ASC participates in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) convention.
Houston will host this year’s American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) convention and exhibition, with Saudi Aramco and ASC again providing key contributions. The event – which typically draws about 8,000 attendees from around the world – will be held April 6-9 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Gretchen Gillis, geological specialist in Aramco Services Company (ASC)’s Upstream group, is chairing the Technical Program. She supervised a team of 25 geoscientists to solicit and review the nearly 1,450 abstracts received – a record number.
Gillis and her committee also designed the technical sessions and selected 10 field trips and 19 short courses from a large number of proposals.
“The annual convention and exhibition is the most important AAPG event each year, so I am pleased to have the strong support of ASC management and my geoscientist colleagues in developing this year’s technical program,” Gillis said.
The convention opens Sunday afternoon with the annual awards ceremony. Among those being recognized for service to AAPG is Hussain M. Al-Otaibi, manager of the Saudi Aramco Exploration Resource Assessment Department. He will be one of nine recipients receiving this year’s AAPG Distinguished Service Award.
Al-Otaibi has been involved with AAPG for many years and served as president of the Middle East Region of AAPG from 2009-2011. He is currently involved with AAPG’s Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) Program, an annual prospective basin evaluation competition for geoscience graduate students from universities around the world.
Serving as a judge for the IBA global finals this year will be Sa’id Al-Hajri, manager of Saudi Aramco Exploration Technical Services. Al-Hajri is also president of the Middle East Region of AAPG.
Receiving the Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award will be Dr. Don Lowe, the Max Steineke Professor at Stanford University’s School of Earth Sciences.
Lowe’s teaching and research are focused on topics in sedimentary geology and techniques for interpreting the sedimentary record. The professorship Lowe holds at Stanford was named for the prominent American petroleum geologist and Stanford graduate whose efforts were instrumental in the first discovery of oil in commercial quantities at the Dammam No. 7 well in Saudi Arabia in March 1938.
AAPG ideal place for knowledge sharing
Historically, the company has had a significant presence in the technical program, reflecting the importance of petroleum geoscience to its upstream oil and gas activities. Saudi Aramco will again provide in-booth technical presentations daily that showcase the company's advanced upstream technologies.
Saudi Aramco is a diamond-level sponsor and ASC will be hosting the company’s booth (#1528). The 2014 convention theme plays off the location in Houston: “Ideas and Innovation: Fuel for the Energy Capital.”
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