Applied Structural Geology in Hydrocarbon Systems Analysis
This course provides participants with an understanding of rock deformation processes that is appropriate for planning exploration strategies and for developing better interpretations of existing data. It differs from other courses that are primarily descriptive by relating structural geology to a practical approach to geomechanics. The course emphasizes the role of structural geology in controlling fluid flows in the subsurface.
Attendees will learn some of the standard techniques used for estimating the flow consequences of deformation. Participants will be presented with a new geomechanics paradigm that focuses on the key aspects of the deformation systems.
Relevance of structural geology and rock mechanics
- Completion of cross section and structure contour map
- Seismic interpretation exercise
Rock mechanics and structural geology
Textures of deformed rocks and relationship to deformation mechanisms
- Estimation of petrophysical properties of deformed rocks
- Simple stress states
- Group identification of geomechanical issues in selected examples
Basin formation and geodynamics, reservoir depletion
- Common structural elements
- Fault zones, flexural-slip folding, fracture processes
- Practical: fractured reservoirs interpretation, fault-seal predictions
- Role of basement and its relationship to the sedimentary cover
- Roles of deformation in the Hydrocarbon System
- Structural features on seismic: interpretation pitfalls, rules
- Practical: prospect interpretation exercises
Geoscientists working in Exploration or Production and reservoir engineers with a good geoscience understanding or an interest in learning how things work.
Good knowledge of Geology, and understanding of the principles of Structural Geology. Some understanding of rock geomechanics.
Note that this is an Advanced level course.