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SC03 Exploration and Development Aspects of Geothermal Energy in Sedimentary Basins

Sponsored by: AAPG Energy Minerals Division and Texas Bureau of Economic Geology

Sunday, 19 June 2022, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Houston, Texas

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This course provides attendees with a comprehensive methodology for well performance analysis with specific focus on unconventional oil and gas. The approach combines the use of several powerful techniques and will illustrate the practical aspects of production data analysis.


Who Should Attend

Managers, geologists, engineers, geophysicists, and other geoscientists interested in learning more about technical aspects of geothermal energy resources and skill sets that are in demand for applications in subsurface geothermal energy development.


By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Define key geologic and thermal concepts relevant to exploration for and development of geothermal resources in sedimentary basins.
  2. Describe the current use cases for geothermal energy and how they differ in scale.
  3. Identify technological approaches being developed by companies to utilize geothermal energy, including co-production with oil & gas resources, engineered geothermal systems, and subsurface hydrothermal.
  4. Explain the current applications of geothermal power in the energy industry, why those are limited, and what the potential is for subsurface geothermal.
  5. Identify opportunities for integration of geothermal power with other resources, including fossil energy sources.
  6. Identify and use existing online databases and tools (from NREL, IGA, and elsewhere).

Course Content

This 1-day course will provide a review of exploration and development aspects of geothermal energy in sedimentary basins.

A variety of topics will be covered, including:

  • Geothermal concepts (geologic features, thermal resources, geothermal play types)
  • geothermal exploration in the subsurface
  • geothermal reservoirs
  • development methods (reuse of O&G wells, engineering systems, subsurface hydrothermal, produced waters heat recovery for direct use)
  • data types from O&G relevant to geothermal prospecting
  • environmental concerns around geothermal development
  • Ken Wisian
  • Nicole Wagoner
  • Ursula Hammes
  • Malcolm Ross
  • Justin Birdwell
  • Ken Wisian
  • Malcolm Ross
  • Ben Burke
  • Kellen Gunderson


Members $300
Non-Members $400
Professionals in Transition $200
Students $100
Room Assignment
George R. Brown Convention Center
Attendee Limit:
30 People


SC03 Exploration and Development Aspects of Geothermal Energy in Sedimentary Basins
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
United States
(713) 853-8000