November Newsletter

November 13th, 2018

Hello Everybody, with the outside temperatures becoming bearable, the economy apparently in full swing, the oil price at around $60-$70, the hurricane season almost behind us, and the mid-term election over – it seems like a great winter is ahead of us!

At the university yet another semester is coming to an end. I am currently teaching a class in Historical Geology and have just started discussing dinosaurs, which means that after their extinction only 66 Million years will be left to talk about – very little on the geological time scale. After having gone through the evolution of our planet through the past 4.6 billion years, it is always a great point of frustration not to be able to see how the story continues until our sun runs out of fuel in about 5 billion years.

Now that the 2018 GCAGS convention just ended, the call for oral and poster abstracts for the 2019 convention in Houston (10/23-10/25/2019) has opened and abstracts are accepted until March 4, 2019 (

In addition to our regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday November 13, in which Barry Gidman will give a talk about shales, we have a second talk scheduled this month in conjunction with the UL Lafayette SEG student chapter on Friday November 30 at 1 pm at the University (Hamilton Hall auditorium 108). The speaker will be the 2018 North America Honorary Lecturer, Dr. Christine Krohn, with a talk about the fidelity of land seismic data. Since the University is closed after 1 pm on Fridays, parking on campus should not pose any problem. We will send out a reminder as time gets closer.

Finally, I would like to encourage everybody to actively participate in our society, come to our luncheon meetings, volunteer for office, help funding student lunches, or help with ideas for speakers, or short courses. We also would like to increase student participation in our meetings, but without sponsorship our finances do not allow for the support of reasonably-priced student lunches.

See you at the meeting!


Welcome back! SWLGS September lunch meeting Tuesday, September 11

September 10th, 2018

Kids are back in school, roads are crowded during the morning commute, days getting shorter, a named storm makes a near miss… I know what you’re thinking:

It must be time for our SWLGS meetings to start up again! And you’d be right. It’s tomorrow Tuesday, September 11, 11:30 AM at the Lafayette Petroleum Club. Isn’t it nice to know you can count on some things?

Have a look at the attached newsletter for the bio of UL’s newest Geology Professor and see what he’ll talk about at our meeting and then come by and meet him in person on Tuesday. Also check out the newsletter for details on the SWLGS/LGS barbecue. We’re changing it up this year. No spoiler here. Read all about it.


Technical Meeting and Luncheon, Tuesday May 8th

May 3rd, 2018

The May SWLGS speaker is Harry Whitlow with a talk entitled “Frontier research at the Louisiana Accelerator Center:
present and future plans”. The luncheon starts on Tuesday 5/8/18 at 11.30 am in the Petroleum Club of Lafayette. Thanks for coming out!

Abstract: The Louisiana Accelerator Center (LAC) is a University Center within the Materials Research
Institute. The Centre is operates a 1.7 MV Pelletron Accelerator which focuses on to materials
research. The purpose of the presentation is to alert practicing geologists, researchers and students of
the work that is ongoing at LAC and future possibilities for investigations and research.
In the rst part of the presentation the tools and methods currently available at LAC are
outlined. These include (i) a MeV ion microprobe, (iii) a system for irradiation with ultra-low
fuxes of protons to simulate the radiation doses that are encountered space travel in Low Earth
orbit and interplanetary missions as well as proton beam cancer therapy and (iii) a system for
high flux irradiation that can be used to simulate exposure of materials to radiation from NORM
(naturally occurring radioactive materials).
The next part of the presentation will discuss some recent work on using the MeV ion microprobe
to identify different phases in metal alloys and rocks by a colocalization technique by using mercury
pathways in dental amalgams and a piece of drill core (provenance unknown) to develop the method.
The nal part will outline new tools that are planed including a unique MeV-SIMS microscope
that can will open unique possibilities for quantitative mapping of speci c inorganic and organic
molecules in geological samples.


Register and pay online for the SWLGS Golf Tournament and/or Crawfish Boil!

April 19th, 2018

Sponsor Level

Please join us for the SWLGS/LGS Crawfish Boil! May 24

April 16th, 2018

This year the SWLGS Crawfish Boil will be held at Arco Equipment headquarters (6100 Highway 90 West, New Iberia, LA) at 530 pm Thursday May 24. Tickets are $15 at the door for folks NOT participating in the golf tournament. The Golf Tournament tees off Friday May 25 at 8:00am at Squirrel Run, New Iberia, LA. See you there!  Sign up sheet is attached for golf participants (four person scramble, shotgun start). golf_entry_form_2018

Technical Meeting, Co-sponsored by LGS, Wednesday 3/21/2017

March 8th, 2018

The March SWLGS speaker is Dr. Carl Fiduk with a talk entitled “A reversal in the roles of salt and sediment in the northern Gulf of Mexico: the rare effect of allochthonous salt advancement and inflation on over-pressured sediment”. The luncheon starts on Wednesday 3/21/2018 at 11.30 am in the Petroleum Club of Lafayette. Thanks for coming out!


In almost every basin in the world that contains evaporites, it is the evaporites which get deformed by sedimentation. A typical simple scenario would be for a) evaporites to be deposited, b) clastic and/or carbonate sediments to be deposited on the evaporites, and c) the evaporites to begin deforming into diapiric and then allochthonous salt features. However, it is possible for the roles of salt and sediment to be reversed. An advancing salt body can provide the load that causes deformation to underlying strata. This unusual reversal of roles has been observed and documented in the deep northern Gulf of Mexico basin. The full abstract is here: 2018 3-22 Lafayette_SaltKeel_abs_Fiduk

Speaker bio: Dr. Carl Fiduk

Carl Fiduk is an independent consultant and owner of Fiduk Consulting, LLC. Carl was previously an explorationist at Gulf Oil, BP, and Freeport McMoran, and Chief Geologist at CGG, CGGVeritas, and WesternGeco. To his clients he provides expertise on petroleum exploration, salt tectonics, marine depositional processes, basin analysis, seismic interpretation, seismic processing, and structural geology. He earned his B.A. and M.S. in geology from the University of Florida, an M.B.A. from The University of Texas
Permian Basin, and a Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from The University of Texas at Austin. He has explored in almost all the major salt basins of the world. He has published just at 100 peer reviewed abstracts/papers and is a past AAPG Distinguished Lecturer.

October 2017 Newsletter

October 6th, 2017


Technical Meeting and Luncheon Tuesday 10/10/2017

October 6th, 2017

The October SWLGS speaker is Tim Bennett with a talk entitled “Foundered Shelf Edges; Seismic Expression of a Frio Example, Louisiana”. The luncheon starts on Tuesday 10/10/2017 at 11.30 am in the Petroleum Club of Lafayette. We hope to see everyone there!

Foundered shelf edges are a geomorphic event that can be sudden in occurrence. They are a result of a rapid shifting of the shelf edge landward. This shift of the shelf edge is a result of a mass wasting of the prior shelf and erosion of underling deposits. Various geologic features are formed with the failure of the shelf into deeper water. These include slump blocks, ramping and erosion. This new mini basin then results in an accommodation space that is filled with slope fans, proximal shore face grain stones and prograding wedges. Capping the sequence is a highstand deposit that is more regional in extent.
Download full abstract here: Abstract Foundered Shelf Edges Bennett SWLGS October 2017

Speaker bio Tim Bennett:


I am a working exploration geologist with 35+ years on the trail. My geologic curiosity began in New Jersey, receiving a BS in Earth Science from Farleigh Dickinson Univ. and then an MS in Geology/Geophysics from Wright State Univ. in Dayton, OH. My work experiences include Union Oil Company for 20+ years, then Independent when oil hit $12.50 back in ’98. I have consulted for numerous companies as an independent since then. Among them I spent six years with Fife Oil Co. and ten years with Orbit Energy, Inc.
My exploration history has focused on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, from the Glenn Rose reef trend to offshore’s deep water Paleogene. I have focused on seismic stratigraphy these last few years with a very large 3D data base I have been fortuned to have at my disposal. I have made numerous presentations of my discoveries and analyses to the geologic societies.
I have been very lucky to be able to give back to the community of future earth scientists. I have had the pleasure of 33 graduate student interns from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette come through my shop over the last eleven years. I am proud to say, most of them are gainfully employed.


Welcome to the 2017/2018 SWLGS Season!

August 10th, 2017


Dear SWGLS Members,

Hello everyone and welcome to the 2017-2018 SWLGS year! I feel very honored serving serving the fourth term as the president of SWLGS. I have had the pleasure of working with our board members Brian Brennan (Vice President and Editor), Tim Bennett (Treasurer), Samantha Leone (Secretary) and Steve Anderson (President-Elect) and many others that donate their time and vision to the well-being of the society. Needless to say we always welcome your input and invite you to participate with the planning and organization of our society.

More news on our society’s functions and activities later.

Carl Richter

President Southwest Louisiana Geophysical Society


Seismic Petrophysics Short Course Update –

October 19th, 2016

A few last minute details:

Class Schedule

We will start the class at 8:00 AM.  Please plan to arrive early to give yourself plenty of time to park, get a cup of coffee and a snack, check emails, and take care of whatever else your morning routine dictates.

We plan to go until about 4:30 PM Thursday, and about noon Friday.



Free parking is available in the Olivier Parking Tower, a short walk away from the UL Student Union, where the class will be held. Parking on campus can be a challenge, so we recommend you take advantage of this perk.  (Campus map attached)

Parking Instructions: Your guests may park in Olivier Parking Tower on the first or second floor using code 1020#, if no spots are available then they may park in the EK Long lot.  

Location of the Class

The class will be held in the Teche Room on the first floor of the UL Student Union. (Building map attached)


Dining and Refreshments

In the interest of keeping class expenses low, we have not arranged for refreshments or meals for the class.  However, there is a Starbucks coffee shop in the Union and there are snacks available there and at other places in the Union.

We will break for lunch on Thursday, but, as mentioned, lunch will not be served for the class attendees.  There are several good, inexpensive choices for lunch within the Student Union.  Campus is a busy place at lunchtime, so if you venture out of the Union for lunch you risk returning late to the class.

If you have any questions please send me an email. 

This should be a great class.  Whether you’re a student or just getting started in the business and need a primer on rock properties and seismic data, or you’ve wrestled with the concepts and realities of tying well log information to seismic data, you should get a lot out of this class.


Thanks for supporting our societies.




Brian Brennan


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