W011 North Sea Reservoirs Series - New Perspectives on North Sea Plays

Event Facts

23 Jun. 2020
Event Code:
1 days
Dave Quirk, Stuart Archer
Booking Status:
Good Availability
GBP £794 (Exclusive of tax)

Course Facts

Course Code:
1 days
Virtual Classroom
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


The North Sea still presents many opportunities for major oil companies, smaller operators and new entrants alike.  This series of one day webinars have been designed to deliver overviews of classic North Sea plays and their constituent reservoirs

This play based overview spans the entire spectrum of North Sea plays.  Fundamental knowledge regarding the stratigraphic and structural setting of each play will be transferred using standard subsurface datasets (seismic, wireline and core) as well as a new angle using historical statistics (success rates, discovery sizes and area yield).  Although the plays are defined through the lens of reservoir geology, other elements of the petroleum system will also be discussed (seal, traps, source, charge and timing). 

Duration and Training Method

This series has been designed to deliver short but high impact learning experiences.  These are short courses that last only one day (via 4 webinar sessions) but can so be delivered via staggered webinars across a number of days, depending on the clients preferred delivery mode. 

Participants will be exposed to:
  • The importance of the North Sea Basin in global terms
  • North Sea regions and play comparisons using exploration statistics
  • Play by play overview
    • Structural and stratigraphic overview of each play type.
      • Structural style and trap configurations.
      • Gross depositional environments at both regional and field scale.
    • Each play in a petroleum systems context.
      • Reservoirs, seal, traps, source, charge and timing.
      • Main causes of prospect failure. 
    • Statistical summary of the play.
      • Play extent.
      • Historical success rates and discovered resources through time.
      • Resource yield per unit area.
  • How to recognise each play type on seismic, on well logs and in core.
  • The use of analogues to illustrate and support technical interpretations,including development and production issues associated with the specific reservoir. What do the play statistics tell us about the future of the North Sea?
The one-day webinar format will be divided into 4 sessions.

Session 1 (09.00 - 10.30 tbc) Introduction to the North Sea and play based statistical methods

Session 2 (11.00 - 12.00 tbc) Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic

Session 3 (13.00 - 14.30 tbc) Jurassic, Cretaceous, Tertiary

Session 4 (15.00 - 16.00 tbc) Discussion session, conclusions, take home messages and a look to the future.

Who should attend

This course will benefit any subsurface professional working in the North Sea. The course is aimed primarily at geologists but geophysicists, reservoir engineers, team leaders and managers will also benefit from a deeper understanding of the classic play types.


Dave Quirk

Dave is a consultant geoscientist with MGS Energy in Denmark, Chairman of the Manx Geological Survey in the Isle of Man and is a researcher affiliated with the University of Manchester in the UK. He is currently contracted with Cairn Energy but has previously worked in oil and gas exploration in Shell, Burlington Resources, Hess, Maersk and OGA and also as a lecturer in Petroleum Geoscience at Oxford Brookes University. 

Dave regularly publishes and presents on risk, uncertainty and resource prediction; play analysis; seismic interpretation; salt tectonics; continental break-up and the energy transition.

Affiliations and Accreditation
PhD University of Leicester
BSc University of Liverpool - Geology

Courses Taught
W011: North Sea Reservoirs Series - New Perspectives on North Sea Plays

Stuart Archer

Stuart is responsible for the geoscientific content in the RPS Training portfolio. He also has a role in the marketing of RPS training products. He is based at the RPS Energy office in Woking, Surrey.

From 1996 to 2008, Stuart was employed by ConocoPhillips in Aberdeen and Houston. He held positions as an exploration geologist, working on frontier projects in the UK and Irish Atlantic Margin and the Gulf of Mexico, and as an appraisal and development geologist on the Britannia and Jasmine Fields in the Central North Sea. In 2009, Stuart took up the position of Director of exploHUB at the University of Aberdeen, which was a ground breaking training centre for hydrocarbon exploration with a teaching philosophy of learning by doing. Since 2014, Stuart has held various exploration assurance positions with Dana Petroleum, Maersk Oil and Total, most recently in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Stuart’s research interests are in the area of clastic sequence stratigraphy and emphasising its key role in the exploration and development of natural resources. Stuart is a natural integrator and enjoys working in multi-disciplinary teams. He recognises the importance of collaboration to solve complex problems and is passionate about releasing the power of teams.


Affiliations and Accreditation
Honorary Research Associate – University of Glasgow, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences
PhD University of Aberdeen
MSc University of Aberdeen - Petroleum Geology
BSc University of Glasgow - Geology and Geography

Courses Taught
N499: Shallow Marine Reservoir Analogues and their Application to the Jurassic of the North Sea (Isle of Skye and Raasay, UK)
N514: Deltaic and Shallow Marine Sequence Stratigraphy and Sedimentology (Wyoming, USA)
W011: North Sea Reservoirs Series - New Perspectives on North Sea Plays (Distance Learning)
W013: North Sea Reservoirs Series - Devonian Reservoirs Overview (Distance Learning)
W017: North Sea Reservoirs Series - Triassic Reservoirs Overview (Distance Learning)

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