John Holbrook, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
April 5, 2014
June 16, 2014
Houston, TX, with AAPG Annual Meeting
Goes up to $895/$1095 on 3/07/2014. Includes course notes and refreshments.
No refunds for cancellations after 3/07/2014.
Geologists, geophysicists, and engineers seeking techniques for improved subsurface mapping and more accurate prediction of lithology/porosity distribution within fluvial reservoir intervals that are depicted in seismic, borehole, and outcrop data sets. Concepts are taught from base principles so no prerequisites are required. An entry-level understanding of Geology is helpful.
Upon completion of the course, participants will gain an overview of the river processes that generate strata as well as acquire a range of techniques for mapping and interpretation of fluvial rock. Participants will attain the following skills:
The course will cover the full range of topics needed to identify, correlate, and interpret fluvial reservoirs and encasing non-reservoir units. Participants will gain the foundations for understanding and predicting the geometry, connectivity, and permeability trends of fluvial reservoir systems at the scale of boreholes, fields, and basins. To accomplish this, the course is subdivided into six components that each convey a specific aspect of fluvial stratigraphy and each build sequentially upon knowledge gained from the preceding components. These components are, in order, fluvial geomorphology, fluvial facies, fluvial architecture, seismic geomorphology, heterogeneity and connectivity, and correlation. Fluvial geomorphology provides a background for understanding the flow dynamics, basin processes, and accommodation conditions that dictate formation and preservation of reservoir units. In fluvial facies participants will learn the skills needed to recognize and distinguish the sediments unique to each of the common fluvial depositional environments. Fluvial architecture will provide insights into the origin, geometry, and lithofacies typical for each of the common reservoir (e.g. bars, etc.) and non-reservoir (e.g. abandoned channel fill, etc.) elements within fluvial sections at all levels of the fluvial hierarchy (i.e. channel-scale, vs. belt scale, vs. valley scale). In this section we will also explore controls on spatial arrangement of these elements as well as techniques for their correlation in borehole logs. Seismic geomorphology will address common techniques for identification and mapping of reservoir elements in 3-D seismic data. In the heterogeneity and connectivity section, we will explore the depositional processes that generate heterogeneity within fluvial reservoirs as well as the processes that connect discrete reservoir elements to each other. We will also identify some useful techniques and statistics for predicting heterogeneity and connectivity within fluvial reservoir systems. Lastly, we will review the various techniques that may be used to correlate fluvial strata at the basin scale.