The First Break August issue features reports of Amsterdam ’14 in words and pictures and of course we have Crosstalk and Indsutry News. Furthermore it focuses on near surface geoscience. To whet your appetite for the EAGE Near Surface Geoscience meeting in Athens next month, we present several papers with a Hellenic flavour, but also visit the French Alps and the Marcellus Shale.
This month’s Special Topic focuses on Near Surface Geoscience.
Philip Ringrose tells Damian Arnold how the Association will play a bigger role in helping to cut carbon emissions to the Earth’s atmosphere during his presidential year.
Philip Ringrose relaxes by playing the clarinet and the cello and the 54-yearold is also planning to bringharmony during his EAGE presidential year, which started at the EAGE annual conference in Amsterdam in June. The Statoil executive’s main aim is to persuade the membership, considerably enlarged during Gladys Gonzalez’s year at the helm, to sing from the same hymn sheet when it comes to sustainability.
The theme of my presidency is to make the EAGE more sustainable,’ he tells First Break. ‘There is a lot ofgood work to build on and there will be lots of continuity with what Gladys has been doing. She has put ina huge amount of effort and hats off to her because we have grown a lot in places such as Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and most recently Latin America. I want to ensure that that growth is sustainable. In tough economic times, we need to ensure that we offer value for money to our members. A lot of people join the EAGE but let their membership slip after a year. We need to explain better how the association will sustain members over the course of their career.’
By Andrew McBarnet
Next month’s Near Surface Geoscience 2014 event in Athens augurs well for the efforts being made to raise the visibility of the many geoscience professionals whose work in numerous sectors of industry and academia tends to be overshadowed by the oil and gas industry juggernaut.
The addition of two new parallel events – the First Applied Shallow Marine Geophysics Conference and the First International EuroGPR School – is a positive step in terms of attracting a larger attendance and providing a bigger forum for sharing knowledge and networking. However, it is still a long way from the desire often articulated by the near geoscience specialist community for a better defined more coherent identity. That goal may of course prove something of a mirage given the challenges.
Russia’s big oil and gas players are turning their attention to oil and gas exploration in the Russian Arctic. Major seismic survey work is expected to be carried out as a result with CGG launching a major initiative designed to capitalise on growing demand for Arctic surveys. WesternGeco is also aiming to join the party with the launch of its first Amazon class vessel Amazon Warrior, which is geared towards safer Arctic operations.
Sovcomflot, Rosneft, Lukoil and Gazprom are among the Russian oil majors that have launched initiatives to step up exploration in the Arctic and surrounding areas. CGG has anticipated the moves by forming a joint venture with Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest energy shipping company, dedicated to conducting high-end 3D marine seismic acquisition services with a focus on Arctic and sub-Arctic waters.
Abdelgawwad, A.M.F. - Suez University - Egypt
Addotei, F. - Tullow Oil Ghana - United Kingdom
Amiruddin, A.Z. - Ikon Science - Indonesia
Andreolli, C. - Intel Corporation - France
Anisimov, R.G. - Seismotech LLC - Russia
Arslan, V. - CGG - France
Astapovich, A. - Gazprom Geologorazvedka - Russia
Atekwana, E. - Oklahoma State University - United States
Babalola, A. - University of Houston - United States
Bacchus, E. - Inpex Corporation - Japan
Banerjee, S. - WesternGeco - India
Barlow, J. - University of Sussex - United Kingdom
Baunack, C. - VNG Norge AS - Norway
Bautista-Anguiao, J.C. - The University of Texas at Austin - United States
Bharatula, K.N. - Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University - India