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Rick Beaubouef, 2015 Distinguished Service Award

Rick BeaubouefRick Beaubouef is Chief Geologist for Hess Corporation, a global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.

Beaubouef is an expert in the integration of core, well and seismic data for the purpose of stratigraphic interpretations and reservoir description and has broad experience in a wide range of general geoscience and subsurface activities. In his role at Hess he provides geoscience advice and support for Hess’ exploration, appraisal, field development, and appraisal and production projects.

Beaubouef joined Hess in 2008 as a Senior Geophysical Advisor and was appointed to his current position later that same year. He was previously with ExxonMobil as a geologist. Among the roles he held were Team Lead of Angola Developments, Stratigraphy Coordinator–Exploration, and Senior Research Advisor–Upstream Research Company.

Beaubouef holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of Houston. Rick is passionate about supporting the Bob F. Perkins conference. He believes the conference provides a great deal of value and benefit to the community because it is so focused on technical themes.

On a personal note, the 2000 Perkins conference, “Deep-Water Reservoirs of the World,” was a seminal point in his own professional career. Following on the heels of an explosion of deep-water exploration, over 500 people attended the conference that included presentations pertaining to the growing body of knowledge about deep-water systems around the world. The conference revealed the impressive breadth and depth of studies—subsurface, modern systems, outcrops—being brought to bear on the challenge by industry and academia. Rick and his co-authors provided papers on their early work on the Brazos-Trinity slope system, Gulf of Mexico. These papers were well received at the time, heavily cited over the years, and served to spur additional studies of this and other depositional systems around the world. The Brazos-Trinity system, described by Beaubouef and Friedmann, is now one of the most thoroughly studied deep-water systems in the world, including investigation by the IODP Expedition 308. Indeed, many of the excellent technical papers and professional relationships formed during the 2000 Perkins conference have stood the test of time, and spawned new ones. Much of our current understanding of deep-water exploration and production from deep-water reservoirs can be traced to the Proceedings of the 2000 conference. This is testimony to the strength and legacy of the Bob F. Perkins conference. For this reason, Rick continues to by an enthusiastic supporter of the conference.