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GCSSEPM 39th Annual Perkins-Rosen Research Conference
 4–6 December 2023, Houston, Texas


Deepwater Systems, Processes, and Exploration Potential: Revisited 1994–2023


Monday, 4 December


7.30–8.15            Registration (breakfast served)


8.15–8.20            Conference Welcome—John Suter


8.20–8.30            Welcome and Safety Moment—Kyle Golson, Equinor US Asset Manager GoM


Session I: Keynote Special Session—Chairs: Luke Walker, Cindy Yeilding


8.30–9.15            Onlap trapping in deepwater settings: a global overview—Fernando Sanchez Ferrer


9.15–10.00          The search for disruptive-scale exploration discoveries in deepwater systems and how global play analogues might be represented in the remaining play potential of the GoM—Mark Shann


10.00–10.30       Break and Posters


Session IIA: Exploring for Deepwater Giants—Chairs: Samuel Plitzuweit, Daniel Minisini


10.30–11.00       Natural seepage in the Gulf of Mexico, an overview and the link with exploration—Leslie Baksmaty, Daniel Minisini


11.00–11.30       Impact of provenance and depositional processes on mudrock properties and hydrocarbon exploration in ultra-deepwater reservoir systems—Samuel Plitzuweit, James Macquaker, David Abt


11.30–12.00       The final frontier of deepwater exploration: the continent–ocean transition zone—Paul Mann


12.00–12.45       Lunch


12.45–1.30          Poster session with dessert and coffee


Session IIIA: Paradigm- and Dogma Busting in Deepwater System Research and Applications—Chairs: John Snedden, Cindy Yeilding


1.30–2.00            A roadmap for relevant research—Richard A. Sears, Cindy Yeilding


2.00–2.30            Deepwater stratigraphic framework of the fine-grained Wolfcamp Fm., Permian Basin—Patricio Desjardins, Daniel Minisini


2.30–3.00            Paradigm busting: observations from giant fields—Robert K. Merrill, Charles A. Sternbach, Richard S. Bishop, John Dolson


3.00–3.30            Break and Posters


Session IVA: Downslope, Along-Slope, and…to the Future and Beyond for Mixed Systems—Chairs: Juan Fedele


3.30–4.00            Reservoir architecture of a mixed turbidite–bottom current system, Sinu Basin, Offshore Colombia, SW Caribbean—Neal Auchter, Nadeer Khan, David Reed, Patricio Desjardins, Andrew Parent


4.00–4.30            Evolution of deepwater systems in the Perdido Fold Belt, US Gulf of Mexico—Thomas Heard, Aitor Ichaso, Hongjiao Yu, Supratik Sarkar, Meijuan Jiang, Neal Auchter, John Martin, Tat Banga


4.30–5.00            Initiation of contouritic moats and other longitudinal features on continental slopes, shelves, and contouritic terraces—Juan J. Fedele, Samuel J. Plitzuweit


5.00–5.15            Break and Posters


5.15–6.00            Discussion—Leaders: Cindy Yeilding, Rich Sears


6.00–8.00            Icebreaker


Tuesday, 5 December


8.00–8.30            Registration (breakfast served)


Session V: Deepwater Gravity Flow Processes and Products—Chairs: Vitor Abreu


8.30–9.00            Connecting deep-marine stratigraphy to seascape morphodynamics—David Mohrig


9.00–9.30            Giant sediment-wave field in gentle Mississippian slopes, an outcrop perspective of supercritical flows and crinoid gravel—C. Robertson Handford


9.30–10.00          Middle Ordovician mass-transport deposits from western Inner Mongolia, China: mechanisms and implications for basin evolution—Paul Myrow, Wenjie Li, Jitao Chen, Anne Hakim


10.00–10.30       Break and Posters


Session VI: Source to Sink: the never-ending puzzle—Chairs: Daniel Minisini


10.30–11.00       Vertical and lateral relationships of mass-transport deposits with channel and distributary lobe complexes, shallow subsurface, deepwater Gulf of Mexico—Kenneth D. Ehman, Tao Sun


11.00–11.30       Sediment density flows on the shelf; an important source-to-sink component—Ronald J. Steel, Ariana Osman


11.30–12.00       What is the long-term flux of sediment off the shelf? Insights from the Cenozoic of the northern Gulf of Mexico—Michael L. Sweet, Tim Whiteaker


12.00–12.45       Lunch


12.45–1.30          Poster session with dessert and coffee


Session VII: Modeling Advancements in Deepwater Sedimentary Systems—Chairs: Tao Sun, Juan Fedele, Kevin Reece


1.30–2.00            Exploration of the controls that set the shape of submarine fans and their stratigraphic architecture using numerical and physical experiments—Kyle M. Straub, Adbul Wahab, J. Kevin Reece, David C. Hoyal, Mrugesh Shringarpure, Robert Dorrell


2.00–2.30            Influence of minibasin topographic variations on turbidity current fluid dynamics and linked turbidite shape: a 3-D laboratory study—J. Kevin Reece, Robert Dorrell, Kyle M. Straub


2.30–3.00            Closing the gap in subsurface characterization and modeling through computational stratigraphy—Tao Sun, Elena Sapozhnikov, Julio de la Colina


3.00–3.30            Break and Posters



Session IIB: Exploring for Deepwater Giants—Chairs: Luke Walker, Lori Fremin


3.30–4.00            Exploration potential in the numerous deepwater plays offshore Mauritania—Elisabeth Gillbard, Kyle Reuber


4.00–4.30            Middle and Lower Miocene middle slope systems of the outer west Louisiana shelf: an unexplored play between historical paradigms—Robert Pascoe, Peter Nuttall


4.30–4.45            Break and Posters


4.45–5.30            Discussion—Leaders: Vitor Abreu, Juan Fedele, Tao Sun, Daniel Minisini


Wednesday, 6 December


8.00–8.30            Registration (breakfast served)


Session IIIB: Paradigm- and Dogma Busting in Deepwater System Research and Applications—Chairs: Cindy Yeilding and John Snedden


8.30–9.00            Assessing the suitability of “paleo deepwater” reservoirs for storage of anthropegenic CO2 in the northern Gulf of Mexico—J. Snedden, T. Whiteaker, A. Bump


9.00–9.30            Advances in machine learning for sub-seismic interpretations: application for core and bore hole image logs—Neal Auchter, Oriol Falivene, John Solum, Patricio Desjardins, Gonzalo Astorga, Pedram Zarian


9.30-10.00          An emerging play in the eastern Gulf of Mexico shelf—Peter Mullin, Jerry Coggins, John Kulha


10.00–10.30       Interaction between along-slope bottom currents and turbidite flows in the northern offshore Argentina Basin—Ofelia Silio, Juan Pablo Lovecchio, María Eugenia Pascariello, Facundo Pagan, Sebastián Arismendi, Néstor Bolatti, Gonzalo Flores

10.30–11.00       Break and posters


Session IVB: Deepwater Gravity Flow Processes and Products


11.00–11.30       Mass-transport, injections and other forms of sediment mobility: from the seismic to the centimeter scale—Tiago Alves, Sebastian Cardona, Mérolyn Rodrigues


11.30–12.00       Morphology, genesis and evolution of the Mississippi Canyon: implications for ancient and modern submarine canyons—Juan Gutiérrez, Jacob D. Margoshes, Michael Sweet, Jacob Covault


12.00–12.30       Danube fan in the Black Sea: a levee-dominated deepsea fan—Howard R. Feldman, Bernard Dennielou, Gilles Lericolais


12.30–1.15          Lunch


1.15–2.00            Discussion: Summary of Learnings and Future Research Directions: Jon Rotzien, Cindy Yeilding, Richard Sears, Tiago Alves


2.15–4.30            Workshop on Computational Stratigraphy and Digital Analogs: Tao Sun


POSTER PRESENTATIONS (listed in alphabetical order)


A high-resolution bio- and chronostratigraphic zonation for the Wilcox Group, deep water Gulf of Mexico—P.A. Cornick, N.P. Campion, R. Weber, T.D. Demchuk


Watch your step! Defining the beginning and end of Carbon Isotope Excursion—James Eldrett, Steven C. Bergman, Daniel Minisini


Seal breach assessment for prospect de-risking—Jakob Heller, Alex Edwards, Rashad Gulmammadov, Jorge Fernandez


Quantification of turbidite fan heterogeneity linked to hyperpycnal flows and slope failure initiation mechanisms—Seyi Obafemi, Andreas Eckert, Jonathan Obrist-Farmer, Cedric Griffiths

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