This course introduces participants to established principles of carbonate geology as they apply to the search for conventional or unconventional carbonate plays, and their subsequent development. A highly acclaimed, hands-on approach is used throughout.
Course Level: Foundation / Skill Instructor: Jeffrey Dravis
Designed for you, if you are...
A geologist, geophysicist, reservoir engineer, log analyst or manager
You will benefit greatly from this course even if you have little or no industry carbonate background. It is also a great refresher course if you have not worked with carbonates for a while. More experienced participants will be introduced to new concepts just recently published.
How we build your confidence
We use a great teaching format (lectures reinforced with exercises)
The notebook contains color images of all slides presented in lectures
Exercises are keyed to identical sample rock sets, each containing 56 representative subsurface and outcrop samples from around the world
By the end of the course you will feel confident to:
Describe typical carbonate rocks
Interpret facies relationships and sequences
Understand the key controls on depositional facies occurrence and distribution, based on stratigraphic age and physiographic setting
Evaluate reservoir quality in limestones and dolostones
Understand reservoir complexity related to carbonate diagenesis
Relate carbonates to well logs and seismic expression
Evaluate the different approaches to doing carbonate sequence stratigraphy and exploiting reservoir complexity
Better predict play relationships in the subsurface. Learn the key factors that control carbonate play types and their geometries in the subsurface
Construct a time-stratigraphic facies framework, essential for both accurate regional correlation of carbonate sequences and zonation of carbonate reservoirs
Distinctive aspects of carbonates; non-skeletal grains; skeletal grains
Carbonate classifications and sedimentary structures; limestone diagenesis and porosity evolution
Dolomitisation and porosity evolution; pore types and porosity classification schemes; attributes of shallow and deep-marine facies; depositional facies models for platforms; depositional facies model for a ramp
Carbonate sequence stratigraphy relationships and approaches; well log and seismic expression of carbonates; carbonate source rocks; carbonates and evaporites; carbonate play types and review of worldwide case studies tied to stratigraphic age and physiographic setting
Use of depositional cyclicity to zone carbonate reservoirs (detailed review of two case studies); carbonate facies correlation exercise