Risk Reduction for Plays & Prospects Using Quantitative Show

13 November 2015
Houston, Texas, United States
Who Should Attend
Geologists, geophysicists and engineers wanting to learn more how to deal quantitatively with oil show data, prediction of height above free water, understanding tools for detecting migration pathways, breached oil fields (residuals), waste zone, by-passed pay and transition zone shows. The course emphasizes using all your tools (seismic, logs, cuttings, fluid inclusions, etc.) to evaluate dry holes, your drilling well or fields to look for the next successful location.

At the conclusion of the two day course, participants should be able to do the following:

  • Scan a well log to determine zones that potentially could be hydrocarbon productive.
  • Examine pre-processed and calculated well log data and be able to answer the following questions.
    1. What is the carbonate pore type or types?
    2. Is the reservoir water-wet or oil-wet?
    3. Is the reservoir hydrocarbon productive?
    4. If hydrocarbon productive will the production be oil or gas? Do you expect a water-cut?
  • Use a cross plot method to help verify the answers to the four questions.
  • Once the above four questions are answered the participants should be able to determine a strategy to improve the calculations of the reservoir’s water and hydrocarbon saturations.
Course Content

A variety of GIS and Petroleum Systems modeling software will be reviewed to demonstrate predictive models of migration and entrapment using seals, potentiometric surfaces and faults to define potential new traps. Methods of quantitatively calibrating test and show data to the migration models will be emphasized.

Topics will include:

  • Trap types
  • Fault, Capillary and Pressure seals and the number required for different traps
  • Capillary pressure
  • relative permeability
  • pseudo-capillary pressure curves from por/perm data
  • flow units
  • Winland pore throat analysis

We cover the basics of pressure plots emphasizing seal and pressure regressions recognition. We teach how to recognize and differentiate continuous phase, residual, dissolved hydrocarbon and source rock while drilling shows. We touch on seismic DHIs and focus on new techniques for capturing show data such as fluid inclusion stratigraphy, isotubes, head space gas and cuttings. The course ends with a demo of converting a paleogeographic map to a seals map with/without fault seals and then running vertical and lateral migration models to predict the location of fault and stratigraphic traps.

Course notes will be provided in digital format on USB flash drive only, so electronic devices with a USB port are required for all courses. If you do not have access to an electronic device with a USB port, please contact the AAPG Education Dept. for an alternate method to download the digital course notes.

Houston - Norris Conference Center - Westchase
9990 Richmond Ave
Houston Texas 77042
United States
50 people
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Registration is for entire 5 days, and badge is transferable. Includes refreshments and buffet lunch each day in addition to digital course notes. Courses also priced individually at $550/course day (increases to $600/course day on 12 October 2015.) No refunds for cancellations after 12 October 2015.

Online registration is not available for this event. Please download the Registration Form using the link to the right, and then email or fax your completed form and payment details to the AAPG Education Department.


David David Wiprut Baker Hughes Inc.
Eric Eric Eslinger eGAMLS and The College of Saint Rose, Glenmont, NY
Ronald A. Ronald A. Nelson Broken N Consulting
Joann E. Joann E. Welton Houston, Texas, USA
Leslie B. Leslie B. Magoon Stanford University, USA
Richard Richard Banks Scientific Computer Applications, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
George B. George B. Asquith Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
Jay M. Jay M. Gregg Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA
Hans G. Hans G. Machel University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Richard Richard Green Independent Consultant
John John Dolson DSP Geosciences and Associates, LLC
John M. John M. Holbrook Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas USA
Stephanie Stephanie Brown Assistant Registrar 918-560-2930 918-560-2678
Debbi Debbi Boonstra Education Manager +1 918 560-2630

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