Our summer students have arrived and are already stuck in to two major projects. Lucy is assisting Andy and Victoria is working with Jo/Marianna.
We are proud to announce that all of the girls recently took part in the local Race for Life charity run raising money for Cancer Research. With weeks of training there were some pretty good times ran on the day. The weather turned out to be glorious if not a little hot but made the day a huge success.
We have currently raised over £900, higher than or intended target!
If you would like to add a small donation click on the link below, all proceeds go towards the fight against cancer.
We’re looking forward to welcoming two summer students Lucy Mansfield and Victoria Meredith who will be join us in mid-June. Both are currently undertaking geological studies (Liverpool & Manchester) and will be assisting us on new up and coming projects.
On the 27-29th May Jen, Benoit and Francis are attended the Conference ‘Reservoir Quality of Clastic and Carbonate Rocks: Analysis, Modelling and Prediction’ hosted at the Geological society in London.
Jen & Benoit both presented posters at the Conference.
This three day conference brought together reservoir quality/diagenesis workers from the clastic and carbonate communities and from industry and academia. The meeting was a sell-out success with >200 delegates from six continents, representing a wide range of institutions.
Sponsorship was gratefully received from ten companies. The aim of the meeting was to address the factors and processes controlling rock properties of clastic and carbonate rocks as well as showcase novel analytical techniques and demonstrate diagenetic modelling capability.
The conference opened with an introduction talk by Richard Worden on behalf of the convenors, outlining the current state of consensus and controversy in the field of reservoir quality.
A further 100 contributions were presented in six mixed carbonate and clastic sessions covering new techniques, depositional controls on reservoir quality, structural diagenesis, clay diagenesis, inhibition of diagenesis and open/closed systems.
We would like to say an amazing thank you to our two summer students, Lucy and Vicky. Both have done an amazing job working on various projects. We couldn't of asked for better students!
Both surprised us with a lovely thank you card and gift, which was rather delicious!!!!
We wish them all the best in their studies and future careers.
Sarah will be attending The Micropalaeontological Society AGM which is being held in Oxford
The theme for this year's event is "Microfossil phylogenies and their applications”, and it will be held in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The effectively infinite abundance and continuous fossil record of many microfossils means they offer unique possibilities to reconstruct evolutionary patterns from direct observation of the geological record, this symposium will highlight recent achievements in the field and their applicability in both research and industry.
Benoit will be giving a 5 day course in Istanbul about 'Advanced Reservoir Characterisation' for IFP training.
Jo, Pete and Benoit are currently logging core in Kuwait. The sunsets over the Burgan Oil Field production facilities are equally as impressive as the cores!
The Cambridge Carbonates Microfacies Atlas, which is a comprehensive atlas of photomicrographs from wells 7128/4-1, 7128/6-1 and 7229/11-1. The atlas comprises more than 680 digital microfacies images from the late Palaeozoic intervals, and includes detailed descriptions on pore types and depositional settings.
This atlas has now been completed and is available for purchase.
For further details contact Peter Gutteridge
The Jurassic outcrops of North Eastern Paris Basin are exceptional quality analogues for several producing oil fields, especially regarding sequence stratigraphy features and typical carbonate platforms architecture. Recent diagenetic and petrophysical investigation performed on selected outcrops and in equivalent subsurface data provided a unique opportunity of proposing a complete and integrated study of these Jurassic shallow marine carbonates, achieved by a 3D high resolution reservoir model.
This is a new 3 to 5 day field course illustrating an integrated workflow leading to high resolution 3D models.
23-25 March 2015 in Kuwait City
Andy took part in this three-day workshop dedicated to sharing knowledge, ideas, and workflows pertaining to the exploration and development of hydrocarbon bearing clastic reservoirs in the Middle East. The workshop emphasized case studies involving field and outcrop scale reservoir characterization as well as regional depositional models and their sequence stratigraphic framework.
Andy gave a presentation on the Application of Heavy Mineral Studies to an Understanding of Pre-Khuff Stratigraphy in Kuwait during the first session on the first day.
16th - 17th May - Cheltenham
In preparation for Jen's wedding the CCL girls were invited to go back to the 1920s and take part in Jen's hen party. This was organised by Jen's sister and took place in Cheltenham.
The day consisted of a Charleston dance class, vintage hair and make up followed by dinner at the Daffodil (Art deco) restaurant. As you can see from the pictures everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
We were all looking forward to the big day!
19th June - Llangollen, Wales
The big day finally arrived and the weather was perfect...! CCL travelled up to Llangollen in Wales, where the ceremony took place at the Heritage Railway Station followed by a train ride on the Llangollen railway.
The reception took place in the Chainbridge hotel beside the river Dee. The day went without a hitch and Jen is now officially Mrs Keeble Waters.
As of the 1st of July we have signed a new lease and received the keys to Cambridge Carbonates’ new office, located just around the corner on the Warwick Rd (so not far) in Solihull.
During July the office is being renovated and fitted to our desired specification and we’ve set the moving date for the beginning of August.
Further details to follow!!!
13th - 16th July - Edinburgh, Scotland
The CCL geologist are attending the 15th Bathurst Meeting of Carbonate Sedimentologists, which will be held from the 13th-16th July, at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
We’re very lucky to have over the summer students who help out with various project and gain experience working within a geological consultancy company.
Charlotte-Ellen Eales who has just graduated with a 1st in Resources and Applied Geology (MSi) from Birmingham Uni, (congratulations!) will be working on CoreCAD documenting well logs from the Barents Sea.
Shaun Rodriguez who is about to start his final year at York Uni completing a degree in Environmental Geography will be working on ArcGIS completing maps for Northern Iraq.
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This continues the tradition of the 4-yearly informal meetings of carbonate workers begun in 1959 by Robin Bathurst in Liverpool. These meetings are distinguished by their focus on new ideas at the forefront of our science, presented in a relaxed and non-hierarchical structure that stimulates and actively promotes open discussion.
Pete will be running a pre-conference field trip covering the ‘Late Dinantian of the Derbyshire carbonate platform margin’, visiting places such as Castleton in the Peak District and Trowbarrow Quarry in the Lake District.
August saw us complete the move to our new offices and Cambridge Carbonates has now officially moved in to The Courtyard!
It took a couple of days to unpack and everyone is enjoying the new space and car parking! We are located on the second floor so up in the eaves with peace and quiet from the busy town centre.
Our official new address is:
No. 4 The Courtyard, 707 Warwick Rd, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3AP
We would like to welcome our newest member Julie Dewit to Cambridge Carbonates. Julie started in August and was thrown in the deep end with a field trip to Papua New Guinea! Having completed 2 months in the field Julie has finally settled back here in the UK. She hails from Leuven in Belgium and we look forward to working with her.
Below are a few pictures Julie has shared from her recent field trip.
Photos by: Scott Rothwell and Simon McDonald
Peter has joined the organising committee for the EAGE workshop on Evaluation and drilling of carbonate reservoirs to be held 27-29th November 2016.
Thanks to everyone; staff, clients, sub-contractors and students who have worked with us. Happy Birthday
On April 11-13, the AAPG are hosted a workshop on Exploring Mature Basins in Bahrain. Jo presented a paper (on behalf of Andy) on “Underexplored opportunities in the Arabian Plate: application of global analogues”.
Pete presented as course on Advanced Carbonate Geology: application to SE Asia carbonate reservoirs. In Kuala Lumpur in April attended by delegates from Petronas and Talisman Vietnam. Thanks to Opus Kinetic who promoted and managed the course.
The “Exploring and Exploiting Carbonate Reservoirs” AAPG conference is being held in Bari, Italy on 26-27 April. Jo will be presenting a paper on “Review and Insights into the Carbonate Reservoirs of the circum-Adriatic” on behalf of several CC authors. Exploring and Exploiting Carbonate Reservoirs
We’d like to welcome our new member of staff Simon Higgins who recently joined us. We hope he settles in after living abroad for a while! Simon will be working full time on one of the main projects.
Andy recently attended the AAPG conference in Cancun, Mexico, where he was also presenting.
Further details to follow….
Further information about the conference can be found here:
Pete and Julie attended the 2016 Dolomieu Conference which was held in the beautiful village of Selva di Val Gardena, Italy. They would like to thank the organisers Judith McKenzie and Maria Mutti for the excellent conference.
Pete and Julie joined a field trip to the Secada lead by Peter Brack. Peter Brack (ETH Zurich) explained the geological evolution of the dolomites and took the whole group to nice outcrops to observe the Pemian - Triassic sedimentary succession. The entire succession from synrift volcanics, red beds and lagoonal carbonates with gypsum intercalations at the foot of the mountains to the Latemar platform slope forming the peaks of the Secada is very well exposed.
The conference was held at NPD, and it was especially targeted at challenging established truths and also reflect on some of the non-technical aspects of why an oil company is successful or not, such as risking processes and company strategies.
Pete gave a talk at the seminar in Stavanger on the Diagenetic systems and reservoir quality in the late Palaeozoic carbonates and spiculites from the Barents Shelf.
For more information go to: http://www.force.org/en/Seminars/Archive/2016/Underexplored-Plays---Part-II/
Our office is closed on the following dates during the holiday period:
December 2016 24th - 31st
January 2017 1st - 2nd
We would all like to wish Marianna the best, as she starts her maternity leave! We shall all miss her, and can’t wait to meet the new addition to her family……..Good luck from us all, Marianna!
We would like to welcome our newest member of staff, Julie Pavilo. She will be covering the administrator role while Marianna is on maternity leave. We hope she enjoys working with our team!
Julie Dewit is flying out to speak at the conference. The aim of our presentation is to present an up-to-date review and provide valuable insights into the carbonate plays of the circum-Adriatic area, with a strong focus on exploration-related issues.
The presentation is aimed at both Industry personnel and academics alike, and will provide an excellent regional context in which to understand the future potential of these carbonate reservoirs.
Thanks to everyone; staff, clients, sub-contractors and students who have worked with us. Happy Birthday
This month, Benoit had an article published in Sedimentary Geology – the article is entitled “High resolution ion microprobe investigation of the δ18O of carbonate cements (Jurassic, Paris Basin, France): New insights and pending questions” – please feel free to download the attached copy for your reference.
Congratulations from everyone at Cambridge Carbonates to Marianna and Luke on the safe arrival of baby Elias! We can’t wait to meet him!
AAPG have recently published Jo and Andy’s presentation from the Bahrain conference last year as part of their Search and Discovery Series. The presentation, entitled “Underexplored Opportunities in the Arabian Plate: Application of Global Analogues” can be downloaded here.
The 2017 Mountjoy Conference, sponsored by SEPM and CSPG, will be held at the University of Texas Learning Commons and the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology core facilities. The Conference will showcase new approaches and results through oral and poster sessions as well as core workshops and selected fieldtrips.
Congratulations to both Francis and Benoit, who have had their abstracts accepted for the upcoming Mountjoy meeting in Austin in July 2017.
In the week leading up to Easter, Jen set us all at CCL a task - an exciting Easter Egg Hunt! Solve the clues, and find the most Easter Eggs!
Julie found the most eggs and Shaun was the overall winner for finding the surprise egg with a T-rex in it! Great fun!
On 16th May, Benoit will be presenting at the Finding Petroleum meeting at the Geol Soc. In London. He will be presenting on fractured carbonates: http://www.findingpetroleum.com/event/Finding-Petroleum-Opportunities-In-The-Middle-East/a46c4.aspx