Theme 1: Siliciclastics
Theme Description This theme will showcase the latest concepts and research in siliciclastic deposition, stratigraphy and reservoir characterization. Featured will be the latest technologies and integrative workflows that are adding value in exploration and development.
Advances in Seismic Stratigraphy and Geomorphology
Integrated Source to Sink Sedimentary Systems and Basin Scale Stratigraphy
Innovative Techniques and Workflows for Characterizing Sedimentary Systems
Continental to Shallow Marine Depositional Systems and Sediments
Applied Sedimentological Models and Experiments
Clastic Diagenesis, Reservoir Quality, and Geochemistry
Impact of Structure on Sedimentary Systems and Reservoir Properties
Challenging Basins Mixed Systems, Seismically-Challenged, etc.
New Insights From the Sediments of Mexico and Eastern North America
Theme 2: Carbonates and Evaporites
Theme Description This theme will highlight the latest thinking on carbonate and evaporate depositional systems and diagenetic patterns as well as describe the critical pore networks associated. Application to major oil and gas reservoirs will be stressed.
Depositional Models for Carbonate and Evaporite Systems
Carbonate Diagenesis and Paleohydrologic Modeling
Pore Networks: From Nano-Scale to Touching Vug & Fracture Systems
Carbonate-Evaporite Stratigraphy Sub-Milankovitch to High-Resolution Scale
Giant Carbonate Reservoirs and Their Basins
Honoring Lloyd Pray
Carbonate Stratigraphic Traps
Theme 3: Geochemistry, Basin Modeling and Petroleum Systems
Theme Description Geochemistry and basin modeling provide the means to describe the petroleum system along the value chain via the integrated study of hydrocarbon charge through geological time and calibration to present day fluid observations. Methods available in this technical space allow improved understanding of conventional and unconventional plays.
Basin Modeling and Geochemistry Along the Value Chain
Risk Quantification Through Petroleum System Analysis
New Technologies and Workflows in Geochemistry and Basin Modeling
Hydrocarbon Charge Assessments of Unconventional Settings
Theme 4: Structure, Tectonics and Geomechanics
Theme Description This theme invites abstract submissions covering all aspects of the discipline. We are particularly interested in presentations showcasing the exceptional and direct business value of structural geology and geomechanics, in terms of increased reserves, increased production, and reduced costs and risk. We welcome case studies on lessons learned from failures, and problem mitigation. We also seek presentations highlighting new techniques or data sets that illuminate structure.
Salt Basins: Structure, Tectonics and Stratigraphy
Structure and Tectonics
Structural Analysis in Fractured and Unconventional Reservoirs
Business Impact of Structural Geology
Reservoir Stratigraphy, Architecture and Trapping Configuration
Theme 5: Deepwater
Theme Description This theme will present the current trends on depositional concepts, stratigraphy, reservoir characterization, modelling, and play development associated with deepwater geological units. Contributions that emphasize process oriented sedimentology and stratigraphy, as well as innovative business relevant case studies are of particular interest to this theme.
Deepwater Deposits: From Classic Models to Paradigm Shifts
Mixed Carbonate-Siliciclastic Systems
Contributions From Numerical and Physical Models in the Deepwater World
Deepwater Sequence/Seismic Stratigraphy and Geomorphology
New Trends in Deepwater E&P: From Reservoir to Play Scale
Salt Basins: Structure, Tectonics and Stratigraphy
Theme 6: Unconventional Resources
Theme Description Unconventional resources have dominated growth in production over the past several years and have radically changed global oil markets. Geoscientific understanding of these plays has also grown exponentially over the past several years. The first three subthemes in this category divide the plays into geographic areas as well as the maturity of the plays. The final subtheme for unconventionals addresses the technological advancements that are applicable to all plays.
Emerging Plays in North America
International Unconventional Plays
Established Unconventional Plays
Advances in Unconventionals
Theme 7: Energy and Environment
Theme Description This theme will provide an opportunity to showcase an array of issues that concern impacts and resolutions of energy on our environment. Topics for this theme will address best practices in the energy sector to meet growing regulatory pressures, global demands, public perceptions, and current environmental challenges and solutions.
Demand Trends on Oil, Gas, Coal and Global Regions
Induced Seismicity, Hydro Fracturing and Other Oil Recovery Best Practices
Environmental Best Practices: Hydrogeology, Geophysics and Forensics
Reclamation and Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Techniques and Best Practices
Coastal and Oceanic Environmental Challenges (Deepwater Gulf of Mexico)
Theme 8: Emerging Frontiers and New Technology
Theme Description This theme will showcase recent exploration results in emerging frontiers, new insights of petroleum systems, as well as innovations and new technologies used to hunt resources and manage risks, and workflows and strategies to narrow temporal and spatial gaps between potential resources and reserves.
Emerging Frontiers in the East Hemisphere: Arctic Russia to the Far East
Emerging Frontiers in the West Hemisphere: Alaska to Falkland Islands
Geosciences for Environmental Management and Protection
Seep Hunters: Validating Charge in Wildcat Settings for Better Resulting
Convergence of Exploration With Development and Enhanced Recovery
Theme 9: Geophysics Integration of the Technology across the Business
Theme Description This theme covers the broad spectrum of innovative theory development, advanced geophysical techniques, geoscience integration workflows, and case studies for risk and cost management. Thus, integration of advanced geophysical techniques and different aspects in geosciences plays a key role in reducing risk and costs in these challenging economic times.
Integration of Geophysics With Geology: Theory, Workflow and Case Studies
Deepwater, Subsalt, Sub-Basalt Exploration: Challenges and Case Studies
Reservoir Characterization in Clastics, Carbonates and Unconventionals
4D Seismic and Practical Microseismic Technologies
Non-Seismic Methods: Remote Sensing, EM, Gravity and Joint Inversion
Seismic Stratigraphy: Chronostratigraphy, New Techniques and Case Studies
Rock Physics and Borehole Geophysics
Environmental Challenges and Protection
Theme 10: International Regions Highlights
Theme Description This theme will consist solely of invited papers, which will address developing exploration and production opportunities and trends, as well as technological advances in all of AAPGs International Regions.
Latin America and Caribbean
Theme 11: Future of Energy Exploration
Theme Description Industry is again in a downturn with reduced exploration budgets and staffing levels. This theme will look at medium-to long-term forecasting from two perspectives. Subtheme 1 will focus on post-appraisal of previous forecasts and will attempt to establish a realistic level of confidence in our ability to forecast the future. Subtheme 2 seeks to generate discussion that will establish coherent views of the near to medium future. Abstracts from a diverse cross-section of the industry are desired, not only from geoscientists, but also from our colleagues in, for example, the commercial, economic and human relations functions.
Look-Back on Previous Predictions: What Worked & What Didnt
The Future of Exploration: External Drivers, Technical Trends and Estimates
New Discoveries in the Solar System: Implications for Energy and Mineral Resources
Theme 12: SEPM/AAPG Research Symposium How Seismic and Sequence Stratigraphy Have Advanced: 40 Years after AAPG Memoir 26 and Nearly 30 Years after SEPM Special Publication 42
Theme Description Since the publication of Memoir 26 and Special Publication 42, there have been many other publications trying to apply, explain, and refine the original idea of seismic and sequence stratigraphy, including a few heated debates on terminology and the proper application of the concept. This special symposium will look at both the history of seismic and sequence stratigraphy concepts and the current state of the art from both academic and applied industry viewpoints.
History of Seismic
Special Session: History of Petroleum Geology
Theme Description This theme will showcase the evolution of major technical breakthroughs in petroleum exploration since the founding of the AAPG over the last 100 years, and how people of the AAPG and sister petroleum exploration societies around the world have affected the evolution of these breakthroughs.