Antje Lenhart, Tom Phillips and Adamu Suleiman attended the PETEX conference at ExCel London from 18th-20th November. They each presented a poster at the conference's Petroleum Geoscience Research Collaboration Showcase. Their research was well-received, and there were also plenty of opportunities for networking. Well done all!
Chris Jackson gave a keynote presentation at the FORCE Salt Tectonics meeting in Stavanger Norway (13th November). His talk, which was entitled “Salt-Influenced Rift Basins; structure, stratigraphy and new models”, presented material arising from the Salt-Influenced Rift Basins (SIRB) project. FORCE is a forum for improved oil and gas exploration and on the Norwegian continental shelf (http://www.force.org/About-FORCE/Membership/).
Chris Jackson gave an invited presentation at the Applied Geodynamic Laboratory (AGL) Annual General Meeting held at the Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin (14th November). His talk was entitled “Geological and geophysical characterisation of a salt weld; Santos Basin, offshore Brazil”, including 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.
Chris Jackson gave an invited presentation at the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) Evening Lecture in Aberdeen (18th November). His talk was entitled “The internal structure and composition of salt diapirs: what do we know, what might we want to know and why might it be important?”, drawing on research undertaken whilst he was on sabbatical in 2013. An associated publication can be viewed here: http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/42/4/307.abstract?sid=3d1110a9-ffd9-4f41-9c0f-d8c83b95cf85.
Chris Jackson gave an invited presentation at the Eastern Mediterranean Research Symposium held at IFP Energies nouvelles, Paris, France (24th November). His talk, which was entitled “When the water went away; an overview of Messinian Salinity Crisis-related research at Imperial College”, presented material arising from the PhD projects of Hayley Allen and Abdulaziz Al-Balushi (both co-supervised by Al Fraser), in addition to MSci student Ciprian Verdes.
Chris Jackson, along with collaborator David Hodgson from the University of Leeds, gave a series of invited presentations at BG Group’s ‘Lunch-and-Learn’ seminar series (7th November). The presentations focused on the seismic expression, stratigraphy and sedimentology of mass-transport complexes (MTCs) and their impact on petroleum systems development along passive margins.
Susie Maidment gave a talk at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Verterbrate Palaeontology entitled ‘Red blood cells and collagen fibres preserved in 75 million year old dinosaur specimens’.
Dan Collins gave a invited talk to the Petroleum Geology community in Brunei Shell Petroleum entitled: 'Outcrop insights for subsurface shoreface reservoirs'. Dan also attended and presented aspects of his ongoing internship work at the Borneo Geoscience Forum on 27th November for Sarawak, Sabah and Brunei Shell Geoscientists.
As of the 4th of December, Susie’s new Stegosaurus (or more officially, the Natural History Museum's new stegosaur) is going on display at the Exhibition Road entrance to the NHM! This is the most complete specimen of Stegosaurus ever found, one of the very few dinosaur specimens at the NHM that is real, and the only specimen of this species on display in Europe. Impressive stuff! Susie has working on it for over a year and has lots of papers forthcoming. If you like dinosaurs (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) you’re strongly encouraged to pop in to the NHM and take a look!
On the 7th of November, Antje Lenhart and Rebecca Bell visited the NPD core repository in Stavanger, as part of Antje's PhD research. Along with Haakon Fossen (University of Bergen), they looked at cores from basement to develop an understanding of the different types of crystalline rocks which underlie the North Sea rift.
Bloomington. Jackson, C.A-L, Carruthers, D.T., Mahlo, S.N. and Briggs, O. 2014. Can polygonal faults help locate deep-water reservoirs? AAPG Bulletin, v. 98, p1717-1738. DOI: 10.1306/03131413104.
Seshane Mahlo completed a BSc (Geology) and MSc (Petroleum Engineering) and Omieari Briggs completed an MSc (Petroleum Geoscience) at Imperial College. Research contained in this paper includes material generated during their independent projects.
Maidment, S. C. R., Bates, K. T. and Barrett, P. M. 2014. Three-dimensional computational modeling of pelvic locomotor muscle moment arms in Edmontosaurus (Dinosauria, Hadrosauridae) and comparisons with other archosaurs. In Evans, D. C and Eberth D. E. (eds), Hadrosaurs. Indiana University Press, Bloomington.
McDonald, A. T., Maidment, S. C. R., Barrett, P. M., You, H.-L., and Dodson, P. 2014. Osteology of the basal hadrosauroid Equijubus normani (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) from the Early Cretaceous of China. In Evans, D. C and Eberth D. E. (eds), Hadrosaurs. Indiana University Press.
Rotevatn, A. and Jackson. C.A-L. 2014. 3D structure and evolution of folds during normal fault dip linkage. Journal of the Geological Society, v.171, p.821-829. DOI: 10.1144/jgs2014-045.
Between 13th-16th of November, Marijn van Capelle attended the BSRG postgraduate fieldtrip titled ‘Fluvio-deltaic to deep marine systems in the South Pyrenean Foreland Basin‘. The trip focussed on the Tremp-Graus and Ainsa Basins in the Pyrenees, and was led by Marco Fonnesu (University College Dublin) and Miquel Poyatos-More (University of Manchester).
Dan Collins co-led two one-day field trips for Brunei Shell Petroleum staff on 16th October and 3rd November. Participants from a range of disciplines included exploration and production geoscientists, petroleum engineers, petrophysicists, production technologists and business leaders. The trips focused on outcrops of the shallow marine Belait Formation in the Jerudong area of Brunei, which form part of Dan's PhD on mixed-process shoreline systems and are direct analogues to producing subsurface reservoirs in Brunei. Themes covered ranged in scale from petrographic impacts on reservoir quality, through the impact of facies changes to waterflood design, to seismic scale reservoir architecture!
Between 29th September and 1st October, Marijn van Capelle went on the Applied Ichnology and Sedimentology course taught by George Pemberton (University of Alberta) at TNO in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Marijn has also written a short article on this ichnology course in this month’s issue of Geo.brief, the newsletter of the KNGMG (Koninklijk Nederlands Geologisch Mijnbouwkundig Gezelschap: Royal Dutch Geological and Mining Engineering Society).
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).