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.

Deepwater Sedimentary Systems
Courtyard Bridgetown, Barbados
The Garrison Historic Area Hastings. Christ Church Bridgetown BB-08
BridgetownSaint Michael BB15156
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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