SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY: CONCEPTS, PRINCIPLES & APPLICATIONS
Who should attend
The course is designed for geoscientists, geophysicists, biostratigraphers, and engineers needing a fundamental understanding of the principles and applications of sequence stratigraphy, and to apply them to exploration and production projects. The course will also benefit graduate students interested in learning the principles, concepts and methods of sequence stratigraphy.
Sequence stratigraphy provides a framework for the integration of geological, geophysical, biostratigraphic and engineering data, with the aim of predicting the distribution of reservoir, source rock and seal lithologies. It gives the geoscientist a powerful predictive tool for regional basin analysis, shelf-to-basin correlation, and characterization of reservoir heterogeneity. This course will examine the underlying geological principles, processes and terminology related to sequence stratigraphic interpretation. The strength of this course is the application of these basic principles to subsurface datasets in a series of well-founded exercises.
• Basic concepts and terminology of sequence stratigraphy
• The stratigraphic building blocks of depositional sequences
• Recognition criteria for the identification of depositional sequences and their components in outcrops, cores, well logs and seismic data.
• Controls on sequence stratigraphic architecture
• The application of sequence stratigraphy in siliciclastic non-marine, shallow-marine and deepwater depositional settings
• Exploration and production case histories and strategies
Summary of learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
• Explain the concepts of sequence stratigraphy and their application to a wide range of subsurface data types (seismic, well-log, core, reservoir production data)
• Visualize and interpret siliciclastic non-marine, shallow-marine and deepwater depositional settings in subsurface data
• Identify flooding surfaces, parasequences, sequence boundaries, incised valleys and use these elements for correlation
• Apply pragmatic, fit-for-purpose approaches to sequence stratigraphic interpretation.
• relate sequence stratigraphy to various controls (relative sea levels, sediment supply) on basin architecture
• Utilize sequence stratigraphy to develop exploration and production strategies
About the instructor
Gary Hampson is a Reader in Sedimentary Geology at Imperial College, London, and has over 20 years of experience in applying sequence stratigraphic methods and models to a wide variety of outcrop and subsurface examples. He teaches undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD courses in sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy and petroleum geology to geoscientists, geophysicists and petroleum engineers, and is currently Director of the internationally renowned Petroleum Geoscience MSc course at Imperial College (since 2013). His research interests lie in the understanding of siliciclastic fluvial, coastal and shallow-marine depositional systems and their preserved stratigraphy, and in applying this knowledge to reservoir characterization and modelling. He is the author of over 70 peer-reviewed technical papers.
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