There’s nothing like a Spring Break field trip and short course to get the blood moving and the imagination stirring, especially if you’ll be seeing outcrops of formations that come bearing labels such as “liquids-rich” and “high TOC” !

So, join us for a STGS / AAPG Field Seminar to the Eagle Ford outcrops in west Texas. The field seminar will accompany the AAPG / STGS Eagle Ford Geosciences Technology Workshop (March 26-28, San Antonio), which is already looking to be the “must attend” event for all Eagle Ford geologists, geophysicists, and engineers.

Eagle Ford Outcrop

Eagle Ford Outcrop: Field Trip Leader - Art Donovan / BP

The two-day field trip is extremely reasonably priced, as is our three-day workshop. More details to come soon. Start packing your hiking boots, SPF 70 sunscreen and snake-repelling noisemakers now. We’ll keep you informed. We’ll tweet you. Follow us at @aapgeducation

FIELD TRIP DETAILS — Eagle Ford Field Trip: Val Verde & Terrell Counties, Texas

Leaders:  Art Donovan, Scott Staerker, & Aris Pramudito: BP
Depart: Saturday, 3 pm, March 24, 2012. Airport Security Parking, 1106 Halm Blvd, SATx 78216
Return: Sunday evening, 9 pm, March 25, 2012, Airport Security Parking
Cost:  $425 per person; price includes bus transport, room in Ramada Del Rio Saturday night, guidebook, and all meals.
Who Should Attend? This field trip will be of interest to petroleum geologists, especially stratigraphers and sedimentologists, interested in shale plays.
Enrollment: Maximum 39 persons.

To Register: Go to and click on “Register”.  Detailed instructions will be emailed to you after you register.
Summary: Probably some of the best exposures of a major source rock/nonconventional mudstone reservoir in the U.S. can be found in Eagle Ford (Boquillas) outcrops along and near U.S. Highway 90 just north of Del Rio, Texas, in Val Verde and Terrell counties. In these outcrops, organic-rich calcareous mudstones similar in age and facies to the strata being exploited in the subsurface of Webb, LaSalle and McMullen counties to the southeast can be studied. With thousands of feet of lateral continuity and hundreds of feet of vertical relief these Eagle Ford exposures provide a unique opportunity to examine the lateral continuity and vertical variability of nonconventional mudstone reservoirs, their facies, mechanical properties, as well as sequence stratigraphic setting at a scale similar to completions in the subsurface.

The purpose of this field seminar is to use the Eagle Ford exposures of south Texas as props to facilitate discussions on the geologic, engineering, petrophysical, geochemical and geophysical challenges associated with exploring and exploiting oil and gas resources from nonconventional mudstone reservoirs. The field seminar leaders’ specialties span a wide variety of geoscience and engineering disciplines. All have worked the Eagle Ford and other nonconventional mudstone plays in the subsurface of North America and thus bring a wealth of multi discipline expertise, knowledge and experience to the subject of nonconventional mudstone reservoirs.

Many of the key localities that will be visited during this field trip are on private property with restricted access, making this field trip a very unique opportunity to study many of the classic Eagle Ford localities in south Texas which have been inaccessible to over a generation of geoscientists.

Follow the field trip with the “Must-Attend!” Eagle Ford Geosciences Technology Workshop –

TECHNICAL PROGRAM OVERVIEW (in San Antonio, March 26-28)

8:20 Welcome
8:30 Keynote Session and Basins
*Gregg Robertson – Beginnings of the Eagle Ford Play
*Tom Ewing – Mid Cretaceous in the Gulf of Mexico Basin
10:00 Break
10:30 Regional Stratigraphy
TBD – Stratigraphic stories
*Ewing – Austin-Eagle Ford relationships in South Texas
12N Lunch
1:30 Outcrop to Subsurface Stratigraphy – Sequences and Facies
*Donovan – The view from Lozier Canyon, a field laboratory
3:00 Break
3:30 Stratigraphy and Diagenesis
*Wright – Chemical definition of stratigraphy
*Lock – EF deposition and diagenesis from the outcrop
5:00 RECEPTION – Hosted by South Texas Geological Society

8:30 Structural Development & Fracturing
*Nunn – Burial and thermal history
*Galen Treadgold – view from seismic
10:00  Break
10:30 Microseismic Monitoring
*Stegent – Microseismic and completion strategies
*Sani – Microseismic increases success rate
12N Lunch
1:30 Rock Properties
*Dan Jarvie – Geochemistry
TBD – Pore types

3:00 Break
3:30 Stimulation Design
*Ingram – Design considerations
*Lestz –  LPG Fracturing
5:00 On your own
8:30 Integrated Evaluation
(*)Treadgold – Seismic based evaluation
*Lindsay – Production from EF-AC system (or eng?)
10:00 Break
10:30  Learning from Other Basins
*Singleton – Assessing a Marcellus Prospect
*Min – Jurassic tight oil in China
*Lowrie – Passive Margins and Mantle (?)
12N Lunch
1:30 Well Construction; Flowback
Outlook – Discussion
3:00  Close of Conference

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