This is a course about high-frequency carbonate sequence stratigraphy, and the dramatic impact that accurate stratigraphic interpretation has on the geologic characterization of subsurface carbonate reservoirs. The course, intended to be practical and applied, emphasizes process over theory. The objective of the course is to provide the participant with a set of sequence-stratigraphic tools and techniques that can be used to construct advanced stratigraphic reservoir models from subsurface data.
Although there is no interpretive formula for sequence-stratigraphic interpretation, a logical process, or “work flow” for interpretation will be introduced, which can be applied to a variety of depositional and tectonic settings. The process stresses integration, as ultimately it is the integration of all available data that results in a sequence-stratigraphic framework interpretation useful for geologic description at the reservoir scale. The integrated data sets presented in the course result from outcrop and subsurface reservoir studies that the authors participated in during the past decade.
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Sequence Stratigraphy and Characterization of Carbonate Reservoirs - Reservoir management is an important topic in the oil industry today. Conferences, forums, short courses, and technical papers, written and attended by engineers, geologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists, and managers discuss various aspects of reservoir management. A critical component of reservoir management is the accurate characterization of the hydrocarbon asset, called reservoir characterization. The topic of this course is the process of sequence-stratigraphic interpretation and characterization of carbonate reservoirs. Because of the overwhelming mass of information most reservoir geoscientists keep up with either some aspects of sequence-stratigraphy, or some aspects of reservoir characterization, but typically not both. The authors believe that the two disciplines are so intimately related that the sequence framework should be considered a critical piece of the integrated puzzle.