About this Training Course

Subsurface geologic maps are the most important and widely used documents in petroleum exploration and development. Geoscientists and engineers are expected to understand and be able to efficiently and accurately generate many types of subsurface maps. Nevertheless, many geoscientists have not had sufficient formal training in the fundamental principles and methods that underlie accurately constructed subsurface maps, whether the data source is a seismic interpretation, well log correlation or both.

During the exploration process (and for that matter development process as well), understanding of the subsurface geometry, incorporating both structural and stratigraphic framework, is essential to understanding the 4D development of potential reservoirs. Subsurface maps represent the cornerstone of data presentation and information transfer in oil & gas exploration & development, whether well log based, seismic based, or both. The focus of the course is on the fundamental principles and methodologies of accurately conveying critical data and information via subsurface mapping.

The 5-day course is practically based, including integrating multiple datasets, quick-look and advanced techniques for critically analysing/reviewing key maps (including your own and those of others), and benefits or drawbacks of modern computing.

The course has been designed from an applied standpoint, with numerous examples and hands-on exercises from the petroleum industry.

By attending this training course, participants will be able to understand:

  • Review and integrate various data types (well and seismic, and other data types)
  • Understand well log analysis, including log types, correlation of well logs, and extraction of relevant subsurface data, including thickness corrections and logs
  • Understand seismic analysis, including 3D, time-lapse, and attribute analysis
  • Examine fundamentals of contouring
  • Examine construction and interpretation of fault plane, structure contour, and thickness maps
  • Understand integrated mapping and cross-section construction, and other data presentation forms
  • Understand fault juxtaposition and seal analysis
  • Integration of LWD data for geosteering and reservoir navigation applications

This course will benefit:

  1. Geologists
  2. Geophysicists
  3. Exploration/Production Managers
  4. Reservoir Engineers

The course has been designed from an applied standpoint, with numerous examples and hands-on exercises from the petroleum industry.

Your expert course leader received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology from the now University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 1989 and 1990, respectively, and his Ph.D. as a National Science Foundation fellow at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in 1993, graduating with an overall university gpa of 4.0.

From 1994-1996, he studied planetary tectonics as a NASA-funded postdoctoral fellow at Southern Methodist University. In 1996, he returned to UL-Lafayette, where he was awarded in 1997 the Hensarling-Chapman Endowed Professorship in Geology. He began independent consulting activities in 1991, and in 2001 he left academia for full-time consulting for clients ranging from one-man shops to supermajors.

Your expert course leader has been the editor and publisher (both volunteer efforts) for the Lafayette Geological Society since 2002, and the publisher and various editorial positions for the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies since 2006. He has been an active researcher, receiving several million dollars in grants from federal, state, and industry sources, has presented numerous talks, and has published on a diversity of geoscience topics.

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