AMU Poznan Student Chapter of the AAPG

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Geophere 2014

Posted by P. Ryder •  May 20, 2014

“Geosphere” is an annual geophysical workshop&conference for G&G students. This year the event was organized by Student Geophysical Society “GEOPHONE” from AGH University of Science and Technology and took place in Krosno and Iwonicz, between April 26th and 29th. Six of our chapter's representatives: Wiktoria Janicka, Mikołaj Kowalczyk, Paulina Kotlarek, Jacek Piotr Kubalski, Weronika Miklaszewska and Paweł Ryder took part in this event.

Krosno and Iwonicz are a part of important region for the Polish petroleum industry where oil and gas (conventional) is produced from flysch succession. At the beginning of 20th century this region belonged to the huge petroleum province called Borysław-Drohobycz Petroleum Province. Bóbrka and surrounding places were one of the biggest areas where hydrocarbons were produced with application of new and innovative techniques. During that time, Poland was the third-place country in oil production. Development of area is a merit of an outstanding activist - Ignacy Łukasiewicz who made the first distillation of crude oil together with Jan Zeh.

At the student session our members presented their presentation:
Mikołaj Kowalczyk: The application of NMR method to petrophysical analyse
Paulina Kotlarek: Geological structure of Mesozoic in Mid-Polish Through inverse zone based on seismic imaging
Jacek Piotr Kubalski: The review of use the OpendTect software to seismic interpretation
Weronika Miklaszewska: Desulfurization of natural gas
Paweł Ryder: The application of dipmeter logging to determine the internal geometry of sedimentary rocks

Geosphere workshop&conference programme consisted of lectures and presentations by students and companies representatives during day one. Next day we had chance to participate in seismicand resistivity data acquisition along Lubatówka River embankments in Krosno and we took tour to Museum of Polish Petroleum Industry in Bóbrka where we were able to see former and current methods used in petroleum industry. After returning to hotel, we were working on processing of previously acquired data. Day three started in investigation of old fortifications located mowadays under main city square of Krosno by both gravimeter and georadar methods. Influence of old buried well to gravimeter measurements also was the topic of our quest. Visiting in Exxalo Drilling Service and Geofizyka Kraków S.A. outpost in Krosno was another interesting afternoon tour. Last day of "Geosphere" was an opportunity to attend a seminar prepared by professionals from PGNiG S.A. and Paradigm.


Field Sedimentology Workshop on Bornholm (30.04.-04.05.2014)

Posted by F. Bielicki •  May 16, 2014

Bornholm, a small Danish Island in the Baltic Sea, ca. 90 km north from the Polish coast. Small, but surprisingly rich in geological treasures… and network of bike routes. We couldn’t have spent last long May weekend in the other way than take our bikes, bags and land there.

Participants-mixture of AMU Poznań Student Chapter of the AAPG and University of Silesia Student Geological Society members. Base camp was estabilished in Åkirkeby, in the south central part of the island.

The island is a mosaic of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, moreover Bornholm is located exactly in the place where one can jump from EEC to the Paleozoic Platform (ca. 1,0 Ga hiatus), in the other words the Teisseyre-Tornquist Line is available on the surface. We also took advantage of the Quarry in the vicinity with its world-class exposure of wave-rippled sandstones-ancient seafloor (Lower Cambrian Balka Formation) with unknown kind of ichnofauna.

Next stop was devoted to the Cambrian Alum Black Shales with tremendous carbonate concretions exposed along the Lså River. High boots are probably preferred but we managed to touch that outcrop. Triassic strata at Riesbæk beach and Sose Bugt Formation (and beautiful southern white-sand beach) with high-resolution paralic sequence stratigraphy were the points of longer discussions.

A short visit in Skelbro Quarry explained by the Ordovician Skelbro and Komstad Limestone accompanied by various trilobites as well as Orthoceras was the last part of that day.


“Let’s go north”-we decided, thus the northernmost parts of Bornholm were quickly reached. Although this area consists of crystalline rocks, the coastal cliffs, lighthouse and quick look at Swedish coast were very tempting. After that Hasle beach extinguished our sedimental thirst-Jurassic Hasle Formation with succession of hummocky cross stratified sandstones were incredible.

Furthermore, we landed at the place called Galgeløkken with the Jurassic Rønne Formation sandstones representing wonderful tidal channels, bars and tidal flat deposits in regressive setting. We believe that the outcrop must be some of the best in the world! Next outcrop we logged was a nice exposure of the Upper Cretaceous Arnager Limestone (chalkmounds) and glauconitic greensand. One can also find there small shark teeth. The last stop was the Lower Cretaceous deposists at Madsegrav (Robbedale and Jydegård Formation) of shoreface, barrier, back-barrier and lagoonal environments.

Before the ferry we had visited Bornholm Natural History Museum which is really worth recommending. We do have hope to continue this workshop and land on Bornholm soon!


Poznan Science and Art Festival

Posted by W. Miklaszewska •  April 15, 2014

Science and Art Festival (Poznański Festiwal Nauki i Sztuki) is an annual event of all universities of Poznan and an amazing oppotrunity to meet school-age students. It is also a chance to introduce them to different branches of science, including geology.

This year, the 9th of April, both AMU Poznań Student of Chapter of the AAPG and Student Geological Society of AMU took part in this big event. Members of our chapter led two workshops dedicated to petroleum geology. The first one, was titled "Oil and gas: how to become an oil sheik", led by Ewelina Krzyżak and Filip Bielicki. During this workshop, they acquainted the participants with general information about hydrocarbons, history of petroleum industry, exploration and production. In the practical part, together with high school students, they played a role of petroleum geologists, who wanted to find oil and gas play.

The second workshop, "Shale gas: will Poland be the second USA?", was led by Weronika Miklaszewska and Sławomir Żabierek. The participants were introduced to the subject of unconventional resources, i.a. shale oil and gas exploration, hydraulic fracturing and the Polish shale gas plays. After the lecture, they led the exercise during which the participants, based on different kinds of geologic data, had to choose the place and select the license, which could allow them to explore for shale gas.

It is worth mentioning that our chapter members also organized other workshops, which were not devoted to petroleum geology.

We would like to thank all the participants, who took part in the workshops, asked inquiring questions and rose their voice in the debates. We also would like to invite you to the next edition!


Lecture: "Desulfurization of natural gas"

Posted by F. Bielicki •  April 14, 2014

On Monday, April 7th, we had a pleasure to participate in a lecture "Desulfurization of natural gas" by Weronika Miklaszewska, our chapter member. The lecture was devoted to technology of natural gas desulfurization in Poland and in the World, its advantages and disadvantages as well as criteria of the method selection. Besides that, we were provided with information about utilization, storage of sour natural gas as well as Claus process. Discussion about the methods, technologies and role of extracted sulfur also took place.


Rock the Shale - unconvetionally about shales

Posted by I. Czarnecka •  March 19, 2014

Rock the Shale was an event addressed to geology students as well as non-geology students, who are intrested in shale gas&oil problem. First day programme of conference consisted of lectures presented by both Polish and foreign experts. During the second day of the event we had a chance to take part in workshops focused on i.a. seismic interpretation, sweet spots identification or using GIS in geology.

Rock the Shale was organized by Applied Tectonics Study Group of Warsaw University.

Imperial Barrel Award 2014 European Final

Posted by S. Żabierek •  March 10, 2014

They have just come back! Our representatives on AAPG Fundation IBA 2014 contest have arrived from this years European Final which held in Prague.

    "That was great opportunity for us to gain new experiences,       learn new methods and to compete with teams from all over         the Europe."

say agreebly AMU PSC's team members: Filip Bielicki, Szymon Belzyt, Ewelina Krzyżak, Paweł Ryder and Sławek Żabierek. Teams from England, Scotland, France, Russia, the Netherlands, Norway, the Ukraine, Croatia, Romania, Ireland, Austria, Portugal, Italy, Hungary and - the first time since 2011 - Poland, competed with each other with their presentations prepared after two months of serious and strenuous work on exploration project. The speech was judged astringently by the panel of experts - representatives of the biggest oil & gas companies, who also asked inquisitive and detailed questions.

After two days of students' presentations judges chose the best three teams:
    1st Place: IFP School
    2nd Place: University of Manchester
    3rd Place (tie): University of Aberdeen & University of Stavanger



L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant a second time in Poznań

Posted by F. Bielicki •  March 1, 2014

No days off!

We are proud to announce that our chapter member Mikołaj Kowalczyk has been awarded The L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant Program 2013-14, issued by the AAPG Foundation. Congratulations!

It's worth to mention that member of AMU PSC got this grant second time in the row, what makes us proud!

Core and cuttings description workshop by Michał Filipiak

Posted by W. Janicka •  February 10, 2014

On Saturday the 1st of February 2014 AMU Poznań Student Chapter of the AAPG has organized consecutive workshop which was destined to description of drill cores and cuttings. The course was chaired by an adept petroleum geologist, worker of the PGNiG SA, Mr Michał Filipiak. During our meeting, we found out how proper description of samples and cores should look like. We also learned what optical features crude oil has in UV light or we were introduced to methods of differentiation of gypsum and anhydrite.

We would like to thank to Mr Michał Filipiak for time he spent with us and helped us to focus on interesting problems


"Hydrocarbons"- Lecture by Chemistry Scientific Students' Society of AMU

Posted by Paweł Ryder •  January 20, 2014

On Wednesday, the 15th of January 2014 members of AMU Poznań Student Chapter of the AAPG listened to the presentation of Anna Jenczak and Adam Zarecki (representatives from Chemistry Scientific Students' Society of AMU). The main topic of meeting was the nature of the Hydrocarbons. Everyone from the audience was acknowledged with the extraction and processing techniques in industry from chemical point of view. After the presentation, the discussion has begun and was focused mainly on the new extraction processes of CO2, shale gas-fracturing (and its influence on environment) and preparation of mud fluid and its chemistry. We are glad that we could draw on the cooperation with another students' society.


AMU PSC in Imperial Barrel Award!

Posted by S. Żabierek •  December 20, 2013

Now that official! We are pleased to announce that our chapter's members will participate in Imperial Barrel Award Competition 2014. Filip Bielicki, Szymon Belzyt, Ewelina Krzyżak, Paweł Ryder and Sławomir Żabierek form a team which will be representing us on this remarkable competition.

A European Region Final will be held in 6-8 March 2014 in Prague. Our mates have to prepare prospect of basin evaluation by analyze a dataset contain geology, geophysics, land, production infrastructure, and other relevant materials. After the eight weeks of work each team must deliver their results in a 25 minute presentation to a panel of industry experts.
Check out all participating teams!

IBA is great opportunity to work with real dataset using professional tools using in petroleum industry. Winning of european Region Final of IBA is a ticket to world's final in Huston TX, USA and compete with teams from all over the world.

We wish our representatives best of luck!

Visit at Lisewo borehole

Posted by M. Sabik, K. Borowczyk  •  December 2, 2013

AMU PSC Of AAPG trip to Lisewo boreholes went down in history thanks to our colleague Szymon Belzyt. 30th November 2013 by courtesy of Exalo Drilling S.A. we had an opportunity to visit a derrick which conducts directional drilling to gas-bearing Rotliegend layers.

After having received a short lesson on keeping the safety rules and potential hazards we started sight- seeing. We learnt about the character and work conditions on a drilling platform, how the drilling equipment works and the duties of specific services. Moreover, we even visited a core warehouse, where we could see rock specimens from three kilometers below the ground. The drilling crew told us also about hazard identification, risk assessment and reaction in emergency conditions.

We would like to pay tribute to Exelo Drilling S.A. for the opportunity to visit the rig. Our thanks goes especially to Mr. Piotr Jesionowski, who helped us with this trip and to Mr. Bartłomiej Zadworny and other company workers who devoted their time and showed us the gas rig. Our deepest thanks goes to Mr. Piotr Zieliński from Geofizyka Toruń - without his help and support our trip would not have taken place.


St. Barbara's day's trip to ¦lęża!

Posted by S. Belzyt  •  November 25, 2013

AMU Students Geological Society and AMU PSC Of AAPG invite all students for a trip organised becouse of St. Barbara's day, which will be held in 13th to 15th of december 2013. The main aim of this trip is a wonderfull Mount ¦lęża situated in Sudetic Foreland.

Get more info!

Jan de Jager in Poznan - AAPG Visiting Geoscientist Program

Posted by I. Czarnecka  •  November 20, 2013

On November 18th a long awaited guest arrived to our University. We had a great pleasure to host professor Jan de Jager, an exploration geologist with 31-year experience of work in Shell, where as a principle technical expert, he was responsible for the global consistency and quality of risk and volume assessments of all of Shell’s exploration prospects and projects.

He conducted for us “Risk & Volume assessment for Hydrocarbon exploration” workshop, which proved to be a very instructive event. Thanks to professor de Jager, the chapter members, students from AMU Institute of Geology and many professionals including PGI-NRI, PGNiG or University of Gdańsk had a chance to learn the basics of risk and volume assessment problem through working on data and practicing real problems.

Our chapter organized a meeting thanks to AAPG Visiting Geoscientist Program.

More extended relation will be posted soon.


New website design

Posted by S. Żabierek  •  November 20, 2013

Today our website gain new design! We hope you'll like it. All old posts and events are still here, but there are some new's. The new bookmark "Compendium" occured, which is not ready yet, but soon it will be completely updated. If you have any questions or problems, please contact our webmaster

We would also like to thank to Paweł Owczarek, who created and designed the recent version of website.

Conference Shale Gas as a Bridge Energy Carrier – from Fossil Fuels to Green Energy

Posted by F. Bielicki  •  November 13, 2013

On November 12, a group of the chapter members participated in the conference "Shale Gas as a Bridge Energy Carrier – from Fossil Fuels to Green Energy" organized by the Polish Geological Institute-NRI and EuroGeoSurveys. The conference was held in the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw. The event was rich in significant speakers-representatives of European geological surveys and politics who presented the scope of their countries' approach to the subject of unconventional hydrocarbons.

More info on conference's website

First meeting in 2013/14 academic year

Posted by S. Żabierek  •  October 29, 2013

In 28th October 2013 first chapter meeting in new academic year took place. Beyond the members who was involved in our chapter life in last year, some fresh faces participated in the meeting. Presentation shown by Chapter's president treated about opportunities and benefits related to beeing the member of the world's largest professional geological society. Our plans and objective for forthcoming year were discused and presented. Important part of meeting was acknowlegements to Monika Szokaluk, our ex-president who was in charge in 2012-1013 AY.

New Board

Posted by S. Żabierek  •  October 1, 2013

Since October 1st 2013 new board started to run. Following Chapter Members were chosen to the board:

President - Filip Bielicki
Vice-president - Szymon Belzyt
Secretary - Izabela Krechowicz
Treasurer - Mikołaj Kowalczyk

Heads of committee:
Publicity Committee - Ewelina Krzyżak
Field Trip Committee - Sławomir Żabierek
Membership Committee - Marcin Najdzion

Board's members in pdf_icon file you can find here, or check our membership bookmark.