In Conjunction with SEG 2014 Annual Meeting

Unconventional Petroleum Systems Field Trip: A Geologic Transect Along the Denver and Florence-Canon City Basins

25-26 October 2014
Denver, Colorado, United States


Who Should Attend
Geologists, geophysicists, and petroleum engineers interested in unconventional petroleum systems.

This trip illustrates a variety of unconventional reservoirs in the outcrops near Denver CO. The Denver Basin contains some of the largest reserves from unconventionals in the Rocky Mountain region.

During this trip, participants will learn about:

  • Reservoir heterogeneity associated with unconventional reservoirs.
  • The structure of the Front Range using 2-D seismic data.
  • How 3-D seismic aids in unconventional development.
Course Content

Unconventional petroleum systems are becoming much more important world wide in oil and gas exploration and development. These reservoirs are low porosity and permeability but contain enormous amounts of resources. Unconventional reservoirs include the following: tight oil and gas, CBM (coal bed methane), gas shales, and heavy oil or bituminous sands. This field trip is designed to examine several of these unconventional systems in the outcrop.

This two-day field trip will be along the Front Range of Colorado on the western flank of the Denver Basin and in the Florence-Canon City basin area. We will examine examples of tight-oil reservoirs (Cretaceous Niobrara Formation, Codell member of Carlile Formation), heavy oil/tar sands (Cretaceous J Sandstone), and tight-gas reservoirs (Cretaceous J Sandstone, Codell).

Field Seminar Location
Begins and ends in Denver, CO

Day one will focus on unconventional reservoirs located in the southern Denver and Florence-Canon City basins. Reservoirs include the Niobrara, Greenhorn and Codell Sandstone. Source beds in the Sharon Springs Member of the Pierre Shale will be examined.

Day two will examine Niobrara, Codell and J Sandstone exposures in the northern Denver Basin, Front Range area.

Expires on
26 September, 2014
Early Tuition
Expires on
26 October, 2014
Regular Tuition
40 people

Includes field trip guidebook, bus transportation and lunches. Participants will pay for their own dinners and lodging in Denver.


Stephen A. Stephen A. Sonnenberg Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
Vicky Vicky Kroh Registrar +1 918 560 2650
Debbi Debbi Boonstra Education Coordinator +1 918 560-2630

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