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 Integrated Methods for Deep-water Reservoir Characterization by Dr.  Jon Rotzien

 This seminar presents an integrated view of deep-water reservoir characterization with a focus on stratigraphic intervals from western North America    and  the Gulf of Mexico.  Deep-water depositional systems form some of the largest petroleum reservoirs on Earth and represent the frontier of oil and  gas  exploration. However, deep-water depositional systems remain the least well understood because sediment gravity flows, including turbidity currents  and  hybrid and debris flows, are both infrequent and difficult to predict and monitor, setting them apart from terrestrial sediment transport processes.Therefore, modern seismic data and, in particular, deep-water outcrops provide prime sources of structural and stratigraphic data used to risk drilling targets and build reservoir models at every phase in the upstream exploration and production process. This course provides participants with an understanding of bed- to field-scale architectural elements in deep-water systems and how they affect the main risks in deep-water E&P across the value chain.  This seminar has three main themes:

  • Processes of sedimentation and reservoir prediction in deep-water provinces
  • Deep-water depositional environments from canyon head to basin plain
  • Main drivers of sedimentation along continental margins

This is an opportunity to learn about the diverse nature of deep-water reservoirs as well as the petroleum system evolution of reservoir and seal rocks and the tectono-stratigraphic evolution of complex continental margins.  The processes of sedimentation and stratigraphic architecture of deep-water petroleum reservoir analogs including seismic-scale channel-fill and splay deposits will be featured along basin fairway to margin. Key risks in oil and gas drilling including reservoir presence, reservoir quality, and seal presence will be main discussions during the course, with special focus on conventional siliciclastic reservoirs.  


Drawing from examples including the Tampico-Misantla “Super Basin” which is considered to be the cradle of Mexico’s oil and gas industry, to the deep-water Gulf of Mexico, this course provides a window into a promising region for oil and gas exploration.  Great successes – including the Cerro Azul #4 – which is credited by many as having the highest recorded flow rate of over 250,000 bpd from an uncontrolled blowout, as well as other discoveries, mark an eastward trend to offshore potential.  Very significant remaining potential in several of Mexico’s petroleum systems includes both conventional and unconventional resources.



Course objectives 

This course will give participants an understanding of the broad scope of deep-water siliciclastic depositional systems. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe transport and depositional processes of deep-water strata including turbidites, debrites, and transitional to hybrid flow type deposits
  • Understand the different types of marine depositional environments (canyon, channel, levee, splay, overbank) and their implications to petroleum reservoir architecture and reservoir quality
  • Understand and interpret modern and ancient deep-water depositional systems
  • Characterize marine stratigraphy and build relationships with depositional environments using outcrop, core, and other oil and gas industry data
  • Use lithofacies and stratigraphic architecture to understand variations in deep-water reservoir properties pertaining to petroleum reservoir presence, quality, and seal presence
  • Conceptualize and apply source-to-sink transport and sequence stratigraphic methods to marine and deep-water sediment delivery
  • Apply skills in seismic interpretation, reservoir characterization, core analysis, geophysical log interpretation, sequence stratigraphy, play fairway mapping, risk and uncertainty analysis, gross depositional environment mapping, and oil and gas exploration methods


Who should attend? 

This seminar is designed for managers and subsurface experts interested in the technical aspects of deep-water exploration along western North America and the Gulf of Mexico.  Course registration is limited to 20 professionals. 

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