
(4) Potential and performance of shallow gas in the deepwater

Preliminary Session Topics:

*Reservoir Characterization:  Challenges, Opportunities, Lessons Learned
*Basin Boundaries
*Geopressure Analysis
*Seismic modeling:  Subsalt / deepwater depth imaging
*Drilling and production challenges
*Dealing with temperatures at depth:  thermal profiling, monitoring, fluid system management
*Economics and economics factors
*Reserves:  Issues and Challenges



8:00 am        Welcome and Overview
8:15 am        Opening Address
8:45 am        Session 1
10:15 am    Break
10:30 am    Session 2

12:00 noon        Lunch (with Keynote Speaker)

1:15 pm        Session 3
2:45 pm        Break
3:00 pm        Session 4
4:30 pm        Break
4:45 pm        Reception / Poster Sessions


8:00 am        Welcome and Overview
8:15 am        Plenary Address
8:45 am        Session 5
10:15 am    Break
10:30 am    Session 6

12:00 noon        Lunch (with Keynote Speaker)

1:15 pm        Session 7
2:45 pm        Break
3:00 pm        Session 8
4:30 pm        Break
4:45 pm        Networking

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