President’s Column – May 2009

Title: Grand Re-Opening

Author: James Mullarkey

Publication: The Outcrop, May 2009, p. 5, 23-24

The RMAG office has been open for business in the new location, one block north down the 16th Street mall from the old location, since the first week of April. Have you visited and offered to help with the myriad of RMAG related tasks yet? The new office space has a conference room in the office that is available for committee and other RMAG related meetings. The 2009 RMAG Board of Directors and the RMAG staff think the new space will work well for the Association over the next five years, the initial lease term.

The RMAG-hosted AAPG 2009 National meeting is just one month away. The conference technical session and exhibition starts on June 7th, Sunday and runs through June 10th, Wednesday. Pre­-convention events start on May 31st and post convention events end on June 14th. The convention will be held at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. Please visit the RMAG booth, and I’m sure arrangements can be made for out of town members to visit their new downtown Denver office. The cost of registration for the conference is less the earlier you register. By registering on or before May 18th you can save $125. Some folks might consider spending some or all of their $125 “savings” on a RMAG publication, short course or field trip.

Along that same vein, as well as registering for the conference, I encourage you (and you can encourage your non-RMAG colleagues), to register for the RMAG sponsored short courses (6 available) and field trips (2 available). Titles and instructors for the short courses follow: Lithofacies and Petrophysical Properties of Mesaverde Tight-­Gas Sandstones in Western U.S. Basins, Alan Byrnes and Robert Cluff; Geochemical Exploration for Oil and Gas: Strategies for Success, Dietmar (Deet) Schumacher; The Contribution of Integrated Structural/ Tectonic Studies of HRAM data for Exploration and Exploitation of Resource Plays in North America, Zeev Berger, Michelle Boast and Martim Mushayandebvu; Evaluation of Maturity, Heat Flow Analysis and Petroleum System Modeling for Conventional and Unconventional Petroleum Exploration, Prasanta (Muki) Mukhopadhyay and Thomas Hantschel. Titles and instructors for the field trips are: Lessons from the Mines geology trail, Colorado School of Mines, Bob Weimer and Steve Sonnenberg; Sedimentology, Sequence Stratigraphy, and Reservoir Architecture of Paralic Sandstones – The Book Cliffs of East-Central Utah, Keith Shanley and J. Michael Boyles. Wow, what choices, there aren’t any incorrect ones.

Energy saving facts for the month: hark back to my mini energy conservation project mentioned in the March column, on a related topic; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that “vampire” power used by electronics in standby mode, those red-eyes, green-eyes, and yellow-eyes that you notice when you awaken in the night, such as cell phone chargers, desktop calculators, laptop computers and computer monitors, printers, clock radios, powered toothbrushes, cable boxes, and garage door openers can add up to 8% to a home electric bill. Also in the March column hark back to my comment on Xcel Energy’s energy efficiency rebate program; in Colorado you can still go into an Ace Hardware store or any other participating merchant and pick out a CFL light bulb (or ten) and go up to the cash register, and fill out a rebate form, and pay $1 plus tax (or $10 plus tax for 10 bulbs). I grabbed a $6 replacement bulb for a 100 watt bulb and paid $1. The CFL box says a 26 watt CFL bulb is equivalent to a 100 watt incandescent bulb. The CFL bulb works well; it is as bright as the incandescent, a little slower than an incandescent to light up sometimes, but that is a minor difference. I plan to stock up after spring break. So you can achieve electrical energy savings in the home, well worth doing (see April’s column), and money savings too, many incandescent bulbs cost more than a $1, a true win-win situation.

Finally, harking back to vampires; How can you tell that vampires like baseball? Every night they turn into bats.