An AAPG Fall Education Conference Course

My Source Rock is Now My Reservoir

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Looking at a formation as a source rock, then turning around and considering it a viable reservoir requires you to be able to shift your thinking and to analyze a great deal of data in a new way. If you don’t, you risk not understanding the nature of “sweet spots” and how to accurately complete or use reservoir characterization studies.

Learn techniques and strategies from an expert who has years of experience in many different plays and who has been at the forefront of source rock / unconventional reservoir evolution. Quinn Passey, a Senior Formation Evaluation Consultant for ExxonMobil Upstream, will be providing knowledge and insights on how source rocks occur in the geologic record, how these organic-rich rocks evolve through geologic time to become current unconventional gas and oil reservoirs and much more. Part of the AAPG Fall Education Conference this course will be taking place Wednesday November 12th at the Norris Conference Center-CityCentre in Houston, Texas. Plan on joining us for an exciting opportunity to expand and advance your career.

Course Details
Event: Fall Education Conference
Course: My Source Rock is My Reservoir
Instructor(s): Quinn Passey
Date: November 12th (Wednesday)
Location: Norris Conference Center-CityCentre in Houston, Texas
Content: 0.75 CEU
Limit: 50 people

Who Should Attend
Geologists, petrophysicists, and reservoir engineers who are actively involved in exploiting shale-gas and shale-liquid reservoirs. Others (e.g., geochemists, geophysicists, rock mechanics specialists, geological modelers, and completion engineers) who are wanting a detailed understanding of how source rocks occur in the geologic record, and how these organic-rich rocks evolve through geologic time to become current unconventional gas and oil reservoirs.


By the end of the course, participants should be able to accomplish the following:

  • Describe the key lithologic and geochemical components in fine-grained reservoirs
  • Describe controls on organic-matter enrichment, and demonstrate lateral correlation of parasequence packages using well logs, cores, and detailed outcrop descriptions
  • Apply various well log methods to interpret TOC (total organic content), clay volume, porosity, mineralogy, and lithofacies.
  • Design evaluation workflows for detailed characterization of cores, core plugs, and cuttings for shale-gas reservoirs, and contrast with modified workflows for shale-liquids.
  • Interpret commercial crushed-rock measurements of total porosity, effective porosity, grain density, bulk density, fluid saturation, and permeability.  Describe similarities and differences of crushed-rock techniques with whole core plug measurements.
  • Incorporate microscopic imaging results (e.g., thin sections, SEM, SEM-FIB, STEM) into overall assessment of where the hydrocarbons are stored and how they likely flow.
  • Describe how organic matter and its properties evolve with increasing thermal maturation, and the impact this may have on producibility limits.
  • Compare and contrast properties of several shale-gas and shale-oil formations in North America.

Course Content
This course provides a rigorous overview of how and where organic-rich rocks are deposited, how they evolve into oil- and gas-generating source rocks, how the porosity systems evolve with thermal maturation, and the petrophysical properties of shale-gas and shale-liquid fine-grained reservoirs. Quick-look and hands-on application of several well log techniques for determination of total organic carbon (TOC) will be used, including exercises in using the ?logR technique. Numerous outcrop studies worldwide will be used to demonstrate stratigraphic relationships observed in organic-rich mudstones. One focus will be on interpreting porosity, permeability, fluid saturation, and gas adsorption, and in understanding their impact on production of hydrocarbons. The contrasts between gas and liquid systems will be emphasized.

Conference Content
2014 Fall Education Conference

The three concurrent sessions allow attendees to mix and match courses according to their interests and training needs. Courses for the conference may be purchased individually. These individual prices are reflected in the pricing on the course descriptions.

Course notes will be provided in digital format on USB flash drive only, so electronic devices with a USB port are required for all courses. If you do not have access to an electronic device with a USB port, please contact the AAPG Education Dept. for an alternate method to download the digital course notes. 

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