Module 8. Deepwater Processes and Seismic Facies

Course Details

Before we introduce course participants to deepwater architectural elements such as channels and lobes, we like to cover the range of fluid and sediment graviy flows. We will begin by differentiating between mass-transport complexes, bottom current deposits and sediment gravity flows. We will then cover the more popular classification schemes of Lowe, Shanmugam and Mutti and highlight the differences between turbidity currents and debris flows.

The exercise teaches participants how they can differentiate between turbidites and debrites in core and borehole image logs.


• 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