Petrography in the 21st Century: Modern Tools for Elucidating Reservoir Quality in Sandstone Reservoirs

10 November 2014
Houston, Texas, United States
Who Should Attend
Exploration geologists and anyone who wants to learn more about sandstone reservoir quality and techniques for petrographic rock characterization.

This course addresses the fundamental chemical and mechanical processes that control the evolution of sandstone properties in the subsurface and the tools used to evaluate those processes. Naturally, many of the same techniques and approaches can be applied to unconventional targets as well, so the focus here is intentionally broad. The course addresses some basic questions: “Why look at rocks?” and “What tools do we have for rock characterization at the pore scale?”

Exploration geologists and anyone with an interest in reservoir quality assessment will develop a better understanding of:

  • Modern methods for micro-scale rock characterization
  • Principal controls on reservoir quality
  • Basic science behind approaches to reservoir quality prediction
Course Content

A one-day series of lectures covers the basic architecture of particulate sedimentary rocks, methods for petrologic characterization, grain assemblages, and diagenesis, including compaction, cementation, grain replacement, and fracturing. Examples of the nature and causes of reservoir quality variations in sandstones at low and high temperatures are provided with a focus on using the character of the primary grain assemblage as a predictive guide to what will happen in the subsurface.

Recommended study materials

Milliken, K. L., Choh, S.-J. and McBride, E. F., 2007, Sandstone Petrology, v. 2.0, A Tutorial Petrographic Image Atlas, Multimedia CD-ROM: American Association of Petroleum Geologists/DataPages, Discovery Series No. 10 (Second Edition), Tulsa, Oklahoma, CD-ROM.

Milliken, K. L. (compiler), 2006, Getting Started with Understanding Diagenetic Controls on Sandstone Reservoir Quality: AAPG/DataPages Getting Started Series, No. 4, CD-ROM.

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.

Norris Conference Center - CityCentre, Houston, TX
Norris Conference Center - CityCentre, Houston, TX
816 Town & Country Lane, Suite 210
Houston Texas 77024
United States
(713) 590-0950
Expires on
13 November, 2014
Regular Tuition (1-day)
50 people
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Includes refreshments and buffet lunch each day in addition to digital course notes. No refunds for cancellations after 13 October 2014.


Kitty Kitty Milliken University of Texas, Austin
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