W017 North Sea Reservoirs Series - Triassic Reservoirs Overview

Event Facts

14 Oct. 2020
Event Code:
1 days
Gary Nichols, Steven Andrews, Stuart Archer
Booking Status:
Good Availability
GBP £965 (Exclusive of tax)

Course Facts

Course Code:
1 days
Virtual Classroom
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


As the North Sea becomes more mature, and seismic data quality improves, deeper reservoir targets are coming in to focus.  This is true for the Triassic of the North Sea, which is still being explored long after other plays have been designated as mature.

Fundamental knowledge regarding Triassic depositional environments of each play will be shared by integrating core, well and seismic data with modern analogues and classic outcrops. 

Although the workshops are organised through the lens of reservoir geology, other petroleum systems elements will be discussed.

Duration and Training Method

This course has been designed to be delivered as a short but impactful learning experience over one day (via 4 webinar sessions).  These courses can also be delivered via staggered webinars across a number of days (depending on the clients preferred delivery mode). 

Participants will learn how to:
  1. Interpret the gross depositional environments of the Triassic of the North Sea, and understand the range of facies within dryland fluvial systems.    
  2. Predict the controls on reservoir quality (facies and diagenesis).
  3. Build their knowledge of the dynamic reservoir behaviour of the key producing analogue fields (Snorre, Jade, Judy, Jasmine, Marnock, Skua).
  4. Interpret Triassic stratigraphy and sediment distribution in the context of endorheic basins.
  5. Predict the spatial relationship of reservoir sandstone facies in Distributive Fluvial Systems.
  6. Recognise both the uses and abuses of the continental sequence stratigraphic method.
The one day webinar format will be divided into 4 sessions.  
  • Session 1 (09.00 - 10.30 tbc)  Play based statistical overview and key play characteristics
  • Session 2 (11.00 - 12.00 tbc)  Gross Depositional Environments using core wireline, seismic, modern analogues and virtual outcrops
  • Session 3 (13.00 - 14.30 tbc)  Petroleum systems elements for exploration and development and production challenges
  • Session 4 (15.00 - 16.00 tbc)  Conclusions, take home messages and a look to the future

Who should attend

This course will benefit any subsurface professional working on the Triassic play in the North Sea or the West of Britain.  The course is aimed primarily at geologists but geophysicists and reservoir engineers will also benefit from a deeper understanding of this reservoir type.

Gary Nichols

Gary is responsible for the strategy and technical operations of the company worldwide and is based at RPS Energy offices in Woking, Surrey.

Before joining RPS Energy to work with the Nautilus Training Alliance, Gary taught at Royal Holloway University of London and the University Centre on Svalbard covering undergraduate and MSc courses in Sedimentology, Sequence Stratigraphy, Petroleum Geology and Sedimentary Basins plus MSc Petroleum Geoscience courses in Clastic sedimentology, Sequence Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Basin models.

Key Research Topics include clastic sedimentology and sedimentary basin analysis;  climatic and tectonic controls on sedimentation; fluvial sedimentology; basin-scale patterns of sedimentation and the architecture of basin-fill successions; endorheic basins. Field studies have been carried out in flexural basins in Spain, Greece, USA and Spitsbergen, extensional basins in Madagascar, Greece, northern Thailand, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden and in arc-related settings in Antarctica, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia. Detailed sedimentological studies include alluvial fan and fluvial sedimentation in continental basins and the reservoir characteristics of fluvial successions. Gary has published over 100 scientific papers and a widely-used textbook 'Sedimentology and Stratigraphy'. He is currently President of the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).

Affiliations and Accreditation
PhD University of Cambridge
BSc London University, Honors
C.Geol - Chartered Geologist

Courses Taught
N108: Exploration and Geological Model Development in Fluvial Reservoirs (Pyrenees, Spain)
N155: Introduction to Clastic Depositional Systems: a Petroleum Perspective
N269: Sequence Stratigraphy and Subsurface Prediction: Methods, Limitations and New Developments (Isle of Wight, UK)
N387: Exploration and Development in Fluvio-Lacustrine Systems
N403: Reservoir Sedimentology of Fluvial - Shallow Marine Facies (Isle of Wight, UK)
N418: Tectonics, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy of Coal-Bearing Basins
N432: Clastic Reservoir Characterisation for Appraisal and Development (Southern Pyrenees, Spain)
W017: North Sea Reservoirs Series - Triassic Reservoirs Overview (Distance Learning)


Steven Andrews

Steven is a part-time lecturer at the University of the Highlands and Islands and a geological consultant, based near Inverness, Scotland. His expertise lies in lacustrine, and more broadly continental sedimentary systems, which has been built on extensive study of the Devonian of northern Scotland and the Permian-Triassic of East Greenland and the North Atlantic.

After completing his PhD on the basin-scale response of linked lacustrine and fluvial systems to climatic fluctuations in 2008, Steven held research positions at CASP and the University of Aberdeen. During this time, he undertook 11 field campaigns in East Greenland, expanding his knowledge of lacustrine systems through work on the superbly exposed Triassic succession, while continuing his work on the Devonian of northern Scotland. Much of this work was undertaken with a focus on the petroleum systems of the north Atlantic, and latterly included the detailed study of the exhumed hydrocarbon traps of East Greenland. In 2017, Steven took up a lectureship at the University of Exeter and initiated collaboration with GUES which facilitated continued, and ongoing, research in East Greenland. Steven moved north in 2018 to work at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland.  

Steven's research interests are focused on the response of sedimentary systems to climatic and environmental change, largely focusing on continental systems. This work allows the interrogration of climatic trends and increases our understanding of global climatic systems back through Earth's history. Furthermore, this research can be applied to regionally recorded climatic signals which can be important in correlation as well as the prediction of facies distribution and is therefore, significant for applied subsurface geology.

Affiliations and Accreditation
Honorary Research Associate – University of Aberdeen
PhD University of Aberdeen
BSc (Hons) University of Aberdeen - Geology and Petroleum Geology

Courses Taught
W013: North Sea Reservoirs Series - Devonian Reservoirs Overview

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
D477: A Systematic Approach to Defining and Evaluating Stratigraphic and Subtle Combination Traps (Distance Learning)
D520: Coastal, Deltaic and Shallow Marine Clastic Reservoir Characterisation (Distance Learning)
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)
W026: North Sea Reservoirs Series - Central North Sea (CNS) Overview (Distance Learning)

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