REMINDER: May 11th, 2023 DGS Luncheon Presentation – Dale Bird, Bird Geophysical

05/11/2023 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm


Date(s) - 05/11/2023
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Wynkoop Brewing Company


REMINDER: May 11th, 2023 DGS Luncheon

Heat flow and Supervised Learning in the Denver-Julesburg and Powder River Basins: applying The Magnetic Layer to control thermal property calculations

Dale Bird


Our study makes use of magnetic anomalies produced between the top of crystalline basement and Curie point isotherm depths, which we call The Magnetic Layer (TML). The study area includes two foreland basins, Denver-Julesburg and Powder River, which formed along the eastern perimeter of the Laramide deformation front. We demonstrate that magnetic data analyses, combined with thermal property station data (heat flow, thermal conductivity, heat production), support thermal property calculations in the sedimentary basin layer as well as TML. We further demonstrate that these results are improved by Supervised Learning analyses.

We outline a method that integrates thermal properties with basement terranes interpreted, in part, from magnetic susceptibilities derived from 3D modeling, to generate thermal models for the Denver-Julesburg and Powder River Basins. These models are refined, employing a suite of Python-based Supervised Learning algorithms, to compare heat flow prediction from thermal properties in the sedimentary basin layer with those in the sedimentary basin layer + The Magnetic Layer. We conclude with examples that connect derived thermal properties with geological elements in the study area.


Dale Bird is a consultant specializing in tectonophysics and interpretation of potential fields. He has 30+ years of world-wide experience. Dale earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Houston, where he is a Research Associate Professor. He has been an active member of several professional organizations including: AAPG, AGU, EAGE, HGS, GSA, GSH and SEG.


Doors open at 11:30 am.  Meeting and presentation starts at 12 pm.

Early registration closes May 4th at 9 pm.





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