AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition 2014 Recap

By Jaclyn Townsend and Monica Vrana
Marketing, MicroSeismic, Inc.

This week the American Associates of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) hosted their annual convention (ACE) in Houston, Texas.

Over 8,000 visitors from over 80 countries made their way to the George R. Brown Convention Center – including AAPG members, vendors, educational institutions, students and community leaders who gathered to hear the latest in industry technology and trends. Over 800 oral and poster presentations were featured based on 11 themes.

While frac'ing was at the top of everyone's minds at ACE, concerns about infrastructure, rather than frac'ing, seemed to be the biggest environmental challenge and concern at the convention. During an address on Tuesday, Scott Anderson, of the Environmental Defense Fund said that there were a number of environmental risks that needed to be addressed and controlled to minimize the effect on the environment and that frac'ing "is at the bottom" of those concerns. To read more visit aapg.org.

Also making news, AAPG launched AAPG Wiki - a public site dedicated to educational articles on geology and petroleum geology. You can visit the new site by visiting wiki.aapg.org.

In the exhibition hall over 200 exhibitors offered new technologies, services, presentations and hands-on opportunities with the very latest, industry-leading products. Many of MicroSeismic's customers and colleagues came by to visit our booth and over 300 people attended our booth presentations which featured innovative solutions and services including fracture monitoring, real-time monitoring, our completions evaluation services and more. One of the most attended presentations was "Comparison of Fracture Failure Planes in the Utica and Marcellus" presented by Mary Ellison. If you missed it, you can register for our monthly webcasts and tune in to hear the presentation again.

MicroSeismic also raffled an in-case football signed by Houston's own JJ Watt. Over 200 people entered the drawing and the lucky winner will be announced on Friday April 11, 2014.

In addition to the technical sessions and the exhibition, there were also many special events and activities including 10 pre- and post-conference field trips to NASA and the Eagle Ford Basin (just to name a few), 19 short courses and several forums, technical luncheons and networking events. It was great to see everyone out at the event. We look forward to another successful year and hope to see you at AAPG 2015 Annual Convention & Exhibition in Denver, Colorado – May 31 through June, 3, 2015.

Jaclyn & Monica