Education Days Rio de Janeiro 2018

27 - 31 August
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Call for papers


Date Title Author 
 27 – 28 August 2018  Integrated Methods for Deep-Water Reservoir Characterization  Jon R. Rotzien
 29 - 30 August 2018  Understanding Seismic Anisotropy in Exploration and Exploitation: Hands On  Leon Thomsen
 31 August 2018  New Tools and Approaches in Reservoir Quality Prediction  Dave L. Cantrell




Integrated Methods for Deep-Water Reservoir Characterization

Dr. Jon R. Rotzien (Basin Dynamics, LLC, Houston, TX, United States)
EurGeol : 10 CPD points


Course description

This course focuses on sub-bed-scale and field-scale architectural elements in deep-water depositional systems and how they affect the main risks in deep-water E&P across the value chain: reservoir presence, deliverability, seal and trap. The course has three main themes:
1. Sediment gravity flows, sedimentation mechanics and resulting bed configuration.
2. Depositional elements in the core, outcrop, and seismic scale.
3. Application and interpretation of risk and uncertainty from new ventures to field development and EOR.
This course will alternate between inclusive lectures, hands-on technical demonstrations, and collaborative exercises involving practical application of cores, outcrops, logs, and seismic data. The course starts with an overview of how sediment is transported and deposited from shelf to bathyal depths and focuses on the broad range of sedimentary processes and depositional environments. Individual and team exercises involving core and outcrop samples allow participants to describe samples and interpret their mechanism of deposition and their range of possible depositional environments.

Participants' profile

The course is designed for employees of natural resource companies in technical and management positions. Industry professionals will receive an understanding of deep-water sedimentary transport processes and depositional products, as well as knowledgeable insight into the scale and architecture of the wide range of deep-water reservoirs. This course draws from materials presented in Basin Dynamics, LLC field trips of major deep-water sedimentary outcrops worldwide.




Understanding Seismic Anisotropy in Exploration and Exploitation: Hands On
Dr Leon Thomsen (Delta Geophysics, Houston, TX, United States)
EurGeol: 5 CPD points

Course description
This course covers all areas of applied seismic anisotropy, with class exercises and ample time for full discussion. Because anisotropy is such a fundamental concept, it covers topics in seismic acquisition, processing, imaging and interpretation, all based on seismic rock physics.
This is not a "methods course" but rather a "concept course", familiarizing the students with essential concepts, enabling them to ask the right questions in future conversations, rather than to operate particular software packages.

Course outline
• Physical principles
• P-waves: imaging
• P-waves: characterization
• S-waves
• C-waves
• Epilogue

Participants' profile

Geophysicists should attend who have a working knowledge of conventional exploration geophysics and wonder how it can be that we use isotropic concepts to acquire and analyze data that come from rocks that, after only brief thoughtful consideration, must clearly be anisotropic.



New Tools and Approaches in Reservoir Quality Prediction
Dr Dave L. Cantrell (Cantrell GeoLogic and Stanford University, USA)

Course description

Reservoir quality prediction means different things to different people; this workshop outlines an approach that's based on an understanding of the geological processes that control reservoir quality, and which allows the quantitative prediction of reservoir quality (porosity and permeability) ahead of the bit. To accomplish this, this workshop first provides an overview of the main controls on reservoir quality in both clastic and carbonate rocks, and then presents a new approach to pre-drill reservoir quality prediction that involves the integration of a variety of modelling techniques to understand, quantify and predict the geological processes that control reservoir quality. Since the initial reservoir quality framework is established at the time of deposition by a variety of depositional controls, this workflow uses numerical process models to predict initial reservoir quality; results from these models are then modified via a series of other modeling technologies (compaction models, kinetic cementation models, reaction transport models, etc.) to quantify and predict various diagenetic modifications that have significantly affected reservoir quality in the interval of interest. This approach successfully integrates these two different technologies into one workflow that holistically predicts reservoir quality. Several case histories will be shown in which this approach has been successfully applied.

Participants' profile

The course is designed for geologists, reservoir engineers and technical managers - and for all others looking to enhance their understanding and ability to predict reservoir quality.