Core Workshop: Mudrock Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy

Date: September 10 - 11, 2019
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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USGS Core Research Center
Denver Federal Center
Building 810

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RMAG's September Core Workshop: Mudrock Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy

Instructors: Prerna Singh, Ph.D., Sven Egenhoff, Ph.D., & Ali Jaffri, Ph.D., Applied Stratigraphix

Abstract: Many factors affect the volumetric and flow capacity of mudrocks including (i) organic content - type, maturity, distribution (ii) mineralogic composition - ductile vs. brittle thus affecting the geomechanical properties and (iii) current day stress fields - imperative for decisions including orientation of horizontal wells and completion design. Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy can provide an understanding and explain the systematic variation of the abovementioned factors.

This two-day course will use lectures, core, thin-section and well-log data to highlight critical details impacting understanding resource distribution as well as planning landing zones and completions. We will examine four public and three proprietary cores across seven formations (Wolfcamp, Eagle Ford, Mancos, Mowry, Bakken, Niobrara, and Haynesville). High-quality photographs of key features in proprietary cores will be provided as part of course material (photography will be permitted on public cores). Proprietary cores will be viewed on day 2.

Workshop Details:

  • Dates: September 10-11, 2019
  • Location: USGS Core Research Center, Lakewood and Stratum Reservoir, Golden
  • Price: $450 early bird (through 8/30); $500 after 8/30
  • Time: Check-in begins at 7:30 AM on both days. A light breakfast will be served.
    • Thank you to our Day 2 sponsor Stratum Reservoir for hosting us and providing breakfast and lunch!
  • Day-of Event registrations are now available. You may register for this event at the door for an additional $25.00. Payment for day of event registrations must be received at the door. Cash, credit cards or check accepted. Course materials will be available as a PDF Download. You will receive notification when available before the start of the course. Day of event registrants will be given a link to download the PDF. Please bring a device to download the PDF. Day-of-event registrations are non-transferable, and non-refundable.
  • Refunds for the September Core Workshop are available until August 30, 2019.
    Refunds for all RMAG technical and social events, except luncheons, are only available up to two weeks before the event date. If you are unable to attend, your registration for all RMAG events are transferable. RMAG members may transfer their registration to another RMAG member, and non-members can transfer their registrations to whomever they wish. Should an RMAG member wish to transfer their registration to a non-member, the non-member would need to pay the balance between the member and non-member price.

About the Instructors:

Prerna Singh, Ph.D. is a Subject-matter expert in Unconventional Shale and Tight sand plays with deep understanding of key elements including organics, matrix, pore volume, fractures and stress states. She has a doctoral degree in geology focusing on facies and sequence stratigraphic studies of the Barnett Shale. She interconnects geology, rock physics and geophysical data, wherever available, to solve the subsurface puzzle and constructs a coherent picture of the critical components necessary for highest hydrocarbon recovery. Over the years she has worked with majors including Chevron, BP, Schlumberger, in projects involving Business Development, Research, Exploration and Appraisal. 

She is currently teaching Geology and Geomechanics of Unconventional plays to enable the usage of these subjects as tools for application in well execution decisions including selecting optimal well placement depth, perforation depth and stage spacing. In her course, she emphasizes clarity on fundamentals e.g. organic content, mineralogy and in situ stress state and provides deeper understanding of how these parameters control for example hydraulic fracture geometry and thus well performance. 

Sven Egenhoff, Ph.D. is a recognized expert in shale sedimentology applied to understanding unconventional reservoir deposition and diagenesis. Sven has nineteen years of experience post-doctorate working worldwide on hydrocarbon-related problems, mostly onshore Sweden, Norway, continental US (Bakken and Woodford), and Bolivia, as well as offshore UK (Kimmeridge Clay) and is a top influencer on industry’s current thinking of shale plays. He is currently a professor at Colorado State University and has trained over 400 undergraduate and graduate students in oil-related sedimentology and well-logs and has consulted or held research contracts with Hess, Marathon, and Noble Energy, among others. 

Ali Jaffri, Ph.D. is the founder of Applied Stratigraphix LLC, and has nineteen years of experience in sedimentology and stratigraphy projects. He has worked several onshore US Basins, North Sea, Indus Basins, Barents Sea, Offshore East and West Africa, Taranaki Basin, Offshore Mid-Norway, and Former Soviet Union. He has a doctorate from Colorado State, Masters from Oklahoma State and Bachelors from University of Colorado. Equally proficient in carbonates and clastics, he has trained over 500 oil and gas professionals from thirty-four companies in ten countries. 

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