In my previous ‘Editor’s Patch’ on communicating the science and technology of our industry I concentrated on 'What' and 'Why' we should be communicating. I want to now take a look at 'How' 'and the many methods at our disposal.
In this edition of GEO ExPro we look at the methodologies involved and the science behind petroleum geochemistry. Several examples illustrate how timely application of this discipline can potentially save considerable time and substantially reduce the costs of projects.
In October this year, six geoscientists were jailed for not predicting the imminence and severity of the earthquake which hit the Italian town of L’Aquila in April 2009, killing 309 people and leaving thousands homeless. The justice – or injustice – of the sentences is obviously a matter of debate. But there are a number of lessons to be learnt from this tragic story.
Great credit must be given to the many people from both academic and organisational backgrounds who have spent many man-years – and millions of dollars – in continuing to develop these systems. It has often required new and innovative ideas, but also a lot of persistence and basic hard slog.
While many efforts are being made throughout the world to make energy use more efficient and sustainable, the increase in demand will have to be matched at least in part by an increase in supply – and the hydrocarbon industry will have to keep searching and developing technologies to help achieve that growth.