The Application of Thermal Maturation, Heat Flow, and Organic Facies for Unconventional Shale Gas Evaluation

29 October, 2009
Who Should Attend
This course is intended for geologists, geophysicists, engineers and also geoscience professors who are currently engaged in the source rock risk evaluation of both unconventional (mainly shale gas and coalbed methane) and deepwater exploration resources. It could also be of great value for geoscience graduate students working problems related to thermal or petroleum systems modelling and structural complexities.
Course Content

AAPG’s e-symposium on thermal maturation will demonstrate hands-on measurement methods and implications of (1) heat flow; (2) various thermal maturity parameters especially vitrinite reflectance measurements and their relationship to organic facies and kerogen type; and (3) the principles of one-dimensional thermal modeling and their relationship with the timing of hydrocarbon generation and expulsion.

The webinar will include a brief description of the fundamentals of organic petrology (including organic facies assignment and the effect of thermal maturity in delineating the adsorbed versus free gases), and the geochemistry of vitrinite reflectance (application and limitations.) Also, the role of both microscopic and chemical thermal maturation markers (vitrinite reflectance, FAMM, Thermal Alteration Index (TAI), Bitumen and Conodont Alteration Indices, apatite fission track annealing and various geochemical parameters) as calibration parameters for petroleum system modeling will be demonstrated. The webinar plans to demonstrate some details of vitrinite reflectance and other microscopic measurement methods in delineating the kinetics and timing of gas generation, the maturity calibration for unconventional (shale gas and CBM) hydrocarbon resource evaluation.

AAPG’s Webinar course on thermal maturation briefly covers the fundamentals of both steady state and transient state heat flow calibration in petroleum systems modelling for shale gas exploration.

Recording of original webinar, packet of independent study reading materials, PDF of original PowerPoint presentation by FTP download. (Original presentation date: October 29, 2009.) Some materials will also sent by e-mail.

Expires on
01 January, 9999
Member Tuition without CEU
Expires on
01 January, 9999
Nonmember Tuition without CEU
Expires on
01 January, 9999
Student Tuition without CEU
Expires on
01 January, 9999
Member Tuition with CEU
Expires on
01 January, 9999
Nonmember Tuition with CEU
Expires on
01 January, 9999
Student Tuition with CEU

Expanded package for CEU credit is $100 for AAPG members, and $145 for non-members. Special Student Pricing: $25 for Webinar only; $35 for Expanded package.


Prasanta K. Mukhopadhyay Global Geoenergy Research Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Susan Susan Nash, Ph.D. Director of Education and Professional Development +1 918 560 2604
Debbi Debbi Boonstra Education Manager +1 918 560-2630

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