Seismic Interpretation in Fold-and-Thrust Belts: Field Trip to the Southern Canadian Rocky Mountain Foreland

Sunday, 19 July, 8:00 a.m. – Saturday, 25 July 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Alberta, Canada


Who Should Attend
This course is intended to assist geologists and geophysicists involved in the interpretation of seismic reflection data for trap delineation and reservoir characterization in both orogenic and passive margin fold-and-thrust belts. The course should also be a useful for supervisors who evaluate structural interpretations to assign and reduce drilling risks.

Upon completion of this field seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize common types of structures in fold-and-thrust belts based on their expressions in outcrop and seismic data.
  • Apply fault-related folding concepts to interpret these structures, characterizing fault and fold geometries and fault displacements.
  • Identify petroleum traps and their major structural risk elements.
  • Recognize similarities between styles of trap and reservoir-scale deformation.
Course Content

This structural field course in the Front Ranges of the Canadian Rockies focuses on relating outcrop to seismic expressions of compressive structural styles that are common in fold-and-thrust belts and deepwater passive margins (toe thrust belts) worldwide. Course topics include seismic interpretation of thrust and reverse faults, detachment surfaces, fault-bend folds, fault-propagation folds, detachment folds, growth structures, wedge structures, and imbricate structures. The course offers an extensive "atlas-style" guidebook with seismic examples from petroleum basin throughout the world, as well as instructional materials and exercises on quantitative structural interpretation of seismic data. Each day will be spent visiting three to five field locations, where new concepts will be introduced and applied in seismic interpretation projects.

Participants stay at the University of Calgary Kananaskis Field Station, in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada, about an hour drive from Banff and two-hour drive from Calgary. The geology is extraordinary, and the scenery and wildlife are tremendous.

All participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Calgary (you will be provided with arrival and departure details at least 30 days prior to the start of the trip).

Field Seminar Location
Begins and ends in Calgary, AB, Canada. More details will follow soon.

Expires on
18 June, 2015
Early Tuition
Expires on
25 July, 2014
Regular Tuition
20 people

PLEASE NOTE:  Registrants in AAPG Field Seminars must complete and sign the Release and Indemnity Form on the bottom of the Registration Form (or read and agree to the appropriate box during online registration.) Your registration will not be complete until we have your signed form in our files.

Tuition includes lodging in a field station (double occupancy), most meals (exception of 2 dinners), local transportation, boat and gondola fees, guidebooks, and supplies. No refunds for cancellations after 6/19/2015.


John H. John H. Shaw Harvard University
Frank Frank Bilotti Chevron Nigeria/mid-Africa Deepwater, Nigeria
Stephanie Stephanie Brown Assistant Registrar 918-560-2930 918-560-2678
Debbi Debbi Boonstra Education Manager +1 918 560-2630

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