On behalf of the Lafayette Geological Society, I am pleased and honored to invite you to this year’s Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies / Gulf Coast Section of SEPM Annual Convention and Exhibition. Lafayette is truly one of the best places to live and work in the Oil and Gas Industry, and October is a great time of the year to visit for those of you who don’t have the privilege of living or working here.
When the convention board began discussion regarding a theme for this year, one of the younger members of the team suggested the television reality show “Survivor.” The more we tossed the idea around, the better we realized it fit. We are over 110 years post-Spindletop discovery, and the Gulf of Mexico continues to survive, if not thrive. I may be biased, but in my opinion the best oil finders in the industry work or at least had some training in the “Big Cat Box.” Both Exploration and Production practices are at the forefront of current technology, and many of the most widely used tools and practices were developed right here in the Gulf.
Survival requires adaptability. GCAGS and GCSSEPM are seeing that need for adaption. The crew change is underway, and over the next 5–10 years those of us in the outgoing crew need to give the younger G&G professionals the training they need so that they can take the keys. That doesn’t mean we can’t also learn from them.
So, it was with a mindset of Survival, Adaption, and Crew Change that the board approached planning for the 2014 GCAGS Convention. We are proud to provide you with a program that includes:
• 6 outstanding choices for short courses; • 3 excellent field trips; • A Student, YP, and OP mixer designed to bring the generations together for a chance to chat; • An Icebreaker to be remembered; • A first-of-its-kind educational forum featuring 4 leading industry experts; • A Technical Program with a strong emphasis on Deepwater Deposition, Emerging Shelf Trends, and Conventional Plays, but also enough talks on Resource Plays and the Environment to satisfy most discerning attendees; • A Prospect Alley, for those who want to do some wheeling and dealing while attending the convention; • Spouse Program that steeps participants in the charm of South Louisiana, and/or introduces them to some of the tastier treats the area is known for; • An industry sponsored Night at the Science Museum; and • One or two other special events aimed at the Younger Professionals.
Please join us as we combine the best of what Lafayette and our industry has to offer – sharing lessons learned, and passing a good time. See you in October!
Michael J. Quinn