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October 2008

On the cover: There are a lot of unknowns in the world today, but one thing is certain – oil and gas exploration needs a constant stream of technological advances to keep discoveries coming for an energy-hungry world. This month’s EXPLORER looks at several such advances in our annual Geophysical Review issue – including a project depicted on our cover, which involved a lot of vibroseis trucks in Oman.

Photo by Alasdair MacKenzie, senior geophysicist with BP Oman. Inset photos courtesy of Fugro Airborne Surveys (center) and Western Geophysical Co. (right).

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President’s Column:

A Global Energy Policy Bridge

Director’s Corner:

Online Career Center Launched

Division Column -- EMD:

Shales Closing ‘Conventional’ Gap

Geophysical Corner:

China Case: Fracture Data Integrated

Washington Watch:

Join the GEO-DC Blog Community

Regions and Sections:

‘Bridges Built’ On Four-Country Visit


Foundation Update: McMurray Grant-in-Aid

Now is the time to get informed: Biographies and individiual information for 2009-10 officer candidates are available online.

The Denver Call for Papers Deadline has been extended, but time is still running short.

Strong demand from both old and new unconventional plays is having a huge impact on drilling technology – and on rig availability as well.

You oughta be in pictures: Two AAPG members become the public face of an oil company's marketing strategy.

New exploration opportunities have turned the global spotlight to the topic at hand at the Central Atlantic Conjugate Margins Conference.

Small companies are now exploring with the Big Boys in the offshore of Nova Scotia.

State-of-the-art technology is fine, but sometimes the best path to North Sea success is to rely on “old fashioned geology.”

The Dead Sea is a geological treasure chest, with salt features, mineral-rich waters, natural asphalt, and - most tantalizing of all – oil prospects.

AAPG leader and Powers Medalist James E. Wilson died on September 15.

Put your best guess forward: A lot of questions cloud the outlook for geophysical activities in the coming year.

The learning curve: Getting small independent producers to embrace 3-D seismic was a process that depended as much on education as on success.

Follow the history of Seismic Development from 1956 to the present with this timeline.

Isn't that “sweet?” High resolution aeromagnetic surveys have become a more important tool in the hunt for subtle geological features.

The more the merrier: Geophysical crews set a productivity record in Oman by using two or more vibroseis trucks at the same time.

Geophysical companies in Argentina and Chile don’t let borders stand in the way of acquiring data.

Sometimes the best way to see if a new technology works is just to take it out to the field (in this case, the Piceance Basin) and try it.

The third International Petroleum Technology Conference will be held this December in Kuala Lumpur.

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The wording in Professional News Briefs that appeared in the October issue may have given the impression that Dan Billman had left his consultancy, Billman Geologic Consultants, Inc. to join another company. Billman has been and remains the president of Billman Geologic Consultants, Inc. in Mars, Penn.  The Explorer regrets the error.

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