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2019 GCSSEPM Foundation Perkins-Rosen Research Conference

Where were you in 1989?

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Carl Fiduk, Chairman Van Mount, Co-Chair Thomas Hearon, Co-Chair

Salt Tectonics, Associated Processes, and
Exploration Potential: Revisited

December 3–6, 2019

Charles Davidson Hall, Noble Energy
1001 Noble Energy Way, Houston, Texas


The 2019 Perkins-Rosen Research Conference celebrates 30 years of progress in the understanding of all aspects of salt tectonics. The 1989 conference emphasized the basics as interpreted at the time: the origin of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), the extent of autochthonous and allochthonous salt, delineated regional salt provinces, described salt structural styles and internal salt characteristics, and salt-sediment interaction. The focus of the 2019 conference will be on what has been learned from the northern GOM, the southern GOM, and salt basins all around the world over the past 30 years. We want to show what progress has been made in the areas of: 1) seismic data acquisition, processing, and depth imaging, 2) salt-involved kinematic, physical, and numerical modeling, and 3) salt structural styles, three-dimensional geometries, and salt-sediment interaction.

Advancements in our understanding of salt tectonics based on seismic imaging, physical and numerical modeling, geochemistry, and field work, or any new aspect from global locales are welcome.

Most importantly, we want to see examples of diverse salt-related exploration plays, trap styles that have worked (and not worked), and what play types have yet to be tested. In addition, there will be a review of salt-related problems yet to be solved and possibly a panel discussion on the direction of salt tectonics in the future. These topics and more will provide a measure of how far the industry has progressed over the past 30 years in salt-related deformation, and where improvements or advancements may be possible in the next 30 years.

Technical committee leaders and a registration link can be found here.