The 2nd African Geoscience Student Conference themed ‘Exploring the Depth & Breadth of the Geosciences’ was hosted by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, KNUST located in Kumasi City, Ghana, and an enthusiastic team of Faculty Advisors, lecturers and students from KNUST and student participants from West Africa, worked together to organize an educative conference.
The conference featured various activities including keynote addresses, special session presentations by professionals, student technical presentations, the SEG Challenge Bowl competition and an evening networking event.
Good oral presentations were delivered by students on various geoscience topics including groundwater studies, geophysical investigations, sequence stratigraphy, rock physics, hydrocarbon prospects evaluation and geological modeling. The students demonstrated a good understanding of their subjects and were well prepared for their presentations. A total of twenty oral presentations were delivered by participating students
A field trip was organized to Lake Bosumtwi Impact Crater on the third day of the conference, while an evening networking reception was held in a student lounge at KNUST on Day 1 of the conference. The atmosphere was conducive for networking between professionals and students, with several students maximizing the opportunity.
The AGSC conference has been beneficial and stimulating to students. It has been helpful in giving them a focus in their academics & broadening their view on many issues, while helping to steer them unto the right geoscience career path.
AAPG Angola held her maiden seminar on 21st May 2014. This is the first of a series of seminars to be held by the chapter on a quarterly basis.
The event was facilitated by members of the Angola Chapter board headed by Antonio N Ingles of Chevron Angola. The speaker, Dr. Malcolm Francis of Schlumberger UK, presented a lecture on ‘Prospectivity of the Ultra-deep Lower Congo Basin’ to an audience of oil industry professionals & students at the AAA building in Luanda.
The seminar covered the distal end of the Congo Delta, where Sonangol and Schlumberger have worked together to understand the prospectivity of the area based on thousands of lines of 2D and & 3D seismic data.
William P. Bosworth of Apache Egypt, is currently the Egypt delegate to the AAPG House of Delegates, and amongst the recipients of this year’s distinguished service award. The award is presented to those who have distinguished themselves in singular and beneficial long-term service to AAPG. This year there are nine recipients of the honor:
- Hussain M. Al-Otaibi, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
- Donna S. Anderson, EOG Resources Inc., Golden, Colo.
- William P. Bosworth, Apache Egypt Companies, Houston.
- Peter Burri, Burri Oil and Gas Consulting, Basel, Switzerland.
- Michael R. Canich Jr., Sylvan Energy, Pittsburgh.
- David R. Cook, retired, Maldon, England.
- Mark Cooper, Sherwood Geoconsulting, Calgary, Canada.
- Brett J. Fossum, ConocoPhillips, Houston.
- Steven M. Goolsby, Goolsby Brothers & Associates, Lakewood, Colo.
The IBA Simulation is a brainchild of AAPG’s Young Professionals Chapter of Egypt. Coordinated by AAPG YP Lead for North Africa, Ola Adly and supervised by Prof. Ahmed Neizy El Barkoky, the IBA simulation is similar to the global AAPG IBA competition in structure and organization and allows for fresh graduate geoscience students with less than 6 months oil industry experience to join in teams of five under an academic advisor, and act as an exploration team required to evaluate an area beginning from geoscience regional studies, to risk assessment and final recommendation. Student teams are involved in seismic and well log interpretation, petroleum system evaluation and reserves calculation within the two month period allowed for the project. Datasets are obtained locally and winning teams are selected by geoscience industry experts within Egypt.
The aim of the simulation is to reduce the gap between theory and practical petroleum geoscience experience and students are expected to “think outside the box”, look at new exploration models and enhance their soft skills. The IBA simulation exercise was started two years ago and this year witnesses the third Egypt simulation event which was concluded on 8th December 2013 at Sky Resort, Cairo. The closing event had the Honorable Minister of Petroleum Resources of Egypt, Engr. Sherif Ismail in attendance.
The first IBA simulation event took place in 2011 and saw the participation of 150 students in 30 teams from 11 universities. The simulation event of 2012 also had 11 universities participating, including Helwan and Alexandria Universities. This year saw the participation of 23 teams from 12 universities.