May 2017

May 18, 2017 Meeting


Thursday Noon    Luncheon Buffet 

FREE WITH RESERVATION; $20.00 without reservation


Abilene Country Club, 4039 S. Treadaway, Abilene, Texas 79602


Please RSVP by Tuesday Noon, May 16th to Allan Frizzell @ 325.673.3739, Email:  enrich@bitstreet.com






Miles Rand


















I graduated from Clyde High School and have been a repetitive         recipient of the Abilene Geological Society scholarship. After         graduating high school I attended Cisco College in Abilene. Upon     finishing the majority of my basic classes at Cisco College I moved to Lubbock, TX and enrolled at Texas Tech University. In the Fall of 2015 I received a Bachelor of Science in geosciences with a concentration in geophysics. I currently attend Texas Tech University pursuing a graduate degree in  geosciences with a concentration in geophysics. My graduate work consists of imaging the Matador Arch and studying the Moho depth in the western Texas Panhandle using passive source seismology. I have currently deployed more than 90 seismic stations distributed within a 40 mile radius of the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge.


Speaker:                             Miles Rand



Petroleum Prospect Analysis Eastern Sable Basin

Texas Tech University



This semester I participated in the AAPG Imperial Barrel Award Program within the AAPG southwest division on the Texas Tech University team. The IBA program is an annual international prospective basin evaluation competition for geoscience graduate students. University teams from around the world first   compete within their resepectful AAPG divisions before advancing to the international competition. The teams that place within their division win money for their geoscience department as well as recognition for placing. This year there were five teams that competed in the AAPG southwest division.

The IBA program requires team members to dedicate a large amount of their time to the interpretation of the provided dataset. The IBA program’s goal is for graduate students to get training in petroleum geoscience while working with team members from various backgrounds in geosciences. The teams have eight weeks to analyze their datasets before they present their results to a group of industry professionals at local competitions. The teams are expected to make a technical assessment of the petroleum potential of the study area, identify petroleum plays and prospects, evaluate the risks involved, and to make             recommendations for future exploration.

           This year the dataset provided was taken offshore Nova Scotia, Canada on the Scotian Shelf in the Scotian Basin, which formed on a passive continental margin and covers an area of approximately 116,000 square miles. We were provided well log data as well as 2D and 3D seismic data. One of the wells provided was dry while the other well had minor oil and gas shows. Recent Scotian Basin exploration has been to the southwest and has been mostly gas prone with few oil shows. By using the Rwa quicklook method we identified oil-water contacts within the Cretaceous Missisauga Formation. Our team identified two            prospects within our study area that are the result of rollover anticlines along high angle  normal faults that provide migration pathways. The two prospects that were identified consist of repeating sequences of      reservoir and seal packages within the Cretaceous Missisauga Formation. Based on our volumetrics       calculations we recommended drilling both prospects within the Penobscot Area.




This is our last meeting before the summer break.  It is FREE to all AGS members who call in or email a reservation!  Do it today!


This is my last meeting as president of our society (thank Heaven!) (just kidding) so I want to say “thanks” to you, the membership, for keeping our society strong and to our society officers for their support this year.  I believe we had some great speakers throughout the year.  “We may have learned a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two”.  I’m proud of our society for furthering our profession and giving back to students and communities.  Thanks to the Desk and Derrick Club of Abilene and all member volunteers who are behind the scenes to make sure the great programs happen.  We will be awarding three (3) scholarships this year and we will recognize these individuals during our meeting.  Our speaker will be Miles Rand, a repetitive recipient of our scholarships.  Come on out and hear Miles and see how our scholarships have furthered our great profession—it should be a good one!




Tobin D. Andrews

AGS President