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|Deep-water Turbidite Depositional Systems and Reservoirs - DWT|
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Bryan Cronin, Dave McGee
This course provides a unique opportunity to examine modern, ancient, and subsurface examples of data from turbidite reservoirs. The process of iteration of data types, including analog data that was collected expressly to solve subsurface issues, will be offered to validate subsurface interpretations. The course combines review of state-of-the-art and historical theories for turbidite and debris-flow deposition and process including many case studies of reservoir architecture and sand-body quality and distribution with an introduction to new concepts, ideas, and methods in turbidite reservoir geology.
Participants will be introduced to the limitations of conventional models for turbidite reservoirs and taught how to build enhanced predictive models using a combination of subsurface, outcrop, and modern sea-floor data. Through practical exercises and discussions, participants will experience the relative importance of a broad range of subsurface data, including the merits of different wireline log data for distinguishing lithostratigraphic units. 3D seismic data from a range of locations will illustrate the quality and level of reservoir resolution possible when using modern data. Modern sea floor data from several turbidite basins will be available and participants will receive instruction on interpretation, especially where sea floor data can be used as a proxy of sand distribution in reservoirs. Criteria for identification and interpretation of injected sandstones will be discussed, including explanation of their mechanisms of formation, and the understanding of their influence on reservoir characteristics.
Special note: sessions in Nice and Kilkee will include field trips. The seven-day sessions will be combined field and classroom based sessions. There will be four days in the classroom with lecture material and oilfield exercises on exploration and production, and three days in the field examining spectacular deepwater sections of either the Annot Sandstone Formation in Nice, Ross Sandstone Formation in Kilkee, or the Point Lobos Submarine Canyon and Pigeon Point Formation in Monterey, California. For Nice session, a moderate degree of physical fitness is required. For Kilkee, the going is easier in the field.
"Field trip component was great - it tied in really nicely with the classroom material. Also nice to have rock fabric schemes and associated deposition/flows." - Petrophysicist
"The field portion was fantastic. Loved the classroom exercises." - Geologist
Exploration and production geologists and geophysicists, stratigraphers, reservoir engineers, and petrophysicists.
You Will Learn:
DR. BRYAN CRONIN is a geologist with 26 years of technical experience with deep-water clastics (turbidites) at outcrop, on the sea floor and in the subsurface as hydrocarbon reservoirs. He also works on other clastic sandstone reservoirs such as shallow marine and deltaic. He has been involved in education and training for over two decades with postgraduate (MSc and PhD) students, oil company employees, and other industry professionals. Professor Cronin has run reservoir field courses for many years for industry (Specialist Geology/Geophysics; Foundation for Engineers; Asset Team Integration Courses and Team-building events) in the Alps, Pyrenees, western California, Western Ireland, SE Spain, eastern and southern Turkey. He also runs a series of 1-, 2-day and week-long technical short courses for industry. From 2005, he became an independent consultant, working on deep-water reservoirs in the North Sea, West Africa and beyond. He is an Honorary Professor in four Universities: University of Aberdeen; Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen; Firat (Euphrates) University in eastern Turkey; and PetroChina Institute of Petroleum Geology in Hangzhou, China. He also runs industry courses at home and overseas for companies such as PDVSA, PetroChina and SONATRACH. He is actively involved in Exploration and Production geological consultancy, from peer-assist consultancy, data room visits, core description and interpretation projects, seismic interpretation, workshops, field courses, etc., in a wide variety of global areas. Professor Cronin was awarded the William Smith Fund by the Geological Society, London, in 2007 as part of the society's bicentenary celebrations. This prestigious award was due to his work on interaction between academia and the oil and gas industry, as well as his international standing in his fields of research into deepwater sedimentary systems and reservoirs. Professor Cronin has a PhD from the University of Wales, Cardiff. He studied the architecture of channels in deep-water systems: variability, quantification and applications. He also has an MSc from the National University of Ireland, Dublin (Petroleum Geology), and a BSc from the National University of Ireland, Cork.
MR. DAVE McGEE has worked in many of the world's shelf and deepwater plays for 32 years on projects including exploration through development. He is experienced in all phases of clastic plays life cycles resulting in a rounded perspective that can come to bear on any project. A majority of his experience is in deep water depositional systems, exploration and development. He has worked on most of the major deepwater basins around the globe. He has recently been working on conventional and unconventional plays in the Neuquen, Arkoma, Permian, North Sea, and West African basins as a seismic stratigrapher and regional geologist. Mr. McGee is experienced in the application of technology to problems for maximum benefit including: 1) seismic stratigraphy; 2) Landmark, Stratimagic, GeoProbe, VoxelGeo, TerraSpark, GeoTeric, Petrel, and Shell seismic interpretation, attribute analysis and image processing for exploration and development projects; 3) acoustic impedance inversion for reservoir-scale reservoir architecture and pay prediction; 4) structural reconstruction software for fault geometries and trap analysis; 5) gravity modeling; 6) EarthVision, Roxar, Petrel, and Shell reservoir modeling software to integrate data and build static reservoir models for deepwater fields/discoveries; 7) ArcGIS tools for mapping and data integration; and 8) decision analysis techniques to determine optimal minibasin scale exploration/development strategies and well planning decisions. He is experienced in working on integrated teams of geologists, geophysicists and engineers that were empowered to make decisions and were accountable for results. He served as team leader and/or lead geologist for four of these teams utilizing effective team/leadership skills working on a variety of scales and problems. He has received best paper presentation awards from the New Orleans Geological Society, runner-up for best paper at the Houston Geological Society, and selected to present at SEG as a part of a best of AAPG session. He has been an instructor for new hire training and co-taught a deepwater interpretation workshop for Nautilus. He was named mentor of the year from ConocoPhillips in 2009. Mr. McGee has an MS in Geology with Honors from the University of Oklahoma and a BS in Geology with Honors from the University of Montana.
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.
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