Message from the Director

Message from the Director


As we welcome a new decade, we at EGI wish you all a very productive and prosperous 2020.  Reflecting on 10 years of changes, growth, challenges, and successes, we know that it is your support and engagement that are the cornerstones of our progress. It is our honor and pleasure to continue to work on behalf of all of our members and the energy industry at large.  The collaborative partnerships forged between EGI members and researchers is unparalleled in this type of consortia and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue to be your partner to develop the innovative, science-driven knowledge to move the energy industry forward especially in this dynamic time of change. Looking forward, 2020 is off to a busy start as we plan for EGI international and domestic meetings and conferences, as well as Distinguished Lecture Series, workshops & short courses, and enhanced access to EGI…

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Registration Now Open – 2020 Transform Margins Workshop and Corporate Associate Meeting & Short Courses


Smolenice Castle – Slovak Academy of Sciences Conference Center; Smolenice, Slovakia – May 18–22, 2020 Registration is now open for a week of current and proposed research by EGI scientists, subject matter experts, and academic and oil industry teams during the 2020 EGI Corporate Associate Meeting & pre-meeting Transform Margins Workshop in Smolenice, Slovakia, 18–22 May, 2020. EGI members are invited to both the Transform Margins Workshop and the CA Meeting & Short Courses, and may choose to attend either or both events. Visit the online Registration page to select your attendance category and lodging. Transform Margin Workshop 18-20 May, 2019 Transform Margins Workshop: registration includes the cost of Workshop registration and lodging in one price.   CA Technical Meeting & Short Courses 21-22 May, 2019 EGI Corporate Associate Meeting & Short Courses: Registration is for EGI Members only. Registration is no-cost for EGI members.  EGI members pay only lodging.   Transform Margins Workshop Arrive May 18 – Depart May 21 Registration Open…

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EGI to be at AAPG ACE 2020


EGI is anticipating an exciting AAPG ACE 2020 in Houston, Texas, where we look forward to engaging with attendees and sharing the ideas and research opportunities you’ve come to rely on as your partner in University-based cost-shared research and innovation. You can find EGI staff and scientists engaging across program areas at AAPG ACE as well as in the Exhibit Hall, where you’ll find us in booth #412. We encourage you to stop by for a conversation and share your experiences and your company’s needs moving into this new decade. Event details: AAPG ACE 2020 7 – 10 June, 2020 George R. Brown Convention Center Houston, Texas Exhibit Hall, Booth #412 Read More

New EGIconnect & Research Catalog Platforms to Deliver Enhanced Access


Preview the new platforms now By Christopher Kesler EGI is excited to share new developments for improving and enhancing how we deliver the research and information resources our members depend on. Beginning in late 2019, EGI began the process of migrating the EGIconnect platform to a new Enterprise ArcGIS Online service that will bring easier search and access features, data security, and new user capabilities. As the initial stages have been completed, we are excited to share the new potential as we continue to work toward full implementation. The EGI Research Catalog— publicly accessible abstracts of EGI legacy research and projects available to all EGI members— has recently been upgraded for easier searching and access. The location map for navigating and searching the EGI public research catalog has been upgraded to an ArcGIS Online web application. For an overview of any or all of the 850+ completed reports, zoom in…

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EGI Awarded New Patent in Source Rock Analysis


EGI is pleased to announce that based on the PhD topic of Dr. Dhrupad Beti, who successfully defended his PhD in December 2019, EGI has received a new patent titled "Temperature Profile for Rock Sample Composition Analysis." The patented method enables predicting liquid hydrocarbon composition solely by analyzing rock samples using anhydrous pyrolysis technique. The inventors (EGI Affiliate Scientist David Thul and Dr. Dhrupad Beti) have just received approval. The goal of this research supported by EGI and now patented is to license this technology for effective use by the industry and EGI member companies. Following his successful PhD defense, Dr. Beti is now starting a new position as EGI Data Science Post-Doctoral Fellow. Mr. Dan Jarvie, well known to the petroleum industry will be an informal advisor to EGI for this special fellowship position. Dr. Beti is the first to be awarded the EGI Post-Doctoral Fellow in Data Science.…

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EGI at AAPG Global Superbasins Leadership Conference


photo credit: Dr. Rasoul Sorkhabi and AAPG Explorer. EGI Research Professor Dr. Rasoul Sorkhabi is an invited speaker at the AAPG Super Basin 2020 conference in Sugar Land, Texas, 11–13 February 2020. Dr. Sorkhabi’s talk is “Source Rocks of the World Overview” and is scheduled for Wednesday, 12 February morning session. In advance of the conference, Dr. Sorkhabi was interviewed by AAPG for their recent issue of AAPG Explorer. Emphasizing the importance of petroleum systems analysis in developing shale plays, Sorkhabi says, “We need to go beyond this vague umbrella term of ‘shale’ and really look at our rocks. Petroleum systems are very integrated physical, geochemical, sedimentological and structural processes. All unconventional plays are located in conventional basins. They need to be studied using a detailed and holistic approach.”  The full article, highlighting “‘lessons learned’ from current super basins” and applying these lessons to new discoveries, is available in the current issue…

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Shale Plays of the Middle East


New Article and Distinguished Lecture from EGI’s Rasoul Sorkhabi photo credit: GEOExPro, vol 16 issue 5 Dr. Rasoul Sorkhabi recently published an article entitled Shale Plays of the Middle East in GeoExPro (Vol. 16 no.5, 2019). The article examines the potential for transferring the U.S. shale technology revolution to exploration in the Middle East.  While shale formations are common throughout the Middle East, Dr. Sorkhabi goes on to evaluate current challenges and opportunities in potential development of shale resources in the region. Visit GeoExPro to read Dr. Sorkhabi’s full article. EGI is also delighted to announce that Dr. Sorkhabi will also be presenting on the subject as an EGI Distinguished Lecturer. For more information and scheduling, please email us and someone will respond promptly. Read More

Tony Doré Receives Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award


EGIGlobal Chief Scientist among recipients of Best Article Award Global Chief Scientist & Senior Advisor to the Director, Tony Doré, with his co-authors, was awarded the 2019 Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award for their paper titled “Triassic-Paleogene paleogeography of the Arctic: Implication for Sediment routing and Basin fill.” The Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award serves to honor and reward the author(s) of the best AAPG Bulletin article published each calendar year. The paper appeared in AAPG Bulletin 102. Sømme, Tor & Doré, Anthony & Lundin, Erik & Tørudbakken, Bjorn. (2018). Triassic–Paleogene paleogeography of the Arctic: Implications for sediment routing and basin fill. AAPG Bulletin. 102. 2481-2517. 10.1306/05111817254. Read More

New Beginnings & Accolades for Early Career Staff


2019 was a year of high accomplishment for EGI Petroleum Geochemistry Lab Manager Dhrupad Beti, who not only successfully passed the oral defense of his PhD thesis in early November, but was also honored by the Houston Geological Society & EAGE Conference on Latin America for his poster presentation at the November conference. The poster, “Application of a new resource assessment workflow to offshore Suriname: Correction for mineral matrix effect and reclassification of organofacies,” was awarded second runner up in the student poster presentation category. To view the winning poster, click on the image below to expand. Dr. Beti's HGS-EAGE 2019 student winning poster. Dr. Beti’s oral thesis defense, titled “Experimental Determination of Quantity and Quality of Hydrocarbons in Sedimentary Rock Samples,” was presented in early November 2019 to members of his committee (Dr. Terry Ring, Dr. Lauren Birgenheier, Dr. John McLennan, Dr. Milind Deo, Dr. Raymond Levey), EGI staff…

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EGI Distinguished Lecture Series Closes Successful 2019 with Full Schedule


EGI warmly congratulates 2019 Distinguished Lecturer, EGI Research Professor Dr. Michal Nemčok, for his highly successful and much in-demand presentation “Kinematics and hydrocarbon habitat in different types of foreland/foredeep basins.” We also extend our warmest gratitude to the companies who hosted Dr. Nemčok, particularly in December with a packed schedule that saw him present at eight different companies in the Houston Texas area, to wrap a successful Lecture season. Our thanks go out to BP, ConocoPhillips, Ecopetrol, EOG Resources, ExxonMobil, Hess Corp., Occidental Oil & Gas Corp., and Repsol for their interest and support for this informative and impactful series. In the coming months, EGI will finalize plans for the 2020 Distinguished Lecture Series, with new speakers and topics.  Watch for details in future issues of ASK EGI and your email inbox. Thickness distribution of the Carbonera (from top C1 to top C7) Formation in the Llanos foreland basin (Hermeston…

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Updates from the Utah FORGE Project


FORGE Managing PI Joseph Moore Congressional Testimony: WATER AND GEOTHERMAL POWER Originally published November 15, 2019 by UtahFORGE. EGI Research Professor & FORGE Managing PI Dr. Joseph Moore, Manager and PI of the FORGE project gave testimony on geothermal energy to the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology at a hearing titled "Water and Geothermal Power: Unearthing the Next Wave of Energy Innovation" The purpose of this hearing was to examine research, development and demonstration needs for advancing water power and geothermal energy technologies. Read the full testimony here View and listen to the full hearing here FORGE Welcomes New Postdoctoral Fellow The Utah FORGE team welcomed a new post-doc fellow in early December.  Dr. Pengju Xing comes to EGI from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he graduated with a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (2017). He most recently conducted research in geomechanical and…

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EGI Mourns the Passing of Longtime Colleague Howard P. Ross


In September 2019, EGI mourned the loss of a longtime colleague and friend, Dr. Howard P. Ross.  An early member of the original Earth Science Laboratory/University of Utah Research Institute (ESL/UURI) from which EGI began, Howard was an EGI Research Scientist until his retirement in 2000, and remained an Affiliate Scientist for another decade. A number of current EGI staff and affiliates worked closely with Dr. Ross, particularly in the geothermal program. While at ESL/UURI Dr. Ross pioneered the use of electrical, gravity and magnetic methods for geothermal exploration. His work led to the siting of the first successful production well at the Cove Fort-Sulphurdale geothermal field in Utah. The field currently supports a 25 MWe power plant owned by ENEL. The full obituary for Dr. Ross may be viewed here. Read More

Staff & Affiliate Scientist Publication Updates – Q4 2019


EGI Scientists are active researchers, publishing and presenting not only through cost-shared research at EGI, but in peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences and presentations, and professional organizations. Asai, Pranay Asai, P. & Panja, P. & Mclennan, J.D. & Deo, M. (2019). Effect of Different Flow Schemes on Heat Recovery from Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). Energy. 10.1016/j.energy.2019.03.124. Dhrupad Beti Beti, D. (2019). Programmed Temperature Pyrolysis: Alterations to the Standard Method. 10.1007/978-3-319-02330-4_302-1. Milind Deo Hoepfner, M. & Deo, M. (2019). 19th International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling. Energy & Fuels. 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.9b00812. Asai, P. & Panja, P. & McLennan, J.D. & Deo, M. (2019). Effect of Different Flow Schemes on Heat Recovery from Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). Energy. 10.1016/j.energy.2019.03.124. Xia, Yidong & Blumers, Ansel & Li, Zhen & Luo, Lixiang & Tang, Yu-Hang & Kane, Joshua & Huang, Hai & Andrew, Matthew & Deo, Milind & Goral, Jan. (2019). A GPU-accelerated package…

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