Field Trip to analogs for the Alberta Oil Sands

Course Details

In Fall 2014 we are introducing a new course designed for geologists, geophysicists, reservoir and production engineers working on the Alberta Oil Sands in Canada. In this course we will present outcrop analogs for the key components of the Alberta Oil Sands depositional system.


• Geologists
• Geophysicists
• Petrophysicists
• Engineers

Course Outline

Day 1

Arrival at Grand Junction Regional Airport, rest and recuperation

We will be picking you up at Grand Junction Regional Airport an driving you to your hotel (which we will not only book for you, but will pay for as well).

Day 2

We will be gathering at the hotel meeting room for safety briefing, orientation, and classroom lectures on sequence stratigraphy and sedimentology of shallow marine siliciclastics.

In the afternoon we will head to Colorado National Monument for a geology overview and have dinner in Grand Junction.

Day 3

Classroom component on sequence stratigraphy of shallow marine systems, field excursion to look at transition from marine to non-marine strata in a Foreland Basin setting

We will be heading into some canyons about 20 minutes away from the hotel and spend the day looking at a Cretaceous coastal plain succession. The key point will be identifying both reservoir and non-reservoir facies associations in such settings and discussing models that explain alluvial architecture (there's a few out and not all of them work!)

Day 4

At 9:00 am in the hotel meeting room we will have lectures on Fluvial Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

In the field we will look at single,multistory and multi-lateral channels

Day 5

In the morning we will focus on estuaries and incised valley systems in a series of short lectures

In the field we will investigate mud-filled channels and fracture types in field

Day 6

We will meet for morning lectures on barrier islands, tidal inlets, spit systems before heading into the field

All-day excursion to look at reservoir sandstones associated with estuarine and incised valley systems

In the afternoon we will have a workshop on participant data - we want to ensure that you can relate everything you saw in the field with your daily tasks at the office

Day 7

We will be checking out of the hotel early in the morning and drive directly to Grand Junction

Drop off and Grand Junction Regional Airport

This field trip is only run upon request. If you would like to request this trip, you will need a minimum of 4 participants and the trip will need to be booked at least 3 months in advance.