N073 Workshop in Geological Seismic Interpretation: Carbonate Systems

Course Facts

Course Code:
3 days
2.4 Continuing Education Units
24 Professional Development Hours
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


Business Impact: Participants of this course will have the necessary knowledge for assessing different plays in carbonates as they will be familiar with a wide range of carbonate depositional environments. The course outlines what aspects are different from clastics and thus improves success in exploration and reservoir characterization of carbonates. The petrophsyical portion will give the participants the expertise to better assess uncertainties in predicting reservoir properties with geophysical methods such as saturation using AVO and porosity from seismic inversion.

This course presents a comprehensive approach to seismic interpretation in carbonate systems. Participant knowledge is built up from depositional systems through to diagenesis and rock physics, with the aim of interpreting depositional geometry using high-resolution sequence stratigraphy. Through a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies and exercises, participants will become proficient in multiple aspects of seismic stratigraphic interpretation related to carbonate reservoirs.

Duration and Training Method

This is a three-day classroom workshop with a mixture of lectures, exercises and case studies. Participants are encouraged to bring relevant material that can contribute to the discussion.

Participants will learn how to:

  1. Appraise common carbonate seismic facies and geometries.
  2. Assess the diagenetic history, depositional textures, porosity, and sonic velocity of carbonate reservoirs.
  3. Evaluate possible carbonate depositional environments on seismic data and predict the facies within the various environments.
  4. Estimate the limits of seismic resolution in interpreting carbonates.
  5. Perform seismic stratigraphic interpretations to predict, map and quantify carbonate and associated siliciclastic reservoirs.
  6. Integrate stratigraphic principles into a carbonate interpretation.
  7. Evaluate seismic data for an integrated carbonate reservoir characterization.
  8. Evaluate the usage of seismic attributes in carbonates.

1. Carbonate Depositional Systems

2. Diagenesis and Petrophysics

  • Control on the sonic velocity of carbonate rocks
  • Diagenetic pathways of acoustic properties
  • Exercise

3. Seismic Geometries and Seismic Facies in Carbonate Systems

  • Seismic geometry of carbonate platforms
  • Geometric evolution of carbonate systems
  • Exercises
  • Wrap-up exercises 

4. Seismic Resolution and Modeling

  • Exercise 

5. Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy

  • Exercises

6. Characterization of Carbonate Reservoirs 

7. Mixed Carbonate Clastic Systems 

  • Exercises 

8. Seismic Attributes 

9. That’s why it’s called interpretation 

10. Petrophysics Warning 

  • Wrap-up and feedback

Who should attend

This course is aimed at motivated geoscientists working on carbonate plays, prospects and fields, who are seeking to share and build upon their knowledge. Managers and team leaders working on carbonate assets are also welcome. This workshop format would benefit multi-disciplinary asset teams.

Prerequisites and linking courses

Foundation Application level course N020 (Carbonate Depositional Systems: Reservoir Sedimentology and Diagenesis) provides a comprehensive classroom introduction to the petroleum geology of carbonates.

Participants will benefit most from this course if they have previously attended Nautilus Training Alliance field courses in carbonate systems, although these may also be taken following N073. Options include N059 (Applied Carbonate Geology: Carbonate Facies and Reservoirs, Mallorca, Spain), N091 (Carbonate Reservoir Architecture and Applied Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy, West Texas, USA) and N494 (Olio-Miocene Carbonate Systems: Examples from Southern Italy (Apulia, Italy).

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Gregor Eberli

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This was an exceptional course. Lecturer was well prepared, knowledgeable and organised. The material/delivery was well paced. Exercises were challenged but very illustrative of concepts covered.