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Global Deep-Water Siliciclastic Reservoirs (GEO53)

  • 8-10 November 20173 daysHamburg, GermanyCourse Fee: 2650 EUR + VAT
  • 13-15 November 20173 daysKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaCourse Fee: 3000 USD


This 3-day course is designed to provide participants with a modern appreciation of the full spectrum of deep-water reservoirs, their mechanisms of transport and deposition, their stratigraphic architecture, their predictive characteristics, and their 3D heterogeneity. This collaborative course dives downslope in a deep-water depositional system and examines reservoirs from feeder systems that link the shelf to submarine canyon, to submarine fan, to outer fan, to distal basin plain, using many of the most illustrative outcrop, core, and seismic examples Earth has to offer.
This course is designed to give industry professionals an understanding of deep-water sedimentary transport processes and depositional products, as well as knowledgeable insight into the scale and architecture of the wide range of deep-water reservoirs. This course draws from materials presented in Basin Dynamics, LLC field trips to major deep-water sedimentary outcrops worldwide.

Course Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Jon Rotzien

Designed for you, if you are...

  • Working in an oil & gas company in a technical or management position

How we build your confidence

This course will alternate between inclusive lectures, hands-on technical demonstrations, and collaborative exercises involving practical application of cores, outcrops, logs, and seismic data.

The benefits from attending

This course will give you an understanding of the broad scope of deep-water siliciclastic depositional systems. By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe transport and depositional processes of deep-water rocks including turbidites, debrites, and transitional to hybrid flow type deposits
  • Understand the different types of deep-water depositional environments (canyon, channel, levee, splay, overbank) and their implications to reservoir architecture and reservoir quality
  • Understand and interpret modern and ancient deep-water depositional systems
  • Characterise deep-water reservoirs and build relationships with depositional environments using outcrop, core, and other industry data
  • Use lithofacies and stratigraphic architecture to understand variations in deep-water reservoir properties pertaining to reservoir presence, reservoir quality, and seal presence
  • Apply predictive attributes to deep-water reservoirs in the context of reservoir development
  • Conceptualise and apply source-to-sink transport, sequence stratigraphy, and sea level fluctuation methods to deep-water sediment delivery
  • Apply skills in seismic interpretation, reservoir characterisation, core analysis, geophysical log interpretation, sequence stratigraphy, play fairway mapping, risk and uncertainty analysis, gross depositional environment mapping and oil and gas exploration methods


  • The course starts with an overview of how sediment is transported and deposited from shelf to bathyal depths and focuses on the broad range of sedimentary processes and depositional environments
  • Individual and team exercises involving core and outcrop samples allow participants to describe samples and interpret their mechanism of deposition and their range of possible depositional environments
  • Next, a deeper dive into depositional environments illustrates the types of facies, as well as depositional and stratigraphic architecture, likely to be found along the deep-water depositional system from submarine canyon to basin plain
  • Collaborative exercises involving core, outcrop, and seismic examples highlight the range of deep-water depositional environments and their effect on reservoir architecture and development
  • The skills of core description and integration, reservoir characterisation, and sequence stratigraphy are emphasised
  • Core-log-seismic exercises will show modern techniques on how to predict variations in reservoir architecture in deep-water depositional systems
  • This course will conclude with a discussion summarising modern advancements in the prediction of sedimentary deposits, facies, and reservoir development in a variety of different settings

Customer Feedback

"Great overview of deep-water siliciclastic systems and how they are valued in the petroleum industry. Hands-on learning that challenges you to think critically about these systems from an economic standpoint." - AAPG ACE participant
"Jon provided a great deal of knowledge and I had a wonderful time soaking all that in. Everything he taught us is highly applicable." - Student




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