The course will cover topics in both lecture and workshop format, including: deep-water transport and depositional processes; turbidite architectural elements---their geologic, petrophysical, geophysical and production performance characteristics; stacking patterns of deep-water elements; well log (including borehole image log) characteristics and interpretations; seismic interpretation; high resolution biostratigraphy; and basics of geological modeling of deep-water reservoirs. The use of outcrops as analogs to deep-water depositional systems is emphasized. Producing reservoirs from various locales will be discussed, with emphasis on the deep/sub-salt Gulf of Mexico. Exercises will involve hands-on experiences in the interpretation of well logs (including borehole image logs), well test, petrophysical and seismic data. During the past few years, and up to today, there is a growing body of public information on deep-water depositional systems; this course emphasizes and summarizes this latest information, in addition to unpublished studies.
1. INTRODUCTION TO THE PETROLEUM GEOLOGY OF DEEP- WATER CLASTIC (TURBIDITE) DEPOSITIONAL SYSTEMS.
2. TRAP TYPE AND BASIN SETTING.
3. DEEPWATER TRANSPORT AND DEPOSITIONAL PROCESS.
4. INTRODUCTION TO TURBIDITE ELEMENTS.
5. SHEET SANDSTONES: OUTCROP.
6. SHEET SANDSTONES: RESERVOIRS.
7. CHANNEL-FILL SANDSTONES: OUTCROPS.
8. CHANNEL-FILL SANDSTONES: RESERVOIRS.
9. CHANNEL-LEVEE-SPLAY: SEAFLOOR AND SHALLOW SUBSURFACE.
10. CHANNEL-LEVEE-SPLAY: OUTCCROPS.
11. CHANNEL-LEVEE-SPLAY: RESERVOIRS.
12. SLUMPS/MASS TRANSPORT COMPLEXES.
13. STACKING OF ELEMENTS: SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY.
15. GOM OVERVIEW.
16. SEISMIC STRATIGRAPHY OF GOM
17. GEOLOGIC CONTROLS ON RESERVOIR QUALITY.
18. FLOW UNITS AND THEIR DETERMINATION.
19. BOREHOLE IMAGE LOGS AND THEIR APPLICATION.
20. DIPMETER LOGS AND THEIR APPLICATION.
21. DEEPWATER PETROLEUM SYSTEM.
22. GEOLOGIC MODELING: PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS.