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Getting out in the field and being able to touch, see and feel the objects of your training makes for the best possible experience. Our field seminars are designed to maximize your time and travel with a combination of field work, lecture and class work.

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
30 April - 7 May 2016

The seminar focuses on the lithologic variations that characterize clastic reservoir facies and on development of models that can be used to predict these variations in the subsurface.

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Three Forks, Montana, United States
23-25 May 2016

This field seminar will give participants an overview about the geology, reservoir engineering and operation aspects of the Lodgepole-Bakken-Three Forks Petroleum System.  Excellent outcrops illustrate how facies, reservoir properties and rock strength can vary along a lateral well bore. Engineers, geologists and operators will find this especially interesting.

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
31 May - 7 June 2016

This field seminar offers an excellent opportunity for the students to walk on a variety of modern terrigenous clastic depositional systems while observing sedimentary processes, modern sedimentary structures, and numerous trenches illuminating the three-dimensional architecture of each area.

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Palo Alto, California, United States
13-18 June 2016

This six-day field seminar is designed to provide participants with an appreciation of the broad range of deep-water reservoir facies, the mechanisms by which they were deposited, their predictive attributes, their reservoir heterogeneity and their stratigraphic architecture.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
16-18 June 2016
In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) — SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)

This trip will feature exceptional, three-dimensional exposures of fluvial meander belt deposits in Late Cretaceous strata of southern Alberta.

Dinosaur Provincial Park has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its world-class fossil bone beds. We will also visit the world-renowned Royal Tyrell Museum of Palaeontology on this trip.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
17-18 June 2016
In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) - SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)

This field trip provides an overview of the main unconventional clastic reservoir units in Western Canada. This trip will focus on the sedimentology and depositional origin of these units and will discuss the opportunities and challenges of each unconventional target zone.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
18 June 2016
In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) — AAPG Canada Region

The tour will lead participants up the Stanley Glacier trail, through the notorious burn zone of 2003, now a beautiful regrowth area, and up to the Burgess shale outcrop where views of the Stanley Glacier valley are spectacular.

This one day field trip targets recent earth sciences graduates and working Young Professionals from all over the world to meet and bond with fellow peers in the beautiful setting of Stanley Glacier and Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park. Please note this is not a student field trip.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
18 June 2016
In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) — Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG)

This trip will provide an overview of structure of the foothills, frontal ranges, and main ranges of the Canadian Rockies with specific examples of deformation and how this is relevant to hydrocarbon exploration and production in Alberta.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
18 June 2016
In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) — CSPG and History of Petroleum Geology Committee

The region to the southwest of Calgary was the primary focus for hydrocarbon-related activities in Alberta from 1914, when the original discovery was made, until 1947 when the Devonian Leduc trend near Edmonton was initially tapped.

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Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
22-24 June 2016
In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) — Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG)

Stops include outstanding 2-D to 3-D exposures illustrating a range of depositional environments including open estuarine, large scale single and stacked channel point bar deposits, multiple cut and fill channel deposits; a variety of IHS deposits; mudstone-clast breccia deposits; different reservoir configurations including continuous, and laterally and vertically compartmentalized reservoirs.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
23 June 2016
In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) — Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG)

This is a guided hike to Middle Cambrian fossil beds located in Yoho National Park. The Mount Stephen Fossil Beds are located within the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks which comprise a site on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
23-24 June 2016
In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) — SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)

The Campanian, Horseshoe Canyon Formation is exposed in three-dimensions along the Red Deer Valley near Drumheller, Alberta. These clastic marginal marine sediments were deposited in mixed-process (wave, tide and fluvial influenced) depositional environments. These deposits are subdivided into six relatively thin (10 m on average; low accommodation) Transgressive-Regressive sequences (A to F). Participants will be able to compare and contrast outcrop observations with wireline and core data and also visualize the seismic expression of the outcrops. These data will be utilized to explain the 3-D evolution of the deposystems through time.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
23-29 June 2016
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. Participants will recognize common types of structures in fold-and-thrust belts, apply fault-related folding concepts to interpret these structures, identify petroleum traps and their major structural risk elements, and recognize similarities between styles of trap and reservoir-scale deformation.
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
23 June 2016
In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) — AAPG Student Chapter/SEPM

The Foothills and Front Ranges of the Alberta Thrust Belt are perhaps the most extensively studied compressional petroleum province on earth. Within this system, thick sheets of Paleozoic carbonate strata were thrust progressively eastward into Mesozoic and Tertiary clastic assemblages of the developing Alberta Basin. The resulting geology forms a superb laboratory to view and analyze the components of thrust belt architecture and the development of petroleum systems in compressional settings.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
23-25 June 2016
In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) — Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG)

This three-day trip starts and ends in Calgary and presents an overview of a well-exposed and well-studied segment of a compressional fold-thrust belt with significant hydrocarbon reserves. The focus of the trip is to observe the structural setting and surface expressions of several large hydrocarbon fields in the Foothills, complemented by excellent seismic-scale examples of fold-thrust structures exposed in the Front Ranges, developed and exposed in the same gross stratigraphic sequence that hosts the hydrocarbon fields in the subsurface.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
23 June 2016
In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) — Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG)

Participants will spend the day hiking in the picturesque badlands of the Natural Preserve in Dinosaur Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They will be accompanied by a Dinosaur expert, Caleb Brown, from the world renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum, and by an experienced sedimentologist from the industry. The Park’s status is due to a combination of its diverse fossil resources, large area of badlands and the cottonwood riparian biozone of the Red Deer River.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
23-24 June 2016
In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) — AAPG Division of Environmental Geosciences (DEG)

This is a two-day field trip focusing on the Quaternary glacial history of the area between Calgary and Banff, with a drive up the Icefields Parkway to the Athabasca Glacier.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
23-25 June 2016
In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) — Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG)

This two and a half day post-convention field trip will examine Upper Devonian (Frasnian) shallow water carbonate platform and time equivalent basinal strata (Winterburn, Woodbend and Beaverhill Lake Groups subsurface) at a number of well exposed outcrops in the Main and Front Ranges of West Central Alberta.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
24-26 June 2016
In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) — Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG)

This trip is designed to examine the components of one of these unconventional systems, the Bakken-equivalent Exshaw and lower Banff of the southern Alberta Rockies. The latest Devonian to earliest Mississippian Exshaw Formation and overlying black shale of the lower Banff Formation provide an opportunity to see a coeval outcrop analogue of the Bakken petroleum system in the Williston Basin.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
25-26 June 2016
In Conjunction with AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) — SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)

This field trip focuses on the Montney Formation in the Foothills and Front Ranges outcrop belt in the Alberta Rockies immediately west of Calgary and provides a review of facies patterns in a variety of proximal and distal basinal settings.

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
11-18 September 2016

This field seminar offers an excellent opportunity for the students to walk on a variety of modern terrigenous clastic depositional systems while observing sedimentary processes, modern sedimentary structures, and numerous trenches illuminating the three-dimensional architecture of each area.

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Great Falls, Montana, United States
12-17 September 2016
The seminar will utilize traverses to examine multiple thrust sheets exposed in Sun River Canyon, the famous Teton Anticline, and an outstanding example of an exposed fractured reservoir along a fault‐propagated fold in Mississippian carbonates as Swift Reservoir. Participants will examine the mechanics of fracturing, folding, and faulting in thrust belt terrains, identify and discuss new ideas regarding the geometry and kinematics of the development of thrust belts, compare seismic interpretation with outcrop examples, and analyze stratigraphic concepts which are essential in the exploration of thrust belt targets.
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
18-25 September 2016

Participants will learn a specific and comprehensive methodology for finding and developing conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources associated with lake deposits. The seminar will start with the Quaternary Bonneville basin in Utah, to build familiarity with lacustrine depositional processes. Participants then examine world-famous exposures of organic-rich mudstone, fluvial sandstone, and carbonate microbialite facies in Wyoming.

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Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
28 September - 5 October 2016

Participants will learn through the use of spectacular outcrops, subsurface datasets, and stratigraphic modeling how these systems tracts and key surfaces (flooding surfaces and sequence boundaries) may be recognized.

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Naples, Italy
1-7 October 2016

The main part of the field seminar will focus on the description of the fractured carbonates and the extrapolation from the outcrop observations to the subsurface for building geologically plausible reservoir models.

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