Saturday 16 November 2013
The TU Delft Imperial Barrel Award team is looking for a new adviser! Early 2014 a team of five master students from TU Delft will compete again for the Imperial Barrel Award, organized by the AAPG. The student team is supported by one or two advisers from the industry. This year experienced geophysicist Gerhard Diephuis will be advising the team. However, we are still looking for additional advisers who can support the team.
If you are interested please contact Kevin Bisdom (k.bisdom- AT-tudelft.nl or 06-33758876). More info in the following newsletter.
Monday 28 October 2013
On 18 December the PGK will host an event to celebrate its 35 years anniversary which will coincide with the annual Christmas dinner. Registration required: please see the announcement in the events listing for details.
Monday 14 October 2013
Photos of the last two fieldtrips (Languedoc and Ardennes) are now online. Please go to the 'Fieldtrips' section or click here.
lecture · dinner · drinks
Wednesday 18 December 2013 16:00 - 21:00
Lecturer: Tom Reijers AND Freek van Veen
PGK members are kindly invited to attend our special Lustrum event:
16:30 – 17:30 Champagne reception
17:30 – 17:40 Aafke Bouma – Welcome
17:40 – 18:20 Tom Reijers – Two hundred years of geology in the Netherlands: from Bilderdijk to PGK
18:20 – 19:00 Freek van Veen - Looking for reservoir rocks in the jungles of Borneo in 1957 and Borneo revisited 50 years later.
19:00 – 21:00 Buffet & drinks
Dresscode: Festive – Tenue de Ville
The 35 years anniversary will be held at the the Lindenhof in Delft. Limited parking is available for disabled persons next to the Lindenhof. More parking is available within close proximity in nearby streets.
PLEASE NOTE: Registration is currently FULL but please register like normal for a place on the waiting list: Register by clicking here!
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Tom J.A. Reijers
Two hundred years of geology in the Netherlands: from Bilderdijk to PGK.
This 35th celebration year of PGK happens to coincide with the bicentennial of the publication of the first book on geology in the Dutch language by Willem Bilderdijk better known as a poet and a historian. He intended his book to reach a wide public which it never did. At this festive meeting of PGK therefore, brief attention is given to this remarkable ‘start of geology’ before summarising, in milestones, the growth of (oil) geology in the Netherlands.
In 1913 almost one hundred years after Bilderdijks book, PGK’s mother organisation, the Royal Dutch Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands (KNGMG) was founded. The first century of ‘Geology in the Netherlands’ was punctuated by the foundation of the Royal Academy in Delft (1842) the first institution where some rudimentary mining geology was formally taught. Between 1858 and 1967 the first general geological map of the Netherlands was published. The Higher Education Law (1876) resulted in the establishment of 3(4) geological sub-faculties for ‘General Geology’. Oil geology was as yet non-existent but that would change.
End 19th century both in the US and on the Dutch colonial island of Sumatra, exploration of oil seeps lead to the establishment oil companies operating world-wide. One of them was “De Koninklijke”, after merging with a London trading company, better known as “Royal Dutch/Shell”. Now knowledge of oil geology became more urgent. It was partly developed in-house within the oil companies, but future general geology university scientific workers got ample opportunities through assignments in such companies to get hands-on experience in e.g. subsurface micropaleontology, stratigraphy and structural geology. The presentation of my colleague Freek van Veen’s amply demonstrates this. However, while Royal Dutch worldwide work was coordinated from one of the central offices in the Netherlands, it required a number of serendipitous shows in that country before systematic investigation of its subsurface was initiated. This resulted in discovery and development of the Cretaceous Schoonebeek field, several Zechstein leads eventually resulting in the discovery of the giant Rotliegendes Groningen gas field (1959), and development of a number of smaller Cretaceous-Jurassic prospects in the onshore western Netherlands. Around this time many other operators joined in, and efforts were also directed to the onshore area. Al this made it urgent for KNGMG to allow establishment of the ‘The Petroleum Geological Circle’. Having godfathered this birth, Freek and I are happy to present these brief memorial overviews and, in addition, a suggestion for a new project to celebrate in due time PGK’s 50th anniversary.
Freek van Veen
Looking for reservoir rocks in the jungles of Borneo in 1957 and Borneo revisited 50 years later.
A Dayak longhouse of a blow-pipe hunters and gatherers tribe in the upper Baramriver in Sarawak was visited during a geological fieldexpedition together with BBC filmmaker Hugh Gibb in 1957. The Canadian National Geographic Explorer- in- Residence Wade Davis visited the same tribe in 1989, 1993 and 1998. During his last visit he discusses with the headman the great changes which recently took place due to large offshore oilfinds (in reef limestones) and enormous losses of their nomadic living world, due to the government supported timberindustry. Their resistance of Blow-pipe against Bulldozers proves ultimately no match for the power of the Malaysian state.