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Applied Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy

This course focuses on Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy with particular emphasis to practical application in Oil & Gas Exploration and Development.

Day 1
  • Why carbonates are important to the oil industry
  • Why carbonates differ from siliciclastics
  • Basic controls on carbonate sedimentation and mixed clastic-carbonate systems
  • Carbonate systems and platform-types – basic facies patterns
  • Evolutionary controls on carbonate depositional systems through the Tertiary.
  • Introduction to sequence stratigraphy of carbonate systems
  • Case studies: examples of different types of carbonate reservoirs
Day 2
  • Sequence stratigraphy vs lithostratigraphy
  • Carbonate response to relative sea-level change – RST, LST, TST, HST systems
  • Tectonic influences
  • Controls on relative sea-level change
  • Climatic influences - Icehouse/greenhouse climates
  • Principles of high-resolution sequence stratigraphy and cyclicity in carbonates, concepts of stacking patterns, Fischer plots
  • Seismic recognition of carbonate systems
  • Seismic sequence stratigraphy of carbonates
  • Seismic geometry and geomorphology of carbonate systems
Day 3
  • Interpretation of carbonate sequences from wireline logs – including FMI logs
  • Diagenetic processes & models
  • Diagenetic techniques and applications of diagenetic studies in reservoir description.
  • Diagenesis exercise
Day 4
  • Carbonate micropore systems
  • Carbonate matrix pore systems
  • Carbonate macropore systems - karst, brecciated and fracture systems.
  • Controls on the layering of pore systems in carbonates
  • Porosity-permeability exercise
  • Principles of geomodelling of carbonate reservoirs.
  • Objectives and work flows for describing carbonate reservoirs
  • Flow units in carbonate reservoirs
Day 5
  • Conceptual geological models
  • Selection of appropriate analogue models for carbonate reservoirs - modern carbonate systems; dimensions of carbonate bodies
  • Heterogeneities of carbonate systems; scale and origin
  • Role of outcrop studies in reservoir geomodelling
  • Porosity and permeability modelling – pore typing and defining flow units
  • Petrophysical modelling of carbonates
  • Summary
Learning activity mix

Oil and Gas Geoscientists who wish to learn more about interpretation of Carbonate reservoirs

Basic understanding of Geology

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