D468 Deep Water Reservoirs – Exploration Risking and Development Characterisation (Distance Learning)

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Courses consist of a series of 2-3 hour webinar sessions starting at 14:00 London and 08:00 Houston time. Any variation to this will be communicated in the courses joining instructions
Event Code:
10 sessions
Vitor Abreu
Booking Status:
Good Availability
USD $5,160 (Exclusive of tax)

*Seats are currently available for NTA members only - non members will be advised as seats become available, based on the order they applied to the waitlist.


Course Facts

Course Code:
5 days
Virtual Classroom
4 Continuing Education Units
40 Professional Development Hours
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


Business Impact: Through a multidisciplinary approach, this course has a strong business focus in defining mapping strategies to de-risk reservoir presence and to predict reservoir N:G pre-drill. It highlights the importance of accurate environments of deposition mapping from exploration to production business scales, emphasizing the key architectural archetypes and their impact in predicting baffles and barriers, as well as the distribution of porosity and permeability in the reservoir. 

The course emphasizes key changes in deep water reservoir models that have a major impact on exploration and production of these reservoirs. Participants will learn how to interpret and map environments of deposition (EoD’s) in deep water systems, and understand how the different EoD’s and sub-EoD’s behave as reservoirs. Engineering data will also be used to demonstrate how to improve prediction of reservoir performance.

Duration and Training Method

A virtual classroom course divided into 10  three-hour long webinars sessions over a two-week period (equivalent to a five-day classroom course), comprising lectures, exercises, and observations from core, well logs and seismic profiles to be completed by participants during and between sessions.

Participants will learn to:
  1. Employ interpretation and mapping techniques for cores, well-logs and seismic lines in DW settings from exploration to production business scales.
  2. Interpret trap configurations and analyze risk for DW stratigraphic traps.
  3. Analyze reservoir presence risk and Net:Gross prediction.
  4. Interpret unconventional resources in DW settings, including examples from the Permian Basin.
  5. Implement sequence stratigraphy and seismic stratigraphic techniques.
  6. Interpret environments of deposition (EoD’s) and related reservoir architecture, lithofacies associations and diversity.
  7. Describe the different EoD’s in deep water that can generate reservoir-scale, sand-rich systems.
  8. Identify the different EoD’s and sub-EoD’s in seismic, well logs, cores and outcrops.
  9. Analyze reservoir geometry and connectivity in different EoD’s, integrating with production data.
  10. Review deep water lithofacies and nomenclature, common lithofacies associations and interpret lithofacies in cores.

Well-logs and seismic examples will be used as a comparison to core information to help participants link 1-D core information to 3-D views of reservoir-scale depositional systems. This class will also review the evolution of concepts in deep water models, emphasizing recent approaches that integrate experimental and numerical models, Quaternary analogues and ultra-high-resolution seismic data. The resulting new depositional models will have strong impact from exploration to production scales.

Session 1

  • Initial Remarks
  • Sequence Stratigraphic Context
  • Seismic Exercise

Session 2

  • Review of Previous Session
  • Recent Advances in Deep Water Models
  • East Breaks Exercise

Session 3

  • Review of Previous Session
  • DW Depositional Models - Channelized Systems
  • Exercise – Interpretation of a DW Channel

Session 4

  • Review of Previous Session
  • DW Channels in Cores, Wells and Seismic
  • DW Channels in Outcrops – Facies and Internal Organization
  • Channel System Mapping Exercise

Session 5

  • Review of Previous Session
  • DW Depositional Models – Mud-Rich Fan Systems
  • Exercise – Danube Fan System

Session 6

  • Review of Previous Session
  • DW Depositional Models – Sand-Rich Fan Systems
  • Exercise – Golo Fan
  • Process Sedimentology of DW Systems

Session 7

  • Review of Previous Session
  • DW Lithofacies vs EOD – Examples from Cores and Outcrops
  • Core Description of DW Reservoirs - Exercise

Session 8

  • Continuation of Core Description Exercise
  • Exercise Wrap Up and Discussion

Session 9

  • Review of Previous Session
  • High-Resolution Interpretation and Production Data Integration

Session 10

  • Review of Previous Session
  • Global Examples of DW Strat Traps - Trap Configuration and Risking
  • Reservoir Presence Risking and Net:Gross Prediction


Who should attend

This course is intended for geoscientists, petrophysicists, engineers, and managers who are seeking a comprehensive introduction to deep water reservoir plays. It is appropriate for those with no previous experience with these reservoirs, those that have some experience and wish to broaden their understanding, and more experienced people who want exposure to some of the most recent technologies and practices. It is not intended as an advanced course for individuals with extensive experience working these reservoirs.

Prerequisites and linking courses

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Complementary courses at a Basic Application level include N155 (Introduction to Clastic Depositional Systems: A Petroleum Perspective), N305 (Core Facies Analysis for Resource Plays), and N251 (Well Log Sequence Stratigraphy: Applications to Exploration and Production) and N080 (Geophysics for Subsurface Professionals).

More advanced coverage of deep water reservoirs can be found in a number of courses, including N442 (Reservoir Architecture of Deep Water Systems, California, USA), N033 (Characterisation, Modelling, Simulation and Development Planning in Deepwater Clastic Reservoirs, Tabernas, Spain), and N292 (Deepwater Depositional System Stratigraphy for Exploration and Development, Arkansas, USA), and N302 (Deepwater Reservoir Presence and Architecture: Permian Basin Brushy Canyon Formation, Guadalupe and Delaware Mountains, West Texas, USA).

Vitor Abreu

Vitor Abreu has 28 years of experience in the oil industry in petroleum exploration, development production and research, with a proven record in evaluating, risking and/or drilling in 22 countries and 31 sedimentary basins in the 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. On research, Vitor is considered one of the world leaders on reservoir characterization of deep water systems, proposing new deep water models with strong impact in development and production.

Vitor has been an Adjunct Professor at Rice University since 1999, where he took responsibility for the course on Sequence Stratigraphy after Peter Vail’s retirement. He was the recipient of the Jules Braunstein Memorial Award (best poster presenta-tion, 2002 AAPG Annual Meeting) and was appointed AAPG’s inaugural international Distinguished Instructor in 2006. He is the current President-Elect of SEPM and has been organizing and chairing technical sessions at annual meetings for both AAPG and SEPM. More than 1000 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 more than 3000 copies since publication in 2010.

Affiliations and Accreditation
PhD Rice University - Geology & Geophysics
MSc Federal University of Rio Grande - Geology
BA Federal University of Rio Grande - Geology

Courses Taught

N410: Sequence Stratigraphy Applied to Exploration and Production
N442: Reservoir Architecture of Deep Water Systems (California, USA)
N467: Seismic Stratigraphy of the Permian Basin (W Texas & SE New Mexico, USA)
D468: Deep Water Reservoirs – Exploration Risking and Development Characterisation (Distance Learning)
D517: Well Log Sequence Stratigraphy for Exploration and Production (Distance Learning)
D518: Seismic Sequence Stratigraphy for Exploration and Production (Distance Learning)

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