What do you do when you’re in a play where companies are announcing 5,000 bopd IPs from a formation that you had previously considered a source rock or a seal? How do you explain this sort of flow from nano to microdarcy permeability rock? How about wells which produce at 20,000 bopd from microbialites and hydrothermal carbonates? These potentially prolific reservoirs are both heterogeneous and fragile; small variations can mean the difference between a well that pays out in less than a year and one from which you’ll never recover your investment.

Richard Chuchla

Richard J. Chuchla, ExxonMobil

More than ever, explorers need to understand the controls on reservoir quality to locate, drill, complete, and profitably produce these challenging resources.

Welcome to a new world where the guidelines for reservoir quality in tight rocks are being rewritten, where a new type of carbonate reservoir is responsible for the biggest conventional oil discoveries this decade and where the learning curve is still vertical. So what is the key to finding the missing piece in the puzzle?

Most important, perhaps, is an openness to new ideas and a willingness to throw aside conventional thinking. That’s what AAPG aims to achieve at a 2-day Revisiting Reservoir Quality GTW (Geoscience Technology Workshop).

We’ll do this by sharing in the latest scientific knowledge on reservoir distribution, quality, and the long-term, production characteristics of both unconventional and conventional reservoirs. We bring together geology, geophysics, petrophysics, and engineering to foster an exchange of ideas that will improve your success.

Staffan Van Dyke

Staffan Van Dyke, Geomodeling Corp

If you’ve never attended an AAPG GTW, get ready for an informal, interactive, technical event that gives you the chance to ask questions and get answers from people who have devoted themselves to unraveling the mysteries of these complicated, stubborn reservoirs. Register now through November 1 to take advantage of our early-bird special of $695.

You’ll put your new knowledge to work, and you’ll turn “bad” into good, even GREAT. Join us!


Sharbel Alhaddad, ExxonMobil

Lin Bo, University of Texas

Paul Brettwood, ION Geophysical

Larry Chorn, Halliburton Global Consulting

Li Denghua, PetroChina

Paulo Gulelmo de Souza, Petrobras Peru

Rene Jonk, ExxonMobil

Shawn Maxwell, Schlumberger

Fabiano Sayao Labato

Paula Andrea Pacheco, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Quinn Passey, ExxonMobil

Roderick Perez, Transform

Tim Ruble, Weatherford

Rick Schrynemeeckers, Amplified Geochemical

Imaging Roger Slatt, University of Oklahoma

Sandra Tonietto, Texas A&M

Joel Walls, InGrain

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