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Virtual Field Seminar: Reservoir Characterization of Deepwater Systems, San Diego, California

GeoLogica Limited
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40 hours
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Virtual Field Seminar: Reservoir Characterization of Deepwater Systems, San Diego, California

Submarine canyons and deepwater channels are the primary conduits for the transfer of coarse sediments from the shelf to deepwater fans and they are today major targets for petroleum exploration. Southern California has had a long and complex geologic history that has involved many episodes of deepwater sedimentation in a variety of settings, ranging from the Paleozoic passive margin of the North American craton to Mesozoic forearc and arc settings to Cenozoic transform, pull-apart and continental borderland basins. These settings feature deepwater deposits in which both large and small submarine channels and fans played major roles as sediment transport routes and sites of sedimentation.

This virtual course combines lectures and exercises with drone imagery and digital models of world-class outcrops of deepwater deposits. Six deepwater systems will be examined in this field course: (1) Miocene-Pliocene Capistrano Formation at San Clemente State Beach; (2) Capistrano and Monterey sediments cropping out at Dana Point Harbor; (3) Cretaceous strata in La Jolla; (4) Eocene strata in sea cliffs north of Scripps Institute of Oceanography; (5) Point Loma and Cabrillo Formations in the Tourmaline Surfing Beach; and (6) Cretaceous Point Loma Formation exposed at the Point Loma Peninsula.

Exercises will focus on description of deepwater lithofacies, stratal geometries and recognizing key stratigraphic surfaces, emphasizing practical applications. Participants will also learn to describe cores, integrate core and well log information with seismic to generate high-resolution EoD maps of reservoirs in different settings. Engineering data are used to demonstrate how to improve prediction of reservoir performance. Cores, well logs and seismic examples are compared to and contrasted with outcrop imagery to help participants to extrapolate 2-D outcrop information to 3-D views of reservoir scale depositional systems.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Intended for technical staff and managers who are involved in exploration for or exploitation of deepwater deposits.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

  • Appreciate how the concepts of sequence stratigraphy were developed.
  • Apply the basic terminology and definitions of sequence stratigraphy.
  • Assess the main controls on depositional sequences.
  • Apply the accommodation succession method and sequence stratigraphy hierarchy.
  • Interpret core, well-log, seismic and outcrop data.
  • Use the concept of facies, facies stacking and shoreline trajectory to define parasequences, surfaces and systems tracts.
  • Apply the sequence stratigraphic method in non-marine, shallow marine and deep marine environments.
  • Recognize and map hydrocarbon play elements in different settings.
  • Use the method and concepts in sequence stratigraphy to define play and prospects, and predict play element presence and quality in seismic data.

Training Course Content

  • Review deepwater lithofacies nomenclature and definitions, common lithofacies associations and interpret lithofacies in outcrops and cores.
  • Interpret EoDs and related reservoir architecture, lithofacies associations and diversity.
  • Interpret sequence stratigraphic surfaces in outcrop, logs and seismic in deepwater settings and related to vertical stacking of facies.
  • Use core and well logs to interpret EoDs.
  • Evaluate reservoir geometry and connectivity in different EoDs.
  • Dos and Don’ts of using outcrops as reservoir analogs.
  • Use outcrop information as analog for reservoir model building.
  • Evaluate seismic response, including geometry, facies and acoustic response in deepwater EoDs.
  • Recognition criteria for the identification of composite sequences, sequence sets and depositional sequences and their components in outcrops, cores, well logs and seismic.
  • Interpretation and mapping techniques for cores, well logs and seismic lines in deepwater settings, from exploration to production business scales.
  • Recognition criteria and mapping strategies for play elements in deepwater depositional settings.
  • Play fairway identification and mapping.

Course delivery details

  • 8am-12pm CDT
  • Ten 4-hour interactive online sessions presented over 10 days (mornings and afternoons in North America). A digital manual and hard-copy exercise materials will be distributed to participants before the course. Some reading and several exercises are to be completed by participants off-line. Google Glasses will be provided to fully experience the imagery used during the course.

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Providing world-class training for the energy industry, GeoLogica is an experienced team with an extensive network of tutors and instructors on their books. Their expertise spans both subsurface training for the oil and gas industry, as well as training aimed...


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