3-Day Deepwater Crash Course

Course Details

This course assumes no prior knowledge of deepwater siliciclastic depositional systems and in three-days gives you enough technical know-how to approach any sub-surface dataset anywhere. We understand that with lowered training most cannot get approval for an in-depth 5-day course which motivated us to create this course.

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By the end of this course participants should be able to interpret channels and lobe-complexes with confidence in seismic data, get familiar with controlling parameters on reservoir distribution and quality, and create more accurate geological cross-sections using well logs.


Geologists, Geophysicists, Petrophysicists, Engineers and Managers who wish to develop a better understanding of the factors that control reservoir distribution, quality, connectivity and compartmentalization in deepwater systems. The course assumes no prior knowledge and will provide participants with a solid foundation that they can translate into their daily tasks during exploration and development.

Course Outline

Day 1 - Core Workshop

We will begin the morning session with some introductory lectures on the economic importance of deepwater reservoirs and the high-risk-high-reward associated with drilling wells in offshore settings. Lectures will then cover sedimentary processes from mass transport, density underflows associated with deltas, shelf-edge failure and low frequency high magnitude events along carbonate margins to the generation and flow transformation associated with sediment gravity flows. Participants will learn to identify hyperpycnites, turbidites, debrites, linked debrites, slurry flows and more.


The afternoon will be spend describing a deepwater core and participants will learn how to use grain-sizes, sedimentary structures, bed-dips and stacking patterns. We will cover deepwater hierarchy and how to organize stratal packages into channel storeys, channel elements, channels, channel complexes for confined and lobe elements, lobes, lobe complexes and fans for unconfined systems.

Day 2 - Field Trip

We will head into the field and will see some of the best examples of hyperpycnites of any deepwater succession. Participants will also get to see laterally migrating deepwater channels, mass transport deposits and the role they play in creating topography that influences turbidite sandstone distribution.


Participants will be shown several examples of seismic facies and will learn to relate what they see in outcrop with their seismic expression

Day 3 - Seismic Stratigraphy Workshop

This is our seismic stratigraphy workshop day and after a brief lecture on seismic sequence and facies analysis, seismic time slices, horizon slices and stratal slices they will be provided with several lines from across deepwater basins each with greater stratigraphic and structural complexity till they feel confident in their interpretation skills.

Three-Day Crash Course on Deepwater Petroleum Systems