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AAPG “Quick Look” Presentation

AAPG “Quick Look” Presentation

In April’s AAPG Annual conference and exhibition, Roxanna Oil Company executives presented a paper on a “quick look” determination of oil-in-place shale resource plays. A Quick Look Determination of Oil-in-Place in Oil Shale Resource Plays Download the presentation in PowerPoint or compressed ZIP formats. Quantitative measurements of gas-in-place volumes for coal gas and shale gas…

Roxanna Awards JDM Digital Website Redesign

Roxanna Awards JDM Digital Website Redesign

We really thought it about time Roxanna updated our website.  Not least of which is that the team bios haven’t been updated in years!  Today, we’re pleased to announce that Dallas-based JDM Digital, has been awarded the total overhaul of Roxanna’s website. “We were so excited we started the build even before we got the…

Energy Extraction from Geopressured Hot Water

Energy Extraction from Geopressured Hot Water

A wise man once said… “Anything is possible that is not forbidden by the Second Law of Thermodynamics.” Spoken by a true visionary and researcher. My personal interests are in discerning what is most economic to do TODAY. Currently, the most nearly economic large scale source of renewable earth energy for the USA may be…

Thesis a Good Success Marker

Thesis a Good Success Marker

AAPG Explorer Article – Many years ago I reviewed the criteria being used by Shell Oil to hire its new geologists. Shell’s hiring emphasized graduate students with top grades from selected universities. In reviewing the outcome of its hiring practices, I found that having outstanding grades and attending Ivy League schools made no difference to…

Beware of Robot Geology

Beware of Robot Geology

From, “Robot Geology,” a geologic note by Walter K. Link: “We are now in an electronic and nuclear age. Great calculating machines have been built that devour figures and come out with answers that would take a battery of men years to calculate.” ” … some of our educational institutions are substituting machines of this…

Tell It, Just Tell It — Briefly

Tell It, Just Tell It — Briefly

“English,” by W.W. Patrick, offers the following observations and pieces of counsel.  I think you’ll find them interesting. “Business has learned the lessons of brevity and directness, but too many of our geologists have not.” “An amateurish, poorly written report or letter leads the reader to assume that the thinking of the writer may be…

Important Problems for Methane Hydrate Commercialization

Important Problems for Methane Hydrate Commercialization

There are many, many interesting problems associated with understanding methane hydrates. From a world view, however, the most important problems are those that deal directly with extracting large quantities of methane safely and cheaply from the frozen hydrate. If this cannot be done, the promise of enormous energy from methane hydrate remains an elusive rainbow.…

Army Taught Basic Lessons

Army Taught Basic Lessons

Exactly 50 years ago I was mustered out of the U.S. Army, completing my tour of overseas duty in the Philippines and Korea. I returned to graduate school a profoundly changed person. I had greatly disliked the Army and was scornful of any future usefulness from my Army experience. Now, looking backwards … perhaps I…

If the Data Doesn’t Fit, You Must Admit (It)

If the Data Doesn’t Fit, You Must Admit (It)

From, “Studies on Origin of Petroleum; Occurrence of Hydrocarbons in Recent Sediments,” by P.V. Smith, Esso, “…It seems plausible to suggest that petroleum is being formed in the present era and that the crude product is nature’s composite of the hydrocarbon remains of many forms of marine life.” This was a very thorough piece of…

Separating Truth From Nonsense

Separating Truth From Nonsense

Some of the great papers of 1953 were little recognized for their exceptional quality; conversely, many weak papers were readily accepted and sponsored by intelligent contemporaries. How could this happen? If intelligence is a measure of how quickly we can learn, wisdom is our ability to separate truth from half-truth and nonsense. We can do…