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Applied Sequence Stratigraphy (GEO50)


    The course examines well and seismic facies in both clastics and carbonates, within a simple sequence stratigraphic framework - with an emphasis on getting more geology from your seismic.
    After an introduction, geological models will be discussed and then we work from deep to shallow water environments (via lowstand, transgressive and highstand system tracts) in siliciclastics and carbonates and also in fluvial-alluvial environments for siliciclastics.
    These principles will be used to interpret some 18 different seismic and well log exercises from 10 basins from around the world.

    Course Level: Skill / Advanced
    Instructor: Rob Kirk

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A geologist or geophysicist
    • Interested in deducing geology from seismic and well data with an emphasis on getting geology from seismic, be it 2D or 3D

    How we build your confidence

    The course has a large manual which documents all aspects of the lectures (and more). Lectures are heavily interspersed with hands-on exercises on hard copy seismic lines and well logs which are all from operational basins - there is no academic data.
    Theory is provided (but not excessively) with much more emphasis being given to the applied world of exploration and development.
    We will look at geological models and when they work, as well as when they do not work so well.
    Working as pairs on the exercises helps confidence as it is a workshop setting and ideas can be freely interchanged.
    For in-house presentations you are encouraged to bring your own data for discussion.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of how to identify, pick and map seismic and well facies from many different basins around the world. You will be able to place your data within a geological framework and you will have an analogue data set that can help with future basins you work in.
    You will have an idea (and many examples of each) of the many different depositional environments that we explore in from deep water fans, to shallow marine deltas, to non-marine fluvial and alluvial systems.


    • Overview and history
    • Basics - geology and seismic
    • Lowstand system tracts - basin floor and slope fans, incised valleys and carbonates
    • Transgressive system tracts - basal transgressive sands, source rocks and carbonates
    • Highstand system tracts - deltas, fluvial and carbonates
    • Pitfalls - igneous, mounds, etc.




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