02 March, 2023 Bridgetown Saint Michael Barbados

Deepwater Sedimentary Systems

1-2 March 2023
Bridgetown, Barbados
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Who Should Attend
This course is designed for industry professionals, academicians, researchers, staff at government agencies and deepwater practitioners of all ages exploring deepwater systems, both onshore (ancient deposits) and offshore (modern day). The content and interactive format will benefit participants engaged in technical to management positions.

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
Barbados, Bridgetown
Friday, 3 March 2023, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Date: 3 March 2023
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Trip Leaders: Xavier Moonan & Christopher Moseley
Fee: Registration available during Short Course registration
Fee Includes: Transportation, Lunch and Field Guide

Explore spectacular geography and geology on a field trip to view turbidites and oil charged turbidites in Bathsheba and Greenlands Shale  Quarry, Barbados. Bathsheba’s beautiful, mineral rich white sand beaches are home to rock formations broken away from ancient coral reef that look like boulders on the shoreline. Greenlands Greenlands Shale Quarry provides the opportunity to observe active oil seeps.

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Deepwater Sedimentary Systems
Courtyard Bridgetown, Barbados
The Garrison Historic Area Hastings. Christ Church Bridgetown BB-08
BridgetownSaint Michael BB15156
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AAPG Members*
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University Faculty**
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University Students**
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Short Course Textbook - Optional
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March 3 Field Trip - Optional
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Field Trip Only (not attending the course)

All Prices listed are in US Dollars.

* AAPG members must be in good standing to qualify for the member registration price. Please verify that you have paid your dues for the current fiscal year before selecting this rate.

** Individuals who select the University Rate may be asked to verify their status with an educational institution.

AAPG has a limited number of $45 registrations available for student members. Contact us for details.

Registration deadline:

27 February 2023

Refund/Cancellation policy:
  • No refunds issued within 6 weeks of the course start date.
  • Registrants who are unable to participate may designate a substitute to attend in their place.
  • Cancellations and substitution requests should be sent to [email protected]

Purchasing the textbook and attending the field trip are optional and may be added to participant registration.

Fee Includes:

Course fee includes two 8-hour in-person instruction days and four exercises with instructor; printed course notes; morning and afternoon coffee breaks both course days. Field trip fee includes transportation and lunch.

Course Materials:

Participants are encouraged to bring colored pencils and markers and paper.

Jon R. Rotzien
Laura Becerra Technical Professional - ACGGP
Emily Smith Llinás AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Director
Diana Ruiz Vásquez AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Events Manager
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