Board of Directors Meeting – January 2005

Title: Highlights of the January RMAG Board Meeting
Author: Ira Pasternack
Publication: The Outcrop, March 2005, p. 19

2005 is shaping up to be another great year for RMAG members filled with opportunities for professional growth due to the excellent planning of the 2004 Board and the ongoing efforts of the RMAG staff and many tireless volunteers. The annual 3D Seismic (March 11th) and CBM (June 30th) symposia are sure to offer insights on the latest developments in these important fields. The topic for the Fall Symposium is still under consideration, but may be low permeability gas reservoirs to parallel the 2005 Guidebook or Laramide basin Neogene exhumation. The Board approved moving ahead with plans for a joint RMAG/Colorado Oil & Gas Association conference to be held in Denver in August 2006. The initial Rocky Mountain Natural Gas conference co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Section of the AAPG and COGA was held last August and demonstrated how successful the blending of technology and investment strategy sessions at one event could be.

Three core workshops will be offered this year. By the time readers see this, the February 24th workshop on valley fill sequences taught by John Horne, Ed LoCriccio, and Dave Wheeler will be history. As of this writing in late January, registration for that workshop was half full, well on the way to selling out. Don’t miss the upcoming workshop on reservoirs suitable for horizontal completions to be taught by Mike Hendricks, scheduled for early May. The third core workshop, on carbonate reservoirs, will be offered later in the year.

The Jonah Field book has been enjoying brisk sales since it finally became available in December. It was necessary for the Board to approve an additional purchase of 100 copies from co-publisher AAPG to replenish depleted inventory. The RMAG Library DVD (scanned copies of RMAG 1937 to 2001 guidebooks in Adobe Acrobat format) has also been selling well. Scanning of the Rocky Mountain Atlas (also known as “The Big Red Book”) is underway and should be available later in the year.

The Mountain Geologist will continue with theme issues – a format which has proven to be increasingly popular, for good reason. These are excellent publications that contain much relevant, useful and interesting information. The Outcrop has grown steadily in quality and substance and soon it will improve in appearance as well. The Board approved publishing future issues on heavy glossy paper that will allow color printing, too.