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Practical Methods for Mapping and Interpreting Deep-Water Reservoirs (GEO53)

  • 4-6 November 20193 daysKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaCourse Fee: 2950 EUR


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.

The benefits from attending

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

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." - AAPG ACE Participant




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