BSRG Annual General Meeting - Keele 2015

The 54th British Sedimentological Research Group (BSRG) Annual General Meeting was held at Keele University from the 19th – 22nd December 2015. The conference kicked off with the reservoir quality workshop, run by Badley Ashton, covering what reservoir quality is, how to approach it and the controls upon reservoir quality. Sunday commenced with a fieldtrip to Castleton run by The University of Manchester. The fieldtrip examined the Carboniferous depositional system which forms the elements of the East Midlands petroleum system, the facies equivalent to the Bowland shale, which is the UK’s main shale gas target.

Fieldtrip to Castleton: looking at the Dinantian Platform Carbonates and Palaeokarst at Windy Knoll

The core workshop also ran on Sunday and looked at interactions on different scales of fluvial-aeolian environments. This was run as a joint venture between the BGS and Imperial College London. You can download the Core Workshop Hanbook here.

Core workshop: examining a fluvial and aeolian core

Sunday evening saw the Ice Breaker commenced at Keele University’s Sustainability Hub with the majority of the 213 delegates attending.

The interaction of sedimentologists at Sunday’s icebreaker!

Monday saw the kick-off of the main events, and academic forward-thinking research was displayed with 40+ talks and 45 posters. To start, Professor Mark Ormerod, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, officially opened the conference. Next we heard from our first keynote for the event Philip Richards, BGS with his talk entitled Can we create a brighter future for the UK petroleum industry? The conference then separated into the traditional parallel sessions which where suggested by the membership and included linked depositional systems, reservoir quality and diagenesis, teaching of sedimentology and the characterisation of mudstone-rich successions which was jointly hosted with the Clay Minerals Group.

The first keynote session of the BSRG AGM 2015 by Philip Richards, BGS.

Following the afternoon break we heard from our second keynote speaker Gary Nichols (How to build a fluvial succession: think lobes as well as valleys) of Nautilus. The sessions then broke back into the parallel session for fluvial sedimentology: from channel to basin-scale processes controls and architecture and deep water systems: processes and products. This was followed by the AGM meeting (download the Chair presentation here) and the poster session.

The second keynote session of the BSRG AGM 2015 by Gary Nichols, Nautilus.

That evening saw the conference dinner held within the majestic Keele Hall Ballroom. Keele Jazz Band, entirely composed of undergraduate students, provided entertainment for the evening.

The conference dinner with dancing and some very tasty food!

Tuesday commenced with the continuation of fluvial sedimentology: from channel to basin-scale processes controls and architecture and deep water systems: processes and products. The morning led onto recent advances in sedimentary provenance and glacial sedimentology. Following the lunch break we had our final keynote from Oliver Jordan (The Potential, Power and Pitfalls of the Geological Model) of Statoil. After this for our final afternoon we once again separated into parallel sessions of coastal to shallow marine systems, advances in sedimentation and tectonics, quantitative sedimentology: sensing and modelling and from cradle to grave: exploring the complex nature of carbonate.

The third keynote session of the BSRG AGM 2015 by Oliver Jordan, Statoil

The 54th BSRG AGM convenors are especially grateful to Ichron part of the RPS Group, BP, International Association of Sedimentologists, Robertson (CGG), Badley Ashton, Statoil, Clay Minerals Group, and Beta Analytical Limited for all their support.

Download the Conference Abstract Volume here.

Download the BSRG AGM Committee meeting minutes here.