Members of the Basin Research Group were out in force at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Rebecca Bell and Adamu Suleiman gave oral presentations, and Craig Magee and Chris Jackson gave poster presentations. A special mention goes to undergraduate student Haydn Orme who presented a poster, detailing the results of her summer-2015 UROP project! Her attendance was supported by the London Petrophysical Society (LPS) and Imperial College Trust.
Holgate, N.E., Jackson, C.A-L., Hampson, G.J. and Dreyer, T. (2015). Seismic stratigraphic analysis of the Middle Jurassic Krossfjord and Fensfjord formations, Troll oil and gas field, northern North Sea. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 68, 352-380. (DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2015.08.036)
Jackson, C.A-L. and Lewis, M.M. (2016) Structural style and evolution of a salt-influenced rift basin margin: the impact of variations in salt composition and the role of polyphase extension. Basin Research. DOI: 10.1111/bre.12099.
Jolly, B.A., Lonergan, L., Whittaker, A.C. 2016. Growth history of fault-propagation folds and interaction with seabed channels in the toe-thrust region of the deep-water Niger Delta; Marine and Petroleum Geology 70, 58-76.
Matt Reeve has been awarded the John Archer Scholarship. This is awarded annually to the most outstanding PhD student studying a petroleum-related subject in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering. Congratulations Matt!
God'spower and Marijn presented at BSRG AGM (British Seidmentological Research Group Annual General Meeting) at Keele University. The program for the meeting can be found here.
Here are the titles of their work:
Matt Reeve gave an oral presentation at the Tectonic Studies Group Meeting on January 6th, entitled ‘The Stratigraphic Record of Pre-breakup Geodynamics: Evidence from the North Carnarvon Basin, offshore Northwest Australia’. The conference was held at UCL, and the full details can be found here. Matt's abstract can be found attached to this post.
Congratulations to Susannah Maidment whose paper on blood cells and soft tissues in dinosaur bone made it into Discover Magazine's Top 100 Science Stories of 2015! Here is a link to the whole list, with her article "Dinosaur Soft Tissue Found in the Strangest Place" featured in 73rd place. Awesome!
Alex Coleman has returned from a six-month placement in Oslo with Dea Norge, narrowly missing the snow, the start of ski season and his dreams of a white Christmas... He was working on the Barents Sea for the 23rd license round in Norway, undertaking structural analysis and salt restorations at subregional and prospect level. Alex has since settled back into London and has shifted his attention to Halten Terrace and fault-propagation folding.
Alex is adamant that Oslo always has nice weather (see photos!).
On the 26th of November, Antje Lenhart presented a poster at the GaSUK TechDay 2015 at GDF-Suez London, with the title: "Integrating reflection seismic, gravity and magnetic data to reveal the structure of crystalline basement".
Chris Jackson gave a talk at the Geological Survey of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia (26th November). His talk was entitled: Geology of the 5/22-1 exploration well, Rockall Trough, offshore NW Ireland: the role of break-up magmatism on trap development and reservoir quality. This talk drew on research conducted by Craig Magee and Carl Jacquemyn. Chris was in Windhoek as part of his Visiting Lecturer role at the University of Namibia, which has just started an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience.
Adamu Suleiman, along with co-authors Alastair Fraser and Chris Jackson, won a ‘Top 10 Poster Presentation’ prize for a poster they presented at the AAPG Annual Convention, Denver, USA. The poster was entitled: "Tectono-Stratigraphic Evolution of the Bornu Basin, Nigeria: Linking Plate Boundary and Plate Interior Geodynamics and Implications for the Opening of the South Atlantic Ocean".
Chris Jackson, along with co-authors Dan Carruthers (UT Austin, now CGG), Seshane Maloh (IC, now Statoil) and Omieari Briggs (IC, now Edison) won the Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award for the best paper published in the AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geology) Bulletin entitled Can polygonal faults help locate deep-water reservoirs?. Note the use of a question mark. The award will be presented at the AAPG Annual Convention in Calgary, Canada in June 2016.
Carl Jacquemyn attended a field course on fieldtrip safety leadership organized by the BSRG and ExxonMobil in Eastbourne. It was an interesting weekend practicing risk assessments, risk mitigation and learn techniques and safe behaviours when leading groups in the field, and how to deal with incidents in the field.
Craig Magee attended a field-workshop in the Neuquen Basin, Argentina, with colleagues from the University of Oslo, Uppsala University, and National University La Plata. Beyond seeing the impressive views of the Andes and hiking up El Tromen volcano, the trip focused understanding magma emplacement mechanisms in a sedimentary basin where the active petroleum system is strongly influenced by igneous intrusions. The workshop was part of the first phase of two major, complementary research projects, funded by the Norwegian Research Council, on which Craig and Chris Jackson are collaborating with an international team. Here is a great picture of Craig in front of Payun Volcano!
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).