|Basic Geophysics - BGP|
|Geochemical Techniques for Solving Reservoir Management and Field Development Problems - GTS|
|Petroleum Geology for Early Career Geoscientists and Engineers - PGGE|
|Geochemistry: Tools for Effective Exploration and Development - MGT|
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Mark McCaffrey
|Undiscovered reserves in prolific, mature basins and bypassed petroleum in developed fields are key targets for increasing reserves at minimal cost. Geochemical tools can dramatically improve discovery and development success by identifying and characterizing these targets in both conventional and unconventional systems. Course participants learn to interpret geochemical logs, map organic facies variations, identify petroleum systems using multivariate data, and predict vertical and lateral variations in oil quality and gas-to-oil ratios. The course teaches how to integrate geochemical, geological and engineering data to identify reservoir compartments, allocate commingled production, identify completion problems, and monitor flood progression. The class gives special attention to three key applications of oil fingerprinting to unconventional reservoirs: (i) Characterization of frac height, (ii) Quantification of the contribution of multiple formations to commingled production contacted by the induced fractures and (iii) Identification of 'cross talk' between wells completed in adjacent formations. The course also explains how to optimize development by predicting vertical and lateral variations in API gravity and viscosity. Attendees learn interpretive guidelines to evaluate geochemical data. Interpretation pitfalls are illustrated using exercises. Sample collection techniques are discussed. No background in geochemistry is needed.|
Exploration and development geologists, geophysicists, geochemists, petroleum engineers, managers, and technical personnel. No background in geochemistry is needed.
You Will Learn:
DR. MARK MCCAFFREY received his BA (1985) from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors in geological sciences, and his PhD (1990) in chemical oceanography (in the area of organic geochemistry) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. Mark spent 10 years at Chevron and Arco as a petroleum geochemist, then founded OilTracers LLC, a firm specializing in applications of petroleum geochemistry. After 10 years, OilTracers was acquired by Weatherford. Mark is a California Registered Geologist (License #5903), a Texas Professional Geoscientist (Geology, License #350), and an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist (Certificate #5339). He is author of numerous articles on the application of geochemistry to petroleum exploration, reservoir management, oil biodegradation, and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. As an Expert Witness in gas fingerprinting, he has testified (i) in Mississippi State Court, (ii) in Ohio Federal Court, (iii) before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, and (iv) before the Railroad Commission of Texas. Mark is a PetroSkills Instructor in the area of Oil and Gas Geochemistry, and has taught classes in: Bahrain, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, England, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, The Netherlands, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and the USA. Mark was the 1995 recipient of the Pieter Schenck Award from the European Association of Organic Geochemists for "outstanding work on biomarkers in relation to paleoenvironmental studies and petroleum exploration." In 1998, with project team members, Mark received the Arco Award of Excellence "for developing a new charge and migration model for the Brookian petroleum system, allowing improved charge risk assessment for prospects on the Central North Slope of Alaska". Mark lectured in 17 countries as the 2001-2002 Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers; he was Chairman of the 2002 Organic Geochemistry Gordon Conference, and 2006-2007 Chairman of the Organic Geochemistry Division of the Geochemical Society. He was the 2014 recipient (as coauthor) of the AAPG Energy Minerals Division President's Certificate for Excellence in Oral Presentation, and was the 2015 recipient (as coauthor) of the AAPG Bernold M. "Bruno" Hanson DEG Excellence of Presentation award.
In-House Course Presentations
All courses are available for in-house presentation to individual organizations. In-house courses may be structured the same as the public versions or tailored to meet your requirements. Special courses on virtually any petroleum-related subject can be arranged specifically for in-house presentation. For further information, contact our In-House Training Coordinator at one of the numbers listed below.
Telephone 1- 832 426 1234
Facsimile 1- 832 426 1244
Public Course Presentations
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