Fluvial, Coastal Plain and Shallow Marine Analogs from the Book Cliffs



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Course Overview

Based on popular demand from industry professionals who wish to get a general overview of the most common reservoir types that occur in coastal plain and shallow marine settings, we have collected a series of spectacular outcrops for you to visit. The field-trip is structured such that we will begin on the coastal plain where you will get to see high-sinuosity channels and point bars. We then take you to the sequence boundary that separates the terrestrial coastal plain from the shorefaces below. After spending time on shorefaces and wave dominated deltas we will move on to tide and river dominated deltas. The last part of the trip focuses on transgressive systems such as estuaries, associated tidal bars, inlets, and barrier islands. Participants will spend time collecting data and plotting Gamma Ray logs through these reservoir types such that they can identify similar environments of deposition in their own log data.

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Course Outcomes

Delegates will gain knowledge and skills to:

At the end of the course participants will have a greater understanding of and have developed the following key attributes:

• Ability to identify key sequence stratigraphic surfaces in core

• Calibration of core based surfaces with logs

• Chronocorrelation using well log data

• Seismic sequence analysis

• Seismic facies analysis

• Reservoir prediction in shallow marine clastic depositional systems

Key Course Highlights

At the end of this course you'll understand:

  • ✓ Sequence boundaries maximum flooding and ravinement surfaces in outcrop

  • ✓ Classic Book Cliffs proximal and distal parasequences

  • ✓ Incised valleys facies associations: tidal inlets flood tidal deltas barrier islands

  • ✓ Shorefaces deltas and incised valleys

  • ✓ Differences between tidal bars and parasequences on well logs

  • ✓ World-class sub-surface examples

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Who Should Attend

The course is designed for geoscientists and reservoir engineers who primarily focus on fluvial and shallow marine successions, especially those involved in building or updating geomodels. Whether your task involves a simple well-correlation across tidal systems, or the input of fluvial channel dimensions into a geomodel this course will benefit you in several ways.

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