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Structural Interpretation of Seismic Data - Introduction

Monday, 11 October Thursday, 21 October 2021, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.  |  Virtual Short Course via Zoom (Singapore, Singapore time)

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Who Should Attend
This course is relevant for all exploration and development geologists, geophysicists, technical assistants and engineers with an interest or focus on structural geology.

Attendees will take-away the ability to interpret complex structures in a geometrically meaningful way, but also be aware of the range of possible interpretations and consequent ‘Chance of Success’. The attendees will be exposed to structures in outcrop, on seismic data and in kinematic models that illustrate their evolution. The course will help enable attendees to work in any structurally complex terrain.

Upon successful completion of this course, the Attendee will be able to:

  • Identify - extension, inversion, compression, strike-slip and salt structures in outcrop and on seismic data
  • Describe - the form of the folds and related faults
  • Explain - the evolution of the structure relative to burial and hydrocarbon generation
  • Create - Cross-sections and maps through the structure
  • Evaluate - The likelihood of the interpretation and consider other possibilities to make a valid assessment of risk

Support for interactive component provided by Mr Anastasis Kokkinos of Esanda Engineering.

Course Content

The course aims to introduce the nature and evolution of simple and complex structures and how to interpret them. The course also discusses the timing of structures relative to hydrocarbon generation and migration and the consequent risk or COS. The following structures are covered: Introduction, Extension, Inversion, Compression, Strike-Slip and Salt

Live Lectures:
Mon 11 Oct: - 12pm to 1pm Introduction and Extension
Tue 12 Oct: - 12pm to 2pm Live Lecture on Hyperextension + Q&A
Wed 13 Oct - 12pm to 1pm Intro to Inversion
Thu 14 Oct: - 12pm to 2pm Live Lecture on geometrical modelling in Move + Q&A
Mon 18 Oct:- 12pm to 1pm Intro to Compression
Tue 19 Oct: - 12pm to 2pm Live Lecture on Compression in PNG + Q&A
Wed 20 Oct:- 12pm to 1pm Intro to Salt and Strike-slip
Thu 21 Oct: - 12pm to 2pm Live Lecture on Salt Tectonics + Q&A

The interactive component comprises recorded lectures, visualizations, animations and especially practical interpretation exercises to complete with answers and explanations. The attendees can complete these at their own pace. The exercises comprise both separate power points to interpret and multiple-choice questions to work through, which are fully explained. Attendees can ask questions at the Q&A the following day or email questions to Dr Hill.

A link to a demo module is supplied below, but without exercises: Demo - Structural Geology in Petroleum Exploration

The interactive modules will be available online to attendees until Sunday 24 October 2021 to allow attendees ‘out of time-zone’ to complete them.

Recording of the live lectures by Dr Hill will be made available to registrants for 60 calendar days from end of course. There will be no recording available for the interactive component.

Expires on
25 June, 3020
Non-Member Fee
Expires on
25 June, 3020
Member Fee
Expires on
25 June, 3020
Student Fee (5 Students Max)

Note: All fee amounts in USD

AAPG Asia Pacific reserves the right to cancel the course if registrations fall below expected numbers.

Experience Level:
30 People (including 5 students: non-grads included)
Course Includes:
Attendees will receive a full set of notes in colour of the lecture material.
This will be in the form of PDFs to download.
Structures to interpret for the practicals will be available in powerpoint documents.
Class notes on the six chapters with the following number of pages:
  • Introduction 36p
  • Extension 43p
  • Inversion 30p
  • Compression 48p
  • Strike-slip 59p
  • Salt 30p
These notes will be sent to Attendees at least 3 working days prior to the course.
Technical Requirements:
Attendees will need computer access for the virtual course
Please note:
Most exercises can be done online, but seismic lines may be printed, if desired and interpreted with colored pencils.

A recording of Dr Hill’s live presentations over the duration of this course will be made available only to registered and paid delegates for 60 days after the event via a secure AAPG site. Due to the interactive nature of this course, the interactive component will not be recorded for post-event viewing. The link to this site is unique to the email address used to register for the event by Delegates, and cannot be shared.

Kevin Hill
Adrienne Pereira Programs Manager, AAPG Asia Pacific Region
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