HGS Short Course - The Rocks Never Lie: Classic Permian Basin Conventional, Tight & Unconventional Reservoir Core

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

In-Person event

CoreLab, 6316 Windfern, Houston, TX 77040

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

$570 member, $220 student/in-transition (call HGS office) emeritus, $670 non-member


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Registration will close Monday, May 22, 2023 at 4:00 pm.


Course Description

Using core data and a good core descriptions, participants will learn about: 1) depositional environments; 2) diagenetic modifications; 3) porosity-permeability relations; 4) flow units; 5) fluid types; 6) TOC; 7) migration pathways, and; 8) reservoir potential.

This course will focus on Permian Basin cores. But the insights and methods can be applied to any cores from any formation for any purpose (e.g., CCUS, EOR, development geology).  The class includes 140 feet of core that will be laid out at Core Lab. Examples to be studied will be:

  • Conventional reservoir core: Abo; San Andres, reservoir and ROZ; and Grayburg.
  • Tight reservoir core: Clear Fork.
  • Unconventional reservoir core: Woodford and Wolfcamp.

The short course will start with an overview on how to describe a core. This will give participants an appreciation of how to make a good core description. The class will alternate between lectures and core viewing throughout the full day.

Participants learn how of core descriptions can be utilized to build a reservoir-scale sequence stratigraphic model. Reservoir-scale models can be utilized to do conformance work which will improve vertical sweep efficiency and ultimately lead to improved reservoir performance.

An informal poll by the HGS found that over 90% of the working geologists and engineers in Houston have never had a formal class on core description, or the interpretation of core data. So if you are a working geologist or engineer and your work includes rocks in the subsurface, this class will make you more knowledgeable and more successful at your job!!

Dr. Lindsay’s class has been presented in Abilene and Fort Worth where it had 50 and 90 participants respectively. Seating is strictly limited to 45 participants!


About the Instructor:

Robert F. Lindsay | Lindsay Consulting

Born and raised in Utah (United States)

Served in U.S. Army Special Forces, known by their nick name “The Green Berets”

Graduated from:

            Weber State College 1974 – B.Sc. Geology

Brigham Young University 1976 – M.Sc. Geology

University of Aberdeen 2014 – Ph.D. in Geology

Bob has worked for:

  1. Gulf Oil, 1976-1985, Production Geology, Enhanced Oil Recovery (Supervisor EOR Geology), and Applied Research
  2. Chevron, 1985-2001, Carbonate Petrographer, Laboratory Supervisor, and Stratigrapher
  3. ChevronTexaco, 2001-2002, Carbonate Specialist
  4. Saudi Aramco, 2002-2015, Geological Specialist, Geological Consultant, Sr. Geological Consultant (Geological Technical Services Division), Carbonate Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy, leading Aramco carbonate field trips and teaching graduate level carbonate sedimentology at King Faud University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)
  5. Lindsay Consulting LLC & Affiliated Professor Brigham Young University, 2015-Present, Consulting on Permian Basin oil fields, leading field trips, teaching graduate level courses, such as: 1) Rock-based Integrated Reservoir Characterization; 2) Modern Carbonate Field Trip to the Bahamas; 3) Petroleum Systems; and 4) short courses

Bob has served as:

  1. Editor Oklahoma City Geological Society (1980-1982)
  2. Co-chairman and Chairman SEPM Evaporite Research Group (1984-1986)
  3. Committee member, Michael Kirkendall-Masters thesis, Oklahoma State University (1985)
  4. Haas-Pratt Distinguished Lecturer (1993-1994) American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  5. President Permian Basin Section – SEPM (1994-1995)
  6. President West Texas Geological Society (2000-2001)
  7. Executive Committee Member – Dhahran Geoscience Society (2005-2007)
  8. Distinguished Lecturer (2013-2014) Dhahran Geoscience Society
  9. Secretary, Society of Independent Earth Scientists – Midland Chapter SIPES (2023-Present)

He has published over 100 abstracts of talks, poster sessions, and papers

Bob spends his retirement time giving back to academia and industry by:

  1. Consulting, running field trips, giving talks, and teaching short courses for geological societies, universities, and industry
  2. Teaching at Brigham Young University-Provo and Brigham Young University-Idaho
  3. Committee member, Dan Olive-Masters thesis, Sul Ross University, finished
  4. Committee member, Alex Washburn-Ph.D. dissertation, Texas Tech University, in progress

He and his wife Linda have 5 children, 20 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild

May 24th, 2023 8:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
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May 2023 CEC
HGS Member $ 570.00
Non-Member $ 670.00
Student $ 220.00
Emeritus $ 220.00
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