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2009-10 Officers

President:   Kris Roberts  (kroberts@nd.gov)
Vice President:  Jeffrey Jennings (jjennings.hrr@midconetwork.com)
Secretary/Treasurer:  
Justin Soberaski  (jls4@barr.com)

 


DECEMBER 2009 MEETING & HOLIDAY PARTY
click for full meeting announcement and location map

Date & Time:   Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 7:00 P.M.

Location:   La Quinta Inn & Suites Meeting Room (2240 North 12th Street, Bismarck, ND 58501) 

Program:   Ron Ness of the North Dakota Petroleum Council will give a short presentation about the impact of the recent election on the oil & gas industry.

Cost:   Free!  Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and cocktails will be served.

All North Dakota Geological Society members, prospective members, and their spouse or guest are welcome!

Please RSVP to jls4@barr.com by Friday, December 17.


Ho, Ho, Ho!  We look forward to seeing you there!




SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

ND Geological Society DVD CoverAll of the Publications of the North Dakota Geological Society are now available electronically on DVD, through the AAPG website. Seventeen volumes published by the North Dakota Geological Society, representing the E&P geology of the Northern (USA) Plains, from 1952 through 1995, including: 
  • 11 special volumes (including guidebooks) describing regional geology. 
  • 6 volumes, Williston Basin Symposia, hosted and published by NDGS.
The price for this special collection is hundreds less than buying the print copies separately.





NOVEMBER 2009 MEETING

NOON LUNCHEON

Date & Time:  12:00 Noon, Tuesday, November 15, 2010

Location:  North Dakota Heritage CenterProject Room B

Speaker:  Kathy Neset, Neset Consulting Service, Tioga, ND

Topic:  Developments in the Bakken and Three Forks in the Williston Basin

Lunch Cost: $5.00 (pizza, chips, cookies, and pop)

Annual Dues:  Reminder - Annual Dues are $20.00.  If you haven’t submitted them already, please consider payment at the meeting or online, using the link in the left column.  It will be much appreciated.




OCTOBER 2010 - NO MEETING THIS MONTH




Call for Papers – Press Release
2011 Rocky Mountain Section – AAPG Annual Meeting
June 25 
- 29, 2011
Little America Conference Center, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Abstract Deadline - January 15, 2011
click here for more information




SEPTEMBER 2010 MEETING
STEAK FRY KICK-OFF PICIC

Date & Time:  5:30 PM , WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010

Location:  Sertoma Park, Bismarck. Shelter #9 (South End of Sertoma)

Topic:  Steaks, Beer, and Pop.  A good time of good food, renewed acquaintances and a very short business meeting. Mark Bohrer will be our chef again this year with his phenomenal pitchfork Steak Fondue and all the fixings.

Limitations: This meeting and picnic is for members, their families and prospective members.

Mark needs to know how many steaks, so we NEED to have you RSVP to this e-mail (kroberts@nd.gov) or by phone to Kris (328-5236), or Justin (255-5483) by Monday, September 3.

Cost: $12.00 per person.

Annual Dues: $20.00 Payment at the picnic will be much appreciated.
 Dues may also be paid online at the Society website.






ANNOUNCEMENT

The North Dakota Geological Society will be on Summer Recess until the Fall 2010 Kick-Off Picnic.  Watch for details in the September Geologram and on this website.

Publications may still be ordered during this time.  Thank you.




MAY 2010 MEETING
NOON LUNCHEON

Date & Time:  12 Noon, Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Location:  North Dakota Heritage Center, Lecture Room A

Speaker:  Bob Graveline, President - Utility Shareholders of North Dakota

Topic:  There is more to electricity than the switch on the wall

Abstract:  This will be a non-technical discussion of how electricity moves in the market, and some of the challenges faced by utility companies today as they work to continue providing low cost, reliable electricity to their customers.

Biography:  Graduated from UND with a BSBA in 1966, toured the Orient in 1967 & 68, courtesy of the US Army, and worked in business management until moving into public and government affairs in 1979 with the MANDAN power line project, a 500 KV, seasonal diversity line from Canada to Nebraska. Spent 8 years with the ND Petroleum Council, and 8 years with the ND Safety Council and is currently ten years into his last job. He implores all in today's audience to please continue working and paying into the Social Security System so he can enjoy his life on fixed income, and mandatory
Medicare.

Cost:  $5.00 - Lunch will include pizza, chips and pop.



APRIL
2010 MEETING

SPECIAL PRESENTATION ANNOUNCEMENT

Date & Time:  12:00 Noon, Monday, April 26, 2010 

Location:  North Dakota Heritage Center, Lecture Room A, Bismarck, ND

AAPG Foundation Logo image Harris Cander
BP America, Houston, Texas
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Distinguished Lecturer Series

Granite to Grass Roots: Understanding the Geological History of Unconventional
Resource Basins from Bottom to Top

Abstract

The competition for unconventional resources in North America has resulted, in some cases, to acquisition of acreage prior to thorough understanding of subsurface technical risks or identification of fairway boundaries and sweet spots. Indeed, the term “resource play” implies to some that subsurface risks are either minimized or irreducible. As well, the term “unconventional gas” connotes that little is to be gained from application of conventional principles of basin evolution and petroleum generation, migration, and entrapment. Under these circumstances, the value of regional geologic understanding of an entire basin prior to acreage capture can be overlooked and the focus turned to completions technology and post-well analysis.

This lecture will discuss the importance of understanding a basin from basement to surface – granite to grass roots – in the search for unconventional fairways. The lecture will include a holistic integration of data and interpretations from basin modeling, petroleum migration modeling, gas isotope data, pressure history, seismic, and reservoir quality. Linkages will be made from microscopic scale observations to tectonic-scale processes. Examples will be given from various North American basins that illustrate how mega-scale features such as basement architecture and Precambrian rift history have a first order and transcendent effect on the evolution and occurrence of unconventional resource fairways, including a strong influence on petroleum generation and entrapment as well as changes in reservoir rock during post-orogenic uplift.

Funded by the AAPG Foundation

Biography

Harris Cander works in BP America’s Exploration and Technology Group and has focused the past few years on global and domestic exploration for unconventional resources. Since joining BP (Amoco) in 1991, Harris has worked in a variety of international and domestic exploration, production, and commercial roles as well as carbon dioxide sequestration projects. Harris is the current co-chairman of the AAPG Unconventional Research Group and a past co-chairman of the AAPG Carbonates Research Group. He has published on unconventional resources, over pressure and hydrocarbon occurrence in offshore Trinidad, exploration in central Europe, and carbonate diagenesis. His talk on carbonate porosity evolution won the award for best presentation at the 1992 SEPM annual meeting. Harris received his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 and MBA from Rice University in 2002. He lives in West University Place, Texas, with his wife,
Chris, and children, Sasha and Joshua.

Lunch Cost: $5.00 (pizza, chips, cookies, and pop)

Annual Dues:  $20.00.  If you haven’t submitted them already, please consider payment at the meeting. It will be much appreciated. Dues may also be paid online using the link in the left column.




MARCH 2010 MEETING
SPECIAL PRESENTATION ANNOUNCEMENT


Date & Time:  7:00 pm, Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Location:  North Dakota Heritage Center, Auditorium

Speaker:  Don Purvis, Engineer, BJ Services

Topic:  North Dakota: Boom To Bust To Boom. How current completion and stimulation practices have re-energized the Williston Basin.

Biography:  Don is currently the Rocky Mountain Region Technical Manager for BJ Services. He is responsible for the engineering efforts in a 9 state area including the Williston Basin. He has 32 years of engineering experience in the oil industry. His previous positions include Engineering Training Manager, Mid-Continent Technical Manager, Research Scientist, and Technical Consultant. He has Authored 12 technical papers, and several technical journal articles. Don holds two patents including a method for stimulating horizontal wellbores in the Williston Basin. Don holds an engineering degree from Oklahoma State. He and his wife reside outside of Denver Colorado and have two grown sons.
BJ Services is a major supplier of oilfield services including fracturing, cementing, acidizing, coiled tubing and chemical services.

Cost:  FREE! – A 1 hour reception will follow the lecture. Non-alcoholic refreshments and finger food will be provided.

Note:  This lecture will be open to all members of the NDGS and non-members.





FEBRUARY 2010 MEETING
NOON LUNCHEON

Date & Time:  12:00 Noon, Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Location:  North Dakota Heritage CenterProject Room B

Topic:  Tour of the AAPG website, and ND Publications Collection. Also other items of interest on the website for both members and non-members. Inspection of the ND Geological Society Website, and discussion of content and layout. We will also have an extended business meeting with at least the following topics: Geologic Society Scholarship, Geology Teaching Trunk, 2010 Society Field Trip, Membership Drive, and Society Direction.

Lunch Cost:  FREE! – Lunch will include pizza, chips and pop. Due to the lack of a speaker this month, lunch will be free.

GET READY FOR NEXT MONTH!  BJ Services will be sending us a speaker from Denver to give us a primer on current formation fracturing techniques and concerns. Time and place to be announced. We will need to know how many to expect, so start talking to people.





JANUARY 2010 MEETING
NOON LUNCHEON


Date & Time:  12:00 Noon, Monday, January 25, 2010


Location:  North Dakota Heritage CenterProject Room A

Speaker:  Lyall Workman, Senior Mining Engineer, Barr Engineering

Topic:  Slope Stability and Mining
Lyall will present on slope stability at surface mines. Topics will include highwall stability, spoil stability, and geotechnical effects on dragline selection. Don’t miss this one.

Lunch Cost: $5.00 (pizza, chips, cookies, and pop)

Annual Dues:  $20.00
If you haven’t submitted them already, please consider payment at the meeting. It will be much appreciated. Dues may also be paid online using the link in the left column.




Call for Papers!

AAPG Rocky Mountain Section Annual Meeting

 In  Durango, Colorado, June 13-16, 2010

Hosted by The Four Corners Geological Society

Abstract deadline February 1, 2010

More Information and Submit Abstracts Online at:

www.fourcornersgeologicalsociety.org

or www.aapg.org/meetings/rms/



DECEMBER 2009 MEETING & HOLIDAY PARTY
click for full meeting announcement and location map

Date & Time:   Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 7:00 P.M.

Location:   Barr Engineering office
                  234 West Century Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58503

Program:   20 Minute Guided Video Tour of the 2009 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Cost:   Free!  Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and cocktails will be served.

All North Dakota Geological Society members, prospective members, and their spouse or guest are welcome!

Please RSVP to kroberts@nd.gov

Ho, Ho, Ho!  We look forward to seeing you there!




NOVEMBER 2009 MEETING
NOON LUNCHEON

Date & Time:  12:00 Noon, Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Location:  North Dakota Heritage CenterProject Room A

Speaker:  Mike Sauer, Senior Scientist, ND Department of Health, DWQ

Topic:  Update on Devils Lake Flooding and Outlet Issues
Mike will bring us up to date on the current state of the lake and the issues and arguments surrounding the discharge of Devils Lake water into the Sheyenne River and points both south and north. Don’t miss this one.

Lunch Cost: $5.00 (pizza, chips, cookies, and pop)




OCTOBER 2009 MEETING
STEAK FRY KICK-OFF PICIC

Date & Time:  5:30 PM (17:30 for you field types), THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2009

Location:  Sertoma Park, Bismarck. Shelter #9 (South End of Sertoma)
Inclement Weather (cold or wet) Back Up – Kadramas, Lee, and Jackson offices, Break Room, 128 Soo Line Drive, Bismarck

Topic:  Steaks, Beer, and Pop.  A good time of good food, renewed acquaintances and a very short business meeting. Mark Bohrer will be our chef again this year with his phenomenal pitchfork Steak Fondue and all the fixings.

Limitations: This meeting and picnic is for members, their families and prospective members.

Mark needs to know how many steaks, so we NEED to have you RSVP to this e-mail (kroberts@nd.gov) or by phone to Kris (328-5236), or Mark (355-8710) by Monday, September 28.

Cost: $9.00 per person.

Annual Dues: $20.00 Payment at the picnic will be much appreciated.
 Dues may also be paid online at the Society website.


 


 ANNOUNCEMENT

The North Dakota Geological Society will be on Summer Recess until the Fall 2009 Kick-Off Picnic.  Watch for details in the September Geologram and on this website.

Publications may still be ordered during this time.  Thank you.




APRIL 2009 MEETING
NOON LUNCHEON

Date & Time:  12:00 Noon, Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Location:  North Dakota Heritage CenterProject Room A

Speaker:  Skip Vechia, North Dakota Water Science Center, US Geological Survey

Topic:  Trends in Pesticide Concentrations in Corn Belt Rivers
Trends in the concentrations of commonly occurring pesticides were evaluated for major rivers of the Corn Belt, an agricultural region that accounts for a major proportion of pesticide use in the U.S. Trends were evaluated for 31 sites in the Ohio, Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi, and Missouri River Basins using a parametric regression model designed for analyzing seasonal variability and trends in pesticide concentrations (SEAWAVE-Q). The SEAWAVE-Q model accounts for the effect of changing flow conditions in order to separate changes caused by hydrologic conditions from changes caused by other factors, such as pesticide use. Most of the pesticides assessed were dominated by varying degrees and significance of concentration downtrends during the analysis period (1996–2006), except for atrazine, acetochlor, and prometon, which were relatively stable, and simazine, which was dominated by concentration uptrends. Overall, trends in pesticide concentrations were consistent with trends in agricultural use. Taken together, results indicate that (1) use was the most important factor governing trends in water concentrations of the pesticides evaluated, (2) use and concentration trends were usually consistent in direction and magnitude, and (3) sorting out the causes of the relatively few disagreements between use and concentration trends will require reliable basin-scale information on pesticide use and agricultural management practices.

Lunch Cost: $4.00 (pizza, chips, cookies, and pop)



MARCH 2009 MEETING
SPECIAL PRESENTATION ANNOUNCEMENT

Date & Time:  12:00 Noon, Friday, March 13, 2009 
Reception To Follow Presentation
(note different day than usual)

Location:  North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck, ND

AAPG Foundation Logo image Dr. Marjorie Levy
Chevron Energy Technology Company
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Distinguished Lecturer Series

New Petroleum Reservoir Modeling Techniques Improve Field Management and Optimize Recovery

Abstract

Because of the extremely high cost of developing a subsurface reservoir, commonly a billion dollars or more, it is critical to understand the volumes of hydrocarbon that are present within the reservoir and the amount that can be recovered. Each well is expensive, so we must make the most of the information collected from each well to constrain the uncertainty surrounding the architecture of the reservoir, its extent, and its internal heterogeneities, as well as the impact on recoverability. We approach this by constructing a geocellular model of the hydrocarbon accumulation that incorporates a reasonable range of possible reservoir characteristics, and then simulate the flow of fluids - hydrocarbons and water - throughout the life of the field. The results from any reservoir simulation are strongly dependent on the accuracy of the underlying geologic models. Until recently, it has not always been possible to build geocellular models that accurately portray the subsurface geology.

Over the past several years, Chevron has developed a new geologically-based modeling workflow, which combines Multiple Point Statistics (MPS) and Facies Distribution Modeling (FDM) to generate a 3D geologically-robust geocellular reservoir model. MPS is an innovative depositional facies modeling technique, developed by Chevron in collaboration with Stanford University, which incorporates 3D geological concepts in training images that more accurately integrate geological information into reservoir models. Training images allow MPS to retain complex spatial relationships among multiple facies and to model non-linear shapes such as sinuous channels or irregular bar forms that conventional variogram-based modeling techniques typically fail to reproduce. In addition, because MPS is pixelbased, not object-based, MPS models can be constrained by very large numbers of wells. FDM is a novel technique that is used to generate a facies probability cube to better constrain the facies spatial distribution in geostatistical models.

The MPS/FDM workflow above is preferred to variogram-based and object-based techniques to model important Chevron assets in both shallow-water and deepwater clastic reservoirs, and more recently, in carbonate reservoirs. Additionally, this workflow has been used in synthetic studies to explore the potential impact of architectural and textural parameters on flow behavior. Using experimental design methods, it is possible to determine the relative impact on production of a variety of field parameters. With this information, one can focus on better understanding the key subsurface parameters and gather new data to reduce their uncertainty. This work flow enables field management by lowering risk and optimizing production.

Funded by the AAPG Foundation

 


FEBRUARY 2009 MEETING
NOON LUNCHEON

Date & Time:  12:00 Noon, Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Location:  North Dakota Heritage Center, Project Room A

Speaker:  Jeff Person, Paleontologist, N.D. Geological Survey

Topic:  Evolution of a Fossil - From Death to Exhibit

Lunch Cost: $4.00 (pizza, chips, cookies, and pop)

Please note: It is time again for annual dues.

 


JANUARY 2009 MEETING
NOON LUNCHEON

Date & Time:  12:00 Noon, Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Location:  North Dakota Heritage CenterProject Room A

Speaker:  Mark Luther - Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, P.C.

Topic:  Utilizing Biomass as a Renewable Energy Resource

Lunch Cost: $4.00 (pizza, chips, cookies, and pop)


Please note: It is time again for annual dues.

 


DECEMBER 2008 MEETING AND HOLIDAY PARTY

Date & Time:  Monday, December 22, 2008, 7:00 P.M.

Location:   Kadrmas, Lee, and Jackson Office Building #2
3237 E. Broadway Avenue, Bismarck
(Please use southeast entrance off Soo Line Drive)

Speaker:   Kris Roberts, ND Department of Health

Topic:  Perspective on Recent Environmental Releases in the Oil Field

Cost:   FREE!  Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and cocktails will be served.

All North Dakota Geological Society members
and their spouses are welcome!

Please RSVP to kroberts@nd.gov

We look forward to seeing you there!

 


NOVEMBER 2008 MEETING
NOON LUNCHEON

Date & Time:  12:00 Noon, Tuesday, November 20, 2008

Location:  North Dakota Heritage CenterProject Room A

Speaker:  Bob Markhouse, ND Department of Health

Topic:  World Oil Update – Supply and Demand Part II

    Topics touched on will include:
  1. Oil development impacts on local water infrastructure in the western part of North Dakota
  2. Mexico – oil production and consumption update
  3. Russian oil tax policy and impact on exports
  4. Brazil – new oil find, Santos Basin (funding issues)
  5. Canadian oil sands project delays
  6. Coal to liquids potential?
  7. Oil price roller coasterGet ready for next month. BJ Services will be sending us a speaker from
    Denver to give us a primer on current formation fracturing techniques and
    concerns. Time and place to be announced! We will need to know how many
    to expect, so start talking to people.
  8. IEA oil price prediction (new report issued this week)

Robert made a presentation on world oil supply at the April, 2008 meeting. We thought that with the turbulence we have seen in oil and gasoline prices over the last few months, a brief update would be interesting. Robert’s interest in the world oil supply has become something more than a hobby with him, as indicated by his excellent April presentation. Don’t miss this one.

Lunch Cost: $4.00 (pizza, chips, cookies, and pop)

Please note: It is time again for annual dues.  See the newsletter for details.

 


OCTOBER 2008 MEETING
EVENING PRESENTATION AND REFRESHMENTS

Date & Time:  7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Location:  Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson Offices (KLJ), Building #2
128 Soo Line Drive, Bismarck, ND 58501
Please use the southeast entrance off Soo Line  Drive

Speaker:  Darin Rathjen, KLJ Safety Coordinator

Topic:  Safety Issues in the Oil Field

Chips and liquid refreshments will be provided at no charge for this meeting.

Remember…… 2008 dues of $20.00 are due.

For those not familiar with the KLJ offices, take Broadway Ave. east from 26th Street to Soo Line Drive. Turn right on Soo Line Drive and park on the street or in the KLJ parking lot.


 


SEPTEMBER 2008 MEETING
STEAK FRY KICK-OFF PICIC

Date & Time:  5:30 PM (17:30 for you field types), Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008

Location:  Sertoma Park, Bismarck. Shelter #9 (South End of Sertoma)

Topic:  Steaks, Beer, and Pop.  A good time of good food, renewed acquaintances and a very short business meeting. Mark Bohrer will be our chef again this year with his phenomenal pitchfork Steak Fondue and all the fixings.

Limitations: This meeting and picnic is for members, their families and prospective members.

Mark needs to know how many steaks, so we NEED to have you RSVP to this e-mail (kroberts@nd.gov) or by phone to Kris (328-5236), or Mark (355-8710) by September 12.

Cost: $8.00 per person. Annual Dues: $20.00 Payment at the picnic will be much appreciated.


 


 
Special Workshop Announcement

PTTC Technology Connections logo imageMinot State University logo image

Hydraulic Fracturing—Measurement, Characterization, and Analysis August 11, 2008, 8:30 am – 4 pm Minot State University, Student Union Conference Center Minot, North Dakota

Fee: $195,  Instructor: Jennifer Miskimins, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

This one-day workshop is intended to demonstrate recent advances in hydraulic fracturing techniques and how they can be used to characterize the producing reservoir. The basics of hydraulic fracturing are discussed and lead into the complexities associated with treatment design and analysis. Special issues such as non-Darcy flow, G-function analysis, and “mapping” techniques are covered. Case studies demonstrating analysis and various fracturing practices (such as “slickwater” fracs) are presented.

Register online: www.pttcrockies.org

 For more information, contact Mary Carr, 303.273.3107, mcarr@mines.edu






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