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Applied Biostratigraphy in  Oil Exploration & Development

An Intensive 5-Day Online Training Course

Applied Biostratigraphy in Oil Exploration & Development

Explore the Uses of Biostratigraphy in the Oil & Gas Industry

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Why Choose this Training Course?

Why Choose this Training Course?

Biostratigraphy is often run as a service in petroleum exploration & development for age and palaeoenvironmental interpretation. It can also provide critical insight of the data generated for detailed sequence analysis including unconformities and sedimentation breaks in addition to the identification of flooding surfaces and condensed sequences. It can also be used to characterize facies (reservoir and non-reservoir).

The integration of biostratigraphical data with seismic interpretation and sedimentological and petrographical data utilizes biostratigraphy’s potential most efficiently. This PetroKnowledge Applied Biostratigraphy and Sequence Stratigraphy in Oil Exploration & Development training seminar sets out to illustrate this best use. The pitfalls of the use of biostratigraphical data will be discussed, which often relate to the geological context in which sediments were deposited. The main fossil groups used in biostratigraphy, their temporal and spatial distribution and the contexts in which they occur will be illustrated with numerous examples.

This online training course will introduce the applied use of biostratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy in both an exploration and development context with real examples.

This Applied Biostratigraphy in Oil Exploration & Development online training course will include:

  • An introduction to the different microfossil groups
  • A discussion on the laws of stratigraphy and how biostratigraphy can be used to determine a chronostratigraphy
  • Which microfossil groups to use for each age of sediments and how they are used as palaeoenvironmental indicators
  • What pitfalls to look for and how these can lead to a better geological understanding
  • How to use biostratigraphy and bio facies to identify key seismic markers
  • How to integrate biostratigraphical data with other geological data (sedimentological, petrographical, geochemical) to maximize its use
  • How to use integrated biostratigraphical data to build a high-resolution sequence stratigraphy
  • How biostratigraphy can be used in play definition and for play based exploration
  • Working examples of applied stratigraphy for exploration and development from Africa, South America and Middle East.

What are the Goals?

What are the Goals?     

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

  • To gain knowledge of the different microfossil groups and in which ages and palaeoenvironments they can be utilized
  • To explore the concepts and applications of chrono-, litho-, biostratigraphy and geochronology.
  • To develop an understanding of how biostratigraphical data can be integrated with other geological data to optimize its use as an interpretative tool
  • To interpret palaeoenvironment of deposition by using biostratigraphical assemblages
  • To use biostratigraphy as a predictive tool in exploration and development

Who is this Training Course for?

Who is this Training Course for? 

This PetroKnowledge training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Exploration Geologists
  • Development Geologists
  • Seismic Interpreters
  • Sedimentologists
  • Petrographers
  • Upstream Subsurface Professionals who are interested in optimally utilizing geological data as a predictive tool in sedimentary basins and for identifying hydrocarbon plays in active petroleum systems

How will this Training Course be Presented?

How will this Online Training Course be Presented?

This PetroKnowledge online training course will utilize a variety of proven online learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension, retention of the information presented. The training course is conducted online via an Advanced Virtual Learning Platform in the comfort of your choice location.

Organisational Impact

For the organization, the benefits will include:

  • Optimum use of biostratigraphical data that is often acquired by an organization but not fully utilized
  • Planning of biostratigraphical analyses and programs for best results at a minimum cost
  • Higher resolution reservoir correlations from exploration through to development situations (flow unit correlations for static models)
  • Sequence and facies interpretations and better reservoir prediction capabilities after integration with the seismic
  • New play definitions and ultimately to new lead and prospect determination
  • Rejuvenation of mature exploration areas with new ideas to find missed oil accumulations
  • Generation of new exploration plays and concepts for wildcat drilling

Personal Impact

The non-specialist geoscientist often struggles to best use biostratigraphical data from service providers. This PetroKnowledge Applied Biostratigraphy and Sequence Stratigraphy in Oil Exploration & Development training seminar will provide the necessary technical know-how for the individual to feel comfortable with the utilization and the integration of this data into their everyday work flows. This will aid their efforts in both the exploration for new hydrocarbons and in the development of existing fields:

  • Provision of a practical working knowledge of different biostratigraphical techniques
  • Understanding of how to plan and optimize a biostratigraphical program, from which microfossils to look for to optimum sample spacing
  • Learn how to use best use biostratigraphical data in well to well correlations
  • Learn how to identify the pitfalls in the use of biostratigraphical data and therefore to optimize its use in sediments of different ages and in different palaeoenvironments
  • Learn how to use biostratigraphical data to identify sequences and sequence boundaries and how to integrate it with other geological and seismic data
  • Learn how to use biostratigraphical data for new play definitions in exploration areas and how also it can be used for facies interpretations and reservoir correlations in appraisal and development situations

Daily Agenda

Day One: Stratigraphy and an Introduction to Micropaleontology

  • The Laws of Stratigraphy
  • Age dating methods for sediments and igneous Rocks
  • The stratigraphical column and Chronostratigraphy
  • The different microfossil groups and preparation techniques
  • Organic microfossils (palynomorphs) including Acritarchs, Chitinozoans, Dinoflagellates, Pollen and Spores
  • Inorganic microfossils including microforaminifera and ostracoda

Day Two: Biostratigraphy

  • Microfossil evolution through the stratigraphical Column
  • Building stratigraphical range charts
  • First downhole occurrence, last downhole occurrence, fossil assemblages
  • Numerical methods, abundance increases and maxima
  • Index fossils
  • Stratigraphical type sections and the relation between Biostratigraphy and Chronostratigraphy

Day Three: Biostratigraphical correlations and correlation techniques     

  • Pitfalls using biostratigraphical data, downhole caving, reworking, contamination
  • Definition of biozones
  • Integration of sedimentological and petrographical data
  • The integration of geochemical information
  • Identification of unconformities / hiatus in the sequences

Day Four: Biostratigraphy, paleoenvironments and Sequence Stratigraphy

  • Using Micropalaeontology for palaeoenvironmental interpretation
  • Marine microfossils vs. non-marine microfossils
  • Preservation of microfossil groups and different lithologies
  • Definition of water depth from the different fossil groups
  • The identification of sequence boundaries using biostratigraphical Data
  • Using biostratigraphical data to identify condensed sequences and maximum flooding surfaces
  • Using biostratigraphical data to identify low stand System and high stand system tracts

Day Five: Play definition using Play Based Exploration techniques

  • Hydrocarbon Play definition
  • Integrated biostratigraphy and its use in Play based exploration techniques
  • The deltaic to marine Cretaceous Alagamar Play in Potiguar Basin, Equatorial Marginal of Brazil
  • The Cenozoic deep-water turbidites and associated salt play, Lower Congo Basin, Angola
  • The Early Silurian Hot shales of the Arabian plate, source rock characterization


  • On successful completion of this online training course, a PetroKnowledge E-Certificate will be awarded to the delegates

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