Module 4. Reservoirs in Fluvial Systems

Course Details

Fluvial systems present exploration and development geoscientists and engineers with a unique set of challenges. Most fluvial channels are below seismic resolution therefore a distinct set of “good practices” need to be set up to image them. Correlation can be a mess because of the inherent heterogeneity in the depositional system. We will discuss scaling-relationships and better correlations methods. We will also discuss populating geomodels with input the most software packages such as Petrel or RMS need.

Topics covered: Fluvial architectural elements, river classification by Andrew Miall, overbank fines, levee and crevasse splay sandstones, calculation of channel depth and width and channel belt width using cross-strata set thickness.


• Geologists
• Geophysicists who wish to better seismic facies of fluvial, shallow and deep marine systems
• Petrophysicists
• Engineers who wish to develop a better understanding of the factors that control distribution, reservoir connectivity and compartmentalization in sandstone reservoirs

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


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

Course Outline