Message from the Director

It has been a busy winter for EGI scientists as we traveled from depths of 2,500 meters on the East Pacific Rise in the Alvin submersible, to the halls of parliament in the UK, to the major EGI technical conference in Houston with over 120 participants from 40 corporations. The large number of attendees represented significant support for EGI’s program at the Corporate Associate (CA) Technical Conference held in Houston for the first time at the Halliburton Life Center (North Belt Research Complex) 7–8 November 2016.

We also received recent news that another EGI scientist, Professor Milind Deo, was selected as a Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2018, making two years in a row that EGI scientists will be engaged in major scientific presentation tours.

Likewise, we hope to see many of you at the Houston AAPG centennial meeting as AAPG celebrates its 100 year anniversary and EGI celebrates 45 years. EGI will be well represented at AAPG with Rasoul Sorkhabi, Research Professor; Shu Jiang, Research Associate Professor; and Alastair Fraser, EGI Chair in Petroleum Geoscience at University College, London, presenting papers. Also in attendance will be Lans Taylor, David Thul, Matthias GrebElinda McKenna, and EGI Director Raymond Levey. EGI will also have a booth in the Exhibit Hall, so please stop by booth number 1613 during the conference (3–5th April 2017) and find out about the training, services, and current R&D initiatives available to CA member companies.

EGI has considered over 60 unconventional basins and 130 shale plays globally. EGI’s proven experience in the Permian Basin and the STACK/SCOOP plays, for example, allow companies to fully utilize the expertise available as part of their membership. Moreover, recent initiatives related to mechanical stratigraphy have been well received, including two new In Development projects entitled Mechanical Stratigraphy | Slippery Surfaces: On the Behavior of Bedding and Timely Tectonics: In-situ Stress, Creep & Relaxation. For more information about these new initiatives, we encourage interested members to contact EGI as we put together these Project Proposals, and take an active role in defining and shaping the questions pertinent to your business.