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Clastic Reservoir Characterization
and Sequence Stratigraphy

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Code Date Venue Fee($)
OG203 01 - 05 Jul 2018 Dubai - UAE $4,750

Why Choose this Training Course?

Clastic hydrocarbon reservoirs hold more than 40% of world oil and 60% of world gas reserves. Sandstones provide the best known conventional reservoirs although more and more unconventional tight reservoirs including low porosity and permeability sandstones, siltstones and shales are being exploited for oil and gas production. 

The objectives of this training course are to understand the deposition of clastic reservoir sequences and with the use of sequence stratigraphy and integrated stratigraphic analysis to further constrain geological models. Ultimately it can be used to predict and discover more hydrocarbon plays by understanding where to look for these systems tracts in a typical basin setting. These techniques will also be used to improve the estimation of play and prospect risk and to determine what lithology is going to be drilled ahead of the drill bit.

An overview of depositional environments and characteristics of unconventional reservoirs will also be discussed. This PetroKnowledge course will be presented as a 5-day interactive course dealing with the fundamentals of clastic reservoir characterization and the practical and predictive applications of sequence stratigraphy. It will include also exercises and some case histories for some interpretation and workshop discussion.

This training course will feature:

  • Clastic reservoir characteristics and depositional environments an introduction.
  • An overview of different types of sedimentary basins.
  • Clastic reservoir systems tracts, lowstand delta, valley/canyon fill, basin floor fans, highstand and transgressive stands.
  • An overview of clastic reservoir petrography, matrix and cements.
  • Core and sidewall core analyses, sedimentary logs and integration of log data.
  • An overview of petrophysical characteristics of sandstone reservoirs.
  • The models and principles of seismic and sequence stratigraphy.
  • Sequence definition from wells and seismic.
  • Sequence stratigraphy in lacustrine environments.
  • Unconventional clastic hydrocarbon reservoirs.
  • Integration of other stratigraphic information, biostratigraphical, radiometric dating, chemostratigraphical.

Training Objectives click here

What are the Goals?  

By the end of this training course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what are the different types of clastic hydrocarbon reservoir and the different palaeoenvironments in which they are deposited
  • Have a full understanding of sedimentary basin types and their depositional patterns
  • Integrate sedimentary core, sidewall core and log data
  • Recognize and interpret the petrography of the main clastic reservoir types
  • Identify the main sequences on seismic
  • Integrate other geological data and then identify sequences and parasequences on well logs
  • Converse with the terms and definitions used in sequence and seismic stratigraphy
  • Use sequence and seismic stratigraphy towards new play definition and as an aid in play and prospect risking
  • Familiarize the different types of unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs and how these are exploited

Target Audience click here

Who is this Training Course for? 

This PetroKnowledge training course is suitable for exploration and development geologists, geophysicists and other upstream subsurface professionals who are interested in understanding clastic reservoir depositional systems and how these can be interpreted in a sequence stratigraphical sense to identify predictive play trends. Its primary use will be for those involved in lead and prospect generation.

Training Methods click here

How will this Training Course be presented? 

The training course will be based around PowerPoint presentations for each module followed by interactive and participative individual and team exercises. There will also be workshop sessions based around real exploration and development case studies to get participants actively involved in the interpretation and characterization of clastic reservoirs and to become aware of the predictive capabilities of applied sequence and seismic stratigraphy. Course participants are also encouraged to bring along sedimentary data, logs and seismic where appropriate from their own companies so that real working examples can be reviewed and interpreted.

Daily Agenda click here

Day One: Clastic Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

Competency Description: To understand what the main conventional clastic reservoirs are in which sedimentary basins they are deposited and how to recognize them visually, from well log data and also petrophysically

Key behaviours

  • Understand what the different basin types are
  • Identify the palaeoenvironment of deposition.
  • Develop interpretation skills
  • Understand numerical methods in the quantification of reservoir quality

Topics to be covered

  • Outline and overview
  • Sedimentary basins types
  • The depositional environments of clastic reservoirs
  • Clastic reservoir petrography
  • Conventional and side wall core descriptions
  • Petrophysical characteristics of clastic reservoirs
  • Interpretation and integration of log data

Day Two: Seismic Stratigraphy and Controls on Basin Sedimentary Infill

Competency Description: To understand the principles of sequence stratigraphy and to recognize the geometry of depositional systems to be able to identify seismic sequences and their boundaries.

Key behaviours

  • Understand key technical laws and principles
  • Identify key aspects of sedimentary sequences
  • Interpret sequences from seismic
  • Understand the key controls of basin deposition

Topics to be covered

  • The Exxon Model and clastic sedimentary sequences
  • Principles and the geometry of depositional systems
  • Types of seismic reflector terminations
  • Changes in accommodation space
  • Controls on basin stratigraphy
  • Orders of cyclicity

Day Three: The Models and Principles

Competency Description: To be able to recognize sequence and seismic sequence boundaries and all clastic systems tracts and to know where these are developed in a typical shelf to basin profile.

Key behaviours

  • Develop key interpretation skills
  • Learn how to fully integrate geological and seismic data
  • Develop 3D visualization skills
  • Able to recognize all of the systems tracts and to know where these develop in a typical shelf to basin transect

Topics to be covered

  • Sequence boundary types and systems tracts
  • The identification of clastic systems, lowstand deltas, valley/canyon fills, basin floor fans, highstand and transgressive systems tracts
  • Other systems tract types and variations on the ideal model
  • Genetic stratigraphic sequences
  • Sequences on seismic
  • Sequence boundary recognition

Day Four: Sequence Definition from Wells and Seismic

Competency Description: To be able to identify key stratal surfaces & sequences on seismic and how to calibrate these by using integrated well log data and recognize seismic facies and how to identify them by using seismic attributes.

Key behaviours

  • Develop key seismic interpretation skills
  • Develop 3D visualization skills
  • Able to recognize all stratal surfaces on seismic and on well logs
  • Recognition of internal sequence character using seismic data and how this can be used in exploration

Topics to be covered

  • The use of well log data for sequence definition
  • Definition of surfaces and systems tracts
  • Recognition of systems tracts on seismic
  • Recognition of stratal surfaces on seismic
  • Seismic facies analysis
  • Analysis of seismic attributes

Day Five: Applied Examples of Clastic Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

Competency Description: Development of key integrated seismic and geological interpretation skills using real exploration examples of clastic hydrocarbon reservoirs of different ages and understanding the presence, distribution and viability of unconventional clastic hydrocarbon reservoirs. 

Key behaviours

  • To develop seismic interpretation skills.
  • To develop 3D visualization skills.
  • Clastic reservoir characterization and recognizing prospectivity from various basins in Africa, the Middle East and SE Asia.
  • To develop well log and integrated geological data interpretation skills.

Topics to be covered

  • Reservoir characterization and sequence stratigraphy in the Sirt Basin, Libya
  • The Palaeozoic clastic reservoirs of Western Libya
  • Clastic reservoir characterization in the Gulf of Suez
  • Turbidites and basin floor fans West and South Africa
  • Lacustrine clastic reservoirs in the Gulf of Thailand
  • Unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs North America

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Clastic Reservoir Characterization
and Sequence Stratigraphy


Code Date Venue Fees
OG203 01 - 05 Jul 2018 Dubai - UAE $4,750



Why Choose this Training Course?

Clastic hydrocarbon reservoirs hold more than 40% of world oil and 60% of world gas reserves. Sandstones provide the best known conventional reservoirs although more and more unconventional tight reservoirs including low porosity and permeability sandstones, siltstones and shales are being exploited for oil and gas production. 

The objectives of this training course are to understand the deposition of clastic reservoir sequences and with the use of sequence stratigraphy and integrated stratigraphic analysis to further constrain geological models. Ultimately it can be used to predict and discover more hydrocarbon plays by understanding where to look for these systems tracts in a typical basin setting. These techniques will also be used to improve the estimation of play and prospect risk and to determine what lithology is going to be drilled ahead of the drill bit.

An overview of depositional environments and characteristics of unconventional reservoirs will also be discussed. This PetroKnowledge course will be presented as a 5-day interactive course dealing with the fundamentals of clastic reservoir characterization and the practical and predictive applications of sequence stratigraphy. It will include also exercises and some case histories for some interpretation and workshop discussion.

This training course will feature:


Training Objectives

What are the Goals?  

By the end of this training course, participants will be able to:

Target Audience

Who is this Training Course for? 

This PetroKnowledge training course is suitable for exploration and development geologists, geophysicists and other upstream subsurface professionals who are interested in understanding clastic reservoir depositional systems and how these can be interpreted in a sequence stratigraphical sense to identify predictive play trends. Its primary use will be for those involved in lead and prospect generation.

Training Methods

How will this Training Course be presented? 

The training course will be based around PowerPoint presentations for each module followed by interactive and participative individual and team exercises. There will also be workshop sessions based around real exploration and development case studies to get participants actively involved in the interpretation and characterization of clastic reservoirs and to become aware of the predictive capabilities of applied sequence and seismic stratigraphy. Course participants are also encouraged to bring along sedimentary data, logs and seismic where appropriate from their own companies so that real working examples can be reviewed and interpreted.

Daily Agenda

Day One: Clastic Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

Competency Description: To understand what the main conventional clastic reservoirs are in which sedimentary basins they are deposited and how to recognize them visually, from well log data and also petrophysically

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Two: Seismic Stratigraphy and Controls on Basin Sedimentary Infill

Competency Description: To understand the principles of sequence stratigraphy and to recognize the geometry of depositional systems to be able to identify seismic sequences and their boundaries.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Three: The Models and Principles

Competency Description: To be able to recognize sequence and seismic sequence boundaries and all clastic systems tracts and to know where these are developed in a typical shelf to basin profile.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Four: Sequence Definition from Wells and Seismic

Competency Description: To be able to identify key stratal surfaces & sequences on seismic and how to calibrate these by using integrated well log data and recognize seismic facies and how to identify them by using seismic attributes.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Five: Applied Examples of Clastic Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

Competency Description: Development of key integrated seismic and geological interpretation skills using real exploration examples of clastic hydrocarbon reservoirs of different ages and understanding the presence, distribution and viability of unconventional clastic hydrocarbon reservoirs. 

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

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