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2023 Perkins-Rosen GCSSEPM RC

4-6 December 2023 Houston, TX

Deepwater Systems, Processes and Exploration Potential 

Revisited 1994-2023

Where were you in 1994?

2023 GCSSEPM Preliminary Program

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  • Photo credit (left): F. Javier Hernández-Molina from Rodrigues et al., 2021 Marine and

  • Photo credit: Daniel Minisini

The 39th annual Perkins-Rosen Research Conference celebrates nearly three decades of progress in understanding deepwater sedimentary systems. The conferences in the 1990s – including the 1994 GCSSEPM Perkins-Rosen Research Conference – emphasized submarine fans, reservoir presence, depositional architecture and outcrop analogs. 

The focus of the 2023 conference will include what has been learned from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic margins, to frontier basins as well as in laboratory studies and outcrops worldwide. We want to show the progress that has been made in the following areas: 

  1. the range and variability in new deepwater play types globally, 
  2. source-to-sink linkage of terrestrial, to deltaic, to deepwater systems, 
  3. mixed deepwater sedimentary systems that incorporate a wide range of oceanic and seafloor processes (turbidite, contourite, hemipelagite/pelagite and mass-transport deposit inputs, etc.),
  4. physical modeling approaches as well as the advances in technology and process modeling in understanding the distribution of petroleum elements, including the use of artificial intelligence and digital workflows,
  5. deepwater mudrocks and more specifically their role as seals and source rock intervals as well as natural seafloor seeps, 
  6. the influence of mobile substrates, including evaporites and mud, on deepwater sedimentary architecture above and below the mobile substrate.

Advancements in the understanding of deepwater sedimentary systems based on direct measurements of sedimentary basins including cores and outcrops, seismic and borehole imaging, physical and numerical modeling, and fieldwork or any new aspect from around the world are welcome.

Most importantly, examples of diverse deepwater exploration plays that have worked (or failed) as well as yet-to-be-tested plays are welcome. This conference will attempt to review the number of deepwater-related challenges that are yet to be solved, therefore providing a roadmap of where deepwater may go over the next three decades.


Registration is Now Open!

Member Price: $495.00 USD

Non Member Price: $595.00 USD

Student Price: $375.00 USD (Limited Seats Available*)

*contact Theresa Scott if student assistance is needed

Additional Guest Icebreaker Ticket $50.00 USD, regular registration includes admission

Registration will include conference online proceedings, ice breaker, breakfast, lunches, and refreshments.


Equinor US

2107 CityWest Blvd, Suite 100

Houston, Texas 77042

Cassie Turley is the headquarters contact for this conference if you have questions.



Technical Program Committee

  • Luke Walker – Equinor
  • Vitor Abreu – Abreu Consulting and Training
  • Juan Fedele – ExxonMobil
  • Tao Sun – Chevron
  • Jason Flaum – USGS
  • Lori Fremin – Haltermann Carless
  • Daniel Minisini – Shell
  • Samuel Plitzuweit – ExxonMobil
  • Kevin Reece – Tulane University
  • Clara Rodriguez – Petronas
  • John Snedden – UT Institute of Geophysics
  • Tian Yang – Chengdu Univ. of Technology

Important Dates and Deadlines:

(Preliminary, subject to change)

September 25, 2023    

Early Bird Registration Opens!

September 29, 2023

Final edited manuscript and illustrations due.

 November 10, 2023  Early Bird Registration Closed
 December 1, 2023 All conference registration closes.

December 4, 2023


Conference in Houston Begins

Evening Welcome Reception

December 4-6, 2023


Conference in Houston

Monday - Wednesday Equinor US


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