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Imperial Barrel Award

The AAPG's Imperial Barrel Award Program (IBA) is an annual competition involving 5-student teams from universities all over the world who compete in the area of petroleum exploration. The teams compete against other schools in the same Section or Region, and the winner will participate in the International competition, challenging the other worldwide regional winners.


2018 IBA Team and Dr. Gottardi (extereme right) after winning the Internationa Imperial Barrel Award

Over eight weeks, the team analyses real datasets including information on basin's geology, petroleum system elements, geophysics, and production infrastructures. During the competition, the team members use state-of-the-art technology, they receive feedback from industry advisors, and network with potential employers.

The main goal is to identify a prospective oil reservoir and to determine its viability. The team reports its verdict during a 25-minute presentation to industry experts, who select a winner based on technical quality, clarity, and the presentation's originality. 

The School of Geosciences at UL Lafayette has fielded a team every year since the Imperial Barrel contest's inception. The School's teams won the international competition in 2012, 2014, and 2018.

UL Lafayette is the only team to repeat as champions for the third time, a record that stands!

"This doesn't place the School's teams in exclusive company. It's more like a private club. Over the years, the teams achieved a level of preeminence that's not likely to be equaled anytime soon. It reflects the quality of students the School of Geosciences attracts and the strength of our graduate program" - Dr. Carl Richter, Associated Dean of Ray P. Authement College of Sciences and Professor at the School of Geosciences

 

Team's faculty advisers:

Dr. Raphael Gottardi, Associate Professor of Geology 2018 - Present
Dr. Brian Lock, Professor Emeritus 2008-2017

History of IBA at UL Lafayette

 

Imperial Barrel Award Competition - International Final

Year IBA First Place
Imperial BArrel Award
IBA Second Place
Dellay Cup
IBA Third Place
Stonely Medal
2007 U. of Aberdeen Imperial College, London U. of Oklahoma
  Seven teams were invited to participate - no regional competitions in 2007
 
2008 U. of Oklahoma Imperial College, London Texas Christian U.
2009 Moscow State U. U. of Nebraska Memorial U., Newfoundland
2010 Institut Franҫais du Petrole U. of Calgary King Fahd U., Saudi Arabia
2011 U. Texas at Austin* U. of Southampton Sultan Qaboos U., Oman
2012
UL Lafayette*
Khon Kaen U., Thailand Colorado School of Mines
2013 U. of Utah U. of Oklahoma Sultan Qaboos U., Oman
2014
UL Lafayette*
U. of Oklahoma Colorado School of Mines
2015 Royal Holloway U., England Pennsylvania State U. King Fahd U., Saudi Arabia
2016 U. Texas El Paso Pennsylvania State U. Colorado School of Mines
2017 U. of Houston* Eotvos Lorand U., Hungary Curtin U., Australia
2018
UL Lafayette*
San Diego State U. Pennsylvania State U.
2019 U. of Houston* U. Lasalle U. of Oklahoma
2020** IFC, France  King Fahd U., Saudi Arabia U. of Calgary

*   Gulf Coast Section Member
** UL Lafayette won the Technical Innovation Award


Gulf Coast Section, regional competition 

Year First Place Second Place Third Place
2008
UL Lafayette
U. of Houston Stephen F. Austin State U.
2009 Texas A & M University U. Texas at Austin U. of Houston
2010
UL Lafayette
U. Texas at Austin Louisiana State U.
2011 U. Texas at Austin Louisiana State U.
UL Lafayette
2013 Texas A & M University U. Texas at Austin U. of Houston
2014
UL Lafayette
Texas A & M University U. of Houston
2015 U. of New Orleans
UL Lafayette
U. of Texas at Austin and Stephen F. Austin State U.
2016 U. of New Orleans U. of Houston Texas A & M University
2017 U. of Houston
UL Lafayette
 (none recognized)
2018
UL Lafayette
U. of New Orleans Auburn U.
2019 U. of Houston U. Texas at Austin Auburn U.
2020
UL Lafayette
U. of Houston Auburn U.

The Teams over the years

Year   Team members Dataset
       
2021      
   
   
   
   
       
2020 Natalie Helm Gulf of Mexico, USA
Samsideen Olamilekan Ajala  
Ricardo Penaloza  
Gage Hendricks  
Joshua Cecil  
       
2019 Jacob Chicola  Basque Cantabrian Basin, Spain
Abigail Breaux   
Grace Stone  
Garrett Goettel  
Cyle Chapman  
       
2018 Victoria Chevrot Great Bight Basin, Australia
Greg Ferguson  
Kohl Koppens  
Lauren Martz  
Roxana Vaught-Mijares  
       
2017 Daniel Friedman Northwestern Shelf, Australia
Nicholas Jarrett  
Amanda Johnston  
Kevin Reece  
Sydne Workman  
       
2016 Anne Brennan Taranaki Basin, New Zealand
Hunter Lipman  
Zack Ghalayini  
Joseph Morris  
Nathan Quick  
       
2015   Logan Adams Finnmark Platform, South Barents Sea
Jade Bujard  
Daniel Conlin  
Duncan MacIntosh  
Tim Shane  
       
2014 Jordy Babineaux Noord-Holland Platform, Schagen, Netherlands
Samuel Ely  
Nick Geyer  
Jolie Helm  
Daniel Sutton  
       
2013   Matt Hebbard Penobscot Lease, Scotian Shelf, Canada
Samantha Leone  
Christopher Murley  
Buddy Simonis  
Jin Watkins  
       
2012   Daniel Dudley Colville Basin, North Slope Alaska
Joey Grimball  
Chris Hatamian  
Mike Lahey  
Sarah Beth Maxwell  
       
2011   Kaare Egedahl Great Bight Basin, Australia
James Lindsay  
Adam Kruse  
Oscar Pacheco  
Nicholas Whitcomb  
       
2010   Ryan Armbruster Cooper and Eromanga Basins, Australia
Javier De Palacios  
Ling Jing  
Josh Reamer  
Lauren Salathe  
       
2009   Mark Etienne Southwest Barents Sea
Roark Franklund  
Shawn Kusiyama  
Emily Palmer  
Matt Tinley  
       
2008   Fleur Bases Viking and Sogn Graben, North Sea
Derek Hargrave  
John Rosen  
John Salsbury