Online Short-Course on Trap Styles in Fold and Thrust Belts

Course Details

Welcome to the Online Short-Course on Petroleum Systems in Contractional Terrains. We understand that with the global pandemic, oil price crash, and with most companies slashing training budgets, travel expenses are the biggest hurdle in getting the training you need.

Starting in 2015 we were the first online geoscience course provider that included live lectures, exercises, and modules that you can pick and choose. Although we recommend that you complete all modules in the correct progression, we understand the time and budget constraints, therefore you have the flexibility of choosing what modules to take and the order in which you complete them.

Course notes and exercise materials will be provided to you using a dropbox link. The price of individual modules is $250 and if you choose to take all modules together you can do so for $700 if you’re a professional, $500 if you are a student. We give additional discounts as well, e-mail us to find out if you are eligible.

Each module runs for 3-hours and is taught live on Zoom so you have an opportunity to be interactive and ask the instructor questions. If you want a sample of the instructor’s teaching style you can watch this youtube webinar.

Who Should Attend

• Geologists • Geophysicists • Petrophysicists • Engineers  • Graduate Students (Masters or Doctorate) 

All who are working along the Zagros Fold and Thrust Belt in the Middle East, Indonesia, Pakistan, Ecuador, Colombia, and Rocky Mountain Basins in the US and Canada.

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    Course Outline

    Module 1

    In this module we will focus on the structural styles of thick-skin (basement cored) contraction by looking at outcrop analogs and seismic data. We will study several successful field analogs and discuss what made these work as well as looking at fields where the structure did not work for trapping hydrocarbons. We will also discuss how mechanical stratigraphy plays a significant role in the style of deformation.

    Module 2

    In this module, we will focus on the structural styles of thin-skin (non-basement cored) contraction by looking at outcrop analogs and seismic data. We will look at the different geometrical traps that can form and the role of the mechanical stratigraphy. In some cases, a basin can contain both thick- and thin-skin structures, so we will look at when and where that occurs. It is also important to consider the structure in 3D when prospecting for traps in fold and thrust belts so we will cover fault linkage, tear faults, and contractional relay ramps. 

    Module 3

    While trap refers to the geometrical shape, we must also consider the seal which holds the hydrocarbons in place. For this module, we will look at both top seals and fault seals. We will also consider the mechanical strength of the seal during uplift and erosion, as well as looking at ways to predict when a breached seal may have occurred by using paleo pressure profiles. And lastly, we will look at potential migration pathways through a faulted system. 

    Our location

    Our headquarters are twenty minutes away from downtown Denver and half an hour from the largest core facility in the United States. Or field office in Ouray allows us quick access to world-class outcrops in Utah and New Mexico.