Idrua Puasa, Duna Roda Boluda, Dan Collins, Alex Whittaker, Marijn van Cappelle, Gary Hampson and Chris Jackson all attended the British Sedimentological Research Group (BSRG) Annual General Meeting in Nottingham (20th-22nd December), hosted by the British Geological Society (BGS). Idrus, Alex, Dan, Duna and Marijn presented their ongoing research - see below the break for abstracts. Well done all!
Early December saw the BRG get into their festive spirits with their Annual Christmas Party, which started at Queens Ice and Bowl for some chilled (and not at all competitive) bowling. The scores ranged from a whopping 100+ to the low 30s, but regardless of skill (or otherwise) at bowling, it’s safe to say that everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. From there, we went on to The Champion pub in Bayswater where we donned our festive Christmas cracker hats and had a delicious 3 course festive meal with all the trimmings, and maybe a drink or two... A special mention has to go to Craig Magee and his light-up Christmas jumper which was hands down the best jumper of the night (see the photo below to truly understand the majesty of it). All in all the BRG Annual Christmas Party was the perfect start to the Christmas season! Thanks to Stephen Watkins for his hard work in organising the event, and thanks to everyone who came along and made it a great evening.
Holgate, N.E., Hampson, G.J., Jackson, C.A-L. and Petersen, S.A. (2014) Constraining uncertainty in interpretation of seismically imaged clinoforms in deltaic reservoirs, Troll Field, Norwegian North Sea: Insights from forward seismic models of outcrop analogs. AAPG Bulletin, 98, 2629-2663. DOI: 10.1306/05281413152.
Patruno, S., Hampson, G.J., Jackson, C.A-L. and Dreyer, T. (2015). Geomorphology, facies character and stratigraphic architecture of an ancient sand-rich subaqueous delta: Upper Jurassic Sognefjord Formation, Troll Field, Offshore Norway Sedimentology, 62, 350-388. DOI: 10.1111/sed.12153.
Reeve, M.T., Bell, R.E., Duffy, O., Jackson, C.A-L. and Sansom, E. (2015). The development of non-colinear fault systems; what can we learn from 3D seismic reflection data? Journal of Structural Geology, 70, 141-155. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2014.11.007
Donatella Astratti, Clara Rodriguez and Chris Jackson visited CGG in Crawley to present ongoing research utilising seismic data kindly provided by CGG.
Donatella’s talk was entitled “Geometry and kinematics of normal faults in a salt-related minibasin, Santos Basin, offshore Brazil” and Clara’s talk was entitled “Stratigraphy of salt giants: new insights from the integration of 3D seismic and well data in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil”. Chris gave two talks that were entitled “Geological and geophysical characterisation of a salt weld; Santos Basin, offshore Brazil” and “The internal structure and composition of salt diapirs: what do we know, what might we want to know and why might it be important”. The first talk included material arising from Clara Rodriguez’s PhD, and work conducted in collaboration with Dr Rebecca Bell. The associated publication can be viewed here: http://library.seg.org/doi/abs/10.1190/INT-2014-0066.1.
Rebecca Bell and Alex Whittaker have been awarded a grant from the Royal Society for a project entitled “Recovering high precision records of uplift and climate change from the sedimentary record”. This grant will allow them to conduct field work in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece, together with Stephen Watkins, to investigate sediment flux into the gulf. Congratulations!
Oliver Duffy, Rebecca Bell, Han Claringbould, Antje Lenhart and Tom Phillips hosted a two-day workshop on Fault Analysis Techniques on the 4th and 5th December 2014. The workshop, part of the multi-institutional MultiRift research project, was attended by MultiRift collaborators from the University of Bergen along with fellow BRG members. The workshop examined the different techniques commonly used to analyse faults and fault networks using a mix of presentations and practical Petrel and paper-based exercises.
Godspower Onyenanu, who recently graduated with his MSc from the University of Manchester, will be working on a PhD project entitled “Characterisation and modelling of heterogeneity in thinly bedded, shallow-marine sandstone reservoirs” supervised by Gary Hampson, Pete Fitch and Matt Jackson. Welcome to the BRG!
Daniel Collins recently completed a 4-month internship at Brunei Shell Petroleum. The main focus of the internship was to classify reservoir quality in heterolithic, shallow marine, reservoir units through integrating core, outcrop, petrophysical, production and seismic data. In addition to field trips, Dan also co-led 4 one day core workshops for various asset teams encompassing a number of different cores. The internship work supplements Dan's PhD field studies of Miocene strata in Brunei and eastern Sarawak, Malaysia (Miri and Lambir).
Craig Magee presented an invited talk in the ‘Continental Volcanic Rifted Margin’ session at AGU in December entitled, “Constraining the role of magma before, during and after the break-up of continents using seismic reflection data”. He also presented a poster on, “Reconstructing the birth, life and death of ancient monogenetic basalt volcanoes using seismic reflection data”.
Chris Jackson gave December’s London Lecture Series talk at Burlington House, Geological Society of London (10th November). His talk was entitled “Terra Infirma; What Has Salt Tectonics Ever Done For Us”. Further details and a video recording of the talk can be viewed here: https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/salttectonics. See below the break for the abstract!
The Basins Research Group (BRG) at Imperial College London focuses on the geodynamic, struc-tural, and stratigraphic evolution of sedimentary basins. This range of ac-tivities is centred around a multidisciplinary group of Earth Scientists who are committed to understand-ing the fundamental geo-logical processes opera-ting in evolving sediment-ary basins, and the application of this under-standing to determining the nature, origin and occurrence of natural resources (see Themes).