Clastic Reservoir Facies and Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis of Alluvial-Plain, Shoreface, Deltaic, and Shelf Depositional Systems

Interested in clastic stratigraphy, facies interpretation, and sequence stratigraphic analysis at the level of parasequences? This seven day field seminar will focus on the lithologic variations that characterize clastic reservoir facies and on development of models that can be used to predict these variations in the subsurface. Edmund Gustason, a Senior Geologist and Geoscience Advisor at Enerplus Resources Corporation, will be leading this field seminar. Gustason will utilize case studies and hands on exercises to provide participants with a better understanding of the architecture and interrelationships between facies. The field seminar will be taking place May 3-9, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information: Clastic Reservoir Facies and Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis

Who Should Attend

This field seminar is designed for geologists, particularly those interested in clastic stratigraphy, facies interpretation, and sequence stratigraphic analysis at the level of parasequences. Geophysicists and reservoir engineers with strong geological backgrounds who are interested in facies architectures at interwell and field scales are also encouraged to attend.

Objectives
Geoscientists who complete the field seminar should find themselves better able to:

  • Distinguish a wide variety of fluvial-deltaic facies in outcrop, core and on wireline logs.
  • Recognize typical facies and successions.
  • Pick the discontinuities that constitute flooding surfaces in shallow- and marginal-marine settings and thereby
  • Define parasequences and, where appropriate, parasequence sets.

The emphasis in this 7-day field seminar is on tracking parasequences laterally, most commonly by walking them out over distances of up to several miles. By doing so, participants will acquire a better understanding of the architecture and interrelationships between facies. Participants will also gain an appreciation of the relative importance of eustatic sea-level fluctuations and basin tectonics on large-scale transgressive-regressive cyclicity in foreland basin settings.

Course Content

Facies examined during the Clastic Reservoir Facies Field Seminar include: channelbelt, alluvial valley fill, shoreface, wave- and river-dominated deltas, distributary channel and mouth bar, tidal inlet and tidal channel, transgressive lag, and shelf sand. Outcrops visited are in the Book Cliffs, Castle Valley, the Henry Mountains Basin, and the Kaiparowits and Markagunt Plateaus.

Case studies initially focus on the vertical facies successions that characterize particular paleoenvironments and the criteria that can be used to recognize them on wireline logs and in cores. The main emphasis of the case studies, however, is on lateral relationships. The scales of lateral variations examined range from reservoir heterogeneities at inter-well spacing up to the more regional facies variations that are the basis for exploration models.

Class size is kept small for mobility and to promote group and individual discussions with the instructor on the outcrop. A considerable amount of hiking is involved. Participants should be in good physical condition.

The field trip route passes through Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which contain some of the most beautiful country in the Colorado Plateau region.

Field Seminar Location

Begins and ends in Salt Lake City, Utah. The field trip route passes through Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which contain some of the most beautiful country in the Colorado Plateau region.

Itinerary

All participants are to arrive in Salt Lake City by early Saturday afternoon, May 3, so we can travel to Bryce Canyon by Saturday evening (approximately 4 hour drive). The participants will be able to arrange for return flights on Friday afternoon, May 9 or evening, instead of Saturday, May 10. In this way they can be home for Mother’s Day weekend.

– For registration and full course details please visit: HERE!

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