Advanced Field Trip for the Sembar and Lower Goru Reservoirs of Pakistan (taught in the US)

Course Details

This 5-day field course is designed with a mixed audience of managers, engineers, geologists and geophysicists in mind. The purpose of this course is to provide participants with examples of stratigraphic traps that occur in shallow marine siliciclastic systems that occur in the Lower Indus Basin. Our aim is for you to be able to interpret environments of deposition in well-logs and identify incised valleys, tidal channels and deltaic lobes in 3D seismic data.

The field-trip can also be ‘personalized’ if you have a specific area of interest in mind and can provide us with seismic lines, log, core and production data in advance. These data will only be used to teach your team and will be discarded afterwards.

This is the final trip in a series of the three field courses designed to prepare you for the challenges in the Sembar and Lower Goru Reservoirs of Pakistan. Before you enroll in this course we strongly urge you to complete the awareness and skill-level courses offered in Pakistan.


The is an advanced course designed for geoscientists and reservoir engineers who have had prior experience of working on the Sembar and Lower Goru reservoirs in the Middle and Lower Indus Basins in Pakistan.

Course Outline

Day 1

Participants will arrive at Grand Junction Regional airport in southwestern Colorado.

We will be receiving you at the airport and taking you to your hotel where you can rest and recuperate.

Day 2

We will meet at 9:00 am in the hotel meeting room for orientation, safety briefing, and lectures on sedimentary structures and ichnology of fluvial and shallow marine systems.

Field excursion to look at analogs for the Upper Basal Sands, Turk Shale, and Lower Shale

Day 3

9:00 am lectures on sequence stratigraphy of shallow marine systems - the Book Cliffs are where outcrop-based sequence stratigraphy was initiated, we will discuss the progression of the science and what it means for your daily work from 1990 until now.

Field excursion to look at analogs for the Lower Basal Sands and Talhar Shale

Day 4

9:00 am lectures on Deltaic Systems

Field excursion to look at analogs for the Sembar, Upper Shale and Middle Sands

Day 5

Classroom component on Tidal Systems

Excursion to look at analogs for the Upper Basal Sands and Middle Sands

Day 6

Excursion to look at analogs for the A, B and C sands

Workshop on participant data - we want to ensure that you can tie what you have learned on this field trip with your daily tasks at the workstation.

Day 7

Check-out from hotel

Drop-off at Grand Junction Regional Airport

This is not a regularly scheduled trip and will have to be booked at least 6 months in advance and requires a minimum of 4 participants. We also require that you have completed at least one of our basic field trips in Pakistan before enrolling in this advanced course.

The cost of the trip is $4500/participant and this includes pick and drop from the airport, all hotel expenses, meals, fuel, permits, tuition, exercise materials, and field-guide. The cost does not include rountrip airfare from your point-of-origin, laundry and international dialing charges, appetizers and alcohol, or medical expenses.