N442 Reservoir Architecture of Deep Water Systems (California)
N442 Reservoir Architecture of Deep Water Systems (California)
Submarine canyons and deep water channels are the primary conduits for the transfer of coarse sediments from the shelf to deep water fans and are major exploration targets. The evolution of southern California included many episodes of deep water sedimentation in settings ranging from a Paleozoic cratonic passive margin to Mesozoic forearc and arc settings to Cenozoic transform, pull-apart, and continental borderland basins. This course will examine six deep water systems in which large and small submarine channels and fans played major roles as sediment transport routes and sites of sedimentation.
This 5-day course combines field activities with class lectures and exercises, with 80% of the time spent in the field. Exercises in the field will focus on description of deep water lithofacies, stratal geometries and recognizing key stratigraphic surfaces, emphasizing practical applications. Participants will also learn to describe cores, integrate core and well-log information with seismic to generate high-resolution environment of deposition maps of reservoirs in different settings. Engineering data are used to demonstrate how to improve prediction of reservoir performance. Cores, well-logs and seismic examples are compared to and contrasted with outcrops to help participants to extrapolate 2-D outcrop information to 3-D views of reservoir scale depositional systems.
Six deep water systems will be examined in this field course. These include in the order that we will examine them: (1) Miocene-Pliocene Capistrano Formation at San Clemente State Beach, (2) Capistrano and Monterey sediments cropping out at Dana Point Harbor, (3) Cretaceous strata in coastal exposures in La Jolla, (4) Eocene strata in sea cliffs north of Scripps Institute of Oceanography, (5) Point Loma and Cabrillo Formations in the Tourmaline Surfing Beach and (6) Cretaceous Point Loma Formation exposed at the Point Loma Peninsula.
Course activity will include:
Geologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists and reservoir engineers working on deepwater reservoirs from exploration to production. The course is also suitable for managers seking an understanding of these reservoirs.
A familiarity with clastic depositional settings and terminology, as presnted in N155 (Introduction to Clastic Depositional Systems: a Petroleum Perspective) is assumed.
Other field courses that explore deep water settings include N292 (Deepwater Depositional System Stratigraphy for Exploration and Development (Arkansas)) and N302 (Deepwater Reservoir Presence and Architecture: Permian Brushy Canyon Formation, Guadalupe and Delaware Mountains (West Texas)) in North Ameriuca and N009 (Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Reservoir Geology of Deepwater Clastic Systems (County Clare, Ireland)) and N033 (Characterisation, Modelling, Simulation and Development Planning in Deepwater Clastic Reservoirs (Tabernas, Spain)) in Europe. A linking classroom course is N072 (Workshop in Geological Seismic Interpretation: Deep Marine Systems).
The physical demands for this class are MODERATE according to the Nautilus field course grading system. The field areas are at sea level in and around San Diego and La Jolla, California, where temperatures range from cool and damp to warm and humid. There will be walks of up to 1 km (0.6 miles) most days, with some wading on a sandy beach required to visit some outcrops. The longest walk on the class is 4.5 km (3 miles) with an ascent of 100 m (300 ft). Transport on the course is by bus.
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
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)
N468: Deep Water Reservoirs - Characterization and Risking
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