AMU Poznan Student Chapter of the AAPG

Polish version

3D Reservoir Modeling Workshop - Stephanie Nwoko

On 20th of October (Friday) in AMU Institute of Geology we will host Mrs. Stephanie Nwoko, with a practical computer workshop ('3D Modeling Reservoir Modeling Workshop'). The workshop will take place from 9:00 to 16:00, in the computer room 56.

We are kindly inviting students to participation!

L. Austin Weeks Scholarship

We are pleased to inform, that our chapter have been selected as a scholarship recipient of the 2017 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation L. Austin Weeks Scholarship program. Once again, we received $500 scholarship funds. Competition for this award is high, so we are proud of our achievement. This year the Foundation has received 363 applications from around the world, but only 170 of them have been awarded.

Electoral meeting

Electoral meeting of AMU Poznań Student Chapter of The AAPG was held on 20 June at the Institute of Geology. Our special guest was Jan de Jager, Shell's long-term employee, who's excellent specialist in the field of petroleum geology and currently training professionals from oil & gas industry all around the world. Jan de Jager is also a lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and faculty advisor of the AAPG student chapter at this university. He encouraged students to work actively in our chapter and told about the advantages of taking part in the Imperial Barrel Award competition.

This is executive board for the academic year 2017/2018:

President: Martyna Górska

Vice-president: Ewelina Niklas

Secretary: Paula Hemmerling

Treasurer: Mateusz Ratajczak

Publicity committee: Wiktoria Aulich

Field Trip Committee: Jakub Sauermann

Membership commitee: Patrycja Kwiatoń

Scientific Session in the AMU Institute of Geology

Day following the trip (24 April) our student chapter and the Vice-director of the AMU Institute of Geology organized the scientific session. The speakers were Guido Hoetz "Permian Gasfields in the Netherlands and their importance" (chief geologist in the EBN company), Relu Roban "Provenance of lower Cretaceous arenites from Outer Carpathians - implication in depositional systems reconstruction" (assistant professor at the University of Bucharest) and Contstantin Ungureanu "The use of electric resistivity tomography and near surface seismic methods in geotechnical engineering applications" (assistant at the University of Bucharest). Before the session, the foreign trip participants visited the Meteorite Craters Reserve - an exceptional area of the meteorite fall before ca. 5000 years and Museum of Earth.

Permian of South-Western Poland

Between 19th and 23th of April 2017 our chapter organized "Permian of South-Western Poland" field trip. The major topic of the field trip was Permian geology of the North-Sudetic Synclinorium and Intra-Sudetic Synclinorium, two structural units in the Sudetes Mountains and its Foreland located in the SW Poland.

The group of 32 participants representing reaserchers, professionals and students from Poland (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan), Romania (University of Bucharest and Babes Bolyai University) and the Netherlands (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology and EBN) took part in field trip. Our guide was Dr. Wojciech Śliwiński from the University of Wrocław.

On the first day of the field trip (19th April) we visited two outcrops, Leszczyna and Płóczki Dolne in the North-Sudetic Synclinorium to observe succeeding stages of the Zechstein marine transgression, both are the complex of abandoned quarries. It was the shortest day in the field, because of the large distance we had to cross during this day from the starting point (Poznań).

On the second day we visited the KGHM company Rudna and Polkowice-Sieroszowice mines. It was a great opportunity to see how the Permian rocks look in fresh underground subcrops. Also we take a look at Wielisławka Organs - a rhyolitic volcanities buliding phenomenal wall and Rożana quarry with basaltic andesites with occurrences of agates.

On 21th April we visited two abandoned quarry: Świerzawa and Wojcieszów where are visible fluvial cylothemes and Cambrian methamorphosed limestones. We did a short tour around Bolków medieval castle ruins, and moved to Intra-Sudetic Synclinorium, to outrcrops in Wałbrzch (in the past .a big center of coal-mining) and to quarry Czarny Bór - Grzędy with Rotliegend-age trachyandesites .

In the evening, we had an oral session with eight talks. It was composed of two parts: the first, student session concerned mainly our M.Sc theses and topics associated with educational courses and second - presentations of professionals.

On 22th April we visited several inactive quarries: Nowa Ruda-Bieganów, Tłumaczów and Golińsk we had an opportunity to look at several different rock types of Rotliegend: mudstones, sandstones, conglomeratic and also succession of volcanic and pyroclastic rocks.

Łączna - the Czartowskie Skały (the Devilish Rocks) was a picturesque set of outcrops built by the Lower Triassic arcose sandstones. The last point of the day - Kochanów was the outcrops of massive dolomites which are interpreted to have primary travertine orgin. After the geological stops, we visited magnificent Krzeszów monastery - the pearl of Silesian baroque architecture.

On the last day of the field trip, we visited Radków which is an exposure built of clastic rocks with limestone intercalations interpreted as caliche deposits. The last point of the field trip was Karłów in the Stołowe Mountains, i. e. "the Table Mountains", we did a touristic trail to the Szczeliniec Wielki, the highest peak of the range (919 m a.s.l.) the weather surprised us! Nobody expected a snowfall in the end of a April!

"Integration of geology and geophysics in hydrocarbon exploration and field development" - Carlos Aizprúa (Statoil)

On 10th of April, we had an honor to host AAPG Visiting Geoscientist lecturer - Mr. Carlos Aizprúa (Statoil) with topic "Integration of geology and geophysics in hydrocarbon exploration and field development."

The visit started with a lecture, where in detail, but in very understandable way, the speaker told us about integration of geological and geophysical data in the search for hydrocarbons. We learned about the conditions that are needed to create the oil&gas deposits.

Information from the lecture were needed for the next point of the lecture - a short workshop, which was new in the series of AAPG VG. The main task was choice of the most prospective concession block based on several maps showing the depth level of reservoir rocks, source rocks, sedimentary environment and distribution of the source rocks. As Mr. Carlos himself said it was a participation in the Imperial Barrel Award competition within 30 minutes based on already prepared data.

Thank you so much for visiting us and efforts which you put into it Mr. Carlos Aizpura, you are welcome again!

Permian of South-Western Poland

On 19-23.04 we organized an international field trip entitled " "Permian of South-Western Poland", during trip we had occasion to look at rocks of two troughs: Intra-Sudetic and North-Sudetic moreover we visited KGHM mines. In this event 32 participants took part, students from Poland and Romania and specialists and students from the Netherlands. The trip was led by an experienced researcher, Dr Wojciech Śliwiński. More information and a detailed description of our field trip soon!


Workshop "What a geologist can play with at the rig"

On April 8th we had a pleasure to host M. Sc. Michał Filipiak, a specialist from The Polish Oil and Gas Company Department in Poznań. Mr. Filipiak's classes, entitled "What a geologist can play with at the rig", gave students great opportunity to catch sight of how everyday duties look like at the rig. Two demanding exercises were there to be accomplished: microscopic description of cuttings, according to specified criteria and macroscopic description of drilling cores.

Thank you for coming to us, looking at photos you can deduce that workshop was very successful :)

Lecture "Predictions of fractures in petroleum reservoirs".

On Friday (31.03) Sarah Weihmann (University of Aberdeen) visited us with a lecture entitled "Predictions of fractures in petroleum reservoirs". Sarah presented us in what field of science knowledge about fractures and their direction is important and who & why use it in practice. Also we had a chance to look how Mohr circle is used in practice application.

Thank you so much for coming to us - we will be happy to meet you again!

"Integration of geology and geophysics in hydrocarbon exploration and field development" - Carlos Aizprúa (Statoil)

We invite you to the lecture of AAPG Visiting Geoscientist program. We have the honor to host Mr. Carlos Aizprúa (Statoil) with the lecture "Integration of geology and geophysics in hydrocarbon exploration and field development". The lecture will take place on Monday (10.04) at 10:30 in room 14.

The lectures from the series "Visiting Geoscientists" represent a very high level, invited guests are the best specialists in their field of interests, we hope that you will not miss our lecture!

Visit to drilling rig - Rokietnica 5H

On March 21 members of our chapter visited drilling rig of Rokietnica 5H (Polish Oil and Gas Mining) which is held in Przybroda near Poznan. Coordinators of the trip were Monika Szokaluk and Ewelina Niklas.

At first the participants were learned on safety at the drilling site, learned about the parameters of the hole, drilling and history of the gas deposit underneath.

An important element of the trip was the sighting of the drilling rig itself, with the possibility of observing the work of the drillers during the removal of the pipes. They visited an electrician who told us what happens during a power failure and when power generators are needed on a drilling rig.

Geophysicists from Torun presented methods of geophysical investigation, used on drilling and how the actual information about drilling is displayed.

Expert of the drilling fluid (mud), showed how mud are used and what tests are done before the mud is used in the hole.

The geologist who worked there presented the lithological situation in the area and presented samples of the cuttings that had been selected from the hole. He showed ways of storing the material and told about problems with precise measurement of the thickness of the lithological layers. This was the last point of departure, after which participants after a short walk back to Poznan.

Thank you for the opportunity to visit the drilling rig for Polish Oil and Gas Company workers!

Participation in the Imperial Barrel Award 2017

On March 8th, through Munich, our team went to Prague to finish 8 weeks of hard work. Hour zero was at 10:45 on Thursday. Presentations were held at the same time in two separate rooms, in front of two teams of the jury. The judging panel consisted of the best specialists from oil&gas companies from all over the world: Shell, Saudi Aramco, Total, Exxon Mobil, Nexen, MOL, LGO Energy and the native PGNiG, represented by PhD Jaromir Probulski. Despite of pressure, the presentation of the members of our chapter was successful, they also fit in the assigned time (25 min). Behind the scenes they heard the words of appreciation, according to unofficial sources one of the judges evaluated the presentation on the second place in the presentation room. According to the rules of the competition, only after the performance it was possible to observe other teams presentation. Finally, we do not know the occupied space - the three best teams were honored.

18 teams from all over the Europe participated in the competition: France, Great Britain, Russia, Norway, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Ukraine, Ireland and the Netherlands. The level was very high and off level. It was an amazing experience for participants to see how other college students are doing in the field of petroleum geology. The best team was Hungarian Eotvos Lorand from Budapest. Congratulations and we wish you good luck in Houston! The second place was London Royal Holloway team, while the third team was from Amsterdam. After announcing the results, all participants and judges had a chance to celebrate a competition in a traditional Czech restaurant. The event was celebrated with folk dances and songs, Dr. Jaromir Probulski gave a show of his vocal skills :) We strongly recommend taking part in the competition for all younger colleagues. It is really worth the time, as knowledge gained will be useful for future work in the profession :)

We sincerely thanks all who were symphatic of our team, especially Karolina Buszkiewicz, Mrs. Monika Kallista and the PGNiG Foundation - without the help of the Foundation the participation would not be possible. In addition, big thank you to our experts Norbert Smaler and Paweł Ryder as well as the tutor Dr. Wojciech Stawikowski.

Predictions of fractures in petroleum reservoirs

We invite you to Sarah Weihmann lecture (University of Aberdeen, specializing in oil & gas geology). The title is "Predictions of fractures in petroleum reservoirs" - the speech will be related to the doctoral thesis written by the speaker. It will take place on Friday (31.03) at 15:30 in room 11.

During our next event Teresa Zawierucha (Polish Oil and Gas Company), will have a lecture about modern methods during prospecting in the area of Polish Lowlands. It will be a great opportunity to hear about them from an experienced person from the industry.

Our new event!

January 7th, 2017

The theme will be of depositional facies and processes of thick-layered sandstone flysch Carpathian. The results of the study are contained in a master's thesis, established in 2015. at the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, University of Science and Technology in Krakow.

Introduction will present the issues discussed in the engineering work, which reviewed the sedimentation processes leading to the formation of reservoir rocks for oil and gas in the deep sea environment.

Visiting Geoscientist of the AAPG - Dr. Berend Van Hoorn

December 5th, 2016

Thank you for participation in the lecture. We thank as well Mr. Van Hoorn for supporting us with new knowledge in an interesting and very communicative way. The lecture was particularly interesting because showed to us geological structures from almost every place of our planet.

Below, there are photos from this AAPG Visiting Geoscientist event.

Organizational Meeting

December 5th, 2016

On Thursday, November 17th an organizational meeting of the chapter took place. We discussed the current issues and plans of our chapter for the next year. Mateusz Szczepanik - a field trip section coordinator in our chapter, presented a lecture entitled "From a grain to black gold, a scientific trip to Romania 2016" he talked about event which was organized together with the Student Geological Society of AMU in last semester (April).

Besides, during the meeting ambassadors of the Geotalent Programme by held the PGNiG company organized a short quiz about Oil&Gas industry. Congratulations to the winners: Szymon Belzyt, Martyna Górska, Kinga Waśko and Patryk Najder!

Visiting Geoscientist of the AAPG - Dr. Berend Van Hoorn - invitation

November 18th, 2016

We kindly invite students, postgraduates and academics to the lecture of one of the greatest geologists of oil industry, held under the "Visiting Geoscientist" program - Mr. Berend Van Hoorn, titled "Structural setting of turbidite systems: a global comparison".

It will take place on November 23th Wednesday between 11: 30-13: 00 in room 61, it will involve the presence of a hydrocarbon reservoir in the deep sea sediments. In addition, the speaker will present his views on the future specialists in the field of Earth sciences in the oil industry.

4th AAPG Leadership days - Miszkolc, Segedyn

Posted by Aleksandra Kaczmarek & Rafał Kiełczewski •  November 10th, 2016

On 19-24 July 2016, Hungary hosted an international meeting of student members from AAPG chapters. It was organized by AAPG Szeged Student Chapter and AAPG Szeged Student Chapter. From the Poznań SC of the AAPG there were two students of the third and second year, respectively (Aleksandra Kaczmarek and Rafał Kiełczewski).

The meeting took place in two Hungarian cities: Szeged and Miskolc, and therefore it was divided into two parts. The first one was based on lectures about modeling of hydrocarbon fields. It was complemented with the visit in the Mineralogical Museum of Szeged University. It took place in Szeged beatuful major city in the south-east of Hungary.

To the meeting as instructors there were invited Dr. Stuart Harker from Edinburgh and other experts, including Hungarian geologists: Janos Blaho (with the lecture "Geology of Algyő HC field") and Gergely Dabi ("The role of fluid inclusions in basin-modeling"). The second part of the event was devoted to presentation of the geology of the Bükk Mountains, located in the north of Hungary.

The program also included a tour to a storage room for drill-cores, and to the gas mine. In addition to the scientific and educational purposes of the meeting it was also organized for integration of chapters and students representing them. The event created also for the participants the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the culture of Hungary. We are very grateful and we thank for the invitation. We really liked the meeting and for sure it will be remembered by us for a long time.



May 3rd, 2016

On 14-16 April 2016 a group of students from our chapter: Jakub Biały, Mirosław Krowiarz, Mirella Ligarzewska, Weronika Miklaszewska, Piotr Palacz, Monika Szokaluk i Klaudia Walczak, took part in GEOSPHERE 2016, which is an annual geophysical workshop & conference for G&G students. This time workshops were organized in North part of Poland, in Gdynia, by Student Geophysical Society Geophone from AGH University of Science and Technology and Student Geological Society of Gdańsk University.

During this workshops, the participants took part in workshops and lectures, which were led by specialists from universities and industry. Two members of our chapter presented their presentation: Weronika Miklaszewska: Surprising Geology - what kind of puzzle rocks are making for us during the well logging interpretation and Klaudia Walczak with a poster: Characteristic of detritic heavy minerals from Middle Triasic carbonate rocks from Racibowice Górne (Lower Silesia) - origin of terigenic material.

We are grateful for an organization of such a great event and we are waiting for next edition, which will take place next year!

"Various aspects of geological structure on the basis of selected methods of measuring well logging"

April 28th, 2016

On the 8th of April 2016 Mrs Wieslawa Romaniuk presented a lecture titled "Various aspects of geological structure on the basis of selected methods of measuring well logging". The meeting with specialist who has longstanding work experience gained in Geofizyka Torun was great opportunity to broaden the knowledge about the geophysics researches. The lecturer analyzed the results of measurement but also shown geophysicist work as fascinating and surprising.

Thank to everyone for coming to the lecture.

3rd Annual Student Energy Conference

Posted by J. Biały •  March 28, 2016

On 9-12 March 2016, at University of Zagreb 3rd Annual Student Energy Conference took place. Two students from our University participated, Joanna Wawrzyniak and member of our AAPG chapter - Jakub Biały.

Both of them participated in poster sessions. Jakub's poster "The potential for unconventional resources of hydrocarbons in Poland, initial drilling results and future outlook" won 2nd place, Joanna's poster "Hydrogeological aspects of shale gas extraction - protecting groundwater during hydraulic fracturing" won 3d place. Posters are available for viewing at the our Institute of Geology.

The Conference brings together some of the best students and young professionals to discuss the latest news and developments in the energy world, with a strong emphasis on the oil & gas industry, but also included topic of geothermal energy and environmental protection.

Also it was great opportunity to meet people interested in this topic from all around the world.

We encourage all members of our chapter to this kind of activity!

We kindly invite you to take part in another event organized by AMU Poznań Student Chapter of the AAPG. Ph.D Stuart Harker will present two lectures: Geoscientists Roles in the Search for Petroleum and Still "Life in the Old Dog", Examples of Field Rejuvenation.

It is a unique possibility to meet a petroleum geologist with international experience. We will start on Thursday 10th December at 3 p.m.

"Geology of the Polish Carpathians - an international field trip to the European roots of the oil industry"

Posted by P. Palacz •  June 6, 2015

"Geology of the Polish Carpathians - an international field trip to the European roots of the oil industry" organized by AMU Poznań Student Chapter of the AAPG took place on 6th - 10th of May in Carpathians in the southern parts of Poland.

Students from Eötvös Loránd University from Budapest, University of Manchester, University of Aberdeen, AGH University of Science and Technology from Cracow and Adam Mickiewicz University from Poznań gathered all together to discover geology of Polish Carpathians and historical origins of oil & gas industry in Europe. At the beginning of our journey in the western parts of the Tatra Mountains we had a chance to observe and study different sequences of overlapping sedimentary rocks.

On the following day in the Outer Carpathians we have been studying flysch sediments that appeared to be very good reservoir rocks for hydrocarbons and right after an improvement of weather conditions we climbed on the highest peak in Bieszczady Mountains - Tarnica.

On the third day we visited Ignacy Łukasiewicz Museum in Bóbrka, where evidences of the very beginnings of oil & gas industry were still present. In the afternoon we took part in the oral session where our special guests and students had a chance to show their presentations. Later on we all enjoyed time spent together around a bonfire.

On the last day we took part in a long field trip organized by students from AGH University of Science and Technology from Cracow, during which we have seen an enormous outcrop in Rudawka Rymanowska and much more.

All in all it was a great experience, unforgettable field trip that gave us lots of memories worth remembering and a new point of view on geology of Polish Carpatians.All in all it was a great experience, unforgettable field trip that gave us lots of memories worth remembering and a new point of view on geology of Polish Carpatians.


Field trip to Lubiatów

May 12, 2015

On 6th May, 2015 the group of our members (2nd and 3rd year students) lead by Monika Szokaluk (PhD student, former President of the AMU PSC) visited the Lubiatów 11H borehole and Lubiatów Oil & Gas Mine (PGNiG Zielona Góra). The trip was organized by M. Dokowicz and J. Sauermann in cooperation with Mr. Jakub Siewko (Geology and Exploitation Department, PGNiG).

Firstly, students visited the oil rig. They were observing a drilling equipment and watching how wellsite geologists, mud loggers and geophysicists work.

Then, the group moved only a few kilometers to visit the biggest oil and gas processing plant in Poland - Lubiatów mine. They learnt about the natural gas and oil processing and the transportation infrastructure.

During the field trip to Lubiatów, our members learnt a lot interesting technical things about oil & gas exploitation and improved their professional skills.

We'd like to thank the Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) for the opportunity to organize the field trip.


GIS application in petroleum geology workshops "Structural surfaces modeling in ArcGIS" led by Rafał Kudrewicz (Geology and Extraction Department, Polish Oil and Gas Company)

Posted by S. Belzyt •  March 16, 2015

"Reservoir engineering in petroleum industry" expert's lecture - Mr Mariusz Dziadkiewicz (PGNiG)

Posted by W. Miklaszewska •  March 16, 2015

On 11 March, 2015 Mr. Mariusz Dziadkiewicz (Head of Reservoir Engineering Division, Geology and Exploitation Department, Polish Oil and Gas Company) gave an expert's lecture titled "Reservoir engineering in petroleum industry". Mr. Dziadkiewicz presented some crucial technical and practical problems connected to reservoir management from a professional point of view.

We would like to thank our guest for a very interesting lecture!

Geotalent Ambassadors' Welcome Day

Posted by W. Miklaszewska •  February 6, 2015

GeoTalent is an educational program organized by Polish Oil and Gas Company. In this year five Geology students of our Institute (and also our chapter members) joined to ambassadors group. They are Szymon Belzyt, Paulina Kotlarek, Weronika Miklaszewska, Paweł Ryder and Klaudia Walczak.

On Friday, 30th January 2015 took place a Welcome Day for them. They had a workshops with Mrs Karolina Buszkiewicz, which is a program coordinator and Mrs Anna Gołębiowska from Strategy Department, PGNiG either with Mrs Sylwia Łubek from HR Department, PGNiG. During the appointment, ambassadors were acquaint with a structure of PGNiG company and with the exercises, with are connected with their function. On the pause between the workshops, ambassadors had guided guests around the Museum of Earth which is located on Collegium Geographicum. There our guests saw a collection of minerals and meteorites with "MemorSS" - the biggest iron meteorite in the Middle - Eastern Europe.


Anniversary Appointment with Field Trips and Presentations - Jeziory, Poland

Posted by W. Miklaszewska •  February 6, 2015

On 20th January 2015 we were celebrating 3rd anniversary of our chapter. On this occasion, we organized Anniversary Appointment with Field Trips and Presentations, which took place in Jeziory between January 23th and 25th.

We listened lectures of Szymon Belzyt, Weronika Miklaszewska, Jakub Zięciak, Mikołaj Kowalczyk, our advisor Dr Wojciech Stawikowski. We also took part in Paweł Ryder workshop. Either we went to a field trip to The National Park of Wielkopolska and The Museum of Nature which lies inside the park. We also spent a nice time on integration games and had a great fun.

List of our presentations:
Szymon Belzyt - Petroleum exploration workflow
Weronika Miklaszewska - Hazards connected with natural gas exploitation
Jakub Zięciak - Salt caverns as a Natural Gas storage facilities
Mikołaj Kowalczyk - The application of NMR method to petrophysical analyse
Dr Wojciech Stawikowski - Structural petroleum traps in geological cartography - an example of interpretation
Paweł Ryder - Practical aspects of borehole data application.


Dialogue and informational campaign "Together about shales"

Posted by W. Miklaszewska •  February 6, 2015

On Friday, 9th January 2015 we took part in Mrs Violetta Kurkiewicz - Zajączkowska lecture: "Dialogue and informational campaign "Together about shales". Summary of Dialogue Committee works in Lębork district, pomorskie voivodeship".

During the presentation our guest introduced us in problems connected with searching unconventional hydrocarbon deposits from local government perspective and relations on inhabitant - industry - local government line.