People today use concepts of petroleum system in evaluating petroleum potential and exploration risks involved in areas of investigation. Using this approach, new petroleum accumulations have been discovered and significant reductions of exploration risks have taken place. Leslie Magoon, a Consulting Professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Standford University, will be discussing the petroleum system concept and how it can be used to investigate movement of hydrocarbon fluids. The petroleum system concept was developed through petroleum geochemistry, a parameter that will be emphasized in this course. The two day course is part of the AAPG Summer Education Conference and will be taking place Monday and Tuesday, June 16-17 in Aurora, Colorado at the Summit Conference Center. For more information: The Petroleum System – SEC

Presentation Details

Event: Summer Education Conference
Presentation: The Petroleum System: An Investigative Method to Explore for Conventional and Unconventional Hydrocarbons
Presenter(s): Leslie B. Magoon – Stanford University
Date: June 16-17,2014 (Monday & Tuesday)
Location: The Summit Conference Center, Aurora, Colorado

Who Should Attend

Geologists, geochemists and geophysicists who are interested in understanding the origin, migration and accumulation of conventional and unconventional accumulations should attend this course. Modelers would also benefit, as the petroleum system concept is fundamental to modeling sedimentary basins and hydrocarbon occurrences. Managers interested in developing a team approach should attend this course.

The course provides participants with an overview of the methods required to quantify the risks and uncertainties defined by a modern geologic evaluation. Emphasis is on the assessment of modern prospects that contain multiple objectives such as stacked pays, faulted anticlines, or channel complexes. By the end of the course, participants should be able to accomplish the following:

  • Calculate the hydrocarbon volume within a single objective using depth-dependent methods.
  • Calculate the chance of success and mean resource volume for a multiple-objective prospect, including a prospect with risk dependency among objectives.
  • Create a hydrocarbon-water contact uncertainty distribution for a structure that contains multiple trap types such as a fault dependent trap below a fault-independent closure.
  • Describe and assess hydrocarbon-water contact scenarios for a prospect that contains multiple structures, such a two anticlines separated by a saddle, and incorporate risk trap or seal risk on the individual structures.

Course Content

This course emphasizes how the petroleum system concept can be used to more systematically investigate how hydrocarbon fluid moves from the active source rock to a conventional or unconventional accumulation and thereby reduce risk. The integration of geological, geochemical, engineering and geophysical data is all part of this investigative process. However this course will emphasize the geological and geochemical parameters.

This course will start with how to identify, map and name a petroleum system. The rationale and content of the folio sheet will be covered with several examples. The risk associated with the development of all these graphic and tabular summaries in the folio sheet will be discussed as well as their uses. Throughout the discussion the conventional and unconventional accumulation will be discussed as well as the use of modeling. Several class exercises will be included to emphasize parts of the petroleum system as well as the glossary of terms.

Conference Content

2014 Summer Education Conference

The four concurrent sessions allow attendees to mix and match 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 CD only, so laptops with CD drives are required for all courses. If you do not have access to a laptop computer with a CD drive, please contact the AAPG Education Dept. for an alternate method to download the digital course notes.

** For registration and full event details please visit: HERE! **

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