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Who Should Attend

Deepwater Sedimentary Systems helps industry professionals, academicians, researchers and government agencies characterize and interpret deepwater stratigraphy and reservoirs, mature exploration concepts in areas of interest, and evaluate development decisions in offshore areas.  Insights gained during participation in the course enables teams to characterize and rank the value of projects in other regions and on a global scale. For academics, this course serves as the primer for understanding the range of processes and deposits found in water depths exceeding 200 m, which covers nearly 70% of Earth.

Field Trip

Course participants have the option of participating in a field trip on Friday, March 3.

Course Content

This 2-day, in-person course equips participants to build predictive models of subsurface geology for more successful exploration and development. The course is based on a selection of works from Deepwater Sedimentary Systems: Science, Discovery and Applications (Eds J. Rotzien, C. Yeilding, R. Sears, F. Hernández-Molina y O. Catuneanu) that takes readers through geological and geophysical characterization of deepwater intervals in order to make informed investments.  Authored by nearly 60 professionals from 20 countries, this book represents the first global treatise on exploration and production in deepwater/offshore systems. Expected publication date is September 1, 2022. Participants can opt to receive a signed copy of the first edition of the book.

Deepwater Sedimentary Systems provides a field-based analysis of the range and variation in deepwater sedimentary intervals, exploring new themes in energy industry research and applications, as well as approaches to classic reservoir challenges and how they’re being addressed today.

Throughout the course, Dr. Rotzien will explain why these technical challenges are relevant to exploration, appraisal and development drilling programs.

His analysis questions the turbidite reservoir paradigm established since the 1960s and provides a route to modern solutions.

Critical questions to be addressed during the course include the following:

  1. What is the range & variability in the types of deepwater clastic conventional reservoirs?
  2. What are key factors determining sediment distribution patterns in the deep sea?
  3. How can first principles of deepwater sedimentology and stratigraphy be used to a company’s advantage when determining depositional environment, and, in turn, bulk rock volume, net to gross and porosity to determine fluids in place?
  4. What is the role played by sedimentary routing systems in determining the overall quality of deepwater turbidite reservoirs?
  5. How can our global community simultaneously and at various scales observe sediment gravity flows and their deposits to inform business decisions?
Tentative Course Schedule

(Participants will receive a final schedule approximately one week prior to the course)

Wednesday, March 1
08:00 – 09:30 Welcome and Session I
09:30 – 09:45 Break
09:45 – 12:15 Session II; Exercise 1
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:45 Session III
14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:30 Session IV; Exercise 2
Thursday, March 2
08:00 – 09:30 Session V
09:30 – 09:45 Break
09:45 – 12:15 Session VI; Exercise 3
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:45 Session VII
14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:30 Session VII; Exercise 4
16:30 – 17:00 Book signing; conclusions; goodbyes
Friday, March 3
08:00 – 17:00 Field trip to Bathsheba and Greenland’s Quarry, Barbados

Times are listed in Atlantic Standard Time (AST), GMT – 4.

Field Seminar Location


Steven Loring Veal Steven Veal Committee Director USA
Nathan Alan Randolph Nathan Randolph Vice President Geologist, Pablo Energy II, LLC, USA
Johannes Alvarez Johannes Alvarez Program Chair Chevron, USA
Scott W. Singleton Scott Singleton Program Chair Independence Resources Management, USA
Katerina Yared Katerina Yared Program Chair Petrophysicist P.G. PMP, SM Energy, USA
Luis R. Baez Luis Baez Theme Chair ConocoPhillips, USA
Alejandro Lerza Alejandro Lerza Theme Chair Chevron, Argentina
Amit Singh Amit Singh Theme Chair Chevron
Craig Cipolla Craig Cipolla Theme Chair Hess Corporation , USA
Autumn Shannon Autumn Shannon Theme Chair Marathon Oil, USA
Baosheng Liang Baosheng Liang Theme Chair Research Scientist, Chevron, USA
Stanley Scott Birkhead Stanley Birkhead Theme Chair USA
Yulia Faulkner Yulia Faulkner Theme Chair Premier Oilfield Group
Mehrnoosh Saneifar Mehrnoosh Saneifar Theme Chair Chevron
David William Hume David Hume Theme Chair Business Development , Independent Consultant, USA
Matthew Troy Poole Matthew Poole Theme Chair Shell Exploration and Production, USA
Jayne Alexandra Sloan Jayne Sloan Theme Chair Geologist, Parsley Energy, USA
Danielle D. Ebnother Danielle Ebnother Theme Chair Senior Exploration Geologist, SM Energy, USA
Orlando Jose Teran Orlando Teran Theme Chair Ovintiv, USA
Andrew Jude Lewis Andrew Lewis Theme Chair Technology Manager, Fairfield Geotechnologies, USA
Marianne  Rauch Marianne Rauch Theme Chair Principal Technical Advisor, multi client onshore, TGS, USA
Ahmad Ghassemi Ahmad Ghassemi Theme Chair The University of Oklahoma, USA
Yunhui Tan Yunhui Tan Theme Chair Chevron, USA
Ruiting Wu Ruiting Wu Theme Chair Chevron
Craig Barrie Craig Barrie Theme Chair Applied Petroleum Technology, USA
Jason Jweda Jason Jweda Theme Chair ConocoPhillips, USA
Wei Wang Wei Wang Theme Chair Chevron
Didi Mey Ooi Didi Ooi Theme Chair OXY, USA
Eduardo Gliden Eduardo Gliden Theme Chair
Birol Dindoruk Birol Dindoruk Theme Chair University of Houston
Sebastien F. Matringe Sebastien Matringe Theme Chair Hess Corporation, USA
Yongshe Liu Yongshe Liu Theme Chair ConocoPhillips
George Koperna George Koperna Theme Chair Advanced Resources Int'l Inc, USA
Hao H. Sun Hao Sun Theme Chair Chevron, USA
Felipe Bayón Felipe Bayón Honorary Chair Ecopetrol
Liang Xu Liang Xu Theme Chair Evonik
Victor H. Vega Victor Vega General Chair Vice President Exploration, Development and Reserves, Frontera Energy, USA
Denise Benoit Denise Benoit Theme Chair Halliburton
Elsa Jeanneth Jaimes Elsa Jaimes General Vice Chair Ecopetrol, Colombia
Alexsandra  Martinez Alexsandra Martinez Theme Chair DeGolyer and MacNaughton, USA
Hosein Kalaei Hosein Kalaei Theme Chair ConocoPhillips
Carlos Macellari, PhD Carlos Macellari Technical Program Co-Chair Consultant, Spain
Katie Essary Katie Essary Theme Chair Chevron, USA
Tomas Villamil, PhD Tomas Villamil Technical Program Co-Chair Independent Consultant, Colombia
Miguel  Ramirez Miguel Ramirez Judging Chair Consultant, USA
Susan Howes Susan Howes Theme Chair Subsurface Consultants & Associates, LLC, USA
Leonardo Jimenez Leonardo Jimenez Field Trip Chair Ecopetrol S.A., Colombia
Carlos  Molinares-Blanco Carlos Molinares-Blanco Short Course Chair Exploration Geophysicist, SierraCol Energy, Colombia
Douglas Nelson Valleau Douglas Valleau Plenary Session Subcommittee Co-Chair President, Strategia Innovation & Technology Advisors. LLc, USA
Eugene Garth Rhodes Eugene Rhodes Plenary Session Subcommittee Co-Chair Pioneer Natural Resources, USA
Jay Stratton Jay Stratton Plenary Session Subcommittee Co-Chair Fossil Energy Tech, USA
Luis R. Baez Luis Baez Panels Sessions Subcommittee Co-Chair ConocoPhillips, USA
Alejandro Lerza Alejandro Lerza Panels Sessions Subcommittee Co-Chair Chevron, Argentina
Autumn Shannon Autumn Shannon Panels Sessions Subcommittee Co-Chair Marathon Oil, USA
Yogashri Pradhan Yogashri Pradhan Panels Sessions Subcommittee Co-Chair Endevor, USA
Jose F. Delgado Jose Delgado Special Sessions Subcommittee Co-Chair ConocoPhillips, USA
Christopher Clarkson Christopher Clarkson Special Sessions Subcommittee Co-Chair University of Calgary, Canada
Bin Yuan Bin Yuan Special Sessions Subcommittee Co-Chair China University of Petroleum
Rosa Maria Aguilar Sanchez-Dehesa Rosa Aguilar Sanchez-Dehesa Special Sessions Subcommittee Co-Chair Repsol, Spain
Rosa Aguilar Rosa Aguilar Special Sessions Subcommittee Co-Chair Developmen Geologist and Geomodeller, Repsol, USA
Marianne  Rauch Marianne Rauch Special Sessions Subcommittee Co-Chair Principal Technical Advisor, multi client onshore, TGS, USA
Jayne Alexandra Sloan Jayne Sloan Special Sessions Subcommittee Co-Chair Geologist, Parsley Energy, USA
Enrique Velasquez Enrique Velasquez Local Programs Chair President 2020-2021, ACGGP, Colombia
Zühtü Bati Zühtü Bati Organizing Co-Chair TPAO, Turkey
Paula Marcela Ramirez Paula Ramirez Student Activities Co-Chair SierraCol Energy Colombia, Colombia
Ozgur Sipahioglu Ozgur Sipahioglu Organizing Co-Chair TPAO, Turkey
Denise Benoit Denise Benoit Topicals Subcommittee Co-Chair Halliburton
Gabor  Tari Gabor Tari Organizing Co-Chair OMV UPSTREAM, Austria
Gabriel  Wilkinson Gabriel Wilkinson Student Activities Co-Chair Independent, Venezuela
Hosein Kalaei Hosein Kalaei Topicals Subcommittee Co-Chair ConocoPhillips
Laura Alejandra  Becerra Silva Laura Alejandra Becerra Silva Young Professionals Activities Co-Chair Geologist Engineer, ACGGP, Colombia
Sebastien F. Matringe Sebastien Matringe Topicals Subcommittee Co-Chair Hess Corporation, USA
Ali Demirer Ali Demirer Organizing Committee Consultant
Elvira Pureza Gomez Hernandez Elvira Gomez Hernandez General Chair Team Lead - Colombia Exploration, AAPG Vice President of International Regions, Colombia
Amrit Mahendra Cooblal Amrit Cooblal Young Professionals Activities Co-Chair Graduate Geoscientist, BHP, Trinidad Tobago
Isaac Aviles Isaac Aviles Topicals Subcommittee Co-Chair Schlumberger, USA
Riza Ozgur Temel Riza Ozgur Temel Organizing Committee TPAO, Turkey
Susan Smith Nash Susan Nash U-PITCH Subcommittee Co-Chair Director of Innovation, Emerging Science and Technology, AAPG, USA
Mayra Liseth Vargas Mayra Vargas AAPG Women's Network Liason Geologist, Shell, Colombia
Suat Aktepe Suat Aktepe Organizing Committee TPAO, Turkey
Nabila Lazreg   Nabila Lazreg   U-PITCH Subcommittee Co-Chair
Andrea Lopez Andrea Lopez Student-YP Leadership Summit Chair Total Energies
Ugras Isik Ugras Isik Organizing Committee TPAO, Turkey
Isaac Aviles Isaac Aviles U-PITCH Subcommittee Co-Chair Schlumberger, USA
Andrei Belopolsky Andrei Belopolsky Technical Program Theme Chair Senior Exploration Advisor, Guyana-Suriname Exploration - E&P Americas, TotalEnergies, USA
Ozbil Yapar Ozbil Yapar Organizing Committee TPAO, Turkey
Mark Hamzat O. Erogbogbo Mark Erogbogbo U-PITCH Subcommittee Co-Chair Texas Star Alliance, USA
Juan Pablo Lovecchio Juan Lovecchio Technical Program Theme Chair Senior Exploration Geologist, YPF S.A., Argentina
Autumn Haagsma Autumn Haagsma Technical Program Chair Research Geoscientist, Battelle Memorial Institute, USA
David William Hume David Hume U-PITCH Subcommittee Co-Chair Business Development , Independent Consultant, USA
Andres Roberto Mora Bohorquez Andres Mora Bohorquez Technical Program Theme Chair Ecopetrol - ICP, Colombia
David Edward Riestenberg David Riestenberg Technical Program Chair Geologist - Advanced Resources International, Inc, ARI, USA
Yongshe Liu Yongshe Liu Awards Subcommittee Co-Chair ConocoPhillips
Gonzalo  Zamora Valcarce Gonzalo Zamora Valcarce Technical Program Theme Chair Structural Geology Manager, Repsol, Spain
Scott W. Singleton Scott Singleton Technical Program Chair Independence Resources Management, USA
Uaapi Utjavari Uaapi Utjavari Chair VP exploration Africa Region, Recon Africa, Namibia
Alexsandra  Martinez Alexsandra Martinez Awards Subcommittee Co-Chair DeGolyer and MacNaughton, USA
Aral Okay Aral Okay International Advisory Committee Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Ian Troth Ian Troth Technical Program Theme Chair Equinor, Brazil
Gabor  Tari Gabor Tari Co-Chair OMV UPSTREAM, Austria
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