Module 1. Introduction to Carbonate Reservoirs

Course Details

Welcome to the Online Exploration and Development in Carbonate Reservoirs Short-Course. We understand that with the global pandemic, oil price crash and with most companies slashing training budgets, travel expenses are the biggest hurdle in getting the training you need.

Starting in 2015 we were the first online geoscience course provider that included live lectures, exercises and modules that you can pick and choose. Although we recommend that you complete all modules in the correct progression, we understand time and budget constraints, therefore you have the flexibility of choosing what modules to take and the order in which you complete them.

Course notes and exercise materials will be provided to you using a dropbox link. The price of individual modules is $250 and if you choose to take all modules together you can do so for $2500 if you’re a professional, $900 if you are a student. We give additional discounts as well, e-mail us to find out if you are eligible.

This module is scheduled to run between 10:00 am-12:00 pm (Mountain Standard Time USA) on May  18th, 2020.


• Geologists
• Geophysicists who wish to better understand carbonate seismology and seismic stratigraphy
• Petrophysicists
• Engineers who wish to develop a better understanding of the factors that control distribution, reservoir connectivity and compartmentalization in carbonate reservoirs

• Graduate Students (Masters or Doctorate) who wish to develop a better understanding of the petroleum industry and the importance of carbonate reservoirs


The course assumes no prior knowledge of carbonates therefore we also encourage non-geoscientists and graduate-students to enroll.

Course Outline

Module 1

The first module is is free if you are working for an oil and gas company in one of the following countries:

1. Australia
2. Argentina
3. Brazil
4. China
5. Colombia
6. Ecuador
7. Iran
8. Kazakhstan
9. Mexico
10. New Zealand
11. Norway
12. Oman
13. Qatar
14. Russian Federation
15. Spain
16. Sweden
17. Thailand
18. United Arab Emirates
19. Uzbekistan
20. Vietnam

Participants from these countries are also eligible for a 25% discount on the entire course. Students get a 50% discount and so do displaced oil and gas professionals.

This module covers a systematic step-by-step methodology for approaching carbonate reservoirs. We will start with identification of carbonate platform type in seismic data, discuss reservoir distribution through a virtual tour of modern reefs in Bali and proximal ramp deposits in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi. After covering carbonate platforms we will discuss carbonate factories, cyclicity, and the relationship between mechanical stratigraphy, diagenesis and bioturbation.

This module was initially developed as a carbonate crash course for the engineering department at the Colorado School of Mines three years ago and has now become an annual tradition due to its popularity. You will get to see fantastic examples that have real-world sub-surface applications using data that is not available in the public domain.

The module will run for 2-hours using Zoom between 10:00 am -12:00 pm US Mountain Standard Time on May 18th, 2020. This module will be capped at 10 participants. Future modules will be capped at 5 participants to allow individual attention