Online Short-Course on Trap Styles in Extensional Systems

Course Details

Welcome to the Online Short-Course on Petroleum Systems in Extensional 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 $2500 if you’re a professional, $900 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 Atlantic margin in Offshore Brazil, West Africa, operators in the North Sea and Offshore Mid-Norway and other passive continental margins.

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    Course Outline

    Module 1

    In this module we will focus on the structural styles of rift margins by looking at outcrop analogs and seismic data. We will study the evolution and progression of fault deformation by looking at how faults link or remain segmented, and the implications to hydrocarbon migration and trapping mechanisms. We will also look at all the classifications of fault-related traps in extensional basins while reviewing several productive field analogs.  

    Module 2

    While many of the same faulting styles could be applied to extensional structures in passive margins, we will focus on how these types of structures differ from thick-skin extensional structures common in rift basins. Many major extensional structures in passive margins are cored by salt or shale resulting in more listric fault geometries and in some cases very hyper-extended structures. We will discuss each style and how to recognize these structures in seismic data. 

    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.