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Pre-Convention Short Course 4 SOLD OUT

Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

Sequence Stratigraphy for Graduate Students

Dates: Saturday, 21 April–Sunday, 22 April
Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Westin Long Beach
Instructors: Vitor Abreu, Jack Neal, David Cleveland and Jay Kalbas (ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, Houston, Texas)
Fee: $25 (Graduate Students only)
Includes: SEPM Concepts in Sed. & Paleo. #9, refreshments and lunch
Limit: 50 people

This course is designed to teach graduate students the principles, concepts and methods of sequence stratigraphy. Sequence stratigraphy is an informal chronostratigraphic methodology that uses stratal surfaces to subdivide the stratigraphic record. This methodology allows the identification of coeval facies, documents the time-transgressive nature of classic lithostratigraphic units and provides geoscientists with an additional way to analyze and subdivide the stratigraphic record.

Using exercises that utilize outcrop, core, well log and seismic data, the course provides a hands-on experience to learning sequence stratigraphy. The exercises include classic case studies from which many sequence stratigraphic concepts were originally developed.

The main objectives of the course are to review:

  • Basic concepts and terminology of sequence stratigraphy.
  • The stratigraphic building blocks of depositional sequences.
  • Recognition criteria for the identification of depositional sequences and their components in outcrops, cores, well logs and seismic.
  • The application of sequence stratigraphy in non-marine, shallow marine and submarine depositional settings.

The objective of the class is to acquaint participants to the battery of cognitive biases and traps that may affect their geological interpretations, and to suggest possible mitigations. This will be achieved by presenting tangible examples from everyday life and then applying the same concepts to the geologic realm.

Pre-Convention Short Course 5

Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

Analyzing Facies Patterns of Modern Carbonate Sands and Their Potential as Analogs for HC Reservoirs

Dates: Saturday, 21 April–Sunday, 22 April
Times: Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: Westin Long Beach
Instructors: Paul (“Mitch”) Harris (Chevron Energy Technology, San Ramon, California), James Ellis (Ellis GeoSpatial, Walnut Creek, California), and Sam Purkis (National Coral Reef Institute, Nova Southeastern University, Dania Beach, Florida)
Fee: Professionals $300; Students $50 (limited)
Includes: Course notes, refreshments, GIS software and SEPM CW22; SC53; SC54
Limit: 50 people
Content: 14 PDH, 1.4 CEU

Processed satellite images, derived bathymetry (Digital Elevation Models), and interpretation maps for several modern carbonate sand bodies, mostly from the Bahamas, are organized into a GIS and form the basis for the short course. Goals are to develop morphometric data that will hopefully stimulate further studies of modern carbonate sands and enhance the potential of the modern deposits as analogs for hydrocarbon reservoirs. Each carbonate sand body is subdivided based on common sandbar patterns and analyzed for size and spatial patterns.

Objectives of the short course are:

  • To overview the geological setting of each study area.
  • Present details of the workflow for image processing, building the GIS, creating a bathymetric DEM, and delineating the sand bodies and sand bars.
  • Discuss detailed results of the sand body interrogation including statistical methods and comparison of results to previous work.
  • Present examples of moving the geospatial data from a high-end GIS into lower cost and more readily available viewers, i.e., GeoPDF, GoogleEarth, animation, and ArcExplorer.

Subjects to be discussed include recent advances in air- and space-borne remote sensing technology relevant to mapping facies distributions in modern carbonate depositional systems. Bring your laptops to load the SEPM digital publications, GeoPDFs, GoogleEarth files and animations. Demonstration CDs of ESRI ArcGIS software (60-day trial license for Windows) will be available to load onto your laptop so you can interactively work with the GIS databases for Caicos, Exumas, Schooners, and TOTO during the workshop and after you return to your office. We will show a diversity of geostatistical tools that can be developed using computational GIS and how they are applicable for the modeling of petroleum reservoirs.


Pre-Convention Short Course 6 SOLD OUT

Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

Seismic Geomorphology and Seismic Stratigraphy: Extracting Geologic Insights from 3-D Seismic Data

Date: Sunday, 22 April
Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Westin Long Beach
Instructors: Henry Posamentier (Chevron, Houston, Texas)
Fee: Professionals $175; Students $50 (limited)
Includes: Course notes with CD and refreshments
Limit: 50 people
Content: 8 PDH; 0.8 CEU

This course is designed to enhance interpretation skill sets with regard to geologic interpretation of seismic data. The overall objective is to present methods for reducing risk with regard to prediction of lithology, reservoir compartmentalization and stratigraphic trapping potential in exploration and production.

Specifically, the participant will be shown:

  • Workflows designed to facilitate extraction of stratigraphic insights from 3-D seismic data.
  • Techniques for 3-D seismic geomorphologic/ stratigraphic analyses
  • Numerous examples of various depositional systems in various depositional settings.

The application of seismic geomorphology and seismic stratigraphy to exploration and field development is a natural consequence of the advent of high-quality and increasingly more affordable and widespread 3-D seismic data currently available. Integrating analyses of plan view (geomorphologic) and section view (stratigraphic) images can significantly enhance predictions of the spatial and temporal distribution of subsurface lithology (reservoir, source, and seal), compartmentalization, and stratigraphic trapping capabilities, as well as enhanced understanding of process sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy.

Participants in the course will be exposed to seismic geomorphologic/stratigraphic workflows, which involve:

  • Initial reconnaissance through 3-D volumes using various slicing techniques using a variety of different seismic attribute volumes including full stack reflection amplitudes, near and far stacked amplitude volumes, and coherence volumes, as well as opacity rendering.
  • Focus on features of geologic interest and further investigate through a combination of detailed slicing, interval attributes, horizon picking and amplitude extraction, horizon illumination, etc.
  • Comprehensive integration of seismic geomorphologic analyses with seismic stratigraphic analyses, whereby the plan view is integrated with the section view to ensure a consistent interpretation.

Post-Convention Short Course 11

Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

Deltas: Processes, Stratigraphy and Reservoirs

Dates: Thursday, 26 April–Friday, 27 April
Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
Instructors: Rob Wellner and Tao Sun (ExxonMobil, Houston, Texas), John Suter (ConocoPhillips, Calgary, Alberta, Canada) and John Snedden (University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas)
Fee: Professionals $350; Students $75 (limited)
Includes: AAPG Getting Started #5-Deltas, course exercises, reference papers, handouts and refreshments
Limit: 50 people
Content: 16 PDH: 1.6 CEU

Deltas are extremely important depositional systems and often source and contain prolific hydrocarbon accumulations. This short course will use modern, physical experiments, numerical models, outcrop, and subsurface examples to describe the major variables governing the stratigraphic architecture of deltas. Both autogenic and allogenic controlling factors, such as paleogeography, paleoclimate (high-latitude vs. tropical/temperate), sediment supply and lithology (coarse-grained vs. fine-grained), sequence stratigraphy and accommodation (lowstand vs. highstand; shelf phase vs. shelf-margin deltas), and depositional environments (active vs. abandoned, river/wave/ tide-dominance), will be discussed. Inputs and influences on geomodels, including variations in reservoir geometry, continuity and heterogeneity, will be a primary focus.

This workshop includes topical lectures, key cores, and a suite of exercises that integrate core, well logs, experimental flume-tank data, and seismic sections to develop identification and subsurface mapping skills within deltaic settings. Exercises include an experimental delta tank exercise and core exercises from modern (Wax Lake Delta of Louisiana), ancient outcrop (Lower Cretaceous Ferron Sandstone and Upper Cretaceous Panther Tongue Sandstone of central Utah), subsurface fields (Vicksburg), and Quaternary (Lagniappe) and ancient (South Timbalier 26) well log and seismic-based exercises. Participants will gain a full appreciation for the depositional processes associated with all types of deltas, recognition criteria for deltaic facies in the subsurface, insight into typical distributions for these lithofacies, as well as the development of key stratigraphic surfaces that can partition deltaic systems into reservoirs and flow units.