New Geological Targets, Technologies, and Challenges: Our Continuing Dialog with Industry

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 and
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Grand Hall of the RMC
Rice University


  • Day 1: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    • 8:00-8:30: Registration, Coffee
    • 8:30-8:45: Introduction and Goals of Symposium - Peter J. Rossky, Dean, Wiess School of Natural Sciences, Rice University & Richard G. Gordon, Chair, Department of Earth Science, Rice University
    • 8:45-11:00: SESSION 1: Energy Vision and Industry Perspective
      • "Innovation and Energy"
        Ram Shenoy, Chief Technology Officer, Conoco Phillips
      • "New Resources for a New Age of Hydrocarbons"
        Vello A. Kuuskraa, Advanced Resources International, Inc.
      • "Transformative Technology: The Pathway to Energy Sustainability"
        Charles D. McConnell, Energy and Environment Initiative of Rice University
    • 11:00-11:30: Discussion Session (Chatham House Rules)
  • 11:30-1:00: Lunch (co-sponsored by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy)
    • 1:00-2:15: TECHNICAL SESSION
    • "Observations relevant to hydrocarbon exploration in northern South America"
          Felipe Audemard, Pacific Rubiales Energy
    • "The role of Seismic Technology to unravel Hydrocarbon Potential of Mexican Basins: Challenges and Opportunities"
          Guillermo Perez-Cruz, National Autonomous University of Mexico
    • "Academia's Contribution to the knowledge of Deepwater plays"
          Joan Flinch, Repsol USA
  • 2:15-2:45 Coffee Break
    • 2:45-4:00: TECHNICAL SESSION
    • "Carbon isotope profiles in methane-rich sequences: implications toward exploration to paleoclimate interpretations"
          Gerald R. Dickens, Rice University
    • "New Approaches to Understanding Shale Permeability"
          Brandon Dugan, Rice University
  • 3:45-4:00 Group Photo in Grand Hall
  • 4:00-6:00 Cocktails and Posters
  • 6:00-7:00: Dinner at Doré Commons, James A. Baker III Hall: (co-sponsored by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy)
  • 7:00-7:45: After Dinner Speaker at Doré Commons, James A. Baker III Hall: John B. Anderson
    W. Maurice Ewing Professor of Oceanography
    Rice University:
    "The Marine Geological Record of Antarctic Climate Change and Ice Sheet Instability: Implications for Current and Future Change"

  • Day 2: Thursday, March 12, 2015
    • 8:00-8:30 Coffee
    • 8:30-8:45 Review of Day 1, Goals of Day 2, Rice's Ambitions with Industry
      Brandon Dugan, Rice University
  • 8:45-10:00: TECHNICAL SESSION
    • "Magma Starved Rifted Continental Margins: Galicia/Newfoundland"
          Dale Sawyer, Rice University
    • "Subduction-driven recycling of continental margin lithosphere"
          Alan Levander, Rice University
    • "New seismic imaging of the Eastern North Atlantic Margin Offshore North Carolina and Virginia"
          Derek Sawyer, The Ohio State University
  • 10:00-12:00: Coffee and Posters
  • 12:00-1:30 Lunch (co-sponsored by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy)
  • 1:30-2:45 Microbial Carbonates: Renewed Academic and Industry Interests
    • "Microbial Carbonate Reservoirs - And the Importance of Analogs"
          Mitch Harris, Rice University
    • "Trangressive Upper Cambrian Microbial Reefs: Establishment, Growth, and Demise"
          André Droxler, Rice University
    • "Upper Cambrian Microbial Reefs, Mason, Texas: The making of Virtual Outcrops using Photogrammetry"
          Pankaj Khanna
  • 2:45-3:45 Roundtable Discussion
    • "Advancing Technologies to Ensure Safe and Prudent Oil & Gas Development "
      Jared Ciferno, National Energy Technology Laboratory
    • "USGS Assessment of Petroleum Resources"
      Stephanie Gaswirth, US Geological Survey
    • "Emerging Fundamentals in an Uncertain Energy Landscape"
      Kenneth B. Medlock III, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
  • 3:45-4:00: Closing Remarks
    • Richard G. Gordon, Chair, Department of Earth Science, Rice University