Basin Analysis Workshop: An Integrated Approach - BA

Discipline: Geology
Level: Intermediate
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  • About the course
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  • Course Content
Basin analysis demands an integrated approach from explorationists. It can be both inappropriate and misleading to suggest that the tectonic-thermal-sedimentologic evolution of any one basin is an established fact, or even that all basins submit to the same simple and equivocal models. This five-day course provides the theory, methods, and practice for participants to develop and optimize their own individual basin evaluation and modeling modus operandi. Incorporated as practical problems for workshop analysis and significant group discussion are case histories from throughout the world utilizing geologic, geophysical, and geochemical data. Areas for analysis are selected from the Middle East, West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico, Mid-Continent U.S., South America, and Southeast Asia. In addition, students construct and interpret their own geohistory subsidence curves using BASINMOD, the industries standard computer software for basin modeling. Each participant should bring a hand calculator to class. When this course is presented as an in-house, two-week format, it includes a rigorous geophysical-petrophysical workshop for sequence stratigraphy and reservoir characterization-development geology. One personal computer is provided, at additional cost, for each two participants.

"Great, enthusiastic instructor." - Participant, United States

"I really liked the project at the end that pulled it together for me. I really liked the exercises - it kept me engaged and helped me understand the content." - Geoscientist, Houston

Geoscientists who require a practical familiarity with the application of a variety of state-of-the-art conventional and unconventional tools of hydrocarbon evaluation to sedimentary basins
How To:
  • Systematically assess the evolution of a basin's petroleum system criticals through space and time through a non-linear parallel approach integrating geology, geophysics, and geochemistry
  • Deconstruct a basin through space and time and build predictive basin models useful in exploration
  • Evaluate the geomechanical fundamentals controlling a basin's burial history through tectonic subsidence analysis
  • Determine the thermal history of a basin and its importance upon source maturity dynamics
  • Relate organic source quantity and quality to sedimentary processes and environments
  • Delineate migration pathways through space and time
  • Characterize the essentials of reservoir and seal quality
  • Construct and analyze petroleum events chart
  • Geovalidate the model
  • Rank and quantify petroleum system risk deterministically and stochastically using Monte Carlo methods
  • Construct and analyze a decision tree
  • Classify basins for optimizing their exploration and development
  • Introduction to the Petroleum System and Petroleum System Criticals
  • Geomechanical fundamentals of basin formation
  • Burial history curve
  • Tectonic subsidence analysis
  • Geothermics: steady state and rifting
  • Organic geochemistry: quantity, quality, and maturity
  • Migration pathways
  • Reservoir-traps-seals and analogs
  • Critical points
  • Basin classification
  • Quantifying uncertainty, minimizing risk, and making decisions
  • Synthesis