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ONLINE: Controls on Carbonate Play Development in Paleozoic and Mesozoic Carbonates (GEO962)

  • To be announced for 2021


Physiographic setting and deep-seated structures often control the occurrence and distribution of conventional and unconventional carbonate plays in Paleozoic and Mesozoic sequences. Physiographic setting at the global scale is position relative to the paleoequator (determines tropical/subtropical setting and trade wind influences) but at the local scale it is the sea floor bottom topography (ramp versus platform). Deep-seated structures not only initiate pre-depositional topography and aid later entrapment of hydrocarbons, but often drive the diagenesis and porosity evolution of a carbonate sequence.

Course Duration: 2 days

Course Level: Skill / Advanced
Instructor: Jeffrey Dravis

Designed for you, if you are...

  • A geoscientist, geophysicist, reservoir engineer, petrophysicist or manager

How we build your confidence

  • We use a great teaching format (lectures keyed to your notebook)
  • Extensive use of of Paleozoic and Mesozoic case studies
  • The notebook contains color images of all slides presented in lectures
  • Extensive bibliographies support lectures

The benefits from attending

By the end of the course you will feel confident to:

  • Understand the key controls on the occurrence and distribution of both conventional and unconventional plays of both Paleozoic and Mesozoic age
  • Understand the importance of physiographic setting at both, a global and local scale, and the importance of orientation with respect to easterly trade winds in tropical and subtropical settings
  • Evaluate the potential for deep-seated wrench or strike slip faults to create favorable diagenesis and porosity evolution in Paleozoic and Mesozoic carbonate sequences


  • Brief review of distinctive aspects of carbonates, as well as gain types and classification schemes for textures and porosity
  • Review of carbonate diagenesis in limestones and dolostones, as it relates to the evolution of porosity and permeability in carbonate plays
  • Review of carbonate depositional facies types and models of deposition
  • Synthesis of stratigraphic relationships in carbonates as it pertains to carbonate plays
  • Brief review of well log and seismic expression of carbonates
  • In-depth discussion of Paleozoic and Mesozoic conventional and unconventional carbonate plays, using analog case studies to demonstrate the influence of physiographic setting, structural setting, and stratigraphic age




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