The AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) kicked off their conference tonight at the Colorado Convention Center in Downtown Denver, Colorado today at 5 p.m. I consider myself one of the lucky one’s to have participated in the ice breaker exhibitor’s happy hour where they had drinks, appetizers, and plenty of exhibitor handouts to keep me busy from the time they opened the exhibition hall at 5 p.m. to the time I had to leave to use the restroom at 7:30 p.m. and was unable to return since the floor was closed leading back into the exhibition area.
I paid $50 to participate as an exhibitor viewer (Non-AAPG Member, Exhibition Only). I registered in this capacity since I am not a geologist, but have a thirst for knowledge when it comes to the geology involved in the industry I serve as an accountant. I met with many booth attendants, particularly the ones that would stamp my card enabling me to enter for a drawing for a chance to win a new PT Cruiser. One such exhibitor, Gore Technologies, I was keenly interested to visit with since my sister works for their medical division in Flagstaff, Arizona. I found out that, not only are they involved in the medical stint devices that are used for many an operation now days, they also use their patented material to identify the contents deep under the surface of the earth.
I was also fortunate to meet some gentlemen manning the booth from South Africa. I had traveled to Capetown, South Africa back in 1996 and was pleased to converse with them about my experiences in their county. I wished them an enjoyable visit in lovely Colorado, but found that their stay would be brief and they may not have the opportunity to visit our lovely Colorado mountains.
There are numerous countries represented at the conference, as well as numerous educators in addition to the vendors. I am looking forward to going back to the conference to learn more about the geology employed by the oil and gas industry and, if I’m lucky, win a new car. The conference runs through Wednesday, June 10th at the Colorado Convention Center. Although many of the sessions are sold out, I encourage you to participate in some manner as this conference does not come to Colorado every day. There is a vast array of representatives at the exhibitor’s hall and many people attending the conference - cheers and enjoy!
For more info: 2009 AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition