25 November, 2020 Barcelona Barcelona Spain

Structural Styles and Hydrocarbon Prospectivity in Fold Thrust Belt Settings: A Global Perspective

24-25 November 2020
Barcelona, Spain

Fold Thrust Belts are considered the foremost tectonic expression of convergent margins. Their topographic relief produces exposures to understand not only their evolution but also the tectonic setting and paleogeographic evolution before orogeny. Plate tectonic interactions have been responsible for compressional systems from the Paleozoic to the most recent late Cenozoic fold thrust belt systems, forming large and elongated orogenic belts. Complex geodynamic settings and differences in mechanical stratigraphy characteristics have often triggered the development of unique geometries and relationships between units. However, similarities between structural styles and tectonic evolution among fold thrust belts in different regions can also be identified.

These Fold Thrust Belt Systems have been studied in order to understand their dynamics but also because they contain large hydrocarbon resources. They are characterised by complex trap geometries, reservoirs and source rock distributions as well as compound burial and thermal histories. In fold and thrust belts, an additional complicating factor is the short geological time span between the onset of petroleum generation, migration, and trap development. Despite those challenges and the various complexities, fold and thrust belts have been the focus of intense and long-lived exploration around the world. Recent hydrocarbon discoveries in fold thrust belt systems, and the most recent data confirming they still hold a large hydrocarbon prospectivity, have increased the interest from both academia and industry in deciphering their complexity.

The AAPG Workshop on “Structural Styles and Hydrocarbon Prospectivity in Fold Thrust Belt Settings: A global perspective” aims at bringing together experts from academia and industry from a range of disciplines to share experiences, new approaches, new data and new ways of integrating information that can help in reducing the uncertainties related to the exploration activities in Thrust Belt Systems.

The session themes aim to span several scales of observation from the local to the regional scale and draw on experience from different settings within the Thrust Belt Systems and different geographic areas.


Structural Styles and Hydrocarbon Prospectivity in Thurst Belt Settings: A Global Perspective - Call for Abstracts Ends on 30 June, 2020

You are invited to submit a abstract presentation proposal. Please complete and submit the abstract by 30 June 2020.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should cover the objectives, procedures, results and conclusions of the research and should be no more than 2,500 characters in length including spaces and punctuation. The title, authors, and authors’ affiliations are not included in the character limit. Abstracts can include 2 figures, to be included in the document and uploaded separately for quality purposes.

  • Titles are required—they should be brief and state the topic.
  • Abstract titles should not include company names.
  • If your abstract requires company approval, please start the process immediately.
  • In keeping with the spirit of the workshop, presenters must refrain from making subtle or blatant sales pitches including but not limited to: repeated use of product names, trade names, or pictures, or repeated use of company logo.
  • Evaluation and ranking of abstracts are based on relevance and timeliness of subject matter; usefulness of contribution to the advancement of knowledge, techniques, or practice; and overall clarity, organization, and presentation of ideas. The Technical Program Committee is seeking abstracts with direct application to industry.
  • Sessions will be determined from the abstracts submitted to each theme. Sub-themes may not directly correspond to sessions in the final program.
  • Submit your abstract in the form in which you would like it published. Abstracts will not be edited.
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection in late August 2020.
  • Authors are invited to have their work, both oral and poster presentations, published on AAPG’s online Search and Discovery to preserve their work for future reference. We will need your permission to do it so.
  • Posters will be presented in coffee breaks sessions. The poster booth will consist of one A0 size panel in Portrait mode

Important: AAPG has no funding for speakers. Do not submit an abstract unless at least one author is certain to attend the convention. All session chairs, speakers, and poster presenters must register to attend the convention — no exceptions.

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Topics for Abstract Submission
  • Geodynamics
    • Plate tectonics setting
    • Old versus Recent deformation events: interactions and impacts
  • Understanding fold and thrust belt geometries
    • Outcrop as a key to predict subsurface. The use of digital outcrop mapping and 3D structural models.
    • Analog modelling.
    • Kinematics: temporal and spatial evolution of structural style.
    • Inherited structures, thick versus thin-skinned, salt detached FTB.
  • Geophysics
    • Processing issues and solutions on imaging thrust belts (new techniques and approaches)
  • Fracture reservoirs in FTB
    • Fracture characterization.
    • Stress field evolutions and their impact on fault and fracture networks.
  • Petroleum system modelling in fold and thrust belts.
  • Exploration discoveries and future prospectivity in fold and thrust belts; Case studies:
    • Europe
    • Africa
    • Global analogues.


Pre and Post conference field trips are planned. Details coming soon


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Raffaele Di Cuia Raffaele Di Cuia Co-Chair Technical Director, Delta Energy Limited, Italy
Gonzalo  Zamora Valcarce Gonzalo Zamora Valcarce Co-Chair Structural Geology Manager, Repsol, Spain
Paul Griffiths Paul Griffiths Committee Member Shell, London
Piotr  Krzywiec Piotr Krzywiec Committee Member Polish Academy of Sciences, PAN, Poland
Csaba Krezsek, PhD Csaba Krezsek Committee Member Petrom, Romania
Stefano Mazzoli, PhD Stefano Mazzoli Committee Member University of Camerino, Italy
Josep  Poblet, PhD Josep Poblet Committee Member University of Oviedo, Spain
Wieske Eloa Paulissen Wieske Paulissen Committee Member Exploration Manager Kudristan, DNO ASA, Norway
Oskar Vidal Royo Oskar Vidal Royo Committee Member Co-founder & Managing Director, Terractiva Consulting SL, Spain
Oriol Ferrer Oriol Ferrer Committee Member Associate lecturer, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Jaume Verges, PhD Jaume Verges Committee Member CSIC, Spain
Jose De Vera Jose De Vera Committee Member Shell Exploration, USA


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