An AAPG Asia Pacific Geosciences Technology Workshop

Modern Depositional Systems as Analogues for Petroleum Reservoirs

21-23 April 2015
Wellington, New Zealand
Sponsored By:
Chevron - Human Energy

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.
Preliminary Program
Tuesday, 21 April

Morning Session: Terrestrial Settings and Systems*

Keynote: The studies of modern fluvial/alluvial depositional systems as analogues for interpreting the rock record

John McPherson (SEQ &RD Pty Ltd)

Modern fluvial sandy gravels of the Canterbury Plains, and their immediate post depositional modifications: implications to ancient coarse-grained reservoirs

Greg Browne (GNS)

Afternoon Session: Coastal and Shallow Marine Settings and Systems*

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

Dale Leckie (to be confirmed)

Relating modern analogs and process-based facies models to ancient deposits: a mixed-energy estuary from the Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation, southern Utah

Cari Johnson (University of Utah)

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

Joseph Lambiase (Chulalongkorn University)

Wednesday, 22 April

Morning Session: Deep Marine Settings Systems*

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

Charles Paull (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)

A sediment-flooded subduction system: Canyon, channel and basin floor turbidites of the Hikurangi Trough, New Zealand

Philip Barnes (National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research [NIWA])

Afternoon Session: Application of modern depositional system analogues to petroleum exploration, appraisal and production*

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

Bruce Ainsworth, (Chevron)

Thursday, 23 April - Optional, Non-AAPG Activities
(Optional) Core Workshop on New Zealand petroleum reservoirs including terrestrial, marginal marine and deep water cases

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

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
Abeer Abeer Al Zubaidi AAPG Middle East Office Director +971 4 372 4201 +971 4 372 4204
Jeremy Jeremy Richardson AAPG Europe Office Director +44 (0)207 434 1399 +44 (0)207 434 1386
Adrienne Adrienne Pereira AAPG Asia Pacific Region Programs Manager +65 96536728

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