An AAPG Asia Pacific Geosciences Technology Workshop

Modern Depositional Systems as Analogues for Petroleum Reservoirs

21-23 April 2015
Wellington, New Zealand
Sponsored By:
New Zealand Oil and Gas
GNS Science
Excel Geo (NZ)

Make plans to attend an AAPG Geosciences Technology Workshop (GTW) to be held in Wellington between 21-23 April, 2015. The workshop will comprise four half-day sessions focused on broad depositional environment settings. The aim is to better understand modern depositional systems, and how they can help us to better interpret ancient petroleum reservoirs.

Each session will involve a keynote presentation, a series of selected presentations consistent with the session theme, and an interactive panel discussion. Planned sessions include:

  • Terrestrial settings and systems
  • Coastal and shallow marine settings and systems
  • Deep marine settings and systems
  • Application of modern depositional system analogues to petroleum exploration, appraisal and production

Subject to the level of interest, it is intended to hold a core workshop and a concurrent field excursion in the Wairarapa valley on the third day.

Who should attend?

Geoscience professionals engaged in exploration, appraisal, development and production of clastic oil and gas reservoirs; researchers and academics interested in sedimentary and petroleum geology; reservoir modellers.

Expressions of interest in participation in the workshop, including possible presentations consistent with one of the above themes, can be made to Adrienne Pereira. Potential authors can submit a 500-word abstract and a 100-word CV by 30 November, 2014 for consideration by the technical committee.

Abstracts are submitted with the knowledge that speakers need to be present at the GTW. AAPG is not able to provide any financial aid to facilitate speaker travel. Speakers will need to register and pay for their attendance.

Sponsorship opportunities are available to boost your corporate image. Download the form found in the right bar, and upon completion, please scan and return the form to Adrienne Pereira.
Apart from Abstracts (short or extended) appearing in the event Handout, no speaker presentations will be published by AAPG electronically without Author permission. AAPG however recommends that Authors submit their presentations to our Search & Discovery portal. There will be no audio or video recordings by AAPG of the event. Should delegates be interested in receiving copies of presentations, they will be directed to the Author.
Monday, 20 April
16:00 – 18:00

Advance Registration

Wharewaka Function Centre, Makaro Room

Tuesday, 21 April

Welcome Coffee

Wharewaka Function Centre, Makaro Room



Mac Beggs, Convenor

James Stephenson, Wallace, General Manager, New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals

SESSION 1 – Deep Water Systems 

Chair: Philip Barnes, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA),  New Zealand


Keynote Address 1: Documenting the On-going Processes Occurring Within Modern Submarine Canyons: Off-shore California

Charles K Paull, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA


Evolution of Submarine Gullies Over Geologic Time: Constraining Modern Analogs with Shallow 3D Seismic Data, Taranaki Basin, New Zealand

Lauren E. Shumaker, Stephan A. Graham, Stanford University, USA, Zane R. Jobe, Shell Technology Centre, USA


Posters Viewing


Coffee Break


A Sediment-Flooded Subduction-To-Strike Slip System: Canyon, Channel And Basin Floor Turbidites Of The Hikurangi Trough, New Zealand

Philip Barnes, J J Mountjoy, J S Mitchell, A Pallentine, T Kane, L Chaumillon, M Argoud, L Northcote, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand, C K Paull, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), USA, L J Strachan, M Jeromson, B Rip, University of Auckland, New Zealand, G J Crutchley, GSN Science, New Zealand


Large Canyon-Channel Complexes From South Island Of New Zealand Show Contrasting Morphologies

Helen Neil, Alan Orpin, Scott Nodder, John Mitchell, Kevin MacKay, Tim Kane. National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA),  New Zealand


Taranaki Basin Miocene Channel Systems and their Impact on Prospectivity

Stephen Greaves, Gareth Reynolds, Todd Energy, Wellington New Zealand


Discussion Time


Delegate Lunch

SESSION 2 – Coastal and Marginal Marine Systems 

Chair: Bruce Ainsworth, Chevron Australia


Keynote Address 2: Reservoir Characterization of Tidally-Influenced Reservoirs - Analogues for Exploration and Development

Dale Leckie, Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, University of Calgary, Canada


Assessing Lateral Variability along Modern Transgressive Coastlines to Improve Ancient Analog Comparisons: Examples from the U.S. Atlantic Coast and the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway

Julia Mulhern, Cari Johnson, and Lisa Stright: University of Utah, USA


The Modern Mahakam Delta: An Analogue for Transgressive-Phase Deltaic Sandstone Reservoirs on Low Energy Coastlines

Joseph Lambiase, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, Salahuddin, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia


Posters Viewing


Coffee Break


Keynote Address 3: Production- to Exploration-Scale Analogs from Quaternary Systems: A Source-to-Sink Perspective

M. Blum, University of Kansas, USA, K.T. Milliken, Chevron Geology Research and Development, USA, J.W. Snedden,
W.E. Galloway, University of Texas, Austin, USA


Modern Carbonate Sediments And Systems As Analogues For Subsurface Reservoirs

Moyra E.J. Wilson, Ahmed A.S. Al Aghbari1, Amy Hoppenbrouwers, Pattaraporn Kananan, Robert H.C.Madden, Akram Zafir, Maxim Lebedev , Curtin University, Australia, Nigel R. Deeks, Omer O. Yussuf, Schlumberger Oilfield Australia


Discussion Time


Delegate Cocktail Reception

Wharewaka Function Centre, Karaka Cafe

Wednesday, 22 April

Welcome Coffee

SESSION 3 – Terrestrial Systems

Chair: Greg Browne, GNS Science, New Zealand     


Keynote Address 4: The Studies Of Modern Fluvial/Alluvial Depositional Systems As Analogues For Interpreting The Rock Record

John McPherson, SED&RQ Pty Ltd, Australia


Modern Fluvial Sandy Gravels Of The Canterbury Plains, And Their Immediate Post Depositional Modifications: Implications To Ancient Coarse-Grained Reservoirs

Greg Browne, GNS Science, New Zealand


Understanding Avulsion Events in a Tropical River - Applications For Fluvial Reservoirs

Sara Morón, Kathryn Amos, Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide, Australia, Tobias Payenberg, Chevron Energy Technology Company, Australia


Discussion Time


Coffee Break


Visual Kerogen Analogues And Palynofacies Applications To Hydrocarbon Exploration In New Zealand

Lucia Roncaglia, Christopher Clowes, Erica Crouch, Joe Prebble, GNS Science, New Zealand


Application of Modern and Ancient Depositional Environments to Construct Paleo-Depositional Environment Maps of the Canterbury and Great South Rift Basins

Robert C Shoup, Clastic Reservoir Systems, Malaysia; Nick Cozens, New Zealand Oil and Gas


Early Cretaceous to Paleocene North American Drainage Reorganization and Sediment Routing from Detrital Zircons: Significance to the Alberta Oil Sands and Gulf of Mexico Petroleum Provinces

M. Blum, Department of Geology, University of Kansas, USA


Discussion Time


Delegates Lunch

SESSION 4 – Integration and Applications

Chair: Mac Beggs, New Zealand Oil and Gas,  New Zealand


Keynote Address 5: Application and Integration of Modern Depositional Analogues into Reservoir Modelling Workflows

Bruce Ainsworth, Chevron Energy Technology Company Australia


Understanding and Modeling the Tidally-influenced Fluvial Reservoirs of a Supergiant Oil Field

Dale Leckie, University of Calgary, Canada


Thinly Bedded Pay In Clastic Reservoirs, Recognition, Geological Occurrence, Understanding, And Quantification

Dirk Bodnar, El Pilar Petrotechnical Consulting LLC, USA


Coffee Break


Keynote Address 6: Virtual Worlds and Ancient Depositional Systems: The use of Earth System Modelling to Understand the Geological Past

Peter A. Allison, Alexandros Avdis, Jon Hill, Dan J. Lunt, Naomi Jordan, Imperial College, UK


The Potential Impact of Evolving Basin Physiography and Tidal Dynamics on the Mangrove Biome and Hydrocarbon Charge System in the Tertiary South China Sea

Daniel S Collins, Peter A. Allison, Howard D. Johnson, Alexandros Avdis, Jon Hill, Matthew D. Piggott, Imperial College, UK


Discussion Time


Closing Remarks

Mac Beggs, Convenor

Poster Presentations (Static)


Modern Depositional System of Kepulauan Seribu Carbonate, Offshore Jakarta, North West Java Basin as An Analogue for Petroleum  Reservoir

Muhammad Tressna Gandapradana, Taufan Tryastono, Achmad Chaidar, Muhammad Irwan Pernando Napitupulu, Abdurrokhim, University of Padjadjaran, Indonesia


Assessing Lateral Variability along Modern Transgressive Coastlines to Improve Ancient Analog Comparisons: Examples from the U.S. Atlantic Coast and the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway

Julia Mulhern, Cari Johnson, and Lisa Stright: University of Utah, USA


The Role of Longshore Drift in Sand Accumulation on The Sedimentary Shelf

Christine McLachlan, Gary Wilson, Andrew Gorman; University of Otago, and Lionel Carter; Victoria University of Wellington


Initiation and death of normal faults, Northern Graben, Taranaki.

Hamish Cameron, With supervision from Dr Hannu Seebeck (GNS Science) and Prof Tim Little (Victoria University of Wellington)


Geochemical Insights into the Depositional Conditions of Prospective Late Cretaceous – Paleogene Marine Source Rocks of The East Coast Basin, New Zealand

B. R. Hines, J S Crampton, Victoria University of Wellington/GNS Science, New Zealand, M. F. Gazley, Victoria University of Wellington/CSIRO Mineral Resources Flagship, Australia, K. Bland, G T Ventura, GNS Science, New Zealand, K. S. Collins, Victoria University of Wellington


Detecting lateral continuity of Taranaki basin reservoir sand based on sequence stratigraphy and seismic attribute analysis

Joseph Gnapragasan and Umar Hamzah, Department of Geology, National Univeristy of Malaysia


Reprocessing of controlled-source seismic data from New Zealand Hikurangi margin offshore East Coast Basin

Hanyan Wang, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


Meander Loop Migration and its Effect on Liquefaction Susceptibility: Liquefaction Along the Heathcote River during the 2010-12 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence

Kieran Grace, University of Canterbury, New Zealand



‘Storm-flood’ coastal systems in relation to delta front-shoreface facies models: applications to Miocene successions in the Baram Delta Province, NW Borneo

Daniel Collins, Howard D. Johnson and Peter A. Allison, Imperial College, UK


High-Frequency Multi-Channel Seismic Investigations Of Active Processes At The Waitaki Canyon – Northern Otago Shelf

Cameron J. Abbey, Andrew R. Gorman, Jess I.T. Hillman, M. Hamish Bowman, Department of Geology, University of Otago

Petroleum Core Summary Resource for the Taranaki Basin, New Zealand

Aidan G. Milner, Cliff B Atkins, Victoria University of Wellington, Greg H. Browne, Mark J. F. Lawrence, GNS Science, New Zealand

Exploring the Development of Anabranching Systems: A Morphodynamical Modeling Approach

Sara Morón, Kathryn Amos, Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide, Australia, Douglas Edmonds,  Indiana University, USA
Thursday, 23 April - Optional, Non-AAPG Activities
(Optional) Core Workshop on New Zealand petroleum reservoirs including terrestrial, marginal marine and deep water cases
This event is now fully taken up.

The purpose of the core workshop will be to review several cores, including logs and supporting data, and to discuss depositional processes, bioturbation fabrics, lithofacies types and stacking patterns.  A range of sedimentary cores will be examined from several different depositional settings (fluvial to deep marine) from a variety of New Zealand fields. The cores selected will give participants a good feel for the range of reservoir facies from New Zealand fields. Most cores are from Taranaki Basin, New Zealand’s only producing petroleum basin, and will be viewed at the Featherston Core Store Facility, maintained by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.  Participants should bring their cameras and a hand lens for viewing.   We will conclude by visiting one of the regions renowned vineyards in the town of Martinborough.

Maximum Places Available: 16 (on a first-come, first-served basis).

Fee: USD90.00 per person, includes transport, lunch and a wine tasting experience.

Registration for this Core Workshop is to be made when registering for the AAPG GTW.

For more information:
Dr Greg H Browne
Sedimentologist (AAPG Member)
GNS Science, Wellington, New Zealand

(Optional) Field Trip to Wairarapa,  23 April 2015
One seat left.

The field trip will visit the broad alluvial plains of the Wairarapa Valley east of Wellington City, part of a forearc basin forming above the Hikurangi subduction zone.  We will examine modern terrestrial depositional settings and discuss processes, including braided river, lacustrine delta and gravel beach-barrier bar environments.  These offer modern analogues for Pleistocene sedimentary rocks that we will also examine in outcrop in nearby hills. Participants should bring a small back pack, warm jacket, study footwear, sun glasses, sun cream, sun hat and camera.  This trip involves short walks (no more than 2 km at any given stop, and will involve getting wet feet), and is suitable for people with low to moderate fitness levels.  We will conclude by visiting one of the regions renowned vineyards in the town of Martinborough.

Maximum places available: 24 (on a first-come-first-served basis).

Fee: USD75.00 per person, includes transport , lunch, and a wine tasting experience.  Confirmed Attendees must fill out an indemnity form.

Registration for this Field Trip is to be made when registering for the AAPG GTW.

These two optional activities are being organised and run by members of the GTW organising committee.  AAPG’s only involvement is in processing registration for GTW participants. 

For more information:
Cliff Atkins
School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences
Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

*Each session has provision of a brief introduction to poster presentation as well as oral presentation and discussion around the session theme.

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Mac Beggs New Zealand Oil and Gas (Convenor)
Cliff Atkins University of Wellington(NZ) School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences
Greg Browne GNS Science, NZ
Philip Barnes National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, NZ
Zoë Juniper New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals, NZ
Adrienne Pereira AAPG Asia Pacific Region Programs Manager
Kate Bromfield Elemental Enviroment Ltd., New Zealand
Alan Clare OMV New Zealand Limited
Adrienne Adrienne Pereira Programs Manager, AAPG Asia Pacific Region +65 96536728

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