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COURSE 1: Explorational Rock Physics and Seismic Reservoir Prediction

Organiser EAGE
Dates 8 – 9 March 2014
Duration 2 days
Venue Gulf Hotel Bahrain
Instructors Dr Per Avseth  & Prof. Dr  Tor Arne Johansen
Fees US$ 1,044
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Who should attend? The course is intended for geophysicists, geologists and petrophysicists who will be involved in quantitative seismic interpretation, the course will focus on how rock physics can be used in exploration, but many aspects will also be relevant for production and 4D geophysics.Pre-requisites: A fundamental understanding of physics and mathematics. Educational background and/or practical experience in geology, geophysics and / or petrophysics is required.
Objectives & content The field of rock physics represents the link between qualitative geologic parameters and quantitative geophysical measurements. Increasingly over the last decade, rock physics stands out as a key technology in petroleum geophysics, as it has become an integral part of quantitative seismic interpretation. Ultimately, the application of rock physics tools can reduce exploration risk and improve reservoir forecasting in the petroleum industry.This course covers fundamentals of Rock Physics, ranging from basic laboratory and theoretical results to practical recipes that can be immediately applied in the field. We will present qualitative and quantitative tools for understanding and predicting the effects of lithology pore fluid types and saturation, stress and pore pressure, fractures, and temperature on seismic velocity and attenuation. Moreover, we will show the importance and benefit of linking rock physics to geologic processes, including depositional and compactional trends. We further document that lithology substitution can be as equally important as fluid substitution during seismic reservoir prediction. It is important in exploration and appraisals to extrapolate away from existing wells, taking into account how the depositional environment changes as well as burial depth trends. In this way rock physics can better constrain the geophysical inversion and classification problem in underexplored marginal fields, surrounding satellite areas, or in new frontiers.The course includes practical examples and case studies, as well as suggested workflows, where rock physics models are combined with well log and prestack seismic data, sedimentologic information, inputs from basin modeling, and statistical techniques to predict reservoir geology and fluids from seismic amplitudes. Course objectives:

  • Understand the link between geologic processes and rock physics properties
  • Understand the pore fluid – rock interactions during wave propagation
  • Up scaling and heterogeneous reservoirs
  • Introduction to shale and carbonate rock physics

The ultimate goal is to improve the understanding of seismic amplitudes and predict geologic and reservoir parameters from seismic inversion data, and at the same time create awareness about limitations and pitfalls.

Course outline:

  • Basic rock physics theory and relations
  • Fluid and lithology substitution for reservoir rocks
  • Pore fluid – rock interactions during wave propagation
  • Up scaling and seismic signatures of heterogeneous reservoirs
  • Introduction to shale and carbonate rock physics
Instructor bio Per Avsethis a geophysical advisor at Odin Petroleum in Bergen, Norway, and adjunct professor in geophysics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. Per received his M.Sc. in Applied Petroleum Geosciences from NTNU in 1994, and his Ph.D. in Geophysics from Stanford University, California, in 2000. Per worked as a research geophysicist at Norsk Hydro in Bergen, 2001-2006. Per’s research interests include applied rock physics and AVO analysis, for quantitative seismic exploration and reservoir characterisation.Tor Arne Johansen is a full professor in Reservoir Geophysics at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, and a scientific advisor for NORSAR. He received his PhD in Geophysics in 1990 from Bergen University. His research interests cover remote sensing techniques, rock physics, seismic modelling and processing.

COURSE 2: Understanding Seismic Anisotropy in Exploration and Exploitation

Organiser SEG
Dates 8 – 9 March 2014
Duration 2 days
Venue Gulf Hotel Bahrain
Instructor Leon Thomsen
Fees SEG Member: US $1,145
Non Member: US$ 1,295
SEG Student Member: US$ 300
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Who should attend? This is an excellent opportunity for all geophysicists to learn how a fundamental property of rocks impacts all our data and how to deal with it.Prerequisites: The course is designed to be followed by anyone with a few years of experience in conventional reflection seismic analysis.
Objectives & content All rock masses are seismically anisotropic, but we generally ignore this in our seismic acquisition, processing, and interpretation. The anisotropy nonetheless does affect our data, in ways that limit the effectiveness with which we can use it, so long as we ignore it. In this short course, we will understand why this inconsistency between reality and practice has been so successful in the past, and why it will be less successful in the future, as we acquire better seismic data (especially including vector seismic data), and correspondingly higher expectations of it. We will further understand how we can modify our practice so as to more fully realize the potential inherent in our data, through algorithms, which recognise the fact of seismic anisotropy.
Instructor bio Leon Thomsen holds degrees in geophysics from Caltech (B.S. 1964) and Columbia (Ph.D. 1969). His academic career began with post-doctoral appointments at CNRS in Paris, and at Caltech, followed by faculty appointments at the State University of New York in Binghamton (1972-80). Thomsen’s industrial career began with 14 years at Amoco, at its famous Tulsa Research Center. Following the change of its mission in 1994, he joined Amoco’s worldwide exploration department in Houston. Following the recent merger, he serves in BP Amoco’s Upstream Technology Group in Houston, as Principal Geophysicist.For his work in seismic anisotropy, Thomsen was given the Fessenden Award in 1994 by the SEG. He served as the SEG Distinguished Lecturer in 1997, and was Chairman of the Research Committee in 1998-2000. He and his colleagues received the EAGE’s Best Paper Award in 1997 for their converted-wave analysis at Valhall. Thomsen was given Honorary Membership in the GSH in 1998.

COURSE 3: Tectonics of the Arabian Plate Petroleum Systems from Basin to Prospect and Field Scales

Organiser DGS
Dates 8 March 2014
Duration 1 day
Venue Gulf Hotel Bahrain
Instructor Mesbah Khalil
Fees US$ 115
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Who should attend? Petroleum geoscientists and engineers working for exploration and development and seek keeping high momentum success and industry initiative.
Objectives & content The Arabian plate with its wide variety concepts of petroleum discoveries and producing fields, vast arenas with rich subsurface petroleum source rocks, numerous reservoirs from basement to Tertiary, seals and trapping mechanisms are surly classify the plate as the highest world’s potential plate. This course introduces the Arabian plate petroleum resources to exist in seven basins of different origins and evolution models, four in intra-plate setting and three in plate boundary setting.This course provides an effective tool to help creating advanced petroleum exploration and development concepts in the seven Arabian plate petroleum systems from basin to prospect scale. The tool supports discover opportunities beside avoiding problems and solving existing problems. It is triple segment tool that consists of; latest in petroleum geosciences, full data integration, and local case studies of proven advanced concepts. The major challenge in applying this tool is the proper data-set and the integration platform. The course material includes short conclusive presentations a handbook including hands-on that can be applied simply in most of the world’s petroleum basins.Topics discussed will include:

  • Description for the architectures, origin and exploration concepts in the seven petroleum systems of the Arabian plate from basin to prospect and field scales.
  • Explain the controls on opening and evolving each of the seven petroleum basins; tectonics, sea-level changes and sediments influx.
  • Explain the data integration approach to bridge the gaps between the three segments of the course tool.
  • The course includes hands-on using schematics that suit the seven petroleum basins of the Arabian plate.
Instructor bio Mesbah Khalil is a Ph.D. petroleum geologist specialized in basin analysis, play concepts generation and structural geology applications with 35 years industry experience. He joined Exploration in Saudi Aramco in 2003 to present. Mesbah received B.Sc. in geology and chemistry from Al-Azhar University of Cairo in 1977, M.Sc. in 1988 and Ph. D. in 1995 both in structural geology from Ain-Shams Univ., Cairo. His experience includes working as assistant university teacher, mud logger, exploration and development in different basin styles. Dr. Mesbah developed a special skill in data interpretation and integration that led to generating remarkable successful play concepts and achieved significant discoveries. His achievements include mapping and characterizing the tectonic settings of the North Africa and Arabia petroleum basins, leading international field trips and teaching short courses.Mesbah is a member of the DGS, AAPG and EAGE scientific societies.

COURSE 4: Fluvio-Deltaic-Shallow Marine Environments and their Products

Organiser Kuwait Oil Company
Dates 7 - 9 March 2014
Duration 3 days
Venue Kuwait
Instructor Dr. Saifullah K. Tanoli
Fees Complimentary. Short course also includes a one day field trip.
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Who should attend? TBA
Objectives & content This is designed as a refresher course on clastic sedimentology for geoscientists and engineers involved in exploration, development and field study assignments. Focus of the course is on physical processes and the resultant sedimentary products in principal clastic depositional systems. To make it more useful, aspects and applications of practical sequence stratigraphy are also included in the course.The proposed course has two parts: classroom lecturing and exercises, and a field excursion on outcrops in Kuwait.The structured progression of the course shall be:

  •  An overview of the basics of sedimentary rocks, and core and outcrop logging
  • Internal bedding arrangement and the primary sedimentary structures
  • Concepts of facies and facies modeling and its usefulness in paleoenvironmental evaluations
  • Paleoenvironments and their deposits including:
  • Continental environments particularly alluvial and fluvial environments and their deposits
  • Transitional continental to marine environments. Role of river, wave and tidal energy in shaping up the resultant deposits and their geometries
  • Processes in shallow marine environments and the resultant deposits
  • High resolution sequence stratigraphy and its applications on reservoir distribution

Field Excursions:

  • Enjefa Beach, Salwa District, Kuwait (Holocene)
  • Foreshore, beach, tidal inlet, and coastal sand flat facies
  • Modern intertidal environments
  • Jal Az-Zor and surrounding areas (Neogene)
  • Dominanly lower delta plain, beach, shoreface and shallow marine facies along with fluvial and eolian dune facies
  • Cyclicity of the sequences
  • Concept of reservoir and seal facies, lateral continuity / discontinuity of reservoir facies, reservoir compartmentalisation

On completion of this course, the participants shall be able to:

  • Interpret environments of deposition using subsurface data such as cores, cuttings, logs and on-surface outcrops
  • Reservoir stratigraphy: geometries of the reservoir bodies, reservoir heterogeneity, predict trends and distribution of reservoir and seal facies
Instructor bio Saifullah Khan Tanoli is a Senior Geologist (ClasticSedimentologist) with the Exploration Studies Team in the Exploration Group of Kuwait Oil Company. His main current responsibility is to provide clasticsedimentological support to the exploration group and, if required, to other teams in KOC. He has previously worked in play assessment, prospect generation and evaluation and field delineation projects. Saif specialises in stratigraphy and sedimentology with graduation in Geology from Peshawar University, Pakistan; M.Sc. from the University of Toronto; and a Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. He has more than thirty years of combined teaching, research, field, and oil industry experience. He is actively involved in mentoring junior colleagues and offers training in clastic sedimentology, part of which includes the study of cores and field excursions to local exposures. Saif is a member of SEPM and a professional member of APEGA.