During the week of AAPG’s annual convention, a group of Aramco geoscientists visited with scientists at The University of Texas Quantitative Clastics Laboratory in Houston to study core samples.
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) annual convention held recently in Houston marked a significant milestone for the organization — its 100th anniversary. Aramco participated in the conference, joining other global upstream leaders to honor AAPG's legacy and usher in a new era of success.
Aramco has played a major role in AAPG throughout the decades, sharing its mission to advance the science of petroleum geology. Today, AAPG has approximately 35,000 members in 129 countries.
Saudi Aramco geoscientists gave more than 25 presentations during the AAPG conference, both at the Aramco exhibit booth and as part of the conference technical program.
Strong presence at ACE2017
Throughout the four-day Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE2017), a team of geoscientists, researchers and other upstream professionals from Saudi Aramco and Aramco Services Co. (ASC) contributed 17 presentations to the AAPG technical sessions, and more than 25 presentations in all throughout the event. This included eight presentations at the company’s exhibit booth.
Additionally, we helped facilitate and judge the global finals of AAPG's Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) competition. This international student competition allows teams of geoscience graduate students from universities around the world to test their skills in analyzing multidisciplinary petroleum data packages and to present their interpretations to industry experts on the judging panel.
"We had an exceptionally strong presence this year, with a large number of technical presentations and involvement in other key aspects of the conference," said Misfir AzZahrani, general manager of Saudi Aramco Prospect Portfolio Development. "It was also a great opportunity to celebrate AAPG's 100th anniversary and honor the pioneers who helped shape the industry." Saudi Aramco was an ACE2017 Diamond Level sponsor.
Distinguished Service Award
Saudi Aramco's Anwar Al-Beaiji received a 2017 AAPG Distinguished Service Award. Al-Beaiji joined AAPG in 2007 as a young professional and soon became a key representative in the Middle East region where he mentored other young members and encouraged geoscience graduate students to participate in AAPG's global IBA competition.
During the conference’s opening session, Saudi Aramco geologist Anwar Al-Beaiji received an AAPG Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contributions to the association. Al-Beaiji joined AAPG 10 years ago and has been a tireless volunteer. Passionate about AAPG's Imperial Barrel Awards (IBA) student competition, he served as the first IBA coordinator in the Middle East Region – traveling extensively to universities to speak to student groups and establish AAPG student chapters there. Al-Beaiji is pictured here with AAPG President Paul Britt, left, and Misfir AzZahrani, general manager of Saudi Aramco Prospect Portfolio Development.
Further collaborative activities
Aramco participated in several other activities during the week. A group of our geoscientists gathered to study core samples with scientists at the University of Texas Quantitative Clastics Laboratory in Houston, and upstream researchers from Saudi Aramco and the Aramco Research Center-Houston met to discuss project highlights and opportunities for further collaboration.