Taught by Steve Sonnenberg, this course is designed for geologists, geophysicists, & engineers who are interested in exploring and developing reserves in the Niobrara Formation. The course is intended to be an overview of the Niobrara petroleum system. This course will take place February 14, 2014 in Houston, and is a part of the Winter Education Conference. For more details:  http://www.aapg.org/education/wec/details.cfm?ID=231

Upon completion of this course, attendees should be able to:

—Understand factors related to tight oil production
—Recognize technologies available for tight reservoirs
—Identify the presence of natural fractures
—Determine if a pervasive hydrocarbon exists
—Determine the type of source rocks present
—Use geological and geochemical reconnaissance
—Understand the importance of mechanical stratigraphy
—Identify matrix porosity and permeability
—Identify reservoir drive mechanisms in the Niobrara


This course is an introduction to the emerging Niobrara resource play. Numerous existing field examples will be shown to summarize differences in types of accumulations (conventional versus unconventional/continuous). A wide range of topics will be covered to familiarize the participant with the important nuances of the Niobrara.

The petroleum system approach will be used to describe the Niobrara. A key emphasis of this course will be to show the important elements and processes for continuous oil and gas accumulations.

The participant will learn screening techniques which may help identify “sweet spots” in the Niobrara fairway.

The lessons learned in the course can be applied to other tight oil plays.

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