Petroleum Geosciences > Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) - Bitumens: Origins, Significance and Reservoir Mapping with reference to the Mesozoic of the Arabian Gulf

About this Micro Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

Pyrobitumen, often referred to simply as bitumen or a tar-mat is a common problem in the Jurassic Arab C and D formations in the Arabian Gulf but it may also occur in other formations, including the prolific Thamama.

The distribution of the bitumen is not pervasive and it may be difficult to predict. This can be a problem if it impacts fluid movement in the reservoir.

This Micro VILT will examine the likely origins of Mesozoic pyrobitumen in the Arabian Gulf and discuss possible controls on the distribution. This course will use published examples to illustrate the variations in distribution and effects and will attempt to define methods to predict the distribution in any field.


Micro VILT Group Pricing:

SGD$1,200 per person / USD$ 889 per person

(Minimum 5 persons per group session)

For more details on pricing for larger groups or customisation of course outline, call us at +65 6741 9927 or email [email protected]


Delivery of this Micro VILT:

The Micro VILT will be delivered through Zoom, MS Teams or equivalent video conference platforms in combination with other online interactive training tools.


Micro VILT Duration:

The Micro VILT will be delivered online in 1 session comprising 4 hours, with 2 breaks.

Micro VILT Course Materials:

All participants will receive softcopy course materials (PDF format).


Breakdown of Modules:

Module 1: Pyrobitumen: What is it and what are the likely origins? 

  1. Accepted methods of formation
  2. Can it be produced?
  3. Discussion on observations from participants

Module 2: Bitumen distribution at macro and micro scale

  1. Links to saturation profiles and petrophysical character.
  2. Potential effects on reservoir quality
  3. Exercise on recognition of bitumen in well data

Module 3: Prediction and modelling at micro and macro scale

  1. Bitumens in cored and un-cored wells
  2. Attempts at field-wide prediction
  3. Exercise on the prediction of bitumen


Your expert VILT instructor is a Director and Senior Consultant Geologist who has worked on various carbonate consultancy projects conducted detailed sedimentological, sequence stratigraphic and diagenetic technical studies and delivered training programs. He was formerly Managing Director of Robertson UK Limited and was responsible for the integration between different discipline recognition and encouragement of technical innovation and research and development programs across all oil and gas divisions in the company. He was also responsible for all aspects of the performance of the main Geological, Geophysical and Reservoir Engineering Services in the company.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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