Upcoming Division Talks

Use of Regional Multi-Beam Surveys and Piston Coring in the Exploration of Deep-water Frontier Basins 
Speaker: Marty Wittstrom | Oil & Gas Investments Group LLC
NEW LOCATION: Buzzards Pub, 140 10th Ave SW, Calgary; doors open at 11:30am

November 14, 2018 | 12:00noon

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Recent exploration discoveries in the deep-waters of offshore French Guiana and Brazil’s Ceará and Sergipe deep-water basins have tested the applicability of West Africa exploration analogs to exploration concepts for the Atlantic Equatorial Margin of South America.  These initial successes are encouraging, but the number and expanse of the numerous under-explored basins along Brazil’s extensive coastline present significant challenges for optimized exploration programs.

Analysis of regional surveys using high-resolution multi-beam scanning and precision-guided piston coring of suspected seepage anomalies is proving to be a robust and cost-effective methodology for guiding regional exploration programs in a highly competitive exploration market.  Such scanning and coring campaigns are providing key insights into the presence, type, and extent of petroleum systems in these under-explored frontier areas.  The results of basin-wide surveys programs can not only confirm hydrocarbon generation and type, but also guide the optimized use of subsequent, more costly technologies, used to further identify and risk areas at the prospect level.

Multiple deep-water exploration play concepts are available in these under-explored frontier areas that have the same syn-rift lacustrine sediments, post-rift marine environments and turbidite reservoirs as recent discoveries.  This paper examines these frontier basins, the likely play concepts present, and the prioritization of each with respect to exploration potential and hydrocarbon sourcing, as indicated by the physical presence of hydrocarbon seepage on the ocean floor.

Marty Wittstrom is the President of Oil & Gas Investments Group LLC (OGG), which has upstream and downstream investments in South America, particularly Brazil.  He is also a Director at the Canadian Global Exploration Forum, Canada’s only registered organization that serves and promotes Canadian international E&P and service companies.  Prior to OGG Marty was General Manager of the South America Business Unit for Niko Resources, Ltd., and VP International Exploration for Reliance Industries in Mumbai, India.  Marty also enjoyed a 26-year career with Chevron in positions of increasing responsibility for North American and international assets having large exploration and field development projects.  In addition to his technical and business successes, Marty has also served on key corporate and industry committees, including Chevron’s Corporation Reserves Advisory Committee, Strategic Staffing and Strategic R&D Committees, and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers East Coast Advisory Committee.

Marty has written and presented extensively on exploration plays, reservoir management, business optimization, and technology applications.  He has been a thought leader in exploration and reservoir management, and has developed Centers of Excellence for reservoir characterization, exploration portfolio analysis and G&G training.  Marty has served in numerous industry and non-profit organization roles including the AAPG National Convention Technical Committee; the SPE Permian Basin Chapter Enhanced Recovery Conference Technical Committee; the Board of Directors for the Permian Basin Graduate Center; and conference session chairmanships for AAPG, SPE, and the CIPC.
Marty earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from Western State College of Colorado, and his master’s degree in geology from the Colorado School of Mines. Marty is a registered professional geologist, AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist and has been an Active Member of AAPG since 1978.

December 12, 2018: Buzzards Christmas Social:Geological Wonders of Scotland, Rida Aslam This will be accompanied by an (ugly) Hawaii Shirt Contest


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The International Division has provided a forum to members and guests interested in the geology and hydrocarbon potential of the world since 1985. We offer monthly free brown-bag lunchtime workshops and special social events. The lunchtime event takes place every second Wednesday of each month. It starts at noon with a 5 minute introduction, followed by a 10 minute “Rock Shot” warm-up and the 30 minute main presentation, which leaves the last 15 minutes for networking. Upcoming events are detailed below. The lunchtime events are held in the Nexen Plus 15 Conference Centre located in the Nexen Annex Building.

The “Rocks Shots” could be anything interesting and should be light. In the past we have had travelogues, world cultural heritage relationships between geology and beverages, and quick geoscience knowledge. The main technical presentation should cover geoscientific and/or broadly oil and gas related topics.

A door prize is provided by Sigma Explorations Inc., coffee and refreshments by IHS Markit, doughnuts by RPS Energy, and speaker appreciation by Chinook Consulting Services Ltd. and Alconsult International.

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