Sequence Stratigraphy Applied to Exploration Training

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Sequence Stratigraphy is a method developed to support geoscientists in the geologic interpretation of subsurface data, with the objective of predicting play elements presence and quality before drilling. The method can be applied to cores, well logs, seismic lines (2-D and 3-D) and outcrops and in all depositional environments. The course will review the basic terminology of surfaces, systems tracts, sequence sets and stratigraphic hierarchy, and their definitions. The method will be described and applied in training sketches and datasets to later be used to interpret subsurface data in non-marine, shallow marine and deep marine depositional settings. The emphasis will be in the recognition and mapping of play elements from exploration to production scales.

Locations and Dates:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Apr 22-26, 2019

Calgary, Canada - May 27-31, 2019

Denver, USA - Jun 17-21, 2019

Aberdeen, Scotland - Jul 15-19, 2019

Houston, TX - Aug 5-9, 2019

Frankfurt, Germany - Sept 9-13, 2019

You Will Learn:

  • To recognize and map hydrocarbon play elements in different settings.
  • To interpret cores, well-logs, and seismic lines
  • To use the method of sequence stratigraphy to define play, prospects and predict play elements presence and quality in seismic data.
  • How the concepts of sequence stratigraphy were developed.
  • What are the basic terminology and definitions of sequence stratigraphy.
  • How to use the concept of facies, facies stacking and shoreline trajectory to define parasequences , surfaces, and systems tracts.
  • The main controls on depositional sequences.
  • The accommodation Succession Method and Sequence Stratigraphy Hierarchy.
  • Chronostratigraphic techniques.
  • To apply the sequence stratigraphic method in non-marine, shallow marine and deep marine environments.

Course Content:

  • History of Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Difference between Lithostratigraphy and Chronostratigraphy
  • Sequence stratigraphy method applied to seismic, cores and logs
  • Basic terminology and definitions
  • Seismic Stratigraphy
  • Seismic response of surfaces
  • Seismic reflection terminations mapping and seismic facies analyses
  • Accommodation Succession Method
  • The sequence Stratigraphy Hierarchy
  • Sequence Stratigraphy in non-Marine, shallow marine and deep marine settings
  • Hydrocarbon Play element recognition and mapping
  • Interpretation and mapping techniques from Exploration to Production business scale


Day 1

Introduction - Class Objectives
Stratigraphy History
Price River C - Core Description, and Interpretation
Sequence Stratigraphy Concepts
Lithostratigraphy vs Chronostratigraphy Correlations

Day 2
Sequence Stratigraphy Method Applied to Well-Log
Well-Log Interpretation Correlation
Urdanetta Exercise - Well Log interpretation and Correlation
Well-Log Loop-Tie Interpretation and Mapping

Day 3
Sequence Stratigraphy Method Applied to Seismic
Idealized Depositional Sequences
Fundamentals of Seismic Stratigraphic Interpretation
Sequence Sets and Composite Sequences
Seismic Stratigraphic mapping at Exploration Scale
Play Definition at Regional Scale - North Sea

Day 4
Seismic Facies Mapping
Woodbine Seismic Facies and EoD Mapping
Reservoir Distribution in Deep Water Settings
East Breaks Seismic Interpretation and Mapping

Day 5
Play Elements Distribution and Stratigraphic Trap Styles
Identification of Stratigraphic Traps in Deep Water Settings
Reservoir Compartments in Deltaic and DW Reservoirs
High Resolution Mapping at Production Scale - Deltaic reservoirs
High Resolution Mapping at Production Scale - DW Reservoirs

Who should take this course:

Petroleum geologists, geophysicists, reservoir modelers, seismic interpreters, reservoir engineers, petrophysicists, and sedimentologists.

Course Objectives:

  • Basic concepts and terminology of sequence stratigraphy;
  • Recognition criteria for the identification of depositional sequences and their components in outcrops, cores, well logs and seismic;
  • The application of sequence stratigraphy in non-marine, shallow-marine, and deep-marine depositional settings
  • Application of the methodology to solve business problems

Your Instructor

Vitor Abreu
Vitor Abreu

Vitor Abreu is considered one of the world's leaders on reservoir characterization of deep water systems, proposing new deep water models with strong impact in development and production.

He has over 28 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in petroleum exploration, development production and research, with a proven track record in evaluating and/or drilling in 22 countries and 31 sedimentary basins in 6 continents. His areas of expertise include projects in exploration, development and production of deep water reservoirs, regional studies to define the petroleum system elements and key plays in frontier exploration, tectono-stratigraphic evolution of basins in different tectonic settings, maturing opportunities to drillable status, and play to prospect risking assessment. His experience in development and production includes several field studies in different depositional environments, with high-resolution stratigraphic interpretation integrated to engineering data to define reservoir connectivity and main baffles and barriers for effective field development plans.

Vitor has been an Adjunct Professor at Rice University since 1999, where he leads the course on Sequence Stratigraphy after Peter Vail’s retirement. He was the recipient of the Jules Braunstein Memorial Award (best poster presentation, 2002 AAPG Annual Meeting) and was appointed AAPG’s inaugural international Distinguished Instructor in 2006. He is the Past-President of SEPM and has been organizing and chairing technical sessions at annual meetings for both AAPG and SEPM. More than 1,000 students globally have taken his short course on “Sequence Stratigraphy for Graduate Students” since 2000. This course has been taught at annual meetings, international meetings, universities, and companies around the world. Vitor is the chief editor of SEPM’s “Sequence Stratigraphy of Siliciclastic Systems”, which has sold nearly 4,000 copies since its publication in 2010.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This course is offered at multiple locations and dates.
What's the cancelation/refund policy?
If you cancel or request a refund up to 90 days from training date, you will receive 100% of your payment back minus any transaction costs (credit card, wire transfer, stripe or paypal charges). If you cancel or request a refund up to 60 days from training date, you will receive 60% of your payment back minus any transaction costs (credit card, wire transfer, stripe or paypal charges).. If you cancel or request a refund up to 30 days from training date, you will receive 30% of your payment back minus any transaction costs (credit card, wire transfer, stripe or paypal charges).. No refunds or cancellation allowed less than 30 days from sessions first day. Cancellations can only be requested via email to [email protected]
What's covered in the course price?
We will cover: - Instructor-led training as outlined in the course description. - Material - Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks - Completion certificate
Where will the training take place?
If an exact location is not yet included within the course description, it will be released in a timely manner upon registration. Facilities are usually in a convenient location near energy hubs or airports.
How can I signup multiple people?
You can email [email protected] and we will create a bulk order for your convenience.

"Vitor has a wealth of experience that he can bring to every project. He has a deep knowledge not only of stratigraphy but of the wider field of geoscience, was a delight to work with during our time at Unocal, and is an outstanding team member who gets the best out of the people who work with, and for, him." -Paul Ware, Paul Ware Geoscience LLC

"Having been taught by Vitor Abreu has advanced my understanding, in deepwater systems and I am confident others will too." -Kristian Lomas, Senior Geoscientist at ExxonMobil

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