If you’ve done field work in the Canadian Rockies, you know how complex the geology can be in fold and thrust belts.  How do you use your understanding of structural geology to evaluate seismic and make recommendations?  John Shaw’s course, Seismic Interpretation in Fold and Thrust Belts, can give you the tools you need.

The field course depicted below takes place in July in the Canadian Rockies.  The two courses, Seismic Interpretation in Fold and Thrust Belts, (March 23-26, 2009, Houston) and Seismic Interpretation of  Compressive Structures: Field Trip to the Southern Canadian Rocky Mountain Foreland (July 18-24, 2009, Calgary) are perfect companions.   It is an excellent idea to take the course in Houston, and then follow up in the summer with the field course.  It is an investment in your future that you will not regret.

Professor John Shaw's structural geology course in the Canadian Rockies

About the photo: The course emphasized seismic interpretation of structures in fold and thrust belts that form the most common petroleum traps, guided by subsurface and outcrop examples from around the world, such as these beautifully exposed folds within the Lewis thrust sheet in the Canadian Rockies. The companion field course provides an opportunity for participants to examine these structures in outcrop, using them as guides to help interpret subsurface structure in cases where seismic data don’t fully constrain geometries. Such examples also serve to illuminate styles of reservoir-scale deformation, such as patterns of natural fractures, that are common to the various classes of structures.

March Course Overview

This course is intended to assist E&P professionals involved in the interpretation of seismic reflection data for trap delineation and reservoir characterization in both orogenic and passive margin fold-and-thrust belts. The course should also be a useful for supervisors who evaluate structural interpretations to assign and reduce drilling risks.

Objectives and Content

This course provides a thorough introduction to quantitative fault-related folding methods as applied to seismic interpretation in fold-and-thrust belts. Course topics include: fault-bend folds, shear fault-bend folds, fault-propagation folds, detachment folds, growth structures, wedge structures, interference folds, and imbricate structures. Students perform exercises interpreting seismic data from orogenic fold-and-thrust belts and passive margin toe-thrust belts in North America, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, China, Nigeria, Indonesia, and elsewhere. The course is taught in multimedia format, and uses a course manual based on the AAPG Seismic Atlas (Studies in Geology #53) entitled “Seismic interpretation of contractional fault-related folds.”

Field Seminar in the Canadian Rockies

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