Jackson Hole RMS-AAPG Meeting a Blow-Out Success

Title: Jackson Hole RMS-AAPG Meeting a Blow-Out Success: Chilly feet, hot technical program
Author: Bob Cluff, your RMAG roving reporter
Publication: The Outcrop, December 2005, p. 21

The Rocky Mountain Section AAPG meeting in late September was by all accounts a smashing success. With 696 registrants the meeting blew past the expectations of the three host societies—the Wyoming Geological Association, the Nevada Petroleum Society, and the Idaho Association of Professional Geologists. The meeting was held at the Snow King Resort in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which was (to put it mildly) filled to capacity. Faced with the prospect of standing room only for the 95 oral and 18 poster presentations, the resort quickly commandeered their ice hockey rink located down the street into service as a large session hall offering a spacious, although chilly, venue for one entire track of sessions. Other than the impracticality of moving between sessions in different buildings, the organizers did an admirable job of coping with the crowd and running a top notch program.

Some highlights of the presentations were several talks by Ultra Petroleum on their recent activity on the Pinedale Anticline, two full sessions on CBM in the Powder River Basin and elsewhere in the Rockies, a session on “resource plays” including potential gas shales in the Rockies, and a wide variety of technology/seismic-related talks. My personal favorite was a presentation by Chris Stiteler and his colleagues at BP on their 3D-seismic-based interpretation of the structure at Jonah and south Pinedale, featuring flyover movies of the 3D volume to show relative fault offsets and strike-slip movement through time.  The one low spot: several presentations by Houston area geologists were cancelled due to Hurricane Rita and their inability to travel to Jackson.

I’ve been going to RMS-AAPG meetings for a lot of years and this was one of the best. Between the high quality technical program, good restaurants, an upbeat optimistic mood (imagine that), and the spectacular Wyoming scenery this was the meeting that raises the bar. I’m looking forward to the next one in Jackson.