• Attendees arrive in Grand Junction and meet at hotel meeting room in early afternoon.
• Introduction and course overview.
• Classroom lectures:
Fault interpretation and associated trap styles, linkages and geometry.
Basic contractional tectonics and associated structures.
• Leave early in the morning and spend the day on a drive from Grand Junction to Moab with outcrop stops (basement involved deformation, regional geology).
Overviews to discuss regional geology.
Colorado National Monument: discussion of basement involved deformation.
Introduce team exercises and “prospect maps”.
Discuss style of deformation and potential fault seal behavior.
Introduce concepts of mechanical stratigraphy.
• Arrive early evening in Moab, Utah.
• Depart early to Arches National park and spend the day discussing and observing fault geometry and trap styles at range of scales and participating in team exercises.
Moab Fault and Anticline overview.
Review the structural styles and interpret the traps on structure maps on key horizons.
Discuss key risks, estimate column heights from spill, top seal capacity and fault juxtaposition seal using outcrop structure/prospect maps.
Evaluate the throws on fault and methods to evaluate.
Discuss the structural styles and fault linkages and walk up relay ramp to Delicate Arch.
Lecture (morning) and field (late morning to afternoon):
• Morning lecture: Fault seal characterization and risk.
Review of capillary process, permeability control and methods for estimating flow resistance across faults.
• Late morning: Drive to northern part of Moab Fault.
Regional overview of Moab Fault and linkages (seismic scale fault).
Discuss fault gouge/smear prediction in seismic scale faults.
Map hard-linkage of two seismic-scale faults.
Map along the fault discussing the linkages and relate to “prospect maps” discussing the associated risks.
Evaluate the throws on fault, methods, and risks to evaluate.
Lecture (morning) and field (late morning):
• Morning Lecture: Faults in reservoir flow simulation.
• Late morning – outcrop exposure at entrance to Arches National Park for close-up of fault zone architecture across seismic fault.
Discussion of subseismic faults and association with larger structure.
• Afternoon – teams meet to develop prospects with key risks and presentation of results.
• Morning review of “prospects” and discussion.
• Afternoon drive into Onion Creek salt diapir for overview of salt controlled traps.
• Return to Grand Junction for team dinner.
The course is designed for exploration and production geologists, geophysicists and engineers working in both extensional and structural terrains.
None required, but knowledge of Geology is suggested. As this is a field trip, a reasonable degree of physical fitness is expected.