An AAPG Geosciences Technology Workshop

Bakken / Three Forks / Plus Emerging Plays

17-19 November 2014
Golden, Colorado, United States

Participants will learn how to be successful in utilizing the Three Forks in a stacked-pay, pad-drilling strategy when producing various Bakken members.

Attendees will learn how to apply 3D seismic and seismic attributes, use geochemistry and geochemical information to map sweet spots and to predict fracture behavior (including fluid behavior in the fractures, including fracture interference when infill drilling).

  • Reservoir characterization
  •  Pore space architecture of the Three Forks
  •  Geochemical considerations
  •  Imaging / 3D seismic integration
  •  Workflows for reservoir modeling
  •  Fracture networks
  •  Diagenesis
  •  Pore pressure and hydraulic fracturing
  •  Proppants
  •  Completions

Preliminary Program
  • Geophysical Applications – Using Geophysics for Reserves and Resources Classification and Assessment, *Marian Hanna and Tooney Fink, Chief Geophysicist Forum and Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  • Rational Rock Physics for Improved Velocity Prediction and Reservoir Properties Estimation for Granite 
    Wash (Tight Sands) in Anadarko Basin, Texas
    , *Muhammad Zahid Durrani and Dr. Jingyi Chen, University of Tulsa
  • Sedimentary Processes and Trace Fossil Communities in the Upper Shale Member of the Upper Devonian-
    Lower Mississippian Bakken Formation, North Dakota, USA
    , *Sven Egenhoff and Neil Fishman, Colorado State University 
  • Effects of Upper and Lower Bakken Source Rock Differences on the Charge of Middle Bakken and Three 
    Forks Reservoirs in the Williston Basin
    , *David Thul, Ryan Thompson, and Terry Ganey, PetroLuminary
  • Nonesuch Fm., A New Domestic Resource Play, Timothy Berge, Pangean Resources
  • The Rise and Fall of the Alberta Bakken: is there more to come?, Jon Noad, Husky Energy
  • 3D Seismic Proves Its Value In Bakken Geosteering, *Angie Southcott and Harold Harper, WPX Energy
  • An Important Role of Volcanic Ash in Forming Chang 7 Lacustrine Tight Oil Plays in Ordos Basin, China, Li Denghua, Petrochina
  • Seismic Brittleness Index Volume Estimation From Well Logs in Unconventional Reservoirs, Roderick Perez, DrillingInfo
  • Towards a More Complete Understanding of the Bakken/Three Forks Petroleum System through the Integration of Geochemistry, Stratigraphy, and Production Results, *Mark Millard and Tim Ruble, SM Energy
  • Will Talk About the Tuscaloosa, Walter Warndt
  • The Upper Bakken Shale Play, Elm Coulee Field, Williston Basin, Steve Sonnenberg, CSM
  • PSDM for Unconventional Reservoirs? A Niobrara Shale Case Study, Morgan Brown
  • Petrography of the Bakken Black “Shales” in the Eastern Williston Basin of North Dakota, *Mark Longman and Katie Kocman, QEP Resources, Inc.
  • The Curious Case of Hydrocarbon-Expulsion Fractures: Genesis and Impact on the Bakken Shales, Mohammed Al Duhailan, Colorado School of Mines
  • Petroleum Geochemistry of Ordovician-Sourced Oils from the Williston Basin, USA, John Curtis, Colorado School of Mines
  • Fluid-Rock Interaction in the Powder Rive Basin, Wyoming: An Investigation of Reactions Between Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid and Unconventional Reservoirs, Ryan Herz-Thyhsen, University of Wyoming
  • The Dual Role of Heavy Compounds in Conventional and Unconventional Petroleum Systems, Ahmed Chaouche, Anadarko Petroleum Corp
  • Reservoir Architecture and Characterization of the Cenomanian Barons Light Tight Oil Sandstone Plays, SW Alberta, Canada, Per Perdersen, University of Calgary
  • Molecular Simulation of Hydrocarbon Occurrence and Phase Behavior in Nano Pores, Keyu Liu, CSIRO

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