Carbonate Reservoir Geology, taught by best-selling carbonates experts Peter Scholle and Dana Ulmer-Scholle, is designed for exploration and development geologists working on carbonate reservoirs. It is also designed for petroleum engineers and geophysicists with some carbonate geology background and an interest in understanding the causes and patterns of reservoir heterogeneity. This course will take place February 10 – 11, 2014 in Houston, and is a part of the Winter Education Conference. For more details, visit the course website.


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

understand the major factors of importance in controlling porosity in carbonate rocks along with:
sedimentary facies and sediment tectures through time;
primary mineraology variations and their influence on porosity preservation or development;
early diagenetic history of cementation and/or exposure-related porosity development;
burial diagenesis from early to late stages including brine reflux, hydrothermal water movement, timing of hydrocarbon entry and others. Participants will understand porosity evolution and the techniques available to evalluate reservoirs, especially petrographic and geochemical methods – both their advantages and limitations independently evaluate their own samples based on an understanding of the geologic and diagenetic histories of their units. Carbonate petrography may seem overwhelming at first, but if it is focused on rocks of a specific age and a specific region, the task is well within the achievable skill set of any geoscientist.

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