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ONLINE: Carbonate Geology applied to Conventional and Unconventional Plays (GEO902)

  • 15-18 November 20214 daysVirtual instructor-led course, OnlineCourse Fee: 1750 EUR + VAT


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.
Participants are introduced to newer models of carbonate deposition and diagenesis that expand the exploration potential for carbonate plays.

Structure: 4 days

Course Level: Foundation / Skill
Instructor: Jeffrey Dravis

Designed for you, if you are...

  • A geoscientist, geophysicist, reservoir engineer, petrophysicist, manager or landman

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 keyed to your notebook)
  • Extensive use of case studies spanning the world and geological time
  • The notebook contains color images of all slides presented in lectures
  • Extensive bibliographies support lectures
  • Numerous published papers are provided to support many lectures

The benefits from attending

By the end of the course you will feel confident to:

  • Describe typical carbonate rocks
  • Interpret shallow- and deep-marine carbonate facies and sequences
  • Understand the key controls governing carbonate facies occurrence and distribution based on physiographic setting and geological age
  • Evaluate reservoir quality in limestones and dolostones
  • Understand reservoir complexity related to carbonate diagenesis
  • Relate carbonate fabrics to well logs and seismic data
  • Evaluate the different approaches to doing carbonate sequence stratigraphy and offer a simple rock-based approach for regional or local (reservoir) correlation and time stratigraphy
  • Understand the key factors that control carbonate play type occurrence and distribution throughout Phanerozoic history and to better predict play relationships in the subsurface and their resulting geometries
  • 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)

Customer Feedback

"I liked the intensity of the course. It really helped to drive the mind to carbonate geology from another area, like geophysics" - Geophysicist at RAG

"Great instruction, perfect command regard topic, lots of examples" - Sr. Geoscience Specialist at MND




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