The Structural Geology Group consist of a network of currently 39 company representatives, who are working together across companies and institutions, using our network, experience and building relations. The group was revitalised in the beginning of the year, with many new representatives and new active members, and we try to establish an informal network of structural geologists and other interested parties, who are meeting after work every quarter.
We are working towards this:
- To increase awareness and knowledge of structural geology on a local and regional scale, in order to improve exploration and production activities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
- To exchange experience and facilitate competence building within the network group.
- To divide focus on training 1) non-structural geologists and 2) experienced structural geologists
- To create an informal network of structural geologists that expands beyond the company representatives in the Force network group
- To welcome research project proposals and communicate them to members of the network group
- Communicate better
Dear member of the Structural Geology Group,
We are currently increasing our activity level in the group significantly, because we have decided that we want to make a difference and play an active role in the current rather pessimistic market situation. We had a very good discussion at our Yearly Meeting on the 31st of March 2016 about how we can keep unemployed geologists and geophysicists within the exploration community, and if we could find a way ensure knowledge transfer from the many experienced geologists, who are choosing to retire now.
The group was especially concerned about lost competencies and loss of important experience, and especially newly graduated young people have currently nowhere to go. It was discussed that Force can now decide to play a difference and offer unemployed and retired geologist a networking possibility, events that can inspire and keep people in the exploration community.
It was proposed to secure a defined number of seats (e.g. 10-20%) for unemployed geologist and students for every Force event, throughout 2016, and waive the participant fee. The Force Technical Committee for Improved Exploration has been approached about this proposal, and we await clarification on this.
Activities in 2016
• Five Lunch&Learns
Lunch&Learn #1: Structural development of the South-Western Barents Sea (January)
Lunch&Learn #2 The structural geology of Utsira High (March)
Lunch&Learn #3 Structural development of the Norwegian Sea – with focus on the Vøring Basin (June)
Lunch&Learn #4 Fractured Carbonates (October)
Lunch&Learn #5 TBA
• Underexplored Plays – Part II (cooperation between the three network groups) (23-24 November)
• Oslo Graben Field Trip (planned for September post-APA)
• The Science Behind… Part II (TBA)
• Fault Compartments – implications for exploration and production (TBA – end 2016 or 2017)
Access to important seismic data from western and eastern Norwegian Barents Sea is confirmed for the NORSALT project, so now we just need to get good industry support to get this Joint Industry Research Project going.
Alexander Lassen, ConocoPhillips
Henrik Rasmussen, Spirit Energy