Modern Carbonates of Bali

Course Details

Bali, Indonesia provides the perfect natural laboratory for studying modern carbonate facies belts along an isolated carbonate platform. If you are working on such platforms in the Permian Basin of the US or Southeast Asia we highly recommend this 1-day field course that is offered in conjunction with a 4-day classroom course on carbonate reservoirs.

If you happen to work on reservoirs in epeiric seas such as the Williston Basin or in the Middle East, we recommend you wait – we will be preparing a very similar one-day field trip on modern carbonate depositional environments in Qatar and Abu Dhabi.

This field trip is made possible by our friends and partners at PT. Geoservices – the premier oil and gas training company for Southeast Asia. Due to the limited number of participants we can have on the boat at one-time we strongly urge you to register for this course as soon as possible. The course will be offered between December 3-7 2018.


This is an ‘awareness’ level course that we recommend for all experience level geologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists, engineers and managers. The course starts and ends in Bali, Indonesia and introduces participants to the processes that control reservoir deposition, distribution and architecture along rimmed attached carbonate platforms.

Course Outline


8:00 am - We will be gathering at the hotel meeting room for a safety briefing and orientation to the field area.

9:00 am - We will gather at the hotel lobby and take ground transportation to Benoa Harbor where our boat captain and first mate will meet us.

10:00 am - We will head out to Lembongan Island and will be noting changes in water-depth as we approach the outer reef.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm - We will spend time examining the reef crest, reef flat and transition between coral and sea-grasses. We will discuss cementation and its effect on reservoir quality in these facies belts.


1:00 -2:00 pm After having lunch we will spend some time looking at sedimentary structures exposed in a beach perpendicular trench.

2:30 - 3:00 pm We will load into smaller boats and will explore the network of tidal channels in the intertidal zone in Mangroves thickets. The focus will be on the recognition of tidal channels in sub-surface datasets including borehole images logs and core.

3:00 - 3:30 pm We will head back towards Benoa Harbor and to the hotel in Bali.

This field trip is part of a 5 day carbonate course that will be offered between Feb 25 - March 1, 2019. The course is limited to 10 participants because of the transport capacity of our boats so if you're interested, space is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. We would strongly recommend you register as soon as possible.