Saudi Aramco participates in petroleum geologists annual convention
HOUSTON – Creative ideas and new technologies were the stars of the AAPG 2012 Annual Convention & Exhibition in Long Beach, California, April 22-25. More than 5,000 geoscientists attended the event, which included approximately 1,000 oral and poster presentations.
Saudi Aramco, a Titanium Sponsor, continued its significant presence in the technical program, exhibition, and other convention activities that reflect the company’s recognition of the importance of petroleum geoscience to its upstream oil and gas activities.
A team from Aramco Services Co. (ASC) Upstream Research also participated in the program and, together with ASC Staffing Services, met with those interested in careers with Saudi Aramco.
Saudi Aramco geoscientists delivered six oral presentations and four poster presentations on reservoir architecture and characterization, geochemistry, stratigraphy, and natural fractures. One presentation, given by geologist Douglas Cook, focused on “encounters from space” to describe subsurface structures in the Arabian platform that appear to have formed as a result of meteorite impacts. The presentation titled, “Possible Impact Structures in the Sedimentary Basins of Saudi Arabia,” was featured in a technical session on astrogeology.
In-booth presentations were given by Saudi Aramco’s Dave Cantrell with EXPEC ARC who spoke about “Clastic Reservoir Quality Prediction: Challenges and Progress” and Bob Lindsay in Exploration who presented his 30 years of learning on the subject, “Carbonate Porosity Families.” Both topics attracted a large group of geoscientists, with many showing great interest in images of outcrops and rock samples from Saudi Arabia.
Prior to the convention, Mahdi AbuAli of Saudi Aramco served on the judging panel for the Imperial Barrel Award competition. Among the 12 finalists was a team from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals that represented the Middle East Region of AAPG.
Hussain Al-Otaibi, manager of Saudi Aramco’s Exploration Technical Services Department, and ASC’s Gretchen Gillis participated in the annual legislative meeting of the AAPG House of Delegates, and several representatives from Saudi Aramco and ASC participated in meetings of AAPG scientific committees.
Al-Otaibi said that the AAPG annual conference “is the premier opportunity for Saudi Aramco to meet with other upstream companies and service companies to exchange information and knowledge about shared challenges and technology solutions, through oral presentations, poster sessions, and in-person meetings around the exhibition and other social events.” He added that AAPG also provides a great venue for meeting talented professionals who may be interested in joining Saudi Aramco.