Module 2. The Carbonate Factory

Course Details

Not all carbonates are the same. Not only do carbonate producers change with water depth, temperature and latitude they have also changed over time. Modern coral, though impressive were not the dominant producers through geologic time. Before tackling a carbonate platform it is vital to understand who the producers were and what affected their habitat such that reservoir distribution can be predicted.

This module not only discusses carbonate factories as defined by Wolfgang Schlager but also covers changes in them through time.


• 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 2. The Carbonate Factory

T, M, and C factories of Schlager. Reservoir distribution and geometries of each. Changes in carbonate producers over time with case-studies of prolific hydrocarbon reservoirs in each.

Exercise: How to predict factory type based on core and thin-sections.