Geoscience Field Trip for Engineers

Course Details

Based on popular demand we have created a field-trip specifically designed for reservoir, petroleum, production and drilling engineers in the oil and gas industry. The field-trip not only introduces course participants to sedimentology and statigraphy of conventional and unconventional reservoirs but also show several examples of fractured reservoirs.

Reservoir Engineers will learn the importance of incorporating lateral facies change in geomodels, drilling engineers will get to see how fractured zones can affect lost circulation, and completions engineers will learn how perf zones will change with respect to environment of deposition.


• Reservoir Engineers
• Petroleum Engineers
• Drilling Engineers
• Completion Engineers

Course Outline

Day 1

Arrival at Denver International Airport, you will go through immigration here unless you have a connecting flight from within the U.S.

We will be picking you up at the airport and taking you to your hotel in Westminster (which we have booked and paid for)

Day 2

At 9:00 am we will be meeting at the hotel for safety briefing, orientation to the field, and lectures that will Introduce participants to siliciclastic and carbonate rock types and sedimentary structures.

We will spend the day looking at conventional and unconventional cores at the USGS core lab and discover what factors contribute to high reservoir quality.

In the afternoon we will head out to Red Rocks for a geology overview

Day 3

9:00 am lectures in the hotel will focus on fluvial reservoirs

After lectures we will head to some spectacular exposures near the town of Morrison to collect data from fluvial channels to quantify channel proportion and connectivity ratio for input into geomodels.

Day 4

ln the morning we will be checking-out of our hotel in Westminster and start driving North towards the beautiful college town of Fort Collins.

After everyone has checked-in we will meet for lectures in the hotel meeting room and discuss shallow marine clastic depositional systems. We will have lunch right next to a beautiful lake.

In the field we will look at the J-sandstone that has produced more than 1 TCF of gas in the subsurface. We will discuss the role of bioturbation in enhancing reservoir quality. We will also collect field-data that we will use to calculate deltaic distributary channel width, channel belt width and sinuosity which are input parameters for geomodels.

Day 5

Introduction to sequence stratigraphy. Effects of lithocorrelation vs chronocorrelation on well placement, well design and the creation of geomodels.

The field area has some of the most spectacularly exposed seismic-scale clinoforms you will ever see. This is a fantastic place to ‘see’ why clinoform boundaries can act as baffles to fluid migration, and the role of stacking patterns in reservoir compartmentalization.

Day 6

The reservoir engineers at iReservoir are kind enough to guest lecture on building geomodels and after their lecture we will discuss fractures briefly in the hotel meeting room.

We will spend the entire day looking at fractures in both clastic and carbonate lithologies. We will be discussing permeability anisotopy caused by various types of fractures.

Day 7

Check-out from hotel in Fort Collins and ride to Denver

Departure from Denver International Airport

The field trip is $3500/person and this cost includes pick and drop from airport, all meals, ground transportation, permits, fuel, tuition, course manual, and exercise materials. The cost does not include airfare, alcoholic beverages and appetizers, medical expenses, hotel minibar, laundry, international dialing charges, or souvenirs.

The field trip is offered upon request between June-October 2018.