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
October 25

Bus departs from convention center at 8 AM.

Drive to Florence Canon City area and review outcrops of Niobrara, Codell Sandstone, Greenhorn Limestone, and Sharon Springs member of Pierre Shale. Lunch at Rockafellow Park.

Field Stops:

  1. HW 115 “Turkey Creek”, southwest of Colorado Springs
  2. Sharon Springs outcrop
  3. Oil Creek stop
  4. Rockafellow park, and lunch
  5. Holcim Quarry stop, HW 120
  6. HW 50, Niobrara Faults

Return to convention center at approximately 5 PM.

October 26

Bus departs from convention center at 8 AM.

Drive to Boulder area, examine outcrops of Niobrara, Codell, J Sandstone formations. Discuss geologic structure of the Front Range. Lunch in Lyons, CO.

Field Stops:

  1. Six Mile Fold 
  2. Codell Sandstone, HW 93 
  3. Lunch, & discuss Front Range Structure 
  4. J Sandstone, Middle Fork Road 
  5. J Sandstone, Turkey Creek, HW 285

Return to convention center at approximately 5 PM.

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, Education Department +1 918 560 2650 +1 918 560 2678
Debbi Debbi Boonstra Education Manager +1 918 560-2630

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