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Sequence Stratigraphy and Sedimentology for Reservoir Modeling

Sequence Stratigraphy gives the geologist greater ability to predict subsurface heterogeneity and to predict lithologies away from control points. By treating sediments as packages generated through time and linked to cyclic earth processes, the geologist is better able to correlate and sub-divide reservoir units into a framework which will allow individual facies components to be distributed in a more robust way in the 3D model. Using sequence stratigraphic principals to build a 3D static model helps us to understand the overall architecture of the reservoir, which ultimately helps to characterise reservoir heterogeneity more effectively.

The course comprises a mixture of lectures, discussion, paper based and rock specimen exercises in a classroom setting

Instructor Daniel Bosence (Royal Holloway University of London)

The course will enable participants to:

  • Understand sequence stratigraphic concepts and the influence of sea level change
  • Appreciate the differences between and benefits to be gained from using different stratigraphic systems
  • Develop a correlation based on sequence stratigraphic principals
  • Understand the development and architecture of shallow & deep water clastic systems and carbonate systems

A 3D model showing sequence stratigraphic boundaries  


Course Content  
Principles of stratigraphic analysis
  • Sedimentary rocks as recorders of Earth processes
  • Division of the stratigraphic record and geological time
  • Sea-level change and its influence on the stratigraphic record
Sequence stratigraphy and sea level change
  • Sediment accommodation space
  • Development of parasequences
  • Depositional sequences and systems tracts
  • Lithostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy and seismic stratigraphy
  • Global sea-level change and eustatic sea-level charts
Clastic sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy
  • The Book Cliffs Case Study (fluvial, coastal plain, barriers, lagoons and estuaries, shallow marine facies and environments)
  • Deep water Depositional Systems
Carbonate sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy
  • Rimmed vs. Ramp Carbonate Platforms- Sedimentology and facies
  • Rimmed Carbonate Platforms- Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Ramp Carbonate Platforms- Sequence Stratigraphy
Sequence stratigraphy of hybrid depositional systems and case studies
  • Hybrid clastic/ carbonate depositional systems
  • Hybrid carbonate/evaporite depositional systems
  • High resolution sequence stratigraphy in carbonates
  • Order vs, randomness in the stratigraphic record


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