My Source Rock is Now My Reservoir

12 November 2014
Houston, Texas, United States
Who Should Attend
Geologists, petrophysicists, and reservoir engineers who are actively involved in exploiting shale-gas and shale-liquid reservoirs. Others (e.g., geochemists, geophysicists, rock mechanics specialists, geological modelers, and completion engineers) who are wanting a detailed understanding of how source rocks occur in the geologic record, and how these organic-rich rocks evolve through geologic time to become current unconventional gas and oil reservoirs.

By the end of the course, participants should be able to accomplish the following:

  • Describe the key lithologic and geochemical components in fine-grained reservoirs
  • Describe controls on organic-matter enrichment, and demonstrate lateral correlation of parasequence packages using well logs, cores, and detailed outcrop descriptions
  • Apply various well log methods to interpret TOC (total organic content), clay volume, porosity, mineralogy, and lithofacies.
  • Design evaluation workflows for detailed characterization of cores, core plugs, and cuttings for shale-gas reservoirs, and contrast with modified workflows for shale-liquids.
  • Interpret commercial crushed-rock measurements of total porosity, effective porosity, grain density, bulk density, fluid saturation, and permeability.  Describe similarities and differences of crushed-rock techniques with whole core plug measurements.
  • Incorporate microscopic imaging results (e.g., thin sections, SEM, SEM-FIB, STEM) into overall assessment of where the hydrocarbons are stored and how they likely flow.
  • Describe how organic matter and its properties evolve with increasing thermal maturation, and the impact this may have on producibility limits.
  • Compare and contrast properties of several shale-gas and shale-oil formations in North America.
Course Content

This course provides a rigorous overview of how and where organic-rich rocks are deposited, how they evolve into oil- and gas-generating source rocks, how the porosity systems evolve with thermal maturation, and the petrophysical properties of shale-gas and shale-liquid fine-grained reservoirs. Quick-look and hands-on application of several well log techniques for determination of total organic carbon (TOC) will be used, including exercises in using the ΔlogR technique. Numerous outcrop studies worldwide will be used to demonstrate stratigraphic relationships observed in organic-rich mudstones. One focus will be on interpreting porosity, permeability, fluid saturation, and gas adsorption, and in understanding their impact on production of hydrocarbons. The contrasts between gas and liquid systems will be emphasized.

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
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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.


Quinn Quinn Passey ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
Vicky Vicky Kroh Registrar, Education Department +1 918 560 2650 +1 918 560 2678
Debbi Debbi Boonstra Education Manager +1 918 560-2630

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