D518 Seismic Sequence Stratigraphy for Exploration and Production

Event Facts

  • 13 Sep. 2021
  • 14 Sep. 2021
  • 15 Sep. 2021
  • 16 Sep. 2021
Half-day sessions, starting in the mornings for the Americas and afternoons for Europe, Africa and Middle East. Any variation to this will be communicated in advance.
Event Code:
4 sessions
Vitor Abreu
Booking Status:
Good Availability
USD $1,945 (Exclusive of tax)

Course Facts

Course Code:
2 days
Virtual Classroom
1.6 Continuing Education Units
16 Professional Development Hours
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


Business Impact: Participants will develop an understanding of how sequence stratigraphy aids in prediction and mapping of play elements presence and quality based on seismic data. They will enhance value for their employers by identifying high- and low-risk areas, generating robust resource volume assessments, and providing an interpretation of reservoir distribution that allows for more accurate prediction of production.

Sequence Stratigraphy is a method developed to support geoscientists in the geologic interpretation of subsurface data, with the objective of predicting play elements presence and quality before drilling. The method can be applied to 2D and 3D seismic in all depositional environments. This course will review the basic terminology and definitions of surfaces, systems tracts, sequence sets, and stratigraphic hierarchy. The method will be described and applied to interpret subsurface data in non-marine, shallow marine, and deep marine depositional settings. The emphasis will be in the recognition and mapping of play elements from exploration to production scales.

Duration and Training Method

A virtual classroom course divided into 4 webinar sessions, comprising lectures, discussion, case studies, and practical exercises to be completed by participants during and between sessions.

Participants will learn to:

  1. Interpret seismic lines in a sequence stratigraphic context
  2. Implement the method of sequence stratigraphy to define play, prospects and predict play elements presence and quality in seismic data.
  3. Apply the concept of facies, facies stacking and shoreline trajectory to define parasequences , surfaces, and systems tracts.
  4. Evaluate the main controls on depositional sequences.
  5. Describe the accommodation Succession Method and Sequence Stratigraphy Hierarchy.
  6. Apply the sequence stratigraphic method in non-marine, shallow marine and deep marine environments.
  • Sequence Stratigraphy Method Applied to Seismic
  • Idealized Depositional Sequences
  • Fundamentals of Seismic Stratigraphic Interpretation
  • Sequence Sets and Composite Sequences
  • Seismic Stratigraphic mapping at Exploration Scale
  • Play Definition at Regional Scale
  • Seismic Facies Mapping
  • Woodbine Seismic Facies and EoD Mapping
  • Reservoir Distribution in Deep Water Settings
  • East Breaks Seismic Interpretation and Mapping

Who should attend

Geophysicists, geologists, explorationists and managers who are interested in an introduction or review of the theory and application of contemporary seismic stratigraphic techniques to exploration and production.

Prerequisites and linking courses

Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of fundamental geological concepts, such as presented in Foundation Application courses N155 (Introduction to Clastic Depositional Systems: a Petroleum Perspective), D073 (Intergration of Sedimentology, Petrophysics, and Siesmic Interpretation, for Exploration and Production of Carbonate Systems), and D080 (Geophysics for Subsurface Professionals).

Suitable follow-on courses at Skilled Application level include N349 (Practical Methods for Sequence Stratigraphic Prediction) and field courses such as N011 (High Resolution Sequence Stratigraphy: Reservoir Applications (Utah, USA)), N042 (Reservoir Sedimentology and Stratigraphy of Coastal and Shelfal Successions: Deltas, Shorelines and Origins of Isolated Sandstones (NW Colorado,USA)), N451 (Practical Oil-Finders Guide to Siliciclastic Sequence Stratigraphy (Wyoming, USA)), and D517 (Well Log Sequence Stratigraphy for Exploration and Production),

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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