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ONLINE: Geodynamics and Structural Styles in Exploration (GEO958)


    Aim of this course is to improve the knowledge in geodynamics with emphasis on plate boundaries and deformation styles with an overview of different case-histories worldwide as well as the use of key geologic 'prospecting' tools. The course provides an overview of different geodynamic scenarios and associated structural styles / trap types. Participants will learn how to predict the geometry and characteristics of traps even if data is absent or conflicting. Predicting major trap types, starting from structural style of deformation and geodynamic context in order to decrease risk, is one of the main goals of the course.

    Course Structure: 3 modules of max. 4 hours each, delivered over 3 days
    Each day will consist of 1 module which will be no more than 4 hours in length with ample time for delegates to break for refreshments.

    Course Level: Skill
    Duration: 3 days
    Instructor: Gabriele Lena

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A geologist, geophysicist or engineer with a basic knowledge of plate tectonics and geodynamics scenarios, who wants to improve and learn the methodology to interpret structural styles of deformation and to predict trap types

    How we build your confidence

    • Worldwide examples of plate boundary and associated styles of deformation
    • Field log based interpretation as analog example
    • Discussion of case histories that demonstrate the applications and efficacy of structural style setting analysis to predict trap style and geometry

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • The link between plate tectonics, structural geology and petroleum geology, from a geodynamic point of view
    • Major structural styles of deformation and associated trap styles for predicting geometry with lack of data


    • Plate tectonics and plate kinematics
    • Plate tectonics habitats respect of structural styles
    • Plate tectonics and petroleum geology
    • Petroleum Structural Geology
    • Exploration project and derisking using geosetting prediction criteria



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