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2016 IBA Competition

Imperial Barrel Competition


Southwest Section AAPG

Imperial Barrel Competition

AAPG's Imperial Barrel Award Program (IBA) is an annual oil and gas prospective basin evaluation competition for geoscience graduate students from universities around the world. University teams compete to win scholarship funds for their geoscience department and the international recognition that comes from competing or winning in the competition. The program is rigorous and contributes to AAPG's mission of promoting petroleum geoscience training and advancing the careers of geoscience students.

In this global competition, university teams analyze a dataset (geology, geophysics, land, production infrastructure, and other relevant materials) in the eight weeks prior to their local competition. Each team delivers their results in a 25 minute presentation to a panel of industry experts.  Students have the chance to use state of the art technology on a real dataset, receive feedback from an industry panel, impress potential employers in the audience, and win cash awards for their school.  The judges will select the winning team on the basis of the technical quality, clarity and originality of presentation.

2016 Imperial Barrel Competition

The 2016 Imperial Barrel Award competition of the Southwest Section of the AAPG will be held on March 19, in Dallas, Texas, on the campus of Brookhaven College. The event will take place beginning at 8:00 AM and will take much of the day. This year’s competition will include teams from the following schools in our area:

  • University of Texas, Permian Basin
  • University of Texas Dallas
  • University of Texas Arlington
  • University of Texas El Paso
  • Sul Ross University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas Tech University

We are in need of judges for this year's competition. Please download a letter from the IBA Coordinator and consider helping these students. Any questions can be addressed to David B. Codding (; 575-365-7117).

Download Letter from IBA Coordinator

Organizer SWSAAPG


Sat, March 19, 2016
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Brookhaven College
Dallas, Texas