This 3-day course is designed to provide participants with a 21st century appreciation of the full spectrum of deep-water reservoirs, their mechanisms of transport and deposition, stratigraphic architecture, predictive characteristics and 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, submarine fan or distal basin plain, using many of the most illustrative outcrop, core and seismic examples from a variety of continental margins. This course is designed to give industry professionals an understanding of source-to-sink sedimentary transport processes and depositional products, as well as knowledgeable insight into interpretation methods that provide value and inform business decisions in exploration, appraisal and development drilling campaigns. This course draws from materials presented in field courses to deep-water sedimentary outcrops and petroleum basins worldwide.
Course Level: Skill Instructor: Jon Rotzien
Designed for you, if you are...
Seeking technical expertise in mapping and interpreting siliciclastic reservoirs and seals in onshore and offshore regions
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.
This course will give you an understanding of how to map and interpret deep-water siliciclastic depositional systems. By the end of the course you will be able to:
Characterise turbidites, debrites and transitional to hybrid flow type deposits and describe their transport and depositional processes
Map and interpret the different types of deep-water depositional environments (canyon, channel, levee, splay, overbank) and their implications to reservoir architecture and reservoir quality
Integrate seismic, outcrop, core and other industry data to inform decisions in exploration, appraisal and development drilling programs
Use modern and ancient depositional systems as analogues for exploration targets
Characterise deep-water reservoirs and build relationships with depositional environments using outcrop, core and other industry data
Understand risk and uncertainty methods in the context of exploration, appraisal and development
Use lithofacies and stratigraphic architecture to understand variations in deep-water reservoir properties pertaining to reservoir presence, reservoir quality and seal presence
Apply predictive depositional models built by first principles to characterise deep-water reservoir properties
Conceptualise and apply source-to-sink transport, sequence stratigraphy and other methods to marine and 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 in a variety of passive and active margin settings
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 reservoir facies, as well as depositional and stratigraphic architecture, likely to be found along the deep-water depositional system from submarine canyon head 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 summary discussion of the realistic expectations in siliciclastic petroleum reservoirs, as well as new research that is changing these paradigms. Modern advancements in the prediction of sedimentary deposits, facies and reservoir development in a variety of different settings will be discussed
"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."