HGS CE Class: Petroleum Geology of Deep-Water Clastic (Turbidite) Depositional Systems

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This course will cover topics in both lecture and workshop format, including:  deep-water transport and depositional processes; turbidite architectural elements---their geologic, petrophysical, geophysical and production performance characteristics; stacking patterns of deep-water elements; well log (including borehole image log) characteristics and interpretations; seismic interpretation; high resolution biostratigraphy; and basics of geological modeling of deep-water reservoirs.  The use of outcrops as analogs to deep-water depositional systems is emphasized. Producing reservoirs from various locales will be discussed, with emphasis on the deep/sub-salt Gulf of Mexico.  Exercises will involve hands-on experiences in the interpretation of well logs (including borehole image logs), well test, petrophysical and seismic data.  During the past few years, and up to today, there is a growing body of public information on deep-water depositional systems; this course emphasizes and summarizes this latest information, in addition to unpublished studies.
NOTE:  Preferred method of teaching this course is by participants following lectures with the CD book, which requires they bring a laptop to the course.  Lab exercises then can also be completed on the computer rather than from paper copies.


The significance of deep-water deposits to global oil and gas exploration and production is presented along with the unique business challenges posed by these giant reservoirs. Distinction is made between the engineering and geological definitions of 'deep-water'. The major global areas of deep-water interest are provided along with current exploration and production statistics. Key questions related to both exploration and development are introduced that are addressed during the course. The principle deepwater reservoir types are outlined, along with static and dynamic properties which allow their identification.

Course Outline
  • Deep-Water Transport and Depositional Processes
  • Trap Types and Tectono-Stratigraphic Settings
  • Introduction to Turbidite Elements
  • Sheet Sandstones
  • Channel-Fill Sandstones
  • Channel-Levve-Overbank Strata
  • Slide/Mass Transport/Injective Deposits
  • Stacking patterns of turbidite elements; sequence stratigraphy;
  • Condensed sections
  • Seismic interpretation exercise
  • High frequency biostratigraphy
  • Geologic controls on reservoir quality; flow unit determination
  • Borehole image and dipmeter log analysis
  • Basics and applications of geologic modeling
April 30th, 2009 9:00 AM   through   4:00 PM
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