rented a seaplane, and flew to Katmai National Park and Brooks Falls. Did we see bears? Oh yes, up close and too personal. They were everywhere. Big brown ones, little brown ones, and upset mother bears. I took a lot of photos and videos, one of which is shown here.
The next week, I went to
Bear Up Close and Personal
Grand Junction where my talk was competing with the Broncos versus the Raiders (I didn’t stand a chance) and on to Rock Springs. A couple of weeks later, I visited New Orleans in October (a few weeks after the ATCE), and in November to Duncan, Fort Worth, and Austin. I was also selected as a Baker Hughes Distinguished Lecturer for November. They simulcasted my talk live from the Houston Rankin Road facility out to all of their interested labs world-side. I was the keynote speaker at the SAGEEP conference in Boston in March. I also had a great visit and talk in Bakersfield in April. Those all went well. And what was really cool was meeting our alumni in those locations and finding out how successful they have all become!
In February, I had my first
international tour. The
SPE really takes care of
their DL’s. They do an
outstanding job organizing
and executing the tours.
Other than an unscheduled
snow storm in Denver
canceling the initial flight,
it went smoothly. From
Denver to Newark to New
Delhi, India for an overnight
Dehra Dun, India in the most expensive place
I have ever stayed! ($700!)
Then on Dehra Dun, India where I was treated like a “rock star”. And there were wild monkeys along the side of the road from the airport! Then on to Manila, Philippines via Singapore (20 minute layover) for a day for a nice stopover and hospitality from the Manila section. Then I traveled the next morning on to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a very nice place where I gave my talk to a receptive audience. The next day, I traveled from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan on Malaysia’s Pacific coast and a 110 km drive to Terengganu at Peramina’s offices. They drove me back to Kuantan where I flew to KLIA then on to Jakarta, Indonesia. I spent 19 hours in Indonesia, giving my talk to a great group and then headed to Tokyo, Japan. After a 12 hour layover, I headed home on the Tokyo to Denver United flight. So I left Denver going east and did not stop going east until I returned to Denver all in ten days. Take that Jules Verne.
The next international trip was to Europe. I was supposed to visit Samara, Russia; but, I reluctantly declined giving the state of conditions between the US and Russia. It was just as well. I started in Krakow, Poland giving the talk to an enthusiastic group primarily made up of students. They have a pretty strong SPE section there. Then, I flew
on to the Aegean coast to
Kavalla, Greece. I spent an extra day enjoying Grecian hospitality and then my talk. This was during the EU elections which made it interesting to watch. Curiously, joining me there on the same flight in was Dr. Tom Blasingame of Texas A&M. We had a nice time together at the University. Then it was on to Milan, Italy to ENI’s headquarters where I was once again simulcasted world-wide. Early the next morning, it was on to Aberdeen, Scotland where I felt like I was in a Harry Potter movie set, and the next day to Great Yarmouth in England for my last talk. If you want to see my talk in Aberdeen, go to http://www.energyvoice.com/2014/06/ video-pathway-north-sea-mars-two-way-street/ I hope the site will still be there when you read this. I will be giving this talk to the DFW AADE on September 17th in Fort Worth. If you get this before then, come on by!
I get a lot of questions after my talk. Perhaps the most interesting one was in Anchorage. I was asked about the two drill holes on Mars constructed by the Curiosity mission. They wanted to know the cost per foot. To tell the truth, I don’t think the cost per foot was all that much. It was the mobilization cost that was astronomical!
The research activities have been coming fast and furious. I have been working with the Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute (UNGI) with Montanuniversität Leoben on rig real time data analysis and reservoir characterization. I also have been working with the Vaca Muerta Consortium for Argentina. I also have been working with Will Fleckenstein on the CU Boulder’s NSF grant on Sustainable Research Network on Routes to Sustainability: Natural Gas Development and Air and Water Resources in the Rocky Mountain Region. In an exciting development, CSM and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have created the Colorado SURGE (Subsurface Research in Geothermal Energy). As part of that, a team of students and I are working on two geothermal drilling projects, one on oil and gas / geothermal drilling technology transfers and a second on horizontal, stimulated enhanced geothermal system. Finally, I am the industrial liaison for the NSF’s Ice Coring Program Office for all science related ice coring and drilling. All in all, it is a really busy time with activity.
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